Blockchain for Wall Street

New York Law School, New York, NY

Blockchain for Wall Street Taps Legal Experts for Education Day?

Recognizing that the deployment of distributed ledger technology in production environments within the financial markets will require a solid legal framework to be in place to complement business and technology expertise, the upcoming Blockchain for Wall Street education day – – features a total of 5 highly experienced legal professionals on its program. The educational event is presented by the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and is being held at the New York Law School on November 29.

Those individuals will weigh in on a range of topics, including deploying legally sound smart contracts, the legal implications of deploying decentralized and open source technologies, and the evolving regulatory framework for distributed ledger technologies.

The legal representatives on the program are:

  • Preston Byrne - Preston Byrne is COO and General Counsel at Monax Industries. which has developed a smart contract-based application development platform. A Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute, he was previously a securitization and derivatives lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright.
  • Lewis Cohen - Lewis Cohen is a partner in the Capital Markets practice in Hogan Lovells’ New York office, focusing his practice on structured finance transactions. He is a member of the Board of the Structured Finance Industry Group, the leading trade association dedicated to the structured finance sector and co-chairs their Blockchain and Structured Finance Task Force.
  • Joshua Ashley Klayman - At Morrison Foerster, Ms. Klayman is a Founding Member and Head of the firm's Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group, which provides a holistic, comprehensive approach to the emerging blockchain, smart contracts and distributed ledger space.
  • Richard Levin - At Polsinelli, Richard Levin is Chair of the FinTech & Regulation Practice. He is a former General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer specializing in financial services industry, representing broker/dealers, alternative trading systems, exchanges, peer to peer lenders, and digital currency platforms.
  • Houman Shadab - A Professor at New York Law School, Houman Shadab is an expert in financial law at New York Law School where he focuses on fintech, hedge funds, derivatives, securitization, startups, payment systems, bitcoin and distributed ledgers. He is also the cofounder of Clause, a startup building autonomous contracts for the Internet of Things.

In addition to these legal experts, the Blockchain for Wall Street program features leading technologists and business experts from AlphaPoint, Capgemini, Chain, Credit Suisse, Hyperledger Project, IBM, Mizuho Securities, Symbiont and Synechron. More information on the education day can be found at

For press passes and interview requests, contact Jennifer Massing Harris, Massing PR,, +1 917 293 2405.

About the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA) is a 501 (c)(6) non-profit trade association created for financial market professionals, by financial market professionals. Our mission is to guide and promote comprehensive adoption of distributed ledger technology across financial markets. We do this by engaging with market participants, regulators, policymakers and technology innovators through direct communication, comment letters, best practice recommendations and more to guide the industry dialogue about this important technological innovation, so that the financial markets can realize the full potential of these capabilities.

For information about the WSBA, including membership, visit or email to (general) or (membership).

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