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Presenter: Cameron GrandPre and 7 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Denver, CO

Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207
Phone: 303-399-7500

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):      12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:15 - 5:00 pm

The Creation of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies
A. T. Tenenbaum

   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
P. Grider

   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

Cryptocurrencies as Payment Methods
C. GrandPre

   Which companies are currently accepting cryptocurrency 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 buyers’ and sellers’ perspectives

Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance in the Age of Bitcoin
J. O’Mara

   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 cryptocurrency-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

Investing in Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies
Y. Muchnik, M. McClintock, N. Velvis, J. Reiben

   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
   Initial coin offerings (ICOs)
   The SEC finally speaks
   The international response

Navigating the Legal and Regulatory Waters in the World of Cryptocurrency
Y. Muchnik, M. McClintock, N. Velvis, J. Reiben

   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

   8.0 CPE Hours


   8.0 Colorado CLE Hours
   8.0 New York CLE Hours
   8.0 New Jersey CLE Hours

Certified Financial Planners

   8.0 CE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. It offers up to 8.0 CPE hours to Colorado accountants in the area of specialized knowledge. Colorado State Board of Accountancy has adopted the NASBA/AICPA CPE Standards. If both the licensee and the CPE provider comply with the NASBA/AICPA CPE Standards, the continuing education will be accepted as meeting the CE standards of the Colorado State Board of Accountancy.

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. Complaints can also be directed to Doug Chapman at doug@halfmoonseminars.org. Sponsor No. 103015.

The Colorado Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education has approved this course for 8.0 CLE hours (0.0 Ethics) 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 8.0 CLE hours, consisting 8.0 Areas of Professional Practice hours, which are appropriate for new and experienced attorneys.

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 8.0 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 0.0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism, and 0.0 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law, criminal trial law, workers compensation law and/or matrimonial law.

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a CFP Board-registered continuing education sponsor. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. has granted 8.0 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 event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Cameron GrandPre

Cameron GrandPre is a native Coloradan and former business student at Colorado State University. He enjoys adventure sports including whitewater-rafting, snowboarding and multi-sport racing. Mr. GrandPre has a deep-seated passion for cryptocurrencies and the liberating potential they serve in emerging markets and is dedicated to helping others harness their potential. Through his website, LifestyleOnCrypto.com he aims to provide the tools and resources necessary for the next generation of global workforce.

Pierson Grider

Integra Ledger/Global Legal Blockchain Consortium
Pierson Grider is a Denver based legal professional, technology enthusiast, and blockchain pioneer. He joined Integra in 2017 bringing his legal and technology knowledge with him. At Integra, he helps legal organizations integrate blockchain into their current systems. Mr. Grider is an organizer of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium, which has over 250 organizations. As the global organizer of the Global Legal Hackathon, he manages one of the largest hackathon competitions in the world. In 2019, over 6000 participants competed across 46 host cities across in 24 countries. Mr. Grider graduated cum laude from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and received his B.A. degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University in International Relations with a specialization in Science, Technology, and Environmental Public Policy.

Matthew McClintock

Evergreen Legacy Planning LLP
Matthew McClintock of Evergreen Legacy Planning LLP lives in Evergreen, Colorado and focuses on the areas of estate planning, long-term trust design and implementation, business startup and transition, and domestic and international asset protection. He has a special interest in emerging technologies, blockchain development and cryptocurrency adoption, and is involved in developing legislation and legal solutions for leaders in disruptive tech companies. Mr. McClintock is a frequent presenter and author, usually on those areas of law and their impact on individuals, families, and businesses. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Wyoming Bar Association, the Alaska Bar Association, the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, and WealthCounsel.

Yev Muchnik

Launch Legal, LLC
Yev Muchnik of Launch Legal, LLC is a corporate and securities attorney, with a focus on impact ventures. She has carved out a successful distributed legal services practice counseling technology and startup companies in various stages of their life cycles, from formation to funding. Ms. Muchnik started her legal career over a decade ago with the international law firm of Squire Patton Boggs. Ms. Muchnik is an attorney-entrepreneur and was the founder of ESQLegal, which aimed to disrupt the traditional legal services model and was built on the principles of distributed legal services and access to justice. She is currently the chief product officer of Citizn Company, a legal tech startup using AI and blockchain to increase corporate social responsibility and provide transparency into consumer contracts and a venture partner for Vive Capital’s Denver region. She acts as legal advisor to blockchain companies such as Opolis, Playpal, the Divi Project, Blackbox AI, and others. As a board member of Global Women in Blockchain, she is passionate about promoting diversity in the blockchain community.

Jim O’Mara

Founder and CEO of Callidus Advisors LLC
Jim O’Mara is founder and CEO of Callidus Advisors LLC, a private advisory firm in the Denver area, and has spent the last 23 years working with, and advising, organizations and companies on IT strategy and execution, enterprise implementations, governance and compliance. Mr. O’Mara is passionate about leveraging disruptive technology to improve organizational decision making, and to create personalized customer experiences. He has been an executive consultant to companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 to startups and has worked globally for over 15 years. Mr. O’Mara works with many organizations as they determine how they can take advantage of blockchain or DLT technologies and artificial intelligence to address supply chain, identity, product positioning, and go-to-market strategies. He is also working with several startup companies as they develop blockchain based commercial applications.

Joseph Reiben

Reiben & Velvis, LLP
Joseph Reiben is a regulatory, business and tax attorney based in Denver Colorado. Mr. Reiben received his undergraduate degree in business from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and his J.D. degree from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Reiben has worked for law firms in Cleveland, Chicago and Denver, specializing in civil litigation, bankruptcy, tax and business law prior to starting Reiben & Velvis in 2016. Since founding Reiben & Velvis, Mr. Reiben has focused on regulatory and compliance, business and tax issues surrounding emerging markets such as blockchain and cannabis for both domestic and international companies. Mr. Reiben has appeared in interviews on the NASDAQ floor and for blockchain and cannabis publications, discussing compliance and regulatory issues and challenges facing the industries moving forward.

A Thomas Tenenbaum

A Thomas Tenenbaum is one of the premier securities regulatory defense attorneys and commercial litigators in Colorado. He is the founder of Tenenbaum Law, a business law, securities law, and litigation firm with a national practice based in Denver. To each matter that he works on, Mr. Tenenbaum brings four decades of experience in the complex areas of business and securities law transactions and litigation. He is sought after for expert witness engagements, securities law consulting, academic lecturing, and commentating on securities and corporate matters. Mr. Tenenbaum practice in Colorado and Federal securities law extends to the burgeoning area of blockchain technology involving cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.

Nicolaas Velvis

Reiben & Velvis, LLP
Nicolaas Velvis of Reiben & Velvis, LLP has been working as a business and tax law attorney in Colorado since 2012. As a specialist in business and tax law, Mr. Velvis has worked with many businesses in the Colorado cannabis industry for their business and tax law legal needs. Since the inception of Reiben & Velvis, LLP in 2016, he has applied his experience with business, tax, and regulatory compliance to work with businesses in all facets in the cannabis industry. His involvement with navigating regulatory frameworks quickly led to assisting businesses in the blockchain industry. With active experience with cryptocurrencies since 2014, he has successfully worked with numerous ICOs in countries such as Malta, Estonia, Singapore, Switzerland, Canada, Cayman Islands, and the UK.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

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