Join Us at Our Inaugural Technology + the Law Symposium!

Michael Best’s inaugural Technology + the Law Symposium will be taking place on Duke University’s campus in just under one month, and we’d love for you to join us!  We’ll be spending the day with thought leaders from all over the country in government, academia and industry, discussing a variety of hot tech topics. Here are the details:

Thursday, October 25, 2018
10am-6:30pm
JB Duke Hotel
230 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708

There is no cost to attend this event, and you can register here.

We’ll have two panels dedicated to blockchain topics. The first, titled “Beyond Bitcoin,” will feature: Lee Reiners, the Executive Director of the Duke Global Financial Markets Center and a professor of “FinTech and the Law”; Nina Kilbride, the Chief Commercial Officer of Monax,an enterprise software provider that deploys smart, legally binding contracts on blockchains; and Alex Linebrink, the CEO and co-founder of PassageX, an online event ticketing provider based on blockchain technology. Sarah Helton, a principal in Michael Best Strategies and member of our firm’s Blockchain, Digital Currencies & Smart Contracts group will moderate what is sure to be a riveting conversation about uses and potential uses for blockchain in a variety of industries and contexts.

The second blockchain-related panel will focus specifically on cryptocurrencies, and how the legal and regulatory landscape applies. We will hear from Jeff Bandman, the founder and principal of Bandman Advisors (previously the CFTC’s first FinTech Advisor and architect of LabCFTC), as well as Jason Tham, a founder of 100Crypto, a Madison-based incubator for blockchain entrepreneurs and home of one of the world’s only cryptocurrency ATMs. Stay tuned for one more soon-to-be-announced cryptocurrency expert. I will be moderating this panel, and look forward to covering a wide range of crypto topics, including the Winklevoss twins’ latest venture, whether merchants should accept payment in cryptocurrency, and the future of crypto financial products like a bitcoin ETF and bitcoin futures.

We hope you’ll stick around for a full day of interactive panel discussions on a number of other technologies and tech-related legal topics, including 3-D printing, CRISPR, best practices for launching a technology start-up, and the application of privacy laws to new technologies.

Know someone who might be interested in attending? Please feel free to share the registration link with your North Carolina-based friends and colleagues. See you next month! #TriangleTechLaw

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