Total Access Japan Event: Cryptocurrencies and ICOs

Seminar | February.20.2018 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm (Tokyo Standard Time)

Orrick Tokyo

Orrick's Total Access Japan Event Series provides entrepreneurs business, tactical, and legal education through complimentary panels and seminars and networking events. The next event will take place on Tuesday, February 20 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

In January 2018, the collective market capitalization of cryptocurrencies topped $700 billion according to the NY Times. Direct participation by investors in Japan, the US, and the EU in cryptocurrencies is significant. Advocates and investors initially promoted cryptocurrencies as a payment-facilitation alternative to traditional currencies such as the dollar and the euro. More recently, initial coin offerings (ICO) have filled media headlines. Over the past year, a substantial number of companies have issued various crypto-currencies, known as initial coin offerings, or ICO's, to raise often substantial amounts of money for funding the development of new goods and services. Orrick's global Blockchain Working Group believes that blockchains and associated cryptocurrencies and ICO innovations have the potential to be a significant disruptive force. As investments into cryptocurrencies and ICOs explode in volume, securities regulators around the world are responding by exercising their regulatory authority to require market participants to comply with new and existing securities and digital currency laws. 

During the 90 minute session, Orrick Blockchain Working Group members Christopher Austin, Jacqui Hatfield, Yuko Ino and David Case will speak on regulatory developments in Japan, the UK and the US and assess potential opportunities and risks when launching an ICO. 

Topics

  • Overview – Market and Technology
  • Recent Developments in Regulations in Japan, the UK and the U.S.
  • Launching an ICO – Risks and Opportunities

There will be time set aside for questions and answers.

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 20 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Orrick Tokyo Offices (Map)
Speakers:
Christopher Austin, Partner, New York Office
Jacqui Hatfield, Partner, London Office
David Case, Partner, Tokyo Office
Yuko Ino, Partner, Tokyo Office
Language:
English (no simultaneous interpretation)
Registration:
RSVP by Friday, February 16
Fee: Free of charge

For questions, please contact Aya Mori.  

CLE Credits Available: N

16361_740x360

Practice:

  • Capital Markets
  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate Governance
  • Fintech
  • Master Limited Partnerships
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Christopher Austin Partner Capital Markets, Technology Companies Group

New York; Silicon Valley

Christopher Austin is global head of Orrick’s Capital Markets practice and global cochair of Orrick's Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice. He focuses on capital markets, cryptocurrency, venture capital and corporate law, with extensive experience in public offerings, public and private company governance and securities law compliance.

Chris counsels technology companies of all sizes and stages of development, including advising on formation, venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, corporate governance, and intellectual property issues. He is a recognized leader in capital markets work for both companies and investment banks, leading deals involving BAML, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley, in connection with initial public offerings and follow-on offerings of technology and life sciences companies.

With a combination of securities law, fintech and startup experience, Chris has become a recognized leader on cryptocurrency and blockchain matters, working with companies such as Hedera (Hashgraph), Shapeshift, Threefold Foundation and others on issues around token sales, SAFT offerings and securities law compliance.  He leads a multi-disciplinary team of money transmission, derivatives, broker dealer, litigation and comp and benefits experts to provide holistic advice in a rapidly changing regulatory environment.

Chris also works with many of Orrick's financial industry tech clients, including Betterment, SoFi, Debtsy, Kabbage and Galaxy Digital.


359104

Practice:

  • Fintech
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Banking & Finance
  • Energy
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Jacqui Hatfield Partner Fintech, Technology Companies Group

London

Jacqui heads up the financial services regulatory team in London and is co-chair of Orrick's global Blockchain and Cryptocurrency group. She has more than 20 years' experience in providing international regulatory advice across the broad spectrum of the financial services regulated community.

Jacqui's clients include asset managers, brokers, banks, fund managers, fund platforms, payment service providers, e-money issuers, Fintech companies, exchanges and corporate finance boutiques.

She provides regulatory advice to both the buy side and sell side and covers both retail and wholesale business. Typical work includes advising on issues relating to authorization, structuring, outsourcing, systems and controls, conduct of business, financial resources, market abuse, EU directives, promotion and distribution of investments, money laundering, payment services and consumer credit. Typical work also includes providing specialist regulatory advice on transactions within the financial services sector.

Jacqui is particularly active in the Fintech space, with clients including peer to peer lending platforms, challenger banks, app payment providers, investment and property crowd funding platforms, robo advisers and wealth management platforms, alternative investment fund managers and on-line broker dealers. Jacqui also has significant experience advising on blockchain, digital currencies and ICOs. The 2017 UK Legal 500 states that “although she is active across the spectrum of financial services regulatory issues including on behalf of banks, brokers and fund managers, Jacqui is particularly noted for her Fintech expertise.”

15353_740x360

Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • 3D Printing
  • Japan
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

David Case Partner Intellectual Property, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Tokyo

David Case is an experienced intellectual property and commercial disputes lawyer in Orrick’s Tokyo office. His experience in Japan and New York includes a variety of intellectual property and information technology contentious and non-contentious matters on behalf of Japanese and non-Japanese clients.

In connection with his contentious work, David has assisted with or been lead counsel in numerous litigations and arbitrations venued in the United States and Japan involving intellectual property infringement claims or commercial claims involving intellectual property rights. David also regularly supports Orrick’s M&A and venture start-up teams in respect of intellectual property and information technology aspects of cross border M&A and venture capital deals.

13440_740x360

Practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Investment Funds
  • Real Estate Finance
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Renewable Energy
  • Japan
  • Fintech
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Yuko Ino Partner Real Estate, Real Estate Investment Funds

Tokyo

Yuko Ino is a partner in Orrick’s Tokyo office. She regularly counsels domestic, regional and international funds in sophisticated real estate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, construction and development projects, financings, fund formation, joint ventures, and restructurings and workouts.

Yuko also handles various aspects of cross-border and domestic business transactions including energy projects, fintech related projects, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, international disputes, compliance matters, and general corporate matters.

Before joining Orrick, she worked at Morrison & Foerster from 2006 to 2010. Previously, she worked at Yanagida & Partners (formerly known as Yanagida & Nomura), a Japanese law firm in Tokyo.