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Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts: Driving Widespread Change in Business, Government and the Law

Speaker(s): Bruce D. Weed, Joseph C. Guagliardo, Todd R. Kornfeld
Recorded on: May. 24, 2016
PLI Program #: 177688

Joseph C. Guagliardo is a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP in the firm’s Philadelphia and New York offices where he is co-founder of the Technology Group and chair of the firm’s blockchain practice.  His practice focuses on commercial intellectual property and technology transactions and general counseling of businesses and individuals with respect to legal matters involving Internet, e-commerce and emerging technologies.

Mr. Guagliardo has extensive international business and legal experience, formerly as a financial technology executive and now in his capacity as an attorney. He has provided intellectual property and technology-related counseling to clients around the world, across many industries, and in connection with a wide variety of subject matter ranging from traditional print media to high-tech software, hardware and life sciences matters. Before joining the firm, Mr. Guagliardo was an attorney in the intellectual property/information technology practice group of a large Philadelphia law firm. Prior to that, Mr. Guagliardo spent more than a decade working in the Fintech industry serving in various technical and business roles, including a senior management-level position overseeing a global team of software engineers and technology consultants and a position as director of legal affairs for an international Fintech software company.

He is a frequent speaker and writer on topics involving blockchain and smart contracts.

Todd R. Kornfeld is of counsel in the Financial Services Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the New York office. Mr. Kornfeld concentrates his practice in securities and derivatives law, particularly in representing investment advisers with respect to their trading activities and fund formation and regulatory matters arising under the Investment Advisers Act and the Commodity Exchange Act. As part of his investment management practice, he represents investment advisers and funds in the negotiation of trading agreements such as prime brokerage, ISDA master agreements, futures account agreements and master confirms for derivatives. Mr. Kornfeld also has extensive experience representing issuers, placement agents and investment managers with various structured finance products, including CLOs, CDOs, CMBS and credit-linked notes.

Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Kornfeld was associate general counsel at Guggenheim Global Trading, a multi-strategy hedge fund, where he was heavily involved in and responsible for multiple aspects of platform creation and build-out, including fund formation documents, prime brokerage and other trading agreements, and regulatory and compliance matters.


  • LL.M., Corporate Law, New York University School of Law, 1998
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1996
  • B.S., Computer Science, State University of New York at Albany, 1990

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

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