Broadcast Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023
from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

Overview:

Heightened regulatory scrutiny and continued volatility in the digital asset market have led to a significant uptick in the number of securities class action suits involving cryptocurrencies. With emerging court decisions and litigation and enforcement challenges on the horizon, practitioners and companies must keep track of current and future developments in the cryptocurrency space to understand how to navigate this complex and evolving landscape.

Listen as experienced economic consultants Michael J. Hilfiker and Mitchell B. Allen of Cornerstone Research provide an in-depth analysis of key trends in litigation and enforcement as well as insights into critical issues and challenges surrounding cryptocurrency-related securities class actions. The speakers will also provide a sneak peek of what to expect in 2023 and beyond.

Key topics that will be covered in this discussion are:

  • Cryptocurrency Securities Class Action Trends and Updates
  • Notable Cases and Court Rulings
  • Critical Issues and Challenges
  • 2023 Outlook

Credit:

Course Level:

Intermediate

 

Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials

 

Method of Presentation:

On-Demand Webcast

 

Prerequisite:

General knowledge of securities litigation

 

Course Code:

1410508

 

NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice

 

Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Michael J. Hilfiker, Manager
Experienced Economic and Litigation Consultant

Cornerstone Research

Michael Hilfiker consults on a diverse range of economic and financial matters. Mr. Hilfiker has analyzed alleged Ponzi schemes, banking industry best practices, and cryptocurrency offerings and disbursements, as well as matters involving decentralized finance (DeFi) and cryptoassets. He has evaluated breach of contract economic damages and valuation issues. Mr. Hilfiker supports attorneys and experts through all phases of commercial litigation, including discovery/data production, class certification, merits, deposition testimony, mediation, and trial.

Mitchell B. Allen, Associate
Experienced Financial and Economic Consultant

Cornerstone Research

Mitchell Allen provides financial and economic analysis in all phases of commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings. Mr. Allen focuses on a range of finance topics, including FinTech, market manipulation, securities, commodities, and asset-backed securities. He coauthored Cornerstone Research’s report on trends in virtual currency enforcement actions by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Mr. Allen holds dual bachelor’s degrees in finance and marketing from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.

Agenda:

SEGMENT 1:

Michael J. HilfikerManager

Cornerstone Research

  • Securities class actions involving cryptocurrencies are evolving to include new types of defendants and an increased prevalence of multiple types of defendants in recent cases.
  • Measuring damages in security class actions involving cryptocurrencies can be complex and is evolving due to the differing nature of a fiat vs. cryptocurrency damages regimes.

SEGMENT 2:

Mitchell B. AllenAssociate

Cornerstone Research

  • Cryptocurrencies, especially those associated with “earn,” lending, and staking accounts and mechanisms, are at the forefront of regulatory scrutiny and prime for securities class action suits as regulatory actions unfold.
  • Issues to watch in the near term include (a) regulatory enforcement actions and court rulings that define certain cryptocurrencies as securities (or as commodities), (b) regulatory enforcement actions that define decentralized exchanges and protocols (DeFi) as common enterprises such that they are subject to rules and regulations applicable to CeFi; and (c) whether the regulatory regime shifts from regulation by enforcement to regulation by frameworks, guidance, and/or requirements.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Securities Lawyers
  • Investment Lawyers
  • Corporate Lawyers
  • Banking and Finance Lawyers
  • Arbitrators & Mediators
  • Legal Executives
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Finance Managers
  • Investment Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • General Counsel
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SPEAKERS

Michael J. HilfikerManager
Experienced Economic and Litigation Consultant
Cornerstone Research
Mitchell B. AllenAssociate
Experienced Financial and Economic Consultant
Cornerstone Research

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