On April 18, Tonkon Torp attorney Tyler Harkness was a guest speaker for a blockchain seminar offered by Portland State University. Tyler spoke to graduate students about the evolution of Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and related federal and state securities laws, and how they are connected to implementing Blockchain-based business plans. He also discussed how ICOs and other related blockchain-based financing efforts fit into startup fundraising efforts, talking about a variety of legal and practical issues related to using the technology in that space.
Tyler is a member of Tonkon Torp's Entrepreneurial Services, Corporate Finance, and Mergers & Acquisitions practice groups. He has served on the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network’s Board of Directors for a number of years and he and his colleagues in the Entrepreneurial Services Practice Group are actively engaged in Portland’s startup community. Tyler’s practice includes advising startup companies — in connection with their financing efforts and general business matters — and established businesses.