Jan 30 2018 12:30 PM
This presentation will cover the risks and advantages of ICOs and alternative capital formation paths that companies, and especially startups, should consider as they navigate blockchain development. $5.00 for students, $10 for MIT Enterprise Forum members, $20 for non-members
On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Giovanna Fessenden, Of Counsel at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds and Stephen Galebach of Galebach Law will present on the "Legal Considerations for Blockchain Innovations and ICOs."
Startups, developers and investors took notice over the past year as ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) emerged at center stage as a novel, accelerated path of capital formation in the context of the rapidly growing blockchain economy. ICOs are creating considerable momentum in the blockchain innovation wave. This year alone, companies have raised approximately $1.5 billion using an ICO or similar token based fundraising scheme. Will your company benefit from an ICO? The presentation will cover how new blockchain technology may be optimally designed to:
(a) create value in innovative ways that are ripe for IP protection;
(b) enable monetization and capital formation via token sales and other means; and
(c) minimize risk in the complex regulatory environment of US securities and commodity futures law, as well as regulatory environments in other jurisdictions worldwide.
The presentation will cover the risks and advantages of ICOs and alternative capital formation paths that companies, and especially startups, should consider as they navigate the universe of blockchain development.
Giovanna Fessenden has expertise in protecting blockchain innovations for her clients. She will discuss how a company that may be considering an ICO can obtain a solid foundation for its intellectual property rights. Giovanna will also delve into what makes a strong technical white paper that details the company's technology and innovations. She will also discuss some of the intellectual property risks/benefits for deploying blockchain innovations.
Stephen Galebach advised a recently completed ICO that featured the first known published legal opinion letter on the inapplicability of the securities laws to the particular tokens being sold. Stephen will speak about the Supreme Court’s Howey test as applied to real world examples to determine whether an ICO represents an offering of securities and thus falls under SEC regulatory jurisdiction.
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