In this live recording of a panel discussion at the CoinAlts Fund Symposium, Marco Santori, president and chief legal officer of Blockchain, managing director at Grayscale Investments, and Barbara Minuzzi, cofounder and managing partner of Ausum Ventures take stock of the 2017 year and discuss a range of trends they’re seeing in the industry. Santori describes what the ICO wave was like from his seat as one of the most in-demand lawyers for ICOs, and why he doesn’t actually think that securities (such as a SAFT) can later transform into something that is a non-security. He also talks about how big corporations are thinking about use blockchain technology — and why we haven’t yet seen much activity on that front in the market. We talk about the current clouds over the industry — custody and regulation — and Sonnenshein explains why investors choose Grayscale’s investment products, such as the Bitcoin Investment Trust, rather that investing in the coin directly, and

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Perianne Boring and Amy Kim of the Chamber of Digital Commerce on crypto regulation:

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How Crypto and Blockchain Technology Should Be Regulated:

Jerry Brito and Peter Van Valkenburgh of Coin Center:

Caitlin Long on How ‘Utility Tokens’ Are Now Legal in Wyoming:

Former DOJ Prosecutor Kathryn Haun on What the SEC Subpoenas and FinCen Letter Likely Mean:

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