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ICOnomics: An evening with the regulators

Wednesday Evening, February 21st, 2018
San Francisco

Registration Closed

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Orange Silicon Valley and the National Venture Capital Association explores the policy, regulation, and future of ICOs and crypto-currency at our upcoming event in San Francisco.


Featured guest regulators:

Joseph Borg   Director of the Alabama Securities Commission and President of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) 

Joseph Borg

Director of the Alabama Securities Commission and President of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) 

Gates Hurand   Senior Trial Attorney, U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Gates Hurand

Senior Trial Attorney,
U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission

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Preliminary agenda

5:00 PM Reception

6:00 PM Program of panels and talks

  • Welcoming remarks
  • ICO Primer: History and anatomy
  • The state of ICOs
  • ICO investment considerations
    • Mark F. Radcliffe, Partner, DLA Piper
    • Moderator: Derek Au, Principal Startup Investments, Orange Silicon Valley
  • Legal views on ICOs
  • What's top of mind for the regulators?
    • Joseph Borg, Director of the Alabama Securities Commission, and President of the National American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA)
    • Gates Hurand, Trial Attorney, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    • Moderator: Nicolas Morgan, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
  • Closing remarks 

8:00 PM Networking and reception

9:00 PM End of program

This event is part of the NVCA Industry Vertical Series bringing together the NVCA's corporate and institutional venture investor membership, thought leaders, and industry insiders exploring future industries, and industry changing technologies.

Orange Silicon Valley is hosting this inaugural Industry Vertical Series event at our office in San Francisco.

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Speaker bios


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Evan Morris

Analyst, PitchBook

Evan B. Morris is the lead analyst on PitchBook's growing coverage of emerging technology, as well as contributing to PitchBook’s PE, VC and M&A research. Evan has done extensive research on financial technology, initiating PitchBook’s coverage of marketplace lending, bitcoin, blockchain, roboadvisory and insurtech. He also gained experience at Fortress Investment Group's Global Macro Fund. His research has appeared in the Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Reuters. Evan graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in History.

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Nicolas Morgan

Partner, Paul Hastings

Nicolas Morgan is a partner in the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice at Paul Hastings based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He focuses his practice on complex securities litigation in state and federal courts and representations involving government investigations and white-collar crime allegations levied against individuals and businesses. In the course of his practice, he routinely represents securities issuers, company officers and directors, investment funds, analysts, and brokers in connection with SEC and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) investigations, litigation, and arbitration. Earlier in his career, Mr. Morgan served as Senior Trial Counsel in the SEC’s Enforcement Division. During his time there, he served as lead counsel on a wide variety of litigated matters including prosecution of insider trading, investment adviser fraud, revenue recognition fraud, broker/dealer fraud, mutual fund market timing, and market manipulation. Mr. Morgan also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California.

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Joseph Borg

Director of the Alabama Securities Commission (ASC), President NASAA

Joseph Borg has been Director of the Alabama Securities Commission (ASC) since 1994.  Borg was twice past president of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) and is currently President.  He served as a member on the NASAA Board of Directors, as Chair of the International Committee and as Chair of Enforcement.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Investor Protection Trust (IPT).

Borg has testified before various committees of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives including testimony on such areas as Microcap fraud; Criminal elements in the financial markets; Information sharing among financial regulatory agencies; Risks posed to everyday investors from IPOs in private equity and hedge funds; Illegal investment sales’ practices victimizing senior citizens; and GSEs and SIPC Modernization.  He has also served as a member of the SIPC Modernization Task Force and the FINRA Dispute Resolution Task Force.

Borg served as a U.S. delegate to an Intergovernmental Expert Group for the United Nations Commission on International Trade and Law (UNCITRAL).

Borg previously served as in-house corporate counsel to First Alabama Bank (n/k/a Regions Bank, 1979-1984) and has been an adjunct professor of law at Faulkner University Jones School of Law teaching securities law and banking (1982-2002), and has been a Partner in the Montgomery law firm of Capouano, Wampold, Prestwood & Sansone (1984-1994).

He is admitted to practice in Alabama, Florida, New York, U.S. Federal District Courts in Alabama and Florida, the 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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John Eisenman

Orange Silicon Valley

John Eisenman, is a software and hardware design engineer. John helps Orange and its partners to identify new technologies and then put them to work solving problems. Currently John is working on blockchains and fintech. Previously he explored security and encryption, and health tech.


Mark Radcliffe

DLA Piper

Mark Radcliffe is a partner in DLA Piper, a global law firm with offices in over 40 countries. Mark has worked on over 1,000 venture financing during his thirty years in working in Silicon Valley and  is currently working on a number of ICOs. On February 1, 2018, he moderated a panel at the Global Corporate Venture Capital Summit on “Hybrid Token Offerings” by venture backed companies. He also assists companies on complex intellectual property transactions, with a particular focus on open source licensing: he assisted Sun in open sourcing the Solaris operating system, chaired one of the four committees which drafted the new version of the GPL (version 3) in 2007, works with the Apache Software Foundation and Open Source Initiative on a pro bono basis and drafted the corporate formation documents for the OpenStack Foundation (with ATT, HP, Rackspace, Intel and IBM working on the drafting).  He is currently working with several companies on licensing issues in blockchain technology.

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Gates Hurand

Trial Attorney, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commision

Gates S. Hurand is a senior trial attorney with the Division of Enforcement of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the New York office and a member of the Division’s Virtual Currency Task Force. Mr. Hurand represents the Commission in enforcement actions filed in United States District Court and in negotiated settlements in a variety of actions, including matters involving manipulation, fraud, and trade practices. His matters relating to virtual currency include the CFTC’s first anti-fraud enforcement action involving Bitcoin. Mr. Hurand received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.