11/28/2018 12:00 p.m. - 01:15 p.m.
Securities Enforcement and Financial Technology
One Wells Fargo Center, 30th Floor 301 S. College Street Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
Susan I. Gault-Brown
Blockchain is the backbone technology that – along with numerous other use cases – currently is best known for powering all cryptocurrencies. As we’ll discuss in this presentation, cryptocurrencies are not a homogeneous asset class; rather, they come in many varieties, including: truly decentralized cryptocurrencies; tokens issued in initial coin offerings; and asset-based cryptocurrencies, including “stablecoins.” In addition to describing each variety of cryptocurrency, we’ll also discuss the differences in the regulatory treatment under SEC guidance and also discuss relevant CFTC and state guidance. We’ll also touch on certain issues financial institutions should consider in determining whether to provide cryptocurrency-related services, such as custodial or valuation services. In addition to cryptocurrency, we will also discuss other blockchain use cases and also delve into the area of smart contracts.
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