Smart Contracts: Navigating Legal, Regulatory and Consumer Protection Issues

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 (in 9 days)
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

This CLE webinar will discuss the growing use of smart contracts within a variety of business sectors. The panel will examine the benefits and legal risks of the contracts, including the binding nature of the agreements and regulatory and consumer protection considerations.


Smart contracts use computer code to execute actions within the contract cycle automatically when specific conditions are met. Such contracts can significantly reduce transaction time and costs, especially with repetitive or ministerial tasks such as payments on specified dates, supply chain deliveries, or automated trades in stocks and other financial instruments.

S​mart contracts may be executed via blockchain technologies​.​ ​They have the capacity ​for ​extensive use in the global markets.

Corporate counsel must understand how smart contracts operate, their limitations, and the associated legal issues, including cross-border legal issues, in order to effectively advise clients.

Listen as our authoritative panel explores the emergence of smart contracts and the legal, regulatory and consumer protection issues associated with their use.


  1. How smart contracts work
  2. How smart contracts are being applied in different business transactions and industries
  3. How smart contracts will impact legal practice
  4. Legal, regulatory and consumer protection considerations with smart contracts


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How smart contracts are being used in a variety of business transactions
  • Whether smart contracts are legally enforceable and binding
  • Legal, regulatory and consumer protection issues with smart contracts


Lewis R. Cohen, Partner
Hogan Lovells US, New York

Mr. Cohen’s practice is focused on complex cross-border transactions. His experience includes working on the first structured finance transactions, including a securitization of credit card receivables by Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. As a market leader, Mr. Cohen has worked on many first and early stage transactions, including some of the first SEC-registered cross-border asset backed securities offerings, one of the first securitizations by a Chinese company, many of the first U.S.-placed covered bonds, the first covered bond issued out of Latin America, and one of the first sukuk transactions sold in the U.S. market. He helps clients in transactions involving asset-backed commercial paper conduits, master trusts, as well as more traditional debt and equity transactions. Mr. Cohen is a frequent speaker on cross-border structured finance and capital markets carving a recognized niche as one of the leading lawyers in the U.S. in this space.

Josias N. (Joe) Dewey, Partner
Holland & Knight, Miami

Mr. Dewey is a financial services and real estate attorney and is considered one of the foremost thought leaders on blockchain technology. He regularly represents banks across the entire spectrum as measured by assets and scale, from community to global money center banks. Mr. Dewey also represents other financial institutions, including life insurance companies and funds involved in commercial lending transactions. His finance practice encompasses a broad range of asset classes and transaction structures. He has substantial experience in participations, syndicated transactions and other co-lending arrangements, representing lead lenders and participant lenders. He is also an experienced computer coder who has leveraged this skillset to develop workflow applications to speed up the lifecycle of finance and other transactions, reduce inefficiencies, address pain points and areas of friction, as well as reduce the incidents of human error. 

Kari S. Larsen, Counsel
Reed Smith, New York

Ms. Larson has extensive international experience in building businesses and managing global commercial, legal, and compliance risks. For almost 20 years, she has represented clients in U.S. and EU regulatory, legislative, risk management, compliance, internal control and transactional matters related to exchange and over-the-counter commodities, options and derivatives markets, with a particular focus on cryptocurrencies, digital assets, energy, agricultural and environmental commodities. Ms. Larson is considered a leading strategic advisor to businesses regarding the development of profitable inventive products, including FinTech and RegTech innovations, while navigating complex regulatory regimes. She is regularly invited to speak at FinTech conferences regarding RegTech, digital currency and blockchain solutions in particular.

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