ALB Virtual Blockchain, Distributed Ledger & Smart Contracts Masterclass 2021

12 - 13 Aug, 2021


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ALB Virtual - Blockchain, Distributed Ledger & Smart Contracts Masterclass

12 – 13 August 2021
3:00pm to 6:00pm (Singapore/Hong Kong/China Time) GMT +8
12:30pm to 3:30pm (India Time) GMT+5.5 
11:00am to 2:00pm (UAE Time) GMT+4

Delivered Via:  
2-Part Webinar


Recent cryptocurrency rally and strong institutional support by firms such as Tesla and MicroStrategy has brought about lots of mainstream media coverage relating to blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.  However, blockchain is about far more than Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and ICOs. This ALB virtual masterclass will:

  • Examine the underlying technology and its practical application across a range of economically important sectors and government activities. 
  • Identify and explore various legal and regulatory issues that must be addressed as blockchain and distributed ledger technology becomes embedded into supply chains and commercial relationships. 
  • Provide specific case studies that include the use of technology to streamline cross-border trade, manufacturing and logistics, and the legal implications of a large-scale hack or cyber attack.

Who Should Attend

  • Partner /Lawyers in Practice
  • CLO (Chief Legal Officer)
  • Head of Legal, VP Legal, Head of Compliance, Legal Director, GM (Legal)
  • General Counsel, Senior Counsel, Regional Counsel, Legal Counsel, Legal Manager

Workshop Agenda


Part 1: 12 August 2021, Thursday (GMT +8)
3.00pm - 3.30pmHype and reality: 
  • What is "blockchain","distributed ledger" and "smart contract" technology?
  • Where and how is it being applied in practice?
  • Will the technology survive the Bitcoin crash and ICO scandals?
3.30pm - 4.20pm"Smart", "Connected" and "Data driven" contracts
  • What is a "smart" contract?
  • Legal, regulatory and data protection issues. Are "smart" contracts legally valid and enforceable?
  • Jurisdiction, governing law and enforcement
4.20pm - 4.30pmBreak
4.30pm – 5.00pmIoT, distributed ledger and supply chains
  • The key to "frictionless" international trade and border clearance?
  • Free zones and "virtual" free zones
  • Data pipelines and "end-to-end" tracing
  • Whose system?  Government procurement, or government access?
5.00pm - 5.30pmData protection and privacy law
  • Confidentiality and data protection
  • Can distributed ledgers ever meet data protection law requirements?
  • Sector-specific approach to data privacy in
  • Cryptocurrency exchanges
  • Medical and insurance tracking services
  • International trade and logistics tracking services
5.30pm - 6.00pmCyber security and hacking risks
  • Blockchain and DLT: "hack-proof" or "hack-evident"?
  • Is blockchain really "immutable"?
  • Genuine hack or exploitation of vulnerable code?
  • Where does loss lie in the event of a hack?
  • What are the key differences between "permissioned" and "permissionless" blockchain?
  • Who is liable if IoT equipment is hacked for use in a cyber-attack?
Part 2: 13 August 2021, Friday (GMT +8)
3.00pm - 4.00pmBusiness structures and "decentralized autonomous organisation"
  • What is a DAO?
  • In concept
  • In practice
  • Can DAOs be identified, regulated and taxed?
  • Will DAOs bend to the law, or will the law bend to DAOs?
4.00pm - 4.15pmBreak
4.15pm - 5.15pmContract law, contractual drafting and interpretation
  • Drafting for "hybrid" smart contracts
  • Creating and enforcing valid guarantees, indemnities and performance bonds
  • Can a judge or arbitrator "read" a smart contract?
5.15pm - 5.45pmCommercial applications and use cases
  • Shipping and logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Asset tracing and supply chain management
  • Land and corporate registration
  • Creating and managing digital identity: government services, investigation and law enforcement and consumer protection
5.45pm - 6.00pmQ&A

Malcolm Dowden
Legal Director

Womble Bond Dickinson

Malcolm Dowden is a Legal Director at Global 100 law firm Womble Bond Dickinson.  Qualified in 1994, Malcolm is a UK-based solicitor with extensive experience of law and legal developments relating to technology and electronic communications.  In 2017 Malcolm contributed to and edited a ground-breaking report addressed to the UK government and published by Lord Holmes, a member of the UK upper legislative chamber.  Following publication of that report Malcolm was invited to chair a legal working group to analyse and report on the legal and regulatory implications of blockchain and distributed ledger technology for government and the private sector.  He also chairs the Supply Chain Working Group of the Accord Project, a collaborative international group of lawyers, technologists and business professionals seeking to develop techno-legal standards and open source software to support the development and adoption of smart legal contracts.  Malcolm's previous ALB workshops have focused on the "internet of things".  This new workshop is broader in coverage, and draws on the latest legal and technical developments and thought leadership to bring you up to date with developments in this rapidly moving and economically crucial area.


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