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)