Understanding Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain & Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) (CA)

The huge expansion in Bitcoin & digital currencies and ICOs in states across the nation and globally has led to a significant need for attorneys proficient in the cutting-edge use of related legal and regulatory issues.

The laws vary greatly and have been in flux with the proliferation of Fortune 500 companies, governments, and start-ups seeking to take advantage of this growing use of currency.

The faculty for this seminar features several leading authorities on the subject. This comprehensive program on virtual currency law will introduce you to the most relevant issues and practical solutions in order to advise and represent your clients effectively. See the full agenda below.


Need a Room? The hotel is offering a 10% discount to attendees. If you would like to book a room, please click this link to the DoubleTree’s booking page and enter the following information to get the discount:

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown
Company Name: Catering Discount

The discounted rate for attendees is valid for reservations between 6/21/18 – 6/23/18.


9:00 – 10:00
Key Technical Concepts to Understand in Blockchain

  • Basics of how Bitcoin works
  • Ethereum and smart contracts
  • Coins vs Tokens, ERC-20
  • Public vs permissioned blockchains
  • When do you really need a blockchain?
  • Quick survey of key applications and alt-coins

10:00 – 10:45
Securities v. Utilities 

  • Howey & its progeny
  • SEC Enforcement Cases
  • SEC Receivership Cases

10:45 – 11:00

11:00 – 12:00

Regulation S and Foreign Securities Regulation 

  • Regulation S
  • International Regulations

12:00 – 12:15

Final Q/A

12:15 – 1:15
(on your own)

1:15 – 2:00
Exemptions for ICOs 

  • Securities registration & jurisdictional issues
  • Characteristics of ICOs
  • Private exemptions
  • JOBS Act exemptions
  • Other exemptions
  • Concurrent offerings

2:00 – 2:45
Secondary Market Trading 

  • Distinguishing cryptocurrency and “non-dilutive equity” tokens from tokenized shares
  • Newly emerging regulated blockchain trading forums:  tZERO, other ATSs and commodities exchanges
  • Public information and reporting requirements for secondary market trading
  • SEC scrutiny on companies already public that expand into crypto
  • General restrictions on resales in Reg D, Reg A, Reg S offerings

2:45 – 3:30
Legal Issues Affecting Investing & Mining Companies 

  • Forming a mining company
    • Distribution of currencies
    • Fundamental tax considerations
    • SEC guidance
    • Contract drafting issues
  • Currency Investment Funds
    • Regulatory and reporting challenges for private investment funds
    • Understanding the application of broker dealer requirements
    • Emerging SEC guidance on exchanges

3:30 – 3:45

3:45 – 4:30
Other Regulation Affecting ICOs 

  • USA Commodities regulations and laws in the ICO space and why it is important
  • Wyoming’s new regulatory regime for cryptocurrency and blockchain, and how it may work with cryptocurrency laws of other countries
  • AML, OFAC, KYC and similar regulations in USA and other countries

4:30 – 5:15
Launching & Marketing a Successful ICO 

  • KYC/AML/OFAC – Service providers and challenges
  • Investor Accreditation – Service providers and challenges
  • Technological Security
    • Risks
    • Challenges
    • Solutions
  • Operational Security
    • Risks
    • Threat model – Phishing attempts, phone porting
    • Solutions
  • Building versus renting versus listing on another platform
  • What is a bounty campaign?
  • The importance of airdrops (giving away free tokens) Treasure hunts
  • Telegram management (real people answering questions)
  • Social media influencers
  • PR firms
  • Conferences

5:15 – 5:30
Final Q/A


June 22, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Check in between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

The DoubleTree Downtown Los Angeles
120 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Parking: Discounted $15 valet and $10 self park at hotel. Enter through valet/main entrance on Los Angeles Street.


Need a Room? The hotel is offering a 10% discount to attendees. If you would like to book a room, please click this link to the DoubleTree’s booking page and enter the following information to get the discount:
Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown
Company Name: Catering Discount

The discounted rate for attendees is valid for reservations between 6/21/18 – 6/23/18.


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Mason Borda
CEO & Co-Founder
TokenSoft Inc.

Mason Borda is a tech entrepreneur focusing on blockchain infrastructure and security. He is currently the CEO and CoFounder of TokenSoft Inc., a crypto treasury management and white label token sale platform for launching compliant token sales. A pioneer in the space, he launched the world’s first Ethereum multi-signature web wallet platform, the most secure web-based platform for storing Ethereum at the time. As a member of the BitGo team, he created the cold storage, multi-signature wallets for Royal Mint Gold. Royal Mint Gold was a blockchain platform launched by the Royal Mint of England in conjunction with CME Group, AlphaPoint, and BitGo. As Vice President of Token Operations at doc.ai, where he designed the Neuron Network, a decentralized edge-learning network.

Robert Cornish, Jr., Esq.
Of Counsel
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Bob Cornish focuses his practice on litigation, arbitration, regulatory and compliance matters for broker-dealers, investment advisers, hedge funds, commodity firms, institutional investors and family offices in the United States and abroad. He places particular emphasis on alternative investment, broker-dealer and EB-5 fund formation, compliance and governance matters, including litigation, arbitration and enforcement. Bob previously served as chief legal and compliance officer and in-house counsel for prominent investment firms, where he acquired valuable experience handling complex business management and marketing matters for investment management clients. Over his exceptional 23-year career, Bob has come to be known for his integrity and professionalism and his dogged determination in seeing cases to a satisfactory conclusion.

Recognized as one of the Top 15 Securities Attorneys in the EB-5 arena by his peers and a thought leader on broker-dealer and investment adviser compliance in the EB-5 space, Bob is often asked to speak or comment on such matters to industry participants and others. Bob is a member of the EB5 Securities Roundtable, a group of leading EB-5 securities attorneys organized to facilitate best practices in the offerings of EB-5 securities and to urge harmonization of the EB-5 program with the securities laws. 

Charles Kaufman, Esq.
Homeier Law PC

Securities and corporation finance attorney Charles Kaufman guides growing companies and entrepreneurs raising capital through crowdfunding, including coin offerings and other cryptocurrency transactions. A shareholder of Homeier Law PC, he draws on over 20 years’ experience both at global law firms and as general counsel of a public company to advise his clients in selecting from the array of options now available for directly reaching investors over the internet, and in executing an effective and compliant raise. Within the crowdfunding and coin offering space, Charles represents companies seeking capital through Title II (Rule 506(c)), Title III (Reg CF), and Title IV (Reg A+) of the JOBS Act. For companies already public or seeking to use JOBS Act crowdfunding as an entry to the public capital markets, he advises on registered and hybrid offerings, securities law reporting and compliance, corporate governance and global compliance. Also a member of Homeier Law PC’s industry-leading EB-5 group, he has assisted U.S. companies in obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign direct investment. Charles earned both his J.D. and B.A. degrees at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a member of the State Bar of California and serves on the editorial board of its International Law Journal.

Bhaskar Krishnamachari
USC Viterbi Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things

Bhaskar Krishnamachari did his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at The Cooper Union in New York City, and got his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He is currently a Professor of Engineering at USC, and serves as the Director of the USC Viterbi Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things. He is an academic researcher working on the Internet of Things, Blockchain Technologies, Wireless Networks, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Machine Learning and AI, Edge Computing, Network Economics, and Distributed Robotics. He has authored/co-authored two books and more than 300 technical publications, that have together received more than 23000 citations and several best paper awards. He was listed in MIT Technology Reviews TR-35 list of 35 top innovators under 35 in 2011 and Popular Science’s Brilliant 10 in 2015.

Jor Law, Esq.
Homeier Law PC and VerifyInvestor.com

Jor Law practices corporate and securities transactional law in Los Angeles and is a founding shareholder of Homeier Law PC.  Jor maintains a broad-based general corporate legal practice with an emphasis on mergers & acquisitions and finance. 

He is most well-known for his expertise in alternative finance, including cryptocurrency ICOs, EB-5 finance, and crowdfunding, all industries where he is one of the most influential transactional attorneys in the world.  Jor received his J.D. from Columbia University and his B.A. from UC Berkeley.  Jor is licensed to practice law in California and New York.  

Jor Law is also a co-founder and the principal architect of VerifyInvestor.com, the resource for accredited investor verifications trusted by broker-dealers, law firms, companies, and investors who insist on safety and reliability.  These verifications are required by federal laws for generally solicited Regulation D, Rule 506(c) capital raises.

Josh Lawler, Esq.
Zuber Lawler & Del Duca

Josh Lawler’s practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, securities law and technology transactions.  Mr. Lawler’s M&A clients include private equity groups, public and private companies, fundless sponsors, family offices and sellers of large assets.  Many of Mr. Lawler’s clients are domiciled outside of the United States and require expertise in execution of international transactions.

Mr. Lawler also leads the Firm’s New Technology Group with a particular emphasis on Blockchain (distributed ledger), artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, virtual/augmented reality, internet of things, cybersecurity, and related technologies.  In this capacity, Mr. Lawler counsels clients in respect securities and regulatory matters, including in respect of ICO/TGE projects; as well as development, licensing, commercial use, acquisition and disposition of all manner of intellectual property.

Mr. Lawler is a dedicated futurist and brings enthusiasm and excitement to cutting edge projects. In addition to legal counsel, Mr. Lawler provides clients with extreme problem solving skills and practical business advice.  Many of Mr. Lawler’s clients rely on him as outside general counsel.  Prior to joining Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP, Mr. Lawler practiced as a corporate securities and M&A attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Jennifer Post, Esq.
Thompson Coburn LLP

Jennifer Post is a Partner in the Thomas Coburn’s Corporate and Securities practice group. She serves as primary outside counsel to a variety of individuals, institutions and companies, including entrepreneurs, venture capital firms and emerging companies, as well as domestic and international public companies.

Jennifer’s practice encompasses all areas of general corporate and securities law, including private placements of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital fund formation. Jennifer advises her company clients in many aspects of their businesses including financings, acquisitions, divestitures, licensing and distribution arrangements, equity compensation and joint ventures and strategic partnerships. Jennifer also represents venture capital firms in their formation, fundraising efforts and maintenance, as well as in their investments in early and later stage operating companies and in complex transactions and restructurings. Jennifer has a unique niche representing private capital lenders including venture debt lenders and hedge funds in lending transactions in both domestic and cross-border facilities.

A prolific speaker and media commentator, Jennifer was recently profiled in the California Lawyer’s M&A Roundtable. Additionally, Jennifer has presented at Digital Hollywood, the Metropole Global’s Crowdfunding Conference, NextGen’s Entrepreneurship & Global Crowdfunding Forum, the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the American Bar Association, among others.

Frideric Prandecki
Co-Founder, Director of Operations

Frideric Prandecki is the Co-Founder & Director of Operations of BountyPlace.com. He is also the Co-Founder and CEO of BobsRepair.com. Frideric has helped ICOs raise millions dollars through bounty campaigns; which are coordinated efforts by thousands of people to promote ICOs through social media, article posts and community engagements. 


Registration fees are per person.

Individual: $425

Group: $399 per person for 2 or more from the same company pre-registering at the same time

Government employee/Non-Profit* Rate: $375

Law Students/paralegals*: $235 (current JD students only)

Program materials:

We’ve gone green.  Registration fees include an electronic copy of your handbook emailed one week in advance of the program.  Be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t see it by then.

If you prefer, you may order a hard copy of the handout to be provided the day of the program for $25. To do so, please be sure to check the box when you register. If you want a hard copy, you must order it when you register; there will not be any available for purchase the day of the program.

** Legal Aid/Non-Profit attorneys are those attorneys employed by Legal Aid/Non-Profit firms. It does not include attorneys who have their own practice, or are employed by law firms, that volunteer their time for non-profit causes or take on pro-bono cases. Full and partial scholarships may be available to a limited number of non-profit/Legal Aid attorneys, based upon registration. Please call (877) 858-3848 to discuss or email your request to info@pincusproed.com.

CLE Credits

CA General:  This program is approved for 7 units of general CLE in California.

NJ General: The LIVE session of this course is approved, under New Jersey’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for 7 CLE units. Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is a NJ approved jurisdiction. See the New Jersey State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.

NY General: The LIVE session of this course is approved, under New York’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for 7 CLE units. Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is a NY approved jurisdiction. See Section 6 of the New York State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.

Terms & Refund Policies

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

For policies related to audio products, please select “I want a download or CD” on the right.

$235.00$425.00 each

Los Angeles, CA | June 22, 2018


Printed Materials

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