2018 PLUS Conference Preview: D&O Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

Next week is the start of the 2018 PLUS Conference, and we have our second to last education session preview. Keep an eye on the blog for a final exclusive preview as well as daily updates as the conference gets underway.

This panel will take place on Thursday, November 9, and will be moderated by Shanda Davis. The session will focus on the challenges that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) can pose to the D&O industry and what you can do to stay ahead of the curve. Panelists for this session include Scott Diamond, Claudette Kellner, Garrett Koehn, and Brian Mukherjee.

Below is a summary of the panel as well as a white paper on virtual currencies. The conference is coming up quickly, and you won’t want to miss the incredible education and networking opportunities. There’s still time to register, but the window is closing fast, so register now and join your colleagues at the PLUS Conference in San Diego next week!

Thursday, November 8, 3:00 pm – D&O Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are more than a trend. In the last few years, companies have raised over $10B selling digital coins or tokens through ICOs and the phenomenon has attracted a deluge of attention from regulators, investors, entrepreneurs, and even some mature companies looking to crowdfund off of the digital craze. For the D&O industry, ICOs present new challenges in terms of coverage, pricing and risk. In this session, the panelists will discuss the current state of ICOs, the regulatory environment, coverage trends and what’s next.

Moderator: Shanda Davis, D&O Product Manager, Travelers

Panelists:

Scott Diamond, Managing Partner, Chicago Digital Asset Network

Claudette Kellner, National Product Leader Public D&O, CNA

Garrett Koehn, Regional Director, Western U.S., CRC Insurance Services Inc.

Brian Mukherjee, Counsel, Goodwin Procter, LLP

White paper: A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies (CFTC, October 2017)

Southwest Chapter Discusses Cyber Liability, Presents Charity Check

Thursday, September 27 was the PLUS Southwest Chapter’s day-long Cyber seminar, focused on Hot Topics in Cyber Liability. 35 people gathered at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch to discuss the latest trends in cyber liability and listen to keynote addresses from Michael Lombardi, Vertigrate Inc, and Jay Kramer, Lewis Brisbois. Panels on “The Intersection of Cyber with Other Lines of Business” and “New and Emerging Cyber Trends” fueled conversation about how this ever-changing branch affects the entire industry and how it will continue to change the landscape of professional liability. The slide presentations from this event are available on the PLUS website.

At this event, the PLUS Southwest Chapter presented a check for $2,500 to the CEO of Rosie’s House, Becky Bell Ballard, as part of the PLUS Foundation’s Chapter Charity Grant Program. Rosie’s House provides robust music education to underprivileged youth, with over 14,900 free music lessons to 425 students enrolled in the program.

Thank you to the Chapter and to everyone who attended this great event!