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Blockchain and digital assets are redefining many areas of business, presenting new risks and opportunities. Deloitte’s 2019 Global Blockchain Survey found that 80% of respondents believe blockchain technology is either critical or important to their organizations. Although 43% of respondents believe blockchain is still overhyped, two things are clear: the technology is gaining acceptance across many industries, and the regulatory landscape is evolving quickly to keep pace. This is particularly true in areas such as money laundering, cybersecurity, SEC and CFTC oversight, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, taxation, and accounting rules. Most companies cannot afford to wait for the technology to settle or for regulation to fully catch up, so directors need to stay informed and receive the best available advice in order to be effective in their oversight roles.
Tim Davis is a Risk & Financial Advisory principal with Deloitte & Touche LLP who focuses on serving clients in the technology, media, and telecommunication sectors. He currently oversees the firm’s relationship with a number of the largest accounts in these sectors. He started his career with Deloitte in the audit practice in South Africa and then moved into the Risk and Financial Advisory practice where he continues to serve both audit and non-audit clients. In the mid 1990s, he transferred to London for two years as part of a Global Development Program, after which he completed assignments in Deloitte’s U.S. National Office, South Africa, and Greece. In the late 1990s, Davis transferred to Seattle to assist in serving a large financial institution. He leads Deloitte’s Global Center of Excellence for Blockchain Assurance, an initiative to drive global coordination and capability in audit and assurance approaches to the emerging cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. The center has developed award-winning technology solutions to auditing blockchains and is integral to developing talent and approaches to meet the needs of this growing industry.
Linda Pawczuk is the leader of Deloitte Consulting’s US blockchain group, and co-leader of Deloitte Consulting’s Global blockchain group, roles she assumed in August 2018. Linda leads a team highly regarded for its breath of industry expertise, deep technical skillset, and global resources. She has been named by Barron’s as one of four women who make a different in blockchain. Prior to her current role, Pawzcuk led Deloitte’s blockchain efforts in both the broader financial services industry and the insurance sector over the past three years. During that time, she served a central role in the formation of The Institutes BlockStream Collaborative (formerly RiskBlock Alliance). Pawczuk has served as the dean of Deloitte’s CIO Fellows Program, led several Deloitte conferences focused on developing the next generation of CIOs, facilitated CIO transition labs for some of Deloitte’s largest clients, and co-authored Talking Tech for Insurance, a development program to help non-technology leaders understand the CIO’s agenda. In addition, Pawczuk is the lead sponsor and author of Deloitte’s annual Global Blockchain Survey.
Rob Massey is a partner with Deloitte Tax LLP and a global tax leader in blockchain and digital assets for the firm. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in tax consulting for technology companies with an expertise in blockchain, digital assets, cryptocurrency, and tokenization. He serves companies throughout the blockchain ecosystem inclusive of miners, staking, specialty chip design and manufacturing, payment processing, wallet hosting, exchanges, ETFs, hedge funds, tokenization, and protocol development. Massey leads Deloitte’s blockchain efforts in tax for the global firm.
J. Dax Hansen is partner and chair of the Blockchain and Fintech industry groups at Perkins Coie. With nearly two decades of experience practicing payments and fintech law, he has advised leading technology companies, startups, and financial services firms on dozens of projects. He combines his technology experience with knowledge of complex financial services regulatory regimes to assist clients with product counseling, consumer and commercial contracting, business formation, and industry consortia. Hansen is internationally recognized by Chambers as a pioneer of the fintech industry, having played a key role in the development of the practice area. He is also regarded as a leading figure in the blockchain and cryptocurrencies field, with particular experience advising startups and financial services businesses on regulatory matters.
Thomas Stromberg is partner with Perkins Coie and has decades of experience counseling clients on significant transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, major contracts, and corporate structuring projects. He regularly advises corporations, boards of directors, private equity funds, hedge funds, family offices, private investors, and offshore entities in a variety of transformative transactional matters in a wide range of industries, including media and entertainment, information technology, aerospace and defense, food and beverage, software, automotive, life sciences, energy, agribusiness, telecommunications, manufacturing, and business services. Stromberg regularly advises clients on regulatory, corporate, fiduciary, and commercial issues related to blockchain technology and its use by commercial entities and closely follows securities law developments related to issuing and trading crypto assets.