Monday, April 9   6:00 – 8:00 PM

Sullivan & Worcester LLP Offices 
1633 Broadway, New York

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Bitcoin, created in 2009, was the first decentralized cryptocurrency. Since then, numerous cryptocurrencies have been spreading throughout the world. What is cryptocurrency? How does it work? What are the advantages and what are the potential threats of investing in cryptocurrencies?

Join Amcham in collaboration with Sullivan & Worcester LLP and learn the basics of cryptocurrency.


Shamim Naqvi

Founder & Chief Technology Officer: Aylus Networks, Inc.

Shamim is a pioneer in wireless network technology credited with the development of the Lucent Softswitch and Motorola’s Push-To-Talk solution. He is credited with several technology innovations.

He has founded several startup companies and worked at Bell Labs and Bell Communications Research. He has also taught at several universities in the US and Europe.

He has authored dozens of patents and journal articles. He is currently serving as the CEO and Founder of Sensoriant, Inc., that is involved with developing a new generation of crypto-currency transaction system.

William Wong

Founder: Ideas to Reality

William has been in the startup space since 2000. He helped build an enterprise software company from 2002 to 2009 which was acquired by Oracle. He has since started an Internet e-commerce security company that was acquired before launch and a social media app partnered with Viacom to capitalize on the explosive growth of dance music. Since 2013, he has been working to help entrepreneurs develop their companies through his platform, He has been part of the bitcoin community since 2012. He has been solely focused on incubating blockchain companies since early 2017. He is a frequent speaker at blockchain events, most recently the Digital Assets Forum in NYC, where he served as a panelist for the ‘Shark Tank” ICO pitch sessions. He has been invited to speak about blockchain at conferences in Korea and Amsterdam. He hosts a monthly meetup in New York City to discuss trends and advanced topics around blockchain and crypto currencies.

Isabella Yu

Co-founder and Director: Crypto Markets at Moeda

Isa is a passionate blockchain champion and investor. As Co-founder and Director of Crypto Markets at Moeda, a blockchain powered micro-lending platform, Isa helped raise ~$20mm USD through an ICO in August 2017. Isa has been actively trading cryptocurrencies and working in the blockchain space since 2014. Previously, Isa was Vice President of China Markets at Shuttle Holdings, a venture capital for crypto assets and blockchain technology, where Isa manages the investments and relationships in China. Isa earned a B.S. in mathematics from Penn State University.

Joel Telpner

Partner: Sullivan and Worcester LLP

Joel Telpner, partner in the firm’s New York office, is a seasoned advisor, strategist and problem solver. Mr. Telpner brings more than 30 years of legal experience in a career that includes time as an AmLaw 100 partner, the former U.S. general counsel of a global financial institution, and a venture capitalist. He is a highly sought after legal advisor in the blockchain space, actively working with a large number of clients in structuring token distributions. Mr. Telpner is leading policy initiatives on global regulatory issues for blockchain on behalf of the Global Blockchain Business Council and the Blockchain Research Institute. He is also a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Group, which is developing guidance on best practices for ICOs. He is recognized for his ability to deftly manage complex financial transactions, especially those involving sophisticated structured finance and derivatives matters and has an extensive and unique combination of transactional and regulatory experience.

Mr. Telpner represents a diverse client base, including financial institutions, dealers, corporations, investment managers, mutual funds, hedge funds and pension plans.

Mari Tomunen

Associate: Sullivan and Worcester LLP

Mari represents public and private companies with respect to incorporation, mergers and acquisitions, public and private offerings, employment and general corporate matters.

Being part of Sullivan & Worcester’s Blockchain & Cryptocurrency practice group, she has advised clients through dozens of successful Initial Coin Offerings and other token-generating events ranging from USD 10 million to USD 200 million.

Prior to joining S&W, Mari served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, NY. She has also worked as an international corporate tax lawyer at KPMG Oy Ab, Finland, and as a research assistant to SEC Commissioner Robert J. Jackson, Jr. when he was a Professor at Columbia Law School, NY.

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Megan Williams

Managing Director, USA

+1 (484) 686 6462

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