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  • What Should Crypto Funds Expect From The SEC Going Forward?
    What Should Crypto Funds Expect From The SEC Going Forward?
    Boris Richard (FTI Consulting), Jeff Bandman (Bandman Advisors), Ivana Rouse (Akin Gump), Peter Altman (Akin Gump) Recorded: Dec 3 2018 65 mins
    This webinar will examine the regulatory and enforcement landscape facing crypto-asset investment managers amidst surging ICO and STO issuance and a sharply increased scrutiny by the SEC of crypto issuers and their token offerings, as well as broker-dealers and digital asset managers.

    Our expert panel will address regulatory and compliance issues that crypto funds often encounter, including SEC registration, requirements for qualified custody, valuation of crypto assets for reporting purposes, and fiduciary due diligence best practices.

    The panel will also provide guidance on recent SEC enforcement actions against crypto asset managers and discuss expectations of the future SEC stance with respect to crypto funds. 

    The Webinar will cover key issues including:

    -- Does the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 apply to crypto funds, including SEC registration obligations and compliance with the Custody Rule?

    -- What is the current state of digital asset custody and what are the future developments in the qualified institutional custody solutions for cryptocurrencies?

    -- How should the manager of a crypto fund value its assets, including for the purposes of handling redemptions?

    -- What are the current independent third party valuation advisor approaches for valuing digital tokens?

    -- How can the manager of a crypto fund satisfy its fiduciary obligations with respect to diligence of digital assets and counterparties involved?

    -- Based on the recent empirical evidence with regard to ICOs and the performance of exchange-traded digital tokens, what are the key due diligence parameters that a crypto fund manager should assess?

    -- How is the SEC stance on cryptocurrencies in general and crypto asset managers in particular evolving? and

    --What recent SEC enforcement actions with respect to crypto asset managers have we seen and what approach in the future is the SEC likely to take towards crypto funds in terms of examination and enforcement?
  • Corporate Board Oversight of Cybersecurity:  A Blueprint for Success
    Corporate Board Oversight of Cybersecurity: A Blueprint for Success
    John Reed Stark, David R. Fontaine Recorded: Oct 17 2018 67 mins
    The Gist:

    What cyber-related actions should corporate boards be undertaking and more importantly, what should corporate secretaries, general counsels, outside lawyers and other corporate advisors be telling their corporate board clients regarding cyber? This webcast offers, for the first time, a realistic, concrete, pragmatic, detailed, sensible and effective vision for corporate board behavior, designed to tackle head-on the mounting and potentially devastating risks that flow from cyber-attacks and other data security incidents.

    Some More Specifics:

    With cyber-incidents capturing headlines around the world with increasing frequency, businesses and regulators have come to recognize that cyber-incidents are not a passing trend, but rather in our digitally connected economy, an embedded risk that is here to stay.

    Our panel will address issues including how cybersecurity risk has clearly elevated itself to the top of corporate agendas; the implications of the SEC’s 2018 Statement on Cybersecurity Interpretive Guidance as it relates to the duties and responsibilities of corporate boards and corporate officers; why corporate directors must now must consider themselves “on notice” when it comes to cybersecurity; and why corporate boards must now take tangible steps to translate their high-level concerns around cybersecurity risks into specific behaviors and precise actions that are identifiable, capable of being readily implemented and heavily documented.

    Please join John Reed Stark, former Chief of the SEC’s Office of Internet Enforcement, now President of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC and David R. Fontaine, former CEO of Kroll, now Senior Advisor to Duff and Phelps (following Kroll’s acquisition by Duff and Phelps), for this timely and relevant webcast.
  • Financial Statements 101: Emerging Trends and Accounting Principles for Lawyers
    Financial Statements 101: Emerging Trends and Accounting Principles for Lawyers
    Jeff Litvak, Jason Tolmaire Recorded: Jun 29 2018 96 mins
    This webcast will cover issues that lawyers often encounter in commercial litigation with reviewing and understanding financial statements. Our panel of accounting experts will cover fundamental accounting concepts and components that are the basis of the financial statement reporting- the statement of financial position (balance sheet), the statement of profit and loss (income statement) and the cash flow statement.

    Our panel will also show how to derive meaningful conclusions about the performance of a business through financial ratio analysis and trend analysis.

    In addition to understanding and analyzing financial statements, the webcast will highlight recent changes in generally accepted accounting principles that will affect the presentation of information contained in the financial statements.

    Please join Jeff Litvak, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA and Jason Tolmaire, CPA/ABV, both of FTI Consulting’s Forensic & Litigation segment, as they address these issues as well as your questions.
  • The Bribery Act, Chapter 7: The Americanisation of UK Corporate Crime
    The Bribery Act, Chapter 7: The Americanisation of UK Corporate Crime
    Vivian Robinson QC, Barry Vitou, Richard Kovalevsky QC, Julian Glass Recorded: Jun 28 2018 62 mins
    The Americanisation of the SFO!

    7 years after the entry into force of the Bribery Act, this webcast will look at how far the UK has come. Our panel of expert UK attorneys and consultants will look back over the last 12 months and forecast where we see developments in the year to come.

    Our panel will cover key issues including:

    --What next with new Director Lisa Osofsky?

    --DPA’s, and what next?

    --House of Lords review into the Bribery Act – what are they looking at and will anything change?

    --Privilege: With the ENRC appeal about to be heard and a couple of new cases in the last 6 months, what is the position right now? Are witness notes protected, or not?

    --And much more!

    Please join Barry Vitou, Shareholder and Head of London White Collar Defence and Special Investigations, Greenberg Traurig; Julian Glass, Senior Managing Director, Forensic & Litigation Consulting, FTI Consulting; Vivian Robinson, Partner, McGuire Woods; and Richard Kovalevsky QC - 2 Bedford Row for this free webcast in which we'll address these issues and your questions.
  • The Death Knell for ICOs and Crypto Exchanges?
    The Death Knell for ICOs and Crypto Exchanges?
    John Reed Stark, David Fontaine Recorded: May 30 2018 66 mins
    The crypto-financing landscape, still barely in its infancy, is caught up in the perfect storm. Initial coin offerings (ICOs), a term meant to describe the offer and sale of digital assets issued and distributed on a blockchain, as well as crypto-trading platforms, where ICO tokens and coins trade like common stock, are under greater scrutiny than ever before – and with good reason.

    •Congress has held hearings about crypto-related frauds, expressing grave concerns and demanding regulatory and law enforcement action ASAP;

    •The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is on a crypto-enforcement rampage filing new cases every week and remains poised to bring many, many more;

    •The U.S. Department of Justice is arresting crypto-related lawbreakers, locking up crypto-promotors and affiliates for a variety of felonious conduct;

    •Several U.S. States have initiated crypto-related round-ups and prosecutions, including the New York State Attorney General, who has issued a comprehensive and sweeping first round of inquiry to a broad range of crypto-trading platforms;

    •The U.S. Treasury Department and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have begun a slew of regulatory and enforcement actions pertaining to the litany of anti-money laundering (AML) responsibilities and requirements of crypto-related businesses; and

    •The Internal Revenue Service has announced its intention to make sure all crypto-associated taxable events are fully paid and properly recorded.

    This webcast explores, in plain English, the various U.S. statutes, rules and regulations which apply to the crypto-marketplace – and how the application of both old and new laws should ultimately shut down all ICOs and crypto-trading platforms involving U.S. investors. Discussion during this one-hour session will focus primarily on the extensive catalogue of applicable SEC and AML regulations.
  • Securities Regulation of Digital Assets
    Securities Regulation of Digital Assets
    Alma Angotti, Gino Soave, Martine Beamon and Jai Massari Recorded: Apr 26 2018 57 mins
    As a follow-up to our April 4th, 2018 webinar ("Anti-Money Laundering Regulation of Digital Assets"), Alma Angotti, Managing Director and Global Investigations & Compliance Practice Co-Leader and Gino Soave, Director at Navigant; and Martine Beamon and Jai Massari, Partners at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP will examine the impact of the federal securities laws on digital assets.

    Topics to be covered include:

    -- The SEC’s jurisdiction over digital assets and activities involving digital assets
    -- The recent focus on the role of intermediaries and gatekeepers in digital asset markets
    -- The state of play of enforcement involving digital assets and how the SEC’s approach can guide development of an effective compliance program
  • The First 48 Hours: Incident Response Strategies Following a Cyber Incident
    The First 48 Hours: Incident Response Strategies Following a Cyber Incident
    Luke Tenery, Ted Theisen, Christopher Todd Doss, Daron M. Hartvigsen Recorded: Apr 24 2018 53 mins
    This webcast analyzes the first 48 hours following a cybersecurity incident, and lays out incident response strategies that facilitate critical decision making and enable victim companies to rapidly recover.

    Having evolved significantly over the past several years, cyber incident response has moved beyond just quantifying the data exposure and hunting for end-point threats. New techniques such as user behaviour analytics and cloud identity management are two examples of game changers in modern incident response. Traditional hard drive forensics were historically the primary source of evidence during a cyber investigation and are now just one component of the effort where broader crisis management, threat pursuit, and information assurances take on prominent roles in the response.

    Join Ankura’s senior cybersecurity experts as they share their respective decades of experience in leading organizations through some of the most complex incident response engagements. Learn valuable insights into new approaches in IR that are imperative in today’s initial response in the First 48 hours of a significant cybersecurity incident.

    What you’ll learn:

    --What are the primary risks and efforts that the most elite incident responders are concerned about in the First 48 hours of a significant security incident?
    --What are the key questions inside and outside counsel are asking cybersecurity experts in the First 48 hours of a significant security incident?
    --What are some of the new and emergent approaches to cyber IR to better providing better assurances to the victim organization?
    --Where are some organizations missing opportunities for greater assurances during the response in the First 48?
  • The Fate of ALJs and Other Critical Issues Presented in Lucia v. SEC
    The Fate of ALJs and Other Critical Issues Presented in Lucia v. SEC
    Britt Whitesell Biles, Meryl D. Grenadier Recorded: Apr 10 2018 68 mins
    This seminar will analyze Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, in which the Supreme Court will address the constitutionality of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Administrative Law Judges. Oral argument in this case is set for April 23, 2018. Among other items, this session will cover:

    · An overview of the SEC administrative process, including the genesis of the constitutional challenges to the forum and the changes that the SEC made to its Rules of Practice in response to those constitutional challenges;
    · A review of the key Appointments Clause jurisprudence leading up to Lucia;
    · An analysis of the potential outcomes of Lucia; and
    · A practical discussion of the potential impact of Lucia on SEC administrative proceedings, whether pending or already adjudicated.

    Please join Britt Whitesell Biles and Meryl D. Grenadier from Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP as they discuss this important Supreme Court case and its potential impact on SEC administrative proceedings. Ms. Biles recently joined Stein Mitchell from the SEC, where she served as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the Division of Enforcement. At the SEC, Ms. Biles investigated and litigated securities enforcement actions, including administrative proceedings. In 2017, Ms. Biles received the SEC Chairman’s Award for Excellence for leading the litigation in the SEC’s groundbreaking law firm hacking case in which Chinese nationals were charged with securities fraud for trading on the basis of material nonpublic information that was stolen from law firms when their networks were hacked.
  • Anti-Money Laundering Regulation of Digital Assets
    Anti-Money Laundering Regulation of Digital Assets
    Alma Angotti, Gino Soave, Claiborne (Clay) Porter, Jason Somensatto Recorded: Apr 4 2018 68 mins
    Within recent months, U.S. and international regulators have been moving swiftly to regulate cryptocurrency in various ways. On February 13, 2018, the U.S. Department of Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, Ranking Member on the Senate Finance Committee, reiterated its position that cryptocurrency exchanges are required to register as Money Service Businesses (MSB). The requirement to register as an MSB triggers the obligation to develop, document an anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions compliance program.

    In a panel discussion, Alma Angotti, Managing Director and Global Investigations & Compliance Practice Co-Leader at Navigant; Gino Soave, a Director in Navigant’s Global Investigations & Compliance Practice; Claiborne (Clay) Porter, Managing Director and Head of Investigations at Navigant; and Jason Somensatto, Of Counsel at Orrick discuss the practical effects of FinCEN’s position and how companies in this industry can ensure that they don’t run afoul of AML and sanctions regulation and enforcement.

    Topics to be covered include:

    -- Determining whether your organization should be registered as an MSB
    -- Developing, implementing and maintaining an effective AML and sanctions compliance program
    -- How to address AML and sanctions compliance in an ever changing regulatory environment
  • Preparing for the New Revenue Recognition Rules & Other Corp. Accounting Updates
    Preparing for the New Revenue Recognition Rules & Other Corp. Accounting Updates
    Cathy Connolly, Jonathan Shapiro Recorded: Mar 15 2018 62 mins
    The first quarterly reporting deadline for public companies is quickly approaching, and that reporting for the first time will include significant disclosures related to the newly-implemented accounting standards. By January 2018, companies were expected to update revenue recognition rules for all revenue arising from contracts with customers, which requires not only a change to financial statements, but related disclosures, business processes and internal controls over financial reporting.

    In a panel discussion, Cathy Connolly of StoneTurn and Jonathan Shapiro of Baker Botts will focus on the changes brought about by the new rules, and address the questions they raise.

    Topics to be covered include:

    -- What types of issues may be brought to light? From what sources (internal, SEC, other)?
    -- How does a company and its counsel respond?
    -- What is the board’s response?
    -- How can the key problems be quickly identified, and an effective response, including a remediation plan, be implemented?

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