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The Changing Landscape for ICOs: An Overview of the ICO Regulatory Environment in the US and UK - February 27, 2018 - New York, NY
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The Changing Landscape for ICOs:

An Overview of the ICO Regulatory Environment in the US and UK




February 27, 2018

12:30 PM to 3:00 PM



Hosted by: K & L Gates



599 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022



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K&L Gates and BayPay Forum are delighted to invite you to a UNIQUE INTERCONTINENTAL event addressing the current regulatory environment for ICO's IN BOTH THE UK AND US.


- An update on recent SEC announcements and enforcement actions in the US, and potential impact on ICOs outside the US.

- An overview on UK regulatory guidance regarding ICOs

- Practical advice for companies that have already held an ICO or are planning one in the future.

Meet a panel of entrepreneurs FROM EUROPE involved in the Blockchain and ICO areas to discuss Use Cases and answer your questions

This event is FREE for Business Members ( $24.99/month ).




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12:30 PM Registration
1:00 PM Introduction by Daniel Chatelain, Managing Director at The BayPay Forum
1:05 PM Presentations
  From London: Background about the ICO boom and transactions by Rizwan Qayyum, Law Clerk, K&L Gates
  From London: Overview of UK and EU guidance/regulatory responses by Rodney Smyth, Consultant at K&L Gates
  From NYC & London: Overview of US regulatory responses to ICOs by Judith Rinearson and Derek Steingarten, Partners at K&L Gates
1:45 PM Panel discussion
  Panel and Q&A moderated by Daniel Chatelain, Managing Director at The BayPay Forum
  Tommy Jamet, Founder of, President at The Government Blockchain Association - London
2:15 PM Q&A
2:30 PM Networking
3:00 PM End of Session


Rizwan Qayyum

Law Clerk, K&L Gates

Rizwan Qayyum is a member of the Investment Management team based in the London office. Mr Qayyum has particular experience with commercial and payments industries, advising on EU and UK law and regulation, products, transactions and commercial contracts. He also works with European clients and transactions involving investment managers, and fund service providers, with strong regulatory experience. He has a special focus on innovation within financial services, including mobile payments, cryptocurrencies and token offerings. He has written extensively on the area and has had speaking engagements.

Mr Qayyum is US qualified lawyer.

Rizwan Qayyum

Rodney Smyth

Consultant at K&L Gates


Rodney Smyth is a consultant in the K&L Gates London office where he offers advice to the Investment Management, Hedge Funds and Alternative Investments group. He advises on financial services law and regulation and has broad experience in the investment management industry. His practice area includes crowdfunding, regulated and unregulated funds and the marketing of financial products.

Rodney Smyth

Judith Rinearson

Partner at K&L Gates

Judith Rinearson is a partner in the firm’s New York and London offices. Ms. Rinearson concentrates her practice in prepaid and emerging payment systems, electronic payments, crypto/virtual currencies, reward programs, ACH and check processing. She has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 18 years at American Express’s General Counsel’s Office. Her expertise focuses particularly in the areas of emerging payments and compliance with state and federal consumer protection laws, anti-money laundering laws, state money transmitter licensing laws and abandoned property laws.

Fully experienced in both the “issuing” and “acquiring” side of the payments business, Ms. Rinearson has drafted and negotiated complex agreements with strategic co-branded partners, processors and Independent Sales Organizations (ISOs), ATM networks, major retailers and service providers, prepaid card issuers and program managers, international remittance companies, virtual and mobile payment providers, as well as the Terms and Conditions and disclosures that usually accompany such products. She has hands-on experience in all legal aspects of launching and managing a range of payment products, from prepaid cards of all kinds, to Bitcoin exchanges and miners, wire transfer services, ACH, electronic banking, money orders and credit cards. Her practice includes advising on fraud avoidance and compliance with federal banking and anti-money laundering laws, as well as state money transmitter licensing laws, consumer protection laws and abandoned property laws. On the international level, Ms. Rinearson has supervised the launch of a range of payment and foreign currency products in Europe, Asia and Latin America; met with international regulators; and spoken on the issue of payment regulation.

Ms. Rinearson currently serves on the Advisory Board of the UK’s Emerging Payments Association (EPA), and previously served on the Board of the UK’s Prepaid International Forum (PIF) where she is still an active contributor. She has also served for 8 years as Regulatory Counsel for the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association (NBPCA) in the U.S., and as Chair of the NBPCA’s Government Relations Working Group, and in that role represented the NBPCA at the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (BSAAG) in Washington DC.

She has long been a member of the American Bar Association’s Cyberspace Law Committee, where she has previously chaired the Payment Card Fraud Task Force.

Over the years, Ms. Rinearson has garnered many honors. In 2015, she was named one of the Top 10 Payment Lawyers, by Paybefore magazine and in the same year was voted as one of the most Influential Women in Payments at the same publication. In March 2008, she was honored with an Industry Achievement Award from the 2008 Prepaid Card Expo for her contributions as a pioneer in the prepaid card industry and her particular influence in the regulation of prepaid cards.

She has also given numerous presentations about payment regulations at meetings held by the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia and Chicago, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), the Electronic Funds Transfer Association, Forum Europe, NACHA, and at annual meetings of the Money Transmitter Regulators Association, American Bar Association and the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. In 2015 and 2016, among other things, Ms. Rinearson presented at the Prepaid International Forum in London regarding U.S. payment laws; moderated a panel at Money2020 regarding state money transmitter licensing issues; and trained bank examiners regarding prepaid cards and emerging payments including crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin, Etherium and Ripple. She also testified at the January 2014 Virtual Currency Hearings before the New York State Department of Financial Services regarding regulation of virtual and crypto currencies.

Rinearson Judith

Derek Steingarten

Partner at K&L Gates

Derek Steingarten is a partner based in the firm’s New York and Boston offices who specializes in the fund industry, including a focus on regulations, fund launches and transactions. He maintains an active practice representing investment advisers and fund sponsors with new fund launches, ongoing regulatory issues and strategic transactions involving hedge funds, mutual funds, private equity funds, collective investment trusts and other traditional and ‘alternative’ vehicles.

Derek’s industry knowledge and regulatory expertise covers the securities, corporate, transactional and business combination issues faced by financial firms as they manage and grow their businesses and address regulatory enforcement concerns. His clients include seasoned and startup fund managers and consultants, banks and other financial services firms, hedge and private equity funds, funds-of-funds, open and closed-end registered mutual funds, and fund boards of directors. He works regularly in an outside general counsel or client concierge role, coordinating the firm’s specialty practices in tax, ERISA, employment and litigation to provide high touch service to asset management firms with offices and operations in the United States and other jurisdictions.

Derek Steingarten


Tommy Jamet

Founder of, President at The Government Blockchain Association - London


Tommy holds a master’s degree in finance and a BSc in Accounting. He started to get involved in Blockchain by opening the first Government Blockchain Association Chapter in Europe in early 2017. The Association aims to facilitate the discussion between governments and the blockchain industry. It has rapidly grown to 50 chapters and counts more than 3,000 members across the globe today.

He founded in 2017, a pre-ICO audit and crypto-assets accounting company to fill the great need of finance professional in the blockchain industry.



Daniel Chatelain

Managing Director at The BayPay Forum

Daniel Chatelain is a serial entrepreneur focused on innovation in payments, commerce and Fintech. He sits on the board of directors or advisors of emerging companies and is a mentor at 500 Startups. He started The BayPay Forum to help foster innovation in payment and commerce.

The BayPay Forum is a member based organization that gathers today over 14,000 executives from thousands of companies and that organizes events for its members to understand the new trends in innovation in payments and commerce in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Toronto, New York, Paris, London and Luxembourg. Prior to that, Daniel was CEO, President & COO of companies he started as an entrepreneur or within the Lagardere (Elle, Woman’s Day, Car & Driver, Hachette, Canal Satellite) and Airbus Industries group (Airbus, Ariane, Eurocopter) and Vice President of a VC backed companies giving him a wide experience of growing companies domestically and internationally in the banking, telecom and interactive media industries as an entrepreneur, corporate or VC backed senior executive.







Location K&L Gates, 599 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10022

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Tuesday 27 February 2018, 12:30pm - 05:00pm
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