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Cyber Days at UCLA (2/17/18) Panel Discussion: Finding the Balance Between Regulation & Innovation

By: Steve Masur

Join us on Saturday, February 17th for Cyber Days at UCLA for a panel to discuss The Balance Between Regulation and Innovation. 

4:20-5: 00 PM PT

Humanities Building
415 Portola Plaza, UCLA 90095

About the Panel:

The landscape for innovation and regulation of technologies developed around blockchain is constantly changing. In this panel, attorneys who practice in the blockchain space will come together with blockchain developers and innovators to discuss the balance between regulation and innovation.

About the Speakers:

Greg Gilman, Founder, Science Blockchain

Greg Gilman has over 15 years experience as an executive, entrepreneur, investor and attorney. Immediately prior to co-founding Science, he was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of RxVantage, the leading online practice platform connecting pharmaceutical and medical vendors with healthcare professionals. Prior to RxVantage, Greg was a Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Law at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he designed and taught courses in Intellectual Property Law and Licensing. Prior to joining the full-time faculty, he practiced law at Gilman/McFadden LLP in Los Angeles, CA, where he was head of the Entertainment, Intellectual Property, and Business Transactions practices.

Greg has represented a number of recording artists, producers, independent record labels, songwriters, screenwriters, and directors, including Billboard, Grammy, Cleo and Tony award winners. He served as corporate counsel for Userplane, and represented the founders of the company during the acquisition by AOL. Additionally, he has represented numerous leading technology businesses, both nationally and internationally, and has consulted for businesses across all stages of development – from startup to public- among them World Poker Tour Enterprises (WPTE).

Greg has also served as advisor or director of numerous venture-backed companies, including Hello Society, DocStoc, Music180, Tsavo, and FunBits Interactive. He currently serves on the board of directors of a myriad of companies including Ellie Fashion Group, Playhaven, ReFame and Delicious.

He is licensed to practice before all California state courts, as well as the United States Federal District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2004. Greg earned his JD from the University of Southern California Law School, where he was a member of the prestigious Southern California Law Review, and earned his BA from Tufts University.

Adam Ettinger, Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Mr. Ettinger represents leaders in blockchain technologies and digital currencies, social gaming, internet advertising, mobile apps, e-commerce, semiconductors, and networking technologies. His clients have included AMD, Apple, BitGo, DeviceScape, Fakespace, Get Satisfaction, Intel, Internet Devices (acquired by Alcatel), Magma Design, Network Solutions Inc. (NSI), Orchestria (acquired by CA), S3 (acquired by HTC), Self Aware Games (acquired by Big Fish), Tivo, and Undertone Networks. He has represented investors in investments as diverse as Hootsuite, Houzz, The Social+Capital Partnership, and SpaceX.

Previously, Mr. Ettinger led the legal team at SmartAge as it negotiated over fifty partnerships with companies such as AOL and Microsoft, and raised $47 million dollars from Accel Partners, Softbank Capital, Ron Conway, Roger McNamee, Michael Dell, and Vint Cerf.

Before law school, while with the Center for International and Strategic Affairs (CISA), Mr. Ettinger architected and coded the first system to track nuclear proliferation using overt information sources. He also developed and integrated complex computer systems as a systems engineer with AT&T.

Kelsey Lemaster, Tax Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

Kelsey Lemaster is a partner in Goodwin’s Tax Practice. His practice includes corporate mergers and acquisitions, fund formations, private equity and venture capital investment structuring, the qualification and operation of REITs, transactions involving REITs, investments in real estate by tax-exempt and foreign investors, and joint venture and other partnership transactions.

Steven Masur

Steven Masur has over 22 years of legal experience advising emerging companies since the days of the Internet and most recently the Blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation. His practice focuses on corporate finance, M&A, intellectual property, entertainment, and guiding startups. Steve has extensive experience in angel and venture capital finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and cross-border transactions in Europe and Asia.

Previously he counselled enterprise level clients like Shazam, Virgin Mobile, Liberty Media, Yamaha, Nielsencounselledics, Bob Vila and Conde Nast Publications in corporate, digital media, and new business matters. His knowledge has guided a wide variety of industries including media, mobile, digital music, social media, augmented and virtual reality, software and hardware.

Amy Wan, Founder & CEO

Amy Wan is Founder & CEO of Bootstrap Legal, which builds legal technology for the future of law. Previously, she was a Partner at a boutique securities law firm and General Counsel at a real estate crowdfunding platform. Amy is also the founder and co-organizer of Legal Hackers LA, which programs around the intersection of law and technology; was named one of the one of ten women to watch in legal technology by the American Bar Association Journal in 2014; and was nominated as a Finalist for the Corporate Counsel of the Year Award 2015 by LA Business Journal.

Amy has also worked in international regulatory and trade policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Transportation. She holds an LL.M. in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a JD from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California.