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The recent increase in value of cryptoassets as an investment class along with media coverage associated with high profile large investors has resulted in regulators warning investors to be cautious of the associated volatility risk. Against the background of these recent developments, we’re seeing increasing demand for legal advice in this area.

This short mini-series of three pre-recorded training sessions serves as an introduction to the regulation of cryptoassets in key jurisdictions and is intended for those without prior experience in this area.

Crypto Boot Camp will cover:

  • Session 1: A primer on the basics of crypto, including how we got to where we are, how crypto works, use cases and types of cryptoasset, key infrastructure and related considerations
  • Session 2: A panel discussion on crypto regulation in the EU, Switzerland, the UK and the USA
  • Session 3: A panel discussion on crypto regulation in APAC jurisdictions, covering Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Thailand

You are encouraged to view Session 1 before viewing Sessions 2 and 3. If you have any questions regarding these trainings, please contact Emma Dunbar.

Please note: the high-level guidance provided in these sessions is not intended to be comprehensive legal advice.

Session 1: Crypto Primer

A primer on the basics of crypto, including how we got to where we are, how crypto works, use cases and types of cryptoasset, key infrastructure and related considerations

Speakers: Sue McLeanSam KramerRoger van de Berg

Session 2: Crypto regulation in the EU, Switzerland, the UK and the USA

A panel discussion on crypto regulation in the EU, Switzerland, the UK and the USA

Moderator: Mark Simpson
Speakers: Iris BarsanJennifer ConnorsA. Valerie MirkoSam KramerJulian HuiYves MauchleChristopher Murrer

Pre Reading Materials
> > Crypto Around the World
> > The Kalifa Review – Reshaping financial services regulation
> > UK: A review of HMT’s proposed cryptoassets regime – and how it compares to MiCA

Session 3: Crypto regulation in APAC jurisdictions

A panel discussion on crypto regulation in APAC jurisdictions, covering Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Thailand

Moderator: Gavin Raftery
Speakers: Bill FuggleStephanie MagnusKaren ManKullarat Phongsathaporn

Pre Reading Materials
> > Cryptoasset regulation
> > Crypto around the world: Cryptoassets regulatory update around the world in 20 questions

These training sessions were previously recorded in April and May 2021.

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Sue is a partner in Baker McKenzie's IP, Data and Technology team based in London. Sue specialises in major technology deals including cloud, outsourcing, digital transformation and development and licensing. She also advises on a range of legal and regulatory issues relating to the development and roll-out of new technologies including AI, blockchain/DLT, metaverse and crypto-assets. Her IP and commercial experience includes drafting, advising on and negotiating a wide range of intellectual property and commercial agreements including IP licences and assignment agreements, long-term supply and distribution agreements. She also assists clients in preparing terms of business and related documentation for new business processes and offerings and coordinating global roll-outs. Sue is also a key member of our transactional practice, providing strategic support on the commercial, technology and intellectual property aspects of M&A transactions and joint ventures, including advising on transitional services agreements and other key ancillary IP and commercial agreements. Sue is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers for Information Technology & Outsourcing and Fintech Legal and in Legal500 for Commercial Contracts, IT & Telecoms, TMT and Fintech. Clients say of Sue "Sue is outstanding", "She is a really good and very committed lawyer", "Excellent…. Very capable, wouldn’t hesitate to use on IT/TMT/Outsourcing matters." Sue was named in the Standout 35 of the Women in FinTech Powerlist 2020.

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Sam Kramer is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Chicago office in the Intellectual Property and Technology practice. He represents customers in managed services, IT procurement, complex licensing, and supply chain agreements, with a focus on the financial services industry. He is a frequent speaker on outsourcing, cloud services and blockchain.
Mr. Kramer is Chair of the Firm's North American FinTech practice and is a member of the Firm's Global FinTech Steering Committee. He is recognized in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, the Legal 500 USA and Who's Who Legal.

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Roger van de Berg, a Legal Director in the Amsterdam office's Indirect Tax group, provides practical solutions and hands-on advice mainly on VAT and other indirect taxes. His work includes advising on European and Dutch VAT aspects of cross-border transactions, M&A, due diligence, supply chain restructuring, fiscal representation matters, holding companies, margin scheme rules and compliance issues. Roger regularly speaks at conferences on VAT, due diligence and bitcoin/blockchain technology. He also wrote on the EU VAT treatment of bitcoins in the Weekblad Fiscaal Recht (Weekly Tax Law) as well as a formal recommendation to the OECD with respect to the taxation of cryptocurrencies in Europe.

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Mark heads the Financial Services & Regulatory (FSR) practice group in London and co-leads the FinTech group. He also acts as Chair of the FSR practice for the EMEA region and sits on the Global FSR Steering Committee. Mark is ranked as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 2022 for Financial Services (Non-Contentious Regulatory) and is individually ranked in Chambers 2022 for FinTech. He is described in these publications as being "very knowledgeable" and "very approachable" with "a wonderful range of FinTech experience" and as someone who is "clear, commercial and pragmatic and understands all the issues in detail." He has authored a number of articles and contributions for leading journals and other publications, most notably the Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, the International Guide to Money Laundering Law and Practice, and A Practitioner's Guide to the Law and Regulation of Financial Crime.

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Iris Barsan joined Baker McKenzie in October 2019 after practicing as a lawyer in a Franco-German law firm. Prior to that, Iris worked for several years in the legal department of the Prudential Control and Resolution Authority and as a financial lawyer in a French banking group (insurance and investment banking). Iris holds a doctorate in French and German law, an LL.M. from the University of Cologne and is a former student of the ENA (Willy Brandt promotion). In addition to her practice as a lawyer, Iris is an assistant professor at the University of Paris XII. She teaches company law (French, European and comparative), European business law, financial regulation and personal data and new technologies law.

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Julian is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Financial Services Group in London. Julian advises financial institutions including international and local fintechs, investment and retail banks, asset managers, investment advisers, payment services firms and product issuers on compliance with UK and European regulatory obligations. Julian also has experience in advising on the spectrum of regulated financial services and products including deposit products, payment accounts and electronic money products, consumer credit, insurance, derivatives, managed funds, structured debt and equities. Julian has completed a secondment to UBS AG and Western Union Business Solutions, in their in-house legal and compliance teams. Duties included advising equity derivatives, fixed income derivatives and equities teams on general commercial and regulatory issues. He is currently on secondment from the Australian offices of the Firm and has extensive experience with both Australian and English financial regulation.

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Yves Mauchle is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Corporate Finance Practice Area in Zurich. He practices in capital markets and financial regulation and is ranked by Chambers Europe. Yves joined the Firm in 2011 as a trainee lawyer, rejoined as an associate in 2016 and became a partner in 2023. He regularly publishes in the fields of capital markets, financial services regulation and digital transformation.

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Christopher Murrer is an associate in the FinTech, International Tax and Wealth Management practice groups of Baker McKenzie Zurich. He joined the Firm after practicing for seven years as tax and wealth planning attorney in New York and Washington, DC.

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Gavin Raftery is a partner of the Finance & Projects Group, and is currently the Co-Managing Partner of the Tokyo office. Gavin is also one of the heads of Baker McKenzie's Global Fintech Initiative. He has extensive experience practicing finance law in Australia, the UK and Japan. He is listed as a leading lawyer for Banking and Finance in Japan by Chambers, Legal500 and IFLR.

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Bill Fuggle is a partner in the Sydney office of Baker McKenzie where he is a leading adviser in innovative listed investment products, fintech and neobanks, financial services regulatory advice, fund formation and capital markets.

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Stephanie Magnus co-heads the Asia Pacific Financial Institutions Group and heads up the Financial Services Regulatory Practice Group in Singapore. Stephanie is ranked Band 1 for FinTech in Singapore by Chambers FinTech 2020. She is also ranked as a Leading Individual for Financial Services Regulatory: Local Firms in Singapore by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020. She is recognised as a leading lawyer for Banking & Finance: Regulatory in Singapore by Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global 2020. Stephanie was quoted in Chambers Asia Pacific for her "timely, practical and business-oriented" advice, with a "deep understanding of the regulatory regime." She is also recognised as "very business-savvy and brilliant every time," and is admired for her "very strong grasp of the legal issues from both a technical and practical perspective."

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Karen Man is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Financial Services group, leading the non-contentious Financial Services Regulatory practice. Her clients include global, Chinese and local banks, fund managers, brokers/dealers, money service operators and fintech firms. Karen is admitted to practice in Hong Kong, the UK, and Australia.

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Kullarat is a partner in the Financial Services Practice Group at Baker & McKenzie Ltd. She is recognized in banking and finance, securities, derivatives and structured finance, FinTech, e-payment, venture capital, exchange control, anti-money laundering / counter terrorism financing, and financial and tech-related laws and regulations. She leads the FinTech team at the Bangkok office. Kullarat has assisted the largest and fastest growing companies in and outside Thailand on matters related to the use of technology and digitalization in financial markets, including both money and capital markets.

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