Felix Shipkevich, founder and Principal of Shipkevich PLLC, will be a panel speaker at IMTC World 2017 for Regulations and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). 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. Mr. Shipkevich has extensive experience working with money services businesses in the financial and payments industry providing counsel and legal representation. His area of expertise includes regulatory compliance and has provided legal services for cryptocurrency and ICOs since their inception as venture capital. This year’s conference presents a mutual opportunity for Mr. Shipkevich to provide legal commentary for the global payments industry.
IMTC World is held every year as a forum for the money transfer industry connecting all participants from large banks and Mobile Operators (MMOs) to brick-and-mortar or digital first institutions. The global payments industry is large and diverse, scattered across all continents with varying degrees of regulation. IMTC brings them all together and will tackle one of the largest obstacles for international money transmitters and remittances, regulatory compliance. Regulators, politicians, consultants, and service providers will have a forum in IMTC World’s roubust regulatory panel. Felix Shipkevich will join top regulatory advisers and compliance professionals sharing their expertise with the financial services community to offer clarity on regulation laws and compliance for money transmitters.
Besides traditional financial services participants, IMTC will see an increase in emerging Financial Technologies such as Blockcahin-based virtual currency and disruptors making use of distributed digital ledgers to raise capital as Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Mr Shipkevich has provided legal counsel for ICO hosts since their introduction in the financial industry and has spoken at events on their implementation and their nascent regulations. Some of the issues Felix Shipkevich has presented on ICOs include the legality of Bitcoin, the possibilities of Cryptocurrency ATMs, and how government agencies such as the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) are starting to regulate virtual currency and ICOs, and the involvement of FinCen. Mr. Shipkevich has been published by Coindesk and quoted in other cryptocurrency sources. He regularly publishes updates on State jurisdictions and regulations for Blockchain and ICOs, including which are the most restrictive for ICOs and which are friendly jurisdictions for such venture capital.
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. Internationally, he has provided counsel to some of the largest European banks and has represented clients in China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Ireland, Europe, Bermuda and the Caribbean, South America, and he is recognized as a solicitor by the Law Society of England and Wales. Mr. Shipkevich is also a special professor of law at Hofstra University teaching corporate finance law.
IMTC World 2017 endeavors are in line with that of Shipkevich PLLC attorneys in bringing industry participants together on a foundation of transparency and understanding, constantly surpassing the outdated model to better serve the needs of their clients.
The regulatory panel and ICOs speeches will be held on Thursday, November 30th. in the Nobu Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.