Data Protection as a Corporate Governance Issue

    What are the implications of the GDPR from a practical point of view both from the legal side and the technical side? Aside from the obvious duty to be compliant, my view is that an appropriate data protection structure and responsibility line is not just an IT issue or a legal issue but …

Stefania Lucchetti as speaker at Forbes Live event on Fintech

On 1st March 2018 Stefania Lucchetti was a speaker at a Forbes Italia ForbesLive event during the Quant International Workshop (quantitative & asset management) in Venice, Italy. The focus of Stefania's panel was on the future of financial services in the age of Fintech. The topics addressed during the presentation included the legal issues related to …

Due Diligence: Welcome AI, but Keep the Human Element

The legal market is welcoming (and fearing) the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in due diligence processes. AI will liberate junior lawyers from the often tedious (and necessarily error prone) work of cataloguing contract information, and at the same time will take work away from law firms and lawyers. We are of the idea however …

AI and Legal Personality – on algorithm produced art

A great piece on Scientific American (see Is Art Created by AI Really Art) on the philosophical implications as well as the economic ones of AI  produced art jokingly raises a provocative question at the end of the article "When an AI-composed song wins the Grammy, who gets the trophy"? This is actually a complex legal …

And the Regulators Arrived: from SEC’s Ruling to the PBOC’s Ban of Initial Coin Offerings

Over the past months, the cryptocurrency market has remained in the spotlight not only for the fluctuations in the major coins' interest rates (Bitcoin, Ethereum), but also for the emergence and consolidation of a new way of raising capital in the digital token world: Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The reason leading to the launch of …

Token Sales and ICOs: why and when you need legal advice

Digital token sales are creating a gold rush on the web, with a token sale advertised every day in digital circles and social media and the movement - in some cases - of huge sums of money. Token sales still move in international waters from a legal and regulatory point of view, however international regulators …

Why Artificial Intelligence Needs to be on Your Board’s Corporate Governance Agenda

Artificial Intelligence means many things at many levels. The most advanced form of Artificial Intelligence - or AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) - may not come to happen for a few years (or decades). However entrepreneurs, investors and board members need to be aware of what it is, what it could be, which changes it could …

Self Aware Contracts enabled by Ledger Technology (or Smart Contracts on Blockchain)

On 17 July Estonian legal tech Agrello went public with a cryptocurrency-based crowdfunding campaign structured as a token sale. Leaving aside the issues raised by token sales which will the the subject of a separate post, it is interesting to explore the value proposition of Agrello's business, which is a legal tech aiming to change …