As the use of virtual currency and related technology continues to increase, the interests of law enforcement and regulators in virtual currency continues to evolve. Virtual currency is not inherently illicit and it is used by legitimate consumers every day to conduct legal transactions. Nonetheless, the supposed anonymous nature of virtual currency simultaneously attracts the attention of both individuals seeking to further illegal activities and the government. This aspect—as well as other key attributes of blockchain, the technology behind virtual currency—create challenges for the protection of users' information. Those challenges must be addressed for the technology to become mainstream.

Our discussion will identify the key attributes of blockchain technology, its promise, and the challenges it poses. We will also discuss certain regulatory requirements related to legitimate use of virtual currency—including under the Bank Secrecy Act and the federal securities laws—and the tools available to law enforcement interested in investigating and prosecuting the alleged misuse of virtual currency to further underlying criminality.

    Date & Time

    Tuesday September 19, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

    Speakers

    Peter D. Hardy
    White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations
    Ballard Spahr

    Marjorie J. Peerce
    White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations
    Ballard Spahr

    Odia Kagan
    Privacy and Data Security
    Ballard Spahr

    For more information, please contact Molly Martin at martinmo@ballardspahr.com.

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