Smart Financial Regulation Roundtable: Implications of Cryptocurrencies

Apr 11, 2018
2:00pm7:00pm
Top of the Hill Conference Center 1 Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002 (Corner of Constitution Avenue NE and First Street NE, across from the U.S. Capitol)

Event Speakers

Paul Atkins

Chief Executive Officer, Patomak Global Partners, LLC

Rostin Behnam

Commissioner, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Joseph Brady

Executive Director, North American Securities Administrators Association

Jerry Brito

Executive Director, Coin Center

Chris Brummer

Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Gary DeWaal

Special Counsel, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Sara Hanks

CEO, CrowdCheck

Brian Knight

Director of the Program on Financial Regulation and Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

Ryne Miller

Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP

Brian Trackman

Counsel on FinTech and Innovation, ‎Commodity Futures Trading Commission

J. W. Verret

Associate Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School and Senior Affiliated Scholar, Mercatus Center

Angela Walch

Associate Professor, St. Mary's University School of Law

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The Institute for Financial Markets and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University are co-hosting an educational event on the financial regulation of cryptocurrencies. Join us for this timely conversation on the regulation of crypto-assets within the securities and futures markets.

Learn as leading experts discuss the current state of play in cryptocurrencies. How are they being used and what problems can they potentially solve? How are cryptocurrencies currently regulated and does that regulation make sense? Hear from scholars, regulators, and industry experts as they debate whether digital assets pose unique risks and how regulators should adapt to the new technology.

This meaningful study will discuss what structural, procedural, or substantive regulatory changes might need to be addressed and what policymakers and regulators might do to help cryptocurrencies achieve their potential while minimizing risk.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP early. Contact Caitlyn Schmidt at cschmidt@mercatus.gmu.edu with any questions.

Agenda

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.  |  Opening Remarks

  • Trish Foshée, President, The Institute for Financial Markets
  • Brian Knight, Director of the Program on Financial Regulation and Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
     

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  |  Panel I: The State of Play in Cryptocurrencies
What are cryptocurrencies and how are they being used and regulated?

  • Paul Atkins, Chief Executive Officer, Patomak Global Partners, LLC
  • Joseph Brady, Executive Director, North American Securities Administrators Association
  • Chris Brummer, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Sara Hanks, CEO, CrowdCheck

Moderated by: J.W. Verret, Senior Affiliated Scholar, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
 

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Refreshment Break
 

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  |  Panel II: The Regulatory Response to Cryptocurrencies
What should regulators and policymakers do to help cryptocurrencies achieve their potential while minimizing risk?

  • Jerry Brito, Executive Director, Coin Center
  • Ryne Miller, Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP
  • Brian Trackman, Counsel on FinTech and Innovation, ‎Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Angela Walch, Associate Professor, St. Mary's University School of Law

Moderated by: Gary DeWaal, Special Counsel, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
 

5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.  |  Fireside Chat

  • Rostin Behnam, Commissioner, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Interviewed by: Brian Knight, Director of the Program on Financial Regulation and Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  |  Networking Reception