The regulatory future of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and ICOs remains unclear as U.S. regulators are still working to understand how the tech fits within existing regulations and what new policies are needed to help foster innovation and prevent abuse. Trace Schmeltz is a seasoned legal expert with experience in the SEC litigation landscape. In this interview Trace shares insights on the SEC's thoughts on blockchain and where regulation is headed in the coming years!
About Trace: Trace Schmeltz is co-chair of the financial & regulatory litigation practice at law firm Barnes & Thornburg. Trace is a seasoned trial attorney with experience in numerous forums including the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Securities and Exchange Commission; he concentrates his practice on securities, commodities, mergers and acquisitions and white collar criminal litigation. Also, he has pursued and defended claims on behalf of auditors, investment banks, futures commission merchants, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, corporate boards and corporations. Of notable experience, in 2012, Trace represented the Commodities Customer Coalition, comprised of over 7000 customers of MF Global, Inc. directly affected by the handling of the bankruptcy of MF Global, Inc. (leaving a shortfall in customer funds that the trustee estimates to be about $1.2 billion. He’s actively following the commodities futures market and enforcement trend and recent high profile cases involving spoofing.
What you will learn in this episode:
- What to expect from the SEC and other regulators regarding blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
- What legal counsel ICOs and other blockchain projects should seek out.
- How to launch blockchain solutions amidst regulatory uncertainty.
Trace Schmeltz: @TraceSchmeltz
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