Felix Shipkevich, Principal and founder of Shipkevich PLLC, was a panel speaker at IMTC World 2017, concerning regulation and investments into token sales / Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Mr. Shipkevich was also present on the IT Security panel for money services businesses and MSB related CFPB issues.
As a business attorney and regulatory counsel Felix Shipkevich has extensive experience providing counsel to FinTech and financial services firms, including financial technology, payments and emerging digital currency space. He has been involved with cryptocurrencies since their emergence and has presented on ICO such as Bitcoin in various national panels.
International Money Transfer and Cross-border Payments (IMTC) is the largest financial services conference in the world, with over 480 participants in the money transmitter industry from about 50 countries.
This year’s conference presented a mutual opportunity for Mr. Shipkevich to provide legal commentary for the global payments industry as well as for the emerging digital currency space. Besides traditional financial services participants, attendees included Blockcahin-based virtual currency disruptors making use of distributed digital ledgers to raise capital as ICOs. Mr Shipkevich has provided legal counsel for ICO hosts since their introduction in the financial industry as venture capital. Regulatory counsel regarding ICO or token sales is essential now that government agencies such as the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) are starting to regulate virtual currency and ICOs, along with the IRS and the involvement of FinCen.
As a service to the financial services industry, Mr. Shipkevich founded the website MoneyTransmitterLaw.com to provide money transmitters information about multi-jurisdictional laws and how they vary with regard to registration requirements and qualifications, permissible investments, bonding requirements and exemptions. Mr. Shipkevich is also a special professor of law at Hofstra University teaching corporate finance law.
The Fintech / BLockchain panel was held on Thursday, November 30th in the Nobu Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.