Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies: Business Trends & Regulatory Developments

80.00

  • 3 CPD Hours

This seminar presents and explains the growing attention and value of Blockchain technology across various sectors of the economy, including the incremental use of crypto-assets (cryptocurrencies) for transactional, as well as investment purposes. The seminar studies several existing examples and cases to understand this new technology and its potentials, while it further explores the key business trends, especially in relation to tokenization. In addition, the seminar examines the current and under-development EU regulatory framework on crypto-assets, addressing the key legislations and regulations which affect or be affected by the disruptive nature of crypto-transactions.

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the main features and functionalities of Blockchain technology and of crypto-assets;
  • Appreciate the risks, as well as the benefits and potential importance of crypto-assets to the wider economy;
  • Understand the value and the impact of the use of crypto-assets as a means of crowdfunding investments;
  • Understand the various aspects and potential of “asset tokenization”.
  • Learn about the current (and coming) regulatory framework(s) governing the use of crypto-assets in the EU and in Cyprus;

Service Providers (e.g. lawyers, accountants, auditors, tax planners and business consultants) wishing to be informed about the use of Blockchain technology across various market sectors, as well as the existing and under-development regulatory framework(s) and challenges associated with the use and trade of crypto and tokens.

Instructor

Charis Savvides

Dr. Charis Savvides is an experienced corporate lawyer and law lecturer at the University of Nicosia with both practical and teaching experience in Corporate, Competition and Financial law, as well as in Regulation and Digital Currencies, a course offered by the University in the context of its MSc in Digital Currency.

Dr. Savvides obtained his law degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2005 and continued his postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom, with emphasis on International and European Business Law, obtaining his LL.M in International Commercial Law from the University of Nottingham and his PhD in Law from the University of Sheffield. His doctoral thesis was on competition law and more specifically on the EU regulatory framework on state aids to firms in difficulty.

He is Partner at the law firm Stelios Americanos & Co LLC, one of the largest, full service, law firms in Cyprus, with significant experience in the broader area of financial and investment regulatory compliance and fund administration. He is Head of three Departments of the law firm, namely: (i) Financial & Investment Regulatory Compliance, (ii) Restructuring, Receivership & Liquidation, and (iii) Innovation & Blockchain.

Dr Savvides is regular speaker at professional seminars and conferences, where he shares his knowledge and experience about the regulatory status and trends in the fields of Investment Funds and Cryptocurrencies. In addition, he serves as non-executive director in a Forex company and in a private equity Alternative Investment Fund, both regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC).

Outline

  • The value of this technology
    • Distributed Ledger Technology
    • Decentralization / Consensus
    • A problem-solving technology
  • Practical Applications
    • Use Cases Across Several Market Sectors
    • The example of Academic Certificates
    • The example of Blockchain Digital Share Certificates
    • Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS)
  • Definitions and a general overview
    • A single application of Blockchain technology
    • Crypto transactions
    • DLT tokens
  • Cryptos and Crowdfunding
    • Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
    • The “Utility / Security” Debate & Test
    • Regulators (Re)actions
    • Security Token Offerings (STOs)
  • Asset Tokenization
  • Regulatory Policy Outlook
    • A crime prevention (primary) orientation
    • Blockchain as a Regulatory / Law Enforcement Tool
    • Case studies
    • Combating Money Laundering
  • EU Regulatory Framework
    • 5th AML Directive
    • Crypto Exchanges & Digital Wallet Custodians
    • New EU Regulations in the Pipeline
  • Regulatory Developments in Cyprus
    • CySEC & Crypto Asset Service Providers (CASP)
    • Categories & Licensing Requirements
    • Draft Legislation on Distributed Ledger Technology

What’s included

  • Pre-Recorded Videos

  • Short Quizzes

  • Seminar notes

  • 24/7 access to our online platform

  • Certificate of Completion

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