Blockchain and related automated technologies has the potential to create a more decentralized business system that allows for more efficient supply chains, faster financial transactions, secure global business platforms, distributed energy grids, and more. However managing identity and information in these environments is critical, and law enforcement, legal systems and regulatory environments are still working out the details.

Bloomberg BNA invites senior business leaders of financial services and other digital-forward companies to join us for an executive breakfast briefing to prepare your business by understanding the threat posed by the dark web, the regulatory framework for blockchain technology and the legal application of smart contracts.



Date & Time:
Thursday, October 12, 2017
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Bloomberg LP 
120 Park Ave
New York, NY 

Sponsored By:

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8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast 

8:30 AM Opening Remarks

  • Alex Butler, Vice President and General Manager of Corporate, Tech & IP, Bloomberg BNA
  • Paul Bond, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

8:35 AM Panel 1: Dark Web & Information Theft: Staying Prepared

In a business and financial environment were transactions are automated and secured tracking information theft becomes even more challenging. However it’s critical a business understand the source of vulnerabilities and the steps it must take to monitor sensitive data. In this session, hear from law enforcement on the risks and vulnerabilities, and from in-house counsel on the importance of monitoring their business’ and clients’ information to avoid theft, and steps to protect this information.

Moderator: Michaela Ross, Reporter, Bloomberg BNA


  • Joel DeCapua, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • John Levonick, Director, Regulatory Compliance, Clayton Holdings LLC

9:05 AM Panel 2: Applying Blockchain Today: Staying Compliant

The regulatory environment surrounding blockchain is still evolving.  This panel will discuss the current regulatory environment applicable to companies using blockchain technology, where gaps still exist, where legislation might be implemented, and how to prepare. 

Moderator: Kari S. Larsen, Counsel, Reed Smith LLP


  • Ryan Hill, Supervisory Special Agent, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Ronald Schwartzman, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, UniTeller Financial Services
  • Haimera Workie, Senior Director, Office of Emerging Regulatory Issues, FINRA

9:45 AM Panel 3: Smart Contracts: Staying Legal

The automation created by blockchain technology has led to widespread consideration of smart contracts in transactions – and created various legal questions surrounding their enforceability.  This panel will discuss the benefits of smart contracts to your business, the legal challenges and questions that exist, and where this technology might be implemented in your business.   

ModeratorLisa Roitman, Business Development and Marketing Strategist, Bloomberg Enterprise Solutions


  • Jonathan Anastasia,Senior Managing Counsel, Digital Payments & Labs, Mastercard
  • Cristina Dolan, COO, Co-Founder, iXledger
  • Sophia Lee, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, IEX Group
  • Mark Melodia, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

10:30 AM Event Concludes 



  • Anastasia
    Jonathan J. Anastasia, Senior Managing Counsel, Digital Payments & Labs, Mastercard

    Jonathan J. Anastasia is Senior Managing Counsel supporting Digital Payments and Labs at Mastercard. In his role, Jonathan is responsible for leading a team that helps drive innovation in the digital space. His team provides integrated legal and transactional support in the development of products and services in the areas of blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, chatbots, conversational commerce, mobile applications, digital consulting and data research. His team is also responsible for providing legal support in connection with the evolution of the Mastercard Developers API platform.

    Prior to assuming his current position, Jonathan was Senior Counsel for Mastercard Labs where he managed and developed legal programs for Mastercard Labs. Labs is Mastercard's global innovation division that focuses on the evolution of technology, the incubation of products in a variety of areas related to commerce, and engagement with, and investment in, startup companies. This also includes developing and managing the legal aspects of the newly created Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion in Africa. Before joining Mastercard in 2014, Jonathan was as associate in the Intellectual Property group of Crowell &Moring LLP.

    Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2001. After serving as a Captain in the United States Army, he received a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 2009.

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    Alex Butler, Vice President and General Manager of Corporate, Tech & IP, Bloomberg BNA

    Alex Butler was named Vice President and General Manager of Corporate, Tech & IP in Bloomberg BNA’s Legal Division in October 2015.

    In this position, he is responsible for the commercial strategy, growth and development of content and solutions exploring the intersections of technology, law and commerce for professionals in the legal and business communities.

    Prior to joining Bloomberg BNA, Butler served on the leadership teams of international service providers delivering growth strategies through improved innovation and IP management to corporate executives and investors. Before that, he served in senior positions within Thomson Reuters’ IP business and Information Holdings Inc.’s IP management division.

    Butler has a B.A. from the School of International Service of The American University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA from Villanova University.


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    Cristina Dolan, COO, Co-Founder, iXledger

    Cristina Dolan is the founder and CEO of InsideChains, which works with organizations to digitally transform business models through blockchain ecosystems with economic layers that offer members greater visibility, richer data and new business models. She is a co-founder of iXledger (formerly InsureX Technologies), an alternative blockchain marketplace for insurance with an economic layer enabled through utility tokens.

    In the early days of the Internet, MIT Media Lab alumna, Engineer and Computer Scientist, Cristina Dolan, co-founded OneMain.com, which grew to be the tenth largest ISP after a successful IPO. At OneMain, Cristina served as the provider’s Geographic Communities Division President and Chief Strategic Alliances Officer. In only five months, she conceived and built the OneMain cornerstone, Geographic Communities, into a profitable business. At its launch, the company’s IPO became the largest Internet public offering at its time, surpassing Amazon’s and eBay’s respective IPOs.

    As a former executive of a global FinTech software company with a SaaS solution for institutional multi-asset financial trading, she understands the value of a market ecosystem and the growing regulatory requirements for transparency, security and best execution. The FIX Trading Community invited her to join the Digital Currency/Blockchain Working Group to help identify, analyze and define use cases and integration points for digital currency and distributed ledger technologies across the spectrum of capital markets requirements, and recommend best practices for FIX implementation and usage of this emerging technology in financial markets. Her passion for blockchain and its ability to transform global transactions extends beyond just financial applications. As an advisor to several initiatives for security, supply chain, provenance, transparency, transactions and compliance, Cristina sees blockchain as revolutionary architecture for people and organizations to transact more efficiently and transparently at a time when there is a lack of trust. Most recently she has served as a technical advisor to a number of blockchain companies that have created eco-systems for machine learning, e-gaming and IoT by implementing economic layers that utilize tokens for transactions, rewards and data sharing.


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    Kari Larsen, Counsel, Reed Smith

    Kari has extensive international experience in building businesses and managing global commercial, legal, and compliance risks. For almost 20 years, Kari has represented clients in US and EU regulatory, legislative, risk management, compliance, internal control and transactional matters related to exchange and over-the-counter commodities, options, and derivatives markets, with a particular focus on cryptocurrencies, digital assets, energy, agricultural and environmental commodities. She is considered a leading strategic advisor to businesses regarding the development of profitable inventive products, including FinTech and RegTech innovations, while navigating complex regulatory regimes.

    A seasoned public policy analyst with extensive regulatory and government relations experience, Kari has particular experience assisting clients in their interactions with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and advising clients on the implications of the Dodd-Frank Act, EMIR, MiFID I and II/MiFIR, MAD/MAR, and other matters related to US, UK and EU commodities law and regulation. She has advised clients in connection with futures exchange trading and clearing issues and rule compliance, commodity trading agreements, transactions involving the acquisition and disposal of energy and non-energy commodity portfolios, assets and businesses, structured transactions, and the purchase and sale or transportation of commodities. Kari has been at the forefront of legal developments in financial technology since before the term FinTech was coined, having served in general counsel and chief compliance officer roles for international startup exchanges prior to joining Reed Smith. Kari advises FinTech and digital business clients on federal and state regulatory and compliance matters, including, privacy, data and cyber security, information governance, anti-money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act and Know-Your-Customer matters, vendor management, consumer protection and contract drafting and negotiations. Prior to entering private practice, Kari was international operations counsel for the Enforcement Division of the CFTC.

    Combining her in-house and regulator experience, Kari has been a pioneer in RegTech legal developments advising financial services firms and other regulated entities on how to utilize innovations such as digital ledger technology to streamline regulatory compliance and improve operational efficiencies. She is regularly invited to speak at FinTech conferences regarding RegTech, digital currency and blockchain solutions in particular.

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    John Levonick, Director, Regulatory Compliance, Clayton Holdings LLC

    Mr. Levonick has rich experience of advising financial services industry participants on compliance, risk management and related legal matters. His expertise spans a wide array of consumer financial services regulatory compliance requirements and asset classes, including infrastructure related concerns, such as privacy, including TILA (Regulation Z), RESPA (Regulation X), FDCPA, UDAAP, FCRA/FACTA, ECOA (Regulation B), HMDA (Regulation C) and GLBA. He assisted clients in interpreting compliance requirements, developing risk mitigation strategies and implementing the requisite controls within technology platform(s) to best protect the individual client.

    His experience as Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Regulatory Counsel and Associate General Counsel in the financial services industry has given him the skills to provide the guidance and direction required to navigate the challenges of a constantly changing regulatory environment.

    Mr. Levonick earned his Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Connecticut State University and his J.D. from the University of Miami, School of Law.


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    Lisa L. Roitman , Marketing and business strategist, Bloomberg Enterprise Solutions

    Lisa L. Roitman is a marketing and business strategist for Bloomberg Enterprise Solutions with a focus on regulatory compliance technology including Bloomberg’s Entity Exchange. Previously she served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Litespeed Management LLC, an SEC registered Investment Adviser and has held multiple business, legal and compliance positions both on the buy-side and on the sell-side throughout her career. Ms. Roitman experienced first-hand the largest US bankruptcy as Managing Director at Lehman Brothers in 2008. Ms. Roitman then spent three years running teams tasked with working on the unwind of Lehman's derivative assets and setting up a claim and valuation process for defaulted Lehman bonds before leaving the bankrupt estate to join the hedge fund industry as a General Counsel of the Kenmar Group a Fund of Hedge Funds and managed account platform. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors of the Hedge Fund Association, Ms. Roitman is a member of Women in Derivatives and 100 Women in Finance. Ms. Roitman has been active in the Managed Futures Association and has spoken at Hedge Fund Association, Operations for Alternatives, Fund Finance Association and Hellenic Banking Association events. Ms. Roitman earned her LLM in International Banking Law from the Morin Center for Banking Law Studies at Boston University School of Law; her JD from New England Law and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. She is an active mentor having lectured at Barnard College and at Pace Law School and currently mentors active service men and women looking to transition to the private sector through American Corporate Partnership.

  • Schwartzman
    Ronald Schwartzman, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, UniTeller Financial Services

    Mr. Schwartzman currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer at UniTeller Financial Services, Inc. and Servicio UniTeller, Inc., subsidiaries of both a US Bank Holding company and of Banorte. He has held these positions at the Company since 2007. He began as GC/CCO at the Company in 2001. Prior to his role at UniTeller, Mr. Schwartzman was a founding partner at the firm of Mezan, Stolzberg & Schwartzman in New York City, where he specialized in a corporate practice representing financial industry clients. At UniTeller, Mr. Schwartzman has developed an expertise in all facets of compliance for financial services entities involved in global money transfer. In particular, his expertise includes all areas of anti-money laundering laws and regulations (OFAC, KYC, EDD, SARs, Risk Assessments and licensing) and oversight of a global compliance department.

    He has been recognized by his peers for his expertise as a speaker at the Florida Int’l Bankers Ass’n conference, industry conferences and previously at the Homeland Security/US Treasury/Dept. of Justice Conference on Money Laundering and, in addition, for the past eight years he has addressed the MTRA Conference of state banking regulators. Most recently, he addressed the Digital Currency and Blockchain AML conference to debate the issues facing the use of digital currency in remittances. Mr. Schwartzman is responsible for developing, monitoring and updating all risk rating and compliance policies and procedures at UniTeller, acting as the liaison for the Company with all regulatory agencies, and managing the examinations performed by state and federal authorities.

    Mr. Schwartzman is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Florida School of Law, where he was Senior Editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi honorary academic societies. He has been published in the University of Florida Law Review regarding Investor Protection.

  • bond
    Paul Bond, Partner, Reed Smith

    Paul is the co-practice leader of the Information Technology, Privacy & Data Security Group and member of the IP, Tech & Data Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of data security, privacy, and artificial intelligence. Identified by one publication as "an established talent in an emerging field," Paul helps our clients make best use of new technologies, including opportunities for automation, while identifying and managing the relevant risks. In addition to helping Reed Smith clients set their data and technology strategy, Paul has helped clients defend tech and data-related class actions, major cybersecurity and hacking litigation, and respond to government investigations in these areas.

  • Joel DeCapua, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Joel DeCapua is a Special Agent in the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Joel is a senior-member of the FBI’s preeminent cybercrime squad where he is responsible for leading high-tech and network intrusion investigations. Joel led the investigative efforts on some of the FBI’s most successful hacking cases including the 2014 hacks of several of the largest financial institutions in the United States, the 2014 insider hack of one of the largest investment banks in the United States, the 2015 hacks of prominent New York-based law firms, and the 2017 outbreak of a major world-wide ransomware. Joel is responsible for the arrest and prosecution of dozens of individuals for violating federal law and is a recognized subject-matter expert in the fields of digital forensics, cryptocurrency, and network security. He holds seven prestigious certifications in cyber security, is a Certified Public Accountant, and was most recently named Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s “Investigator of the Year” in 2016.


  • Ryan Hill, Supervisory Special Agent, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Mr. Hill began his career with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in 1996 as an Immigration Inspector at where he worked at John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International Airports. As an Immigration Inspector, Mr. Hill was assigned to various operations including airport passenger processing, secondary passenger inspections, seaport crew inspections, private aircraft facility inspections and passenger analysis and targeting.

    In 2001, Mr. Hill transferred to the Former U.S. Customs Service where he worked in complex criminal investigations of transnational money laundering and drug trafficking organizations. His efforts utilizing undercover agents and confidential informants resulted in enforcement activity leading to the disruption and dismantling of major international money laundering organizations.

    Currently, Mr. Hill is the Supervisory Special Agent for financial investigations as part of the El Dorado Task Force. Mr. Hill oversees and directs a group of Special Agents and Task Force Officers that conduct long-term, complex financial investigations involving the identification of illicit proceeds related to securities fraud, healthcare fraud, identity fraud, organized retail crime, virtual currency, bribery and kickback schemes and Ponzi (Pyramid)/E-mail (Lottery) scams.

    Mr. Hill holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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    Sophia Lee, General Counsel, IEX Group, Inc.

    Sophia Lee is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of IEX Group, Inc., whose founding story was the subject of Michael Lewis’ recent best-selling book Flash Boys. Sophia oversees all legal, securities, compliance and intellectual property matters of the business. Sophia managed IEX’s national securities exchange application process, which began with a draft submission to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in September 2014 and culminated in an historic approval order from the SEC on June 17, 2016. Sophia has 20 years of experience in the financial services and legal services industries combined, advising technology and financial services firms on strategic partnerships, acquisitions, financings, and intellectual property matters. Sophia was previously Deputy General Counsel of the global buy-side electronic trading firm Liquidnet, and General Counsel for Liquidnet Canada, where she established alternative trading systems in the US, Canada and various countries in Asia Pacific, and served as liaison with global regulators regarding equity market structure issues. Between 2000 and 2004, Sophia served as Associate General Counsel at Investment Technology Group, an agency-only broker, where she was responsible for corporate strategy transactions and public company reporting. Sophia also spent 4 years as a Mergers & Acquisitions Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Sophia holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sophia is also a registered U.S. patent attorney and a CFA charterholder.

  • Melodia
    Mark Melodia, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

    Mark is the founder of the firm’s Information Technology, Privacy & Data Security Group and co-chair of the IP, Tech & Data Group. He has recognized experience in litigating putative class actions and other "bet-the-company" suits in the following three areas: (1) data security/privacy; (2) mortgage/financial services; and (3) other complex business litigation.
    Mark has defended more than 80 putative class actions arising from alleged consumer privacy violations, both in the data breach and website/mobile app space. He routinely represents clients responding to government privacy investigations before the FTC, Office for Civil Rights, state attorneys general and the DOJ.

  • Ross
    Michaela Ross, Reporter, Bloomberg BNA

    Michaela Ross covers tech and telecom policy for Bloomberg BNA in Washington D.C. She has an M.A. in business and economics journalism from the City University of New York and previously reported for Bloomberg L.P.


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    Haimera Workie, Senior Director, Office of Emerging Regulatory Issues, FINRA

    Haimera Workie is a Senior Director responsible for heading up FINRA’s Office of Emerging Regulatory Issues, which focuses on analyzing new and emerging risks and trends related to the securities market. Previously, Mr. Workie served as Deputy Associate Director in the Division of Trading and Markets at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In this capacity, Mr. Workie was tasked with developing a variety of Dodd-Frank Act related rulemakings, supervising policy matters related to market intermediaries and financial market utilities, and representing the Commission before several international standard setting bodies. Mr. Workie also previously served as Counsel to Commission Chair Mary Schapiro. Prior to joining the Commission, he was an associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, with a practice focusing on corporate law. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., M.S.) and Harvard Law School (J.D.).


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