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Presenter: Alan Cohn and 5 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Arlington, VA

Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Courthouse Plaza
1333 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-528-4444

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):      11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 - 4:00 pm

What Led up to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies?
J. Cronin

   Bitcoin - the dawn of cryptocurrency
   Who were the people that influenced cryptocurrencies in the early days?
   Cryptocurrency’s “dark side”
   Cryptocurrencies and their evolution into smart contracts and blockchain applications
   Regulatory and government actions and how they affected cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Technology behind Cryptocurrencies

A. Cohn

   What is blockchain and how does it differ from bitcoin?
   How blockchain differs from traditional databases and ledgers
   Main features and benefits of blockchain technology for industry and government
   Private and permissioned blockchains, and how they differ from open consensus blockchains
   Blockchain-based smart contracts and how they work
   Commercial and governmental blockchain pilots and experiments currently being examined

Bitcoin as a Payment Method

J.A. Lee

   Which companies are currently accepting Bitcoin for payments?
   How are Bitcoin payments made and accepted?
   How are the payment processors adapting to Bitcoin payments?
   Pros and cons of using Bitcoin as the payment mechanism from both a buyer and seller perspective

Investing in Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies

T. Gross

   Bitcoin and alt-coins, take your pick
      • Where to buy--the exchanges, a sordid history
   Picking the right exchange      Differences and similarities
      • Where to store the coins
   The exchanges      Cold storage      Safety
      • Initial coin offerings (ICOs)
   The SEC finally speaks      The international response

Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance in the Age of Bitcoin:

How Everything Got More Complicated in the last Four Years
R. Delston

   Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) 2013 and 2015 Guidance on the
      application of its regulations to the world of virtual currency
   Federal AML enforcement actions against Bitcoin-related parties
   Why use of Bitcoin is high risk, not least the compliance culture of the Bitcoin
      community means that they will always be targeted by the Feds

Navigating Legal and Regulatory Waters to Do Real Business in The World of Blockchain

C. Van Cleef

   Developing a checklist of key issues for:
      • Buying, selling or exchanging cryptocurrencies
      • Deploying blockchain technology in your business
      • Creating tokens
      • Launching an ICO
   Determining what laws apply and when including:
      • Anti-Money laundering, money transmitter licensing, tax, securities
   Developing and executing your strategy

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Accountants/CPAs
  • Attorneys
  • Certified Financial Planners

     7.0 CPE Credits

Certified Financial Planners
     7.0 CFP Hours

     6.0 Virginia CLE Hours
     7.0 New York CLE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. This intermediate level, group live course offers accountants 7.0 CPE hours in the field of specialized knowledge. A basic understanding of currency and commerce is recommended, and no advance preparation is required.

HalfMoon Education Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.NASBARegistry.org. Sponsor ID 103015.

The Virginia State Bar MCLE Board has approved this course for 6.0 CLE hours for attorneys. HalfMoon Education Inc. is certified by the New York State CLE Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. This traditional format course offers 7.0 CLE hours, consisting 7.0 Areas of Professional Practice hours, which are appropriate for new and experienced attorneys.

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a CFP Board-Registered continuing education sponsor. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., has granted 7.0 hours of continuing education credit for the completion of this seminar.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Alan Cohn

Of Counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, in Washington D.C.
Mr. Cohn is co-chair of the firm’s Blockchain and Digital Currency practice, and is counsel to the Blockchain Alliance, a public-private forum for blockchain companies to engage with law enforcement and regulatory agencies. He counsels companies on cybersecurity, blockchainand distributed ledger technology, and national security issues. He previously served at the US Department of Homeland Security for almost a decade, most recently as the Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Planning, Analysis & Risk and second-in-charge overall of the DHS Office of Policy. Mr. Cohn serves as an advisor to several blockchain companies, including companies focused on blockchain transaction analysis, identity validation, enterprise blockchain applications, and device authentication for the Internet of Things.

John C. Cronin

President and Chief Executive Officer of OpCenter, Inc. in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Cronin is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience ingrowing and managing high technology product and services organizations in a global market. He has started and lead organizations at the precipice of market-changing technologies such as geographic information systems, electronic document management, Internet and now blockchain. OpCenter, Inc. helps construction owners manage construction projects by orchestrating the flow of project-critical information and providing transparency and accountability to project stakeholders. For more than 20 years, leaders in the construction industry have entrusted OpCenter with their time-sensitive project critical information.

Ross S. Delston

Attorney+Expert Witness in Washington D.C.
Mr. Delston is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS), and former regulator (FDIC) with more than 40 years of experience in the financial services sector. He has specialized in Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering issues in the US and internationally, for both private clients and government bodies. He is the author of an op-ed piece on Bitcoin published in Money Laundering.com News (2013) entitled “Did FinCEN Just Burst Bitcoin’s Bubble?” He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences throughout the world.

Thomas P. Gross

Attorney in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Gross is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University where he teaches a comprehensive course on international business transactions which covers cryptocurrencies and blockchain, and their growing applications in finance and international transactions. He has extensive international and transactional experience, and has worked with numerous governments and organizations on international legal and financial issues. Mr. Gross has worked in two large international law firms, as general counsel of a corporation, and as deputy assistant general counselat a major federal regulatory agency in the U.S. Federal Government. He earned a B.S. degree in Physics from Case Institute of Technology, an M.S. degree in Applied Physics from Stanford University, and a J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Judith Alison Lee

Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP in Washington D.C.
Ms. Lee is co-chair of the International Trade Regulation and Compliance Practice Group. Her areas of expertise include: USA Patriot Act, FCPA, economic sanctions and embargoes, export controls, and CFIUS. She also advises on virtual and digital currency issues. Ms. Lee was selected by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer for USA international trade in export controls and economic sanctions in 2016 and 2017. Chambers and Partners has also selected Ms. Lee as a leading international trade lawyer from 2007 through 2017 in its Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Guide.

Carol R. Van Cleef

Partner at BakerHostetler in Washington D.C.
Ms. Van Cleef provides legal and strategic advice to depository institutions, money services businesses, other financial services companies, and FinTech firms on federal and state regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters. She advises a range of clients, from startup businesses to publicly traded companies, private equity funds and other entities on understanding the BankSecrecy Act (BSA), the USA Patriot Act, sanctions regulations, and state money transmitter licensing statutes. She has also advised on creating, evaluating and enhancing anti-money laundering and OFAC compliance programs and on addressing consumer protection issues including privacy and data security and unfair, abusive and deceptive practices. A certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS), Ms. Van Cleef created a series of AML compliance training programs sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. She also developed and leads an AML compliance bootcamp for virtual currency and blockchain technology companies.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.