Initial coin offerings (ICO) present a new form of financing with great promise to democratise financing. Companies have raised over $6 billion this year, with one company – Telegram – raising $1.2 billion. However, ICOs do not fit easily into traditional securities regulatory regimes. Countries have taken a variety of approaches, from complete bans to a new regulatory regime. This webinar will discuss the current state of global regulation of ICOs and what we can expect in the future.
Martin Bartlam is international group head of finance and projects at DLA Piper and co-chairs the global fintech group. He is recognised as one of the world's leading fintech lawyers (Legal 500), applying technology solutions to traditional funding structures. He has been at the forefront of alternative investment structures and products for many years, advising corporates, investment banks and investment funds on financial structures to achieve their commercial objectives.
Mr Bartlam has over 25 years' experience in securitisation, capital markets products and derivatives, and has acted for all significant participants.
Mr Bartlam is recognised as one of the leading thinkers in the application and development of digital asset and blockchain technology and a regular adviser on online platform businesses. He has presented on blockchain issues and solutions to groups such as the Loan Market Association, the University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies, insurance industry groups, the Global Asset-Backed Securities Conference and at various other finance industry events.