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Blockchain 2.0: 2018 Legal & Regulatory Developments


Speaker(s): Adrienne Valencia Garcia, Amanda Brino, Dror Futter, Jonathan J. Anastasia, Lewis Cohen , Melinda Fellner Bramwit, Patrick Berarducci, Stuart D. Levi, Susan Joseph
Recorded on: Sep. 6, 2018
PLI Program #: 247004

Adrienne Valencia Garcia is currently IBM’s Chief Senior Counsel for Blockchain Solutions, a first-of-a-kind role created in April 2017 when she was completing a 3 year assignment in Latin America.  As Chief Counsel for Blockchain, Adrienne is the worldwide focal for all blockchain related engagements and oversees the global members of the law department who support blockchain transactions.  In this role, Adrienne has become a recognized leader in the space and sought-after speaker.

Adrienne joined IBM in June 2006 after practicing as a litigator in NYC for 10 years.  She was initially a member of the New York City Regional Counsel’s office doing client-facing transactional work.  From there she moved on to support the Open Infrastructure Offering team focusing on bundling huge hardware and software deals, including leading a $1B+ deal with a multinational financial institution.  In 2011, Adrienne joined the Public Sector Services team working on outsourcing deals for individual US states and health care companies.  Then in August 2014, she relocated to Mexico City to take on the role of Latin America’s Lead Counsel for IBM’s Global Consulting Services business and co-leader for IBM’s internal Latin America law department education efforts.

Adrienne holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in NYC and is currently serving as a 2018 Leadership Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow. 

 


Amanda is a member of Accenture’s Legal Sales and Delivery team providing counsel on large complex opportunities in the areas of healthcare and public service, particularly concentrating on offerings that leverage new technologies such as blockchain, AI, and analytics.   She is the Legal Lead for healthcare provider engagements in the United States and Legal Lead for Accenture’s Health and Public Service clients in the Southeastern United States.  

Amanda received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University in 1999, and a Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 2002. Prior to joining Accenture in 2013, Amanda was Corporate Counsel and the lead of the Legal Department at Quadramed Corporation.  

 


Dror Futter focuses his practice on startup and blockchain companies and their investors, and has worked with a wide range of technology companies. His fifteen years’ experience as in-house counsel included positions with Vidyo, Inc., a venture-backed videoconferencing company, and New Venture Partners, a venture fund focused on corporate spinouts. Prior to that, Mr. Futter was Counsel to the CIO of Lucent Technologies, as well as supporting parts of its sourcing organization.

Mr. Futter’s practice has three main focus areas:

Venture Finance/Corporate 
Mr. Futter has represented companies and venture funds in numerous equity and debt financing rounds, from early “friends and family” and Seed rounds to later-stage mezzanine financings, and has been on both sides of the table in these transactions. On the corporate side, he routinely handles corporate formations, employee equity plans and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Futter has also been involved in over 40 corporate spinouts and understands the unique concerns of corporate venture investors.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies 
Mr. Futter advises clients with respect to legal developments in the rapidly developing blockchain and cryptocurrency spaces.   He has advised on ICO’s and has worked with consortia considering the issues involved in using permissioned blockchains to support supply chain record keeping.

Transactional IT & IP
Mr. Futter represents clients in a broad range of transactions, including: software licenses, SaaS Agreements, outsourcing agreements, development agreements, website terms and conditions, patent licenses, direct and indirect channel distribution agreements, services agreements, manufacturing agreements, and other supply chain agreements.

Mr. Futter serves on the Model Forms Drafting Group of the National Venture Capital Association, the legal advisory board of the Angel Capital Association and Legal Working Group of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. He is also a frequent speaker and writer on venture and blockchain related topics.  In addition, Mr. Futter is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stevens Venture Center of the Stevens Institute of Technology and a Mentor at Princeton University’s Keller Center.

Mr. Futter is a 1986 magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and 1989 graduate of Columbia University School of Law. He also earned an Executive MBA in 1999 from the American Electronics Association Executive Institute of Stanford University.

 


Jonathan J. Anastasia is Senior Managing Counsel supporting Mastercard Labs at Mastercard.  In his role, Jonathan is responsible for leading a team that helps drive innovation across all products at Mastercard. His team provides integrated legal and transactional support in the development of products and services in the areas of blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet-of-things, chatbots, conversational commerce, mobile applications, digital & product consulting and data research.


Melinda Fellner Bramwit focuses her practice on tax matters including federal, state and international tax. 

Ms. Bramwit's experience includes business structuring, acquisitions and reorganizations, and joint ventures and partnerships in both the domestic and offshore world. This experience includes negotiating and drafting operating agreements and drafting organizational and transactional documents for corporate transactions. She has cultivated specific expertise in the international arena, including guiding affected clients through the IRS Streamlined Offshore Programs and the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program and assisting with other offshore income issues. Additionally, Melinda routinely represents clients in federal and state tax controversies. 

Ms. Bramwit also represents a variety of tax-exempt organizations including the Bedminster Township Parent Teacher Organization. She has written opinion articles for the New Jersey Law Journal and is a former adjunct instructor at Rutgers-Newark on Fundamentals of Federal Income Tax. She has been a panelist on Hot Tips in Taxation, the premier New Jersey ICLE seminar on tax updates, as well as a lecturer for Strafford Legal Education and other webinars in the US and abroad, and she has appeared several times on the cable channel ITV.

 


Pat Berarducci is the Deputy General Counsel at ConsenSys and Co-Chair of The Brooklyn Project. Prior to joining ConsenSys, Pat co-founded and was the software architect of a health-tech startup. Pat also was an attorney for seven years at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and a federal appeals court law clerk.

As Co-Chair of The Brooklyn Project, Pat helps lead the innovative “open source” industry initiative to tackle the difficult intersection of law, public policy and blockchain technology, with a particular focus on developing thought leadership and technology to protect and empower consumers. As Deputy General Counsel at ConsenSys, Pat helps navigate the evolving global intersection of blockchain technology and law.

Pat speaks frequently on matters involving blockchain technology, crypto-economics, public policy, and legal issues.
 

 


Susan is a JD/MBA and former General Counsel who has been consulting in blockchain and fintech for the past five years in the areas of consortia, insurance, identity, financial services, cryptocurrency, regulatory impact, real estate, supply chain, and humanitarian concerns. She was formerly the B3i North America Representative, and separately advises on digital rights, insurance, real estate, smart contract/financial instrument strategies, data models and licensing, tokens, securities, cryptocurrencies and incentives. She is often consulted about regulatory and technology policy. She is co-founder of S&A Cryptic, a company who supports cryptocurrency markets through indices and other vehicles. Notably, she is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Diversity In Blockchain, Inc. NFP which promotes inclusion, educates and sets Best Practices for the industry. Susan was the first Executive Director of ID2020, consulted for IBM blockchain/identity and is an Advisor to BlockRe (digital asset insurance) and OneWorldIdentity. She is a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and the Digital Chamber of Commerce. Susan speaks regularly on blockchain to industry and legal groups across verticals and has guest lectured at Cornell, Stanford, MIT, CKGSB, and Cleveland Marshall Law School. Additionally, Susan founded and runs the womeninfintech group on LinkedIn which has 2100 plus members in 47 countries.


Lewis is co-founder of DLx Law LLP, a brand-new law firm designed from the ground up for a new economy.  Together with co-founder Angela Angelovska-Wilson, Lewis and the DLx team have handled a broad range of matters involving the use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology, working with everyone from start-ups to major enterprises to governmental entities.  

Lewis is a passionate advocate for the beneficial changes blockchain technology can bring to the world but also a realist in terms of the many legal and regulatory challenges involved in getting there.

Lewis obtained his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1986. 

 


Mr. Levi has a broad and diverse practice that includes outsourcing transactions, technology and intellectual property licensing, privacy and cybersecurity advice, fintech and blockchain matters, branding and distribution agreements, cloud computing agreements, technology transfers, strategic alliances and joint ventures. His background in computer science, data privacy and the information technology industry allows Mr. Levi to understand the technology and business drivers underlying agreements and transactions in these areas.

Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Levi was director of intellectual property for Reuters America Inc. and a vice president of Reuters NewMedia Inc. In these roles, he was responsible for all of Reuters’ technology and intellectual property matters. He also negotiated Reuters’ early stage investments in Yahoo!, Infoseek and Sportsline.

Mr. Levi has written and spoken on numerous outsourcing, privacy, technology and intellectual property issues, and each year he co-chairs the Practising Law Institute’s Open Source Institute. He was selected as a member of Law360’s 2012 Privacy/Consumer Protection Editorial Advisory Board. Mr. Levi has been named by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” since 2004 and by Chambers Global as one of the “World’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in technology transactions each year since 2002. In 1999, he was selected by Crain’s New York Business for its list of “Forty Under Forty — New York’s Rising Stars,” where he was cited for his work in Internet law. In addition, Mr. Levi repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for information technology law.