Broadcast Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)


The rising popularity of cryptocurrency constantly brings profound transformations in payment, value transfer, and investment transactions. Every day, more and more businesses turn to cryptocurrency because of its decentralized structure, efficient transaction flow, and low operation cost. However, as cryptocurrency markets evolve and new regulatory frameworks develop, companies engaged in digital asset services face new challenges. Some of these challenges relate to market, liquidity, and manipulation risks, while others concern the dangers of fraud, hacks, and digital asset thefts, as well as legal and regulatory enforcement risks. In addition, the digital asset industry worldwide realizes the need to develop and implement robust policies and procedures to be compliant with Travel Rule for cryptocurrencies and to combat financial crime in virtual assets.

Join financial market experts Boris Richard (FTI Consulting, Inc.) and Zhong Zhang (Bates White Economic Consulting) as they provide a comprehensive discussion on cryptocurrencies, their adoption, digital assert market developments, and evolving regulatory and compliance landscape. Speakers will present notable trends and developments in this landscape and offer practical insights to leverage the use of cryptocurrency and to assess the associated risks.

Key topics include:

  • Cryptocurrency Trends and Statistics
  • Decentralized Finance and Asset Tokenization: Pros and Cons
  • Cryptocurrency Regulations
  • Travel Rule and Financial Crime Compliance in Digital Assets
  • Leveraging Cryptocurrency
  • What Lies Ahead



Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE); Group-Internet Based



General knowledge of cryptocurrency


Course Code:



NASBA Field of Study:

Finance – Technical


NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

1.0 CPE (Not eligible for QAS (On-demand) CPE credits)

Speaker Panel:

Boris Richard, Managing Director
FTI Consulting, Inc.

Dr. Richard is a Managing Director with FTI Consulting who brings over 23 years of experience in fixed income markets, litigation consulting, and cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Dr. Richard’s digital asset expertise includes trading practices and token price patterns on crypto exchanges, blockchain economics, initial coin offerings, and digital token valuation and performance. Dr. Richard has a thorough understanding of the evolving regulatory and enforcement framework for cryptocurrencies and digital assets in the U.S. and abroad, as well as a comprehensive perspective on the private litigation involving ICOs and digital tokens.

Zhong Zhang, Senior Economist
Bates White Economic Consulting

Zhong Zhang is a Senior Economist at Bates White with expertise in financial market microstructure and cryptocurrency. Dr. Zhang has worked extensively in the empirical analysis of high-frequency trading data from equity and fixed income markets. He is an expert in the mechanism design and the blockchain technical features of Bitcoin’s ecosystem and has published multiple articles on market microstructure and cryptocurrency in industry journals. He is founding chief editor of Hong Kong-based nonprofit publication Crypto Review. Prior to joining Bates White, Dr. Zhang was assistant professor at City University of Hong Kong, where he taught algorithmic trading and derivatives and conducted research in quantitative finance and cryptocurrency.



Boris RichardManaging Director

FTI Consulting, Inc.

o   Cryptocurrency liquidity: has it changed over the past three years and what to expect going forward.

o   DeFi, CeDeFi, Tokenization and NFTs:  principal trends shaping the future of the digital asset industry and associated economic and regulatory challenges.

·        Financial crime compliance for Virtual Asset Service Provider and Travel Rule:  what stands in the way of global harmonization?


Zhong ZhangSenior Economist

Bates White Economic Consulting

  • The differences between decentralized cryptocurrency (e.g. BTC, ETH) and crypto tokens (e.g. Stablecoins, ERC20 tokens), and the regulatory/legal implication on their future.
  • Are the proposed central bank digital currencies (CBDC) really cryptocurrency? What are their potential impacts on monetary policy, privacy, and liberty.
  • Will general purpose quantum computer destroy cryptocurrency?

Date & Time:

Thursday, February 18, 2021

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Cryptocurrency Companies
  • Securities Lawyers
  • Financial Crime Lawyers and Consultants
  • Fraud Analysts
  • Finance Risk Management Officers
  • Finance Compliance Officers
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Boris RichardManaging Director
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Zhong ZhangSenior Economist
Bates White Economic Consulting



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