HMP LAW: Cryptocurrencies & tokens - what does the law say about them? (15 December 2017)
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Cryptocurrencies & tokens - what does the law say about them?
- Korea, USA, China & Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, and Estonia –

Date: Friday 15 December, 2017
Time: 1pm to 6pm (followed by a networking reception)
Venue: Grand Convention Center, Dangsan-dong, Seoul
Cost: free of charge to registered attendants


Blockchain-based cryptocurrencies/ digital currencies and (utility) tokens are providing new ways of carrying out international commerce and trade. Everyone from Bill Gates to Rand Paul and Al Gore agrees that blockchain, cryptocurrencies and tokens have the potential to be massive game changers in the global economy.
As often happens, legal and regulatory systems lag behind new technology, and struggle to catch up to new developments. Some governments see cryptocurrencies and tokens as an opportunity for innovation, others see them as a threat, while still others remain skeptical.
This seminar will explore and compare regulatory environments in several different legal jurisdictions: Korea, USA, China & Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, and Estonia. All of them have been active sites of the sale and purchase of coins and tokens, exchanges and initial offerings. With the support of TokenPost, Korea’s largest blockchain media outlet, HMP Law has invited expert lawyers from each country to outline their current legal x-frameworks and future outlooks. After the individual presentations, a panel of people active in the Korean cryptocurrency and token space will discuss experiences and perspectives about dealing with those different legal systems and guidelines.
Join us at the Grand Convention Center on the afternoon of December 15th for an interesting and useful afternoon of knowledge exchange and networking. After the seminar itself, there will be a standing networking reception with finger food and wine. Registration for the event is free.
Korea - Chan-sik Ahn, Partner, HMP Law
USA - Lee A. Schneider, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Japan - Masakazu Masujima, Partner, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Switzerland - Benjamin Dürig, Counsel, Froriep Legal
Estonia - Dr. Marko Kairjak, Partner, TGS Baltic
China & Hong Kong – Partner, Sumit Indwar, Linklaters Hong Kong
The venue is the Grand Convention Center.
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How to get to the venue: Just one minute’s walk from exit 13 of Dangsan Station (lines 2 and 9).
Parking is also available at no cost. Address: 58 Yangpyeong-ro Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (
서울특별시 영등포구 양평로 58)
To register, please visit 
or contact: Avv. Emiliano Nasti at


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