Part 2 – Bitcoin on Wall Street

July 12, 2014         By: Payment Week

Tuesday –  August 12
, 2014  –  1:00pm EST

In this month’s segment of Regulatory Review – we focus on regulatory issues involving cryptocurrencies and Wall Street, specifically trading, investing, and forex. Hundreds of millions of Wall Street dollars are said to be coming into bitcoin. What are the regulatory hurdles that need to be addressed?

After attending this webinar you will take away the following:

  • How is Wall Street embracing and adopting to the innovations of bitcoin / cryptocurrency products or services? Is Wall Street ready to embrace cryptocurrency innovation?

  • Is Wall Street ready for bitcoin exchanges?  How will these exchanges operate and what is their impact on the cryptocurrency marketplace? Impact on other business?

  • Is the industry ready for bitcoin IPOs? Is Wall Street and Main Street ready for public bitcoin companies? What should investors know about the risk of investing in bitcoin companies?

  • Do we see more companies looking at bitcoin lending? Who should regulate bitcoin lending?

  • What regulations specific to bitcoin can or will be put in place?



Barry Silbert – Founder & Chairman at SecondMarket, Inc.

Barry Silbert is both the Founder and Chairman of Second Market & the creator of the Bitcoin Investment Trust, a private open ended trust that is invested exclusively in Bitcoin and derives its value solely from the price of bitcoin. Barry is one of the most active and prolific angel investors in the bitcoin space via his personal investment vehicle, the Bitcoin Opportunity Corp, with investments in over 20 bitcoin related companies including BitPay, Coinbase, Gyft, BitPremier, Coinsetter, itBit, Ripple Labs, Korbit, and BitPagos.



John Beccia – General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Circle Internet Financial

Mr. Beccia brings a substantial amount of experience providing legal guidance with respect to complex financial matters with him to Circle. Prior to joining Circle, Mr. Beccia was Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and BSA Officer at Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc., a national financial services organization that specializes in private banking, where he advised on bank regulatory, anti-money laundering, and corporate law issues.



Shaker Rawan – VP of Digital Assets Management with Strevus.

Shaker is a strategic leader with strong financial and analytical skills, focused on achieving results through collaboration and superior execution. He ran TD Securities’ Global Operations teams for Client Onboarding, AML, Security Data Management and Settlement Instructions. Prior to his role at TD, Shaker was a Management Consultant with Deloitte Consulting and has worked as CEO of Mango, a financial services company operating out of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.




Moderator: Felix Shipkevich

Mr. Shipkevich is a principal of Shipkevich PLLC. His practice concentrates on futures, commodities, and derivatives regulatory, transactional, and enforcement matters. Mr. Shipkevich has a strong legal background in corporate governance, compliance, regulatory, and collateral issues associated with these areas.