What Real Estate Lawyers Need to Know About Blockchain Technology

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Paul Hastings LLP

200 Park Avenue

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New York, NY 10166

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In the coming years, blockchain (distributed ledger) technology promises to change real estate transactions as significantly as the internet did a quarter century ago. Some proponents of the technology envision a world in which purchasers and lenders complete their due diligence on a building with a single search, leases consist of self-executing computer code, and equity and debt interests in a building are traded worldwide with the click of a mouse. Please join our experts to explore how blockchain technology is changing the real estate industry, and what this technology holds in store for real estate attorneys in the years to come.

This program will provide attorney attendees with a maximum of 2 New York State credit hours, which credit hours can be applied toward the skills requirement. St. John’s Law School is an accredited provider of continuing legal education credits in the State of New York.

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8:30 – 9:00 A.M. Registration/Networking

9:10 – 10:00 A.M. Panel One: Introduction to Blockchain and its Real Estate Application

10:10 – 11:00 A.M. Panel Two: Security Tokens and Real Estate Capital Markets Applications

PANEL ONE: Introduction to Blockchain and its Real Estate Applications

Questions addressed will include:

  • What is blockchain technology?
  • How can blockchain technology be applied to real estate and real estate transactions?
  • What are some advantages and disadvantages of the use of this technology?
  • What federal and state regulations govern blockchain technology?
  • How might blockchain impact land title records?
  • How could blockchain automation tools impact the operations and management of properties, investments and loans?
  • What is a smart contract and how might smart contracts affect leases and other real estate agreements?
  • What are the practical implications of this technology for real estate lawyers?
  • How can real estate lawyers prepare for the increasing use of blockchain technology?

Panelists to include:

  • Robert J. Sein: Director, Mattone Family Institute for Real Estate Law, St. John’s University School of Law (moderator)
  • Kris Ferranti: Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Joshua Klayman: U.S. Head of FinTech and Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets, Linklaters LLP
  • James Thanasules: Senior Vice President, Chief New York Counsel, AmTrust Title
  • Additional panelists TBA

PANEL TWO: Security Tokens and Real Estate Capital Markets Applications

Questions addressed will include:

  • What is a crypto-asset?
  • What is a security token and how can it represent an interest in real estate?
  • How are security tokens created?
  • How are they traded?
  • What are some recent examples of security token offerings?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of security tokens versus “traditional” securities?
  • How do “crowdfunding” and other real estate FinTech capital markets innovations compare to security tokens?
  • What considerations should be taken into account when deciding to use security tokens vs. a traditional offering structure?
  • What federal and state regulations govern the issuance and trading of security tokens?

Panelists to include:

  • Bruce S. DePaola: Partner, Paul Hastings LLP (moderator)
  • Mark Elenowitz: President, Horizon Globex
  • Mark Fawer: Partner, Greenspoon Marder LLP
  • Alexander Labowitz: General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Cadre
  • Additional panelists TBA


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New York, NY 10166

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