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March 20, 2019 - 11:30 am–12:15 pm

BLOCKCHAIN LIABILITY UPDATE: Cutting Edge Developments and Lessons Learned

Blockchain as an emerging technology is impacted by the law and litigation exposure from multiple fields of law. This session will take a wide ranging look at the latest updates on blockchain litigation that startups, enterprise and governments need to consider regarding blockchain implementation including:

  • Liability in a decentralized world – who is liable when smart contracts violate laws (e.g., decentralized exchanges, prediction markets, etc).
  • Securities law liability – key developments from around the world
  • AML/KYC liability – key criminal, regulatory and civil cases involving money laundering, terrorist financing and lessons learned
  • Jurisdictional issues – court decisions addressing jurisdiction based on the features of blockchain technology.
  • Smart contracts – key liability issues and prevention measures
Usman Sheikh Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Usman Sheikh
Partner, Head of Blockchain & Smart Contracts
Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
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