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Broadcast Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021
from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)

Overview:

The emergence of blockchain technology spurred substantial advantages across various industries. However, as it continues to gain momentum, antitrust authorities have noted several risk issues that it may bring, including its potential to enable collusion or exclude competition. These concerns have prompted the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division to begin scrutinizing blockchain-based partnerships.

To avoid legal pitfalls, companies engaged in blockchain must revisit their existing practices and ensure that they are compliant with relevant antitrust laws. They must also follow emerging developments in this field of law to avoid further risks and costly fines.

In this LIVE Webcast, the distinguished speakers and key thought leaders Melanie M. Kiser (Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP) and Susannah P. Torpey (Winston & Strawn LLP) organized by The Knowledge Group will provide a comprehensive discussion of the recent antitrust developments in blockchain technology. They will also cite critical issues and offer best practices to help companies mitigate legal pitfalls while maximizing the potentials of blockchain technology.

Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:

  • Antitrust Enforcement in Blockchain Technology: Trends and Statistics
  • Current and Emerging Updates in Antitrust Regulation
  • Common Red Flags and Issues
  • Best Compliance Strategies

Credit:

Course Level:

Intermediate

 

Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials

 

Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)

 

Prerequisite:

General knowledge of antitrust law

 

Course Code:

149613

 

NY Category of CLE Credit:

Law Practice Management

 

Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Susannah P. Torpey, Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP

Susannah P. Torpey, Co-Chair of Winston’s Technology Antitrust Group, litigates cutting-edge issues at the intersection of antitrust, intellectual property (IP), and technology. Susannah has more than 15 years of experience representing major corporations in high-profile, multidistrict, class action litigation and government investigations involving a wide array of federal and state antitrust issues, including monopolization, monopoly leveraging, price fixing, group boycotts, exclusive dealing, tying, price discrimination, anticompetitive product redesign, interoperability degradation, and mixed issues of antitrust and IP law relating to standard-setting, patent licensing, patent misuse, and fraud on the PTO. She routinely counsels businesses regarding the minimization of antitrust risk, pricing strategies, antitrust compliance, and business issues relating to the use of tech and IP. Susannah has been repeatedly recognized by leading ranking publications as a “SuperLawyer,” “Top Woman Attorney,” and as a “Star” in Antitrust and Litigation for obtaining critical wins for her clients.

Melanie M. Kiser, Associate
Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

Melanie Kiser has experience investigating, litigating, and advising clients on civil antitrust matters in the telecommunications, media, technology, energy, transportation, consumer goods, and healthcare industries. During her six-year tenure with the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Melanie played a key role in numerous significant matters, including the Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Halliburton-Baker Hughes, Anthem-Cigna, AT&T-Time Warner Inc., and T-Mobile-Sprint transactions. Melanie earned four Awards of Distinction for her work at the DOJ and has participated extensively in all phases of merger review and litigation, from taking depositions and negotiating CIDs to drafting recommendations and taking cases to trial. She presented the government’s second witness in a major merger trial; led third-party discovery, exhibit admissions/objections, and proposed findings of fact in a successful merger litigation; and negotiated remedies in several matters. Since joining Axinn, Melanie has represented clients in civil litigation and before the federal agencies, obtaining approval of several significant transactions, and counseled clients on a range of competition law issues.

Agenda:

Susannah P. Torpey, Partner

Winston & Strawn LLP

    • How blockchain can increase competition or be used to restrain competition
    • How collusion can arise in connection with blockchain, digital assets, and smart contracts
    • Emerging litigation trends relating to blockchain
    • Facilitating information exchange and agreements among competitors
    • Exclusion of competitors from private blockchains (coordinated or vertical)
    • Exclusion of blockchain technologies that threaten to disrupt incumbents (monopolistic or coordinated)
    • Best practices to mitigate antitrust risks relating to blockchain

Melanie M. Kiser, Associate

Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

    • Facilitating information exchange and agreements among competitors
    • Exclusion of competitors from private blockchains (coordinated or vertical)
    • Exclusion of blockchain technologies that threaten to disrupt incumbents (monopolistic or coordinated)

Materials:

Download Course Materials

Who Should Attend:

  • Antitrust Lawyers and Consultants
  • Compliance and Risk Officers
  • Corporate Counsel
  • General Counsel
  • Top-Level Executives

SPEAKERS

Susannah P. TorpeyPartner
Winston & Strawn LLP
Melanie M. KiserAssociate
Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

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