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The Practical Issues and Regulations in Digital Asset (a.k.a. cryptocurrency) Industry
Gilbert Ng, Legal Counsel, Huobi Group
Date: 30 November 2018 (Friday)
Time: 2:30pm - 5:45pm
Level: I (Intermediate)
For delegates who have prior knowledge of the subject area
Language: English
Fee: HK$ 1,650
Accreditation: 3 CPD pts (Accredited by The Law Society of Hong Kong)
Ref: L18SF11
Venue: Learning Commons
Unit 903, 9/F,
Euro Trade Centre,
21-23 Des Voeux Road,
Central, Hong Kong
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Presenter's Biography:

Gilbert Ng is one of the few Hong Kong qualified lawyers who has been devoted 100% full time in blockchain and digital asset industry since 2017. He is and was the Legal Counsel of the two largest digital asset exchanges by volume, Huobi Group and OKEx. As an all-rounded lawyer in the digital asset industry, he advises compliance issues, review on ICO projects and responsible for digital asset license applications, and all other legal and compliance works in the industry. He is also experienced in merger and acquisitions of various of projects and companies in the industry, and experienced in dealing with different regulators and enforcement agencies in different jurisdictions in respect of digital assets' licensing and investigations.

Prior to stepping into the digital asset industry, Gilbert was a litigation lawyer handling civil litigation and white collar crime cases. He was also worked in legal and compliance in a private equity firm.

1. Introduction
    a. What is digital asset and blockchain?
    b. The ecosystem
    c. Fiat currency vs digital asset
    d. Introduction to tokens
      i. Utility token
      ii. Security token
      iii. Stable-coin
      iv. Privacy token
    e. What is ICO? IEO? IFO?
    f. Crypto-Jagon
    g. The major players in the industry
      i. Projects
      ii. Exchanges
      iii. VC/ Crypto-fund
      iv. Users
    h. Introduction to crypto-projects

2. Regulatory environment and Development in different Jurisdictions
    a. Hong Kong
      i. SFC
      ii. Customs and Excise Department
      iii. HKMA
    b. Hong Kong related legislation
      i. Securities and Futures Ordinance - definitions of Securities
      ii. Collective investment scheme
      iii. Stored value facility
      iv. Money Service Operator license under Customs and Excise Department
    c. Singapore
    d. Korea
    e. Japan
    f. US
    g. Europe
      i. Switzerland
      ii. France
      iii. U.K.
      iv. Estonia
      v. Lichtenstein
      vi. Gibraltar
      vii. Malta

3. Case Studies
    a. Hong Kong SFC enforcement against Black Cell (utility token vs security token)
    b. US SEC
      i. Howey Test
      ii. Report of Investigation Pursuant to Section 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934: The DAO
      iii. Administrative Proceeding File No. 3-18304 (in the matter of MUNCHEE INC.)
    c. Switzerland
      Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority ICO guidelines
    d. Singapore
      i. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) guideline

4. Issues from Experience - Discussion
    a. The challenges of in the Industry
      i. Fiat channel / banking solutions
      ii. Regulations
    b. Future / Derivatives products
    c. The trend in the industry

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