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    SciTech Focus on Blockchain: Antitrust Regulation and Blockchain Technology

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    At its core, blockchain technology is simply an alternative, albeit a potentially disruptive one, to more traditional interactions between buyers and sellers who want to conduct financial or other transactions with potentially greater efficiency and security but also more potential for competitive harm.

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    Government antitrust agencies and courts that enforce and interpret antitrust laws regularly confront dynamic and evolving technologies. By enabling collaboration in new and different ways, blockchain technology offers the potential for significantly more efficient and secure transactions. This technology, however, also raises the potential for competitive harm.

    While distributed ledger technology represents an innovative way for companies to decentralize data and secure transactions, antitrust enforcers will apply existing antitrust principles to evaluate the potential for competitive harm: antitrust laws are agnostic as to whether parties reach an unlawful agreement to restrain trade through in-person meetings in a smoke-filled room or through nodes in a blockchain. Register for this webinar and explore the general spectrum of antitrust risk for firms that are considering whether to form or to participate in a blockchain initiative.

    Join our expert panel to:

    • Identify the key federal antitrust laws related to blockchain technology
    • Gain familiarity with the Blockchain Information Exchange and attributes of open versus permissioned blockchains.
    • Understand the key antitrust issues associated with participation in blockchain technology
    • Identify potential risk factors for antitrust investigation and private litigation

    This is the fourth webinar of the exciting and informative 7-part "SciTech Focus on Blockchain" webinar series, inspired by the new book Blockchain for Business Lawyers.

    Our panelists include:

    • Jeane A. Thomas (Partner, Crowell & Moring) [Moderator]
    • Ryan C. Thomas (Partner, Jones Day)
    • Gabrielle Kohlmeier (Associate General Counsel for Antitrust and Strategic Affairs, Verizon Communications)
    • Thomas D. York (Associate, Jones Day)

    Event Details

    Format

    Web

    Date

    Feb 13, 2019

    2019-02-13T13:00:00-05:00 2019-02-13T14:00:00-05:00 SciTech Focus on Blockchain: Antitrust Regulation and Blockchain Technology

    At its core, blockchain technology is simply an alternative, albeit a potentially disruptive one, to more traditional interactions between buyers and sellers who want to conduct financial or other transactions with potentially greater efficiency and security but also more potential for competitive harm.

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    ABACLE

    Cybersecurity Legal Task Force [Member-at-Large Only]

    Section of Science & Technology Law

    MCLE Information

    The ABA will seek 1.00 CLE credit hours in 60-minute-hour states, and 1.20 credit hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

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    Panelists

    Jeane Thomas (Moderator), Gabrielle Kohlmeier, Ryan Thomas, Thomas York.

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