New Article on Blockchain-based Payment Commitments Published in Stanford’s CodeX

Reid Monroe-Sheridan and Rebecca Liao co-authored a whitepaper, “Primer on the DLPC: A Standard for Payment Commitments on the Blockchain,” published by CodeX: The Center for Legal Informatics Stanford University. The article provides an overview of the Distributed Ledger Payment Commitment, or DLPC. The DLPC is a standardized blockchain-based payment…

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Monroe-Sheridan Foreign Law Office Advises Mizuho Bank in Connection with Distributed Ledger Payment Commitments

Monroe-Sheridan Foreign Law Office advised Mizuho Bank in connection with the use of blockchain-based distributed ledger payment commitments in certain metal commodities transactions, which were publicly announced on August 24, 2021. The press release announcing the transactions is available here: From the press release: Metal commodities worth around $43…

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Monroe-Sheridan Foreign Law Office Represents Reborna Biosciences in Research Collaboration with Biogen

Reborna Biosciences Research Collaboration Press Release

Monroe-Sheridan Foreign Law Office represented Reborna Biosciences, Inc. in its research collaboration with Biogen Inc. The research collaboration was publicly announced on April 30, 2021. The press release announcing the research collaboration is available here: From the press release: “Biogen is a leading company in the field of neurological…

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New Article on Risks and Strategies for Japanese Investors in Financially Troubled Startups

New Business Law 1170 Article

Reid Monroe-Sheridan contributed an article, “Legal Risks and Mitigation Strategies Relating to Insolvent American Startups” in the May 15, 2020 edition of New Business Law. The article describes typical measures that startups take to address insolvency, certain key risks that these measures may raise for Japanese investors and commercial counterparties,…

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Presentation at Harvard Conference on Japanese Law

Presentation to students at Harvard Law School

On September 28, Reid Monroe-Sheridan presented his latest research project, “Promoting Legal Innovation in Japanese Startup Financing” at the New Perspectives in Japanese Law conference at Harvard Law School. The research, which is forthcoming in the Journal of International Commercial Law (Spring 2019), analyzes the nature and progress of contractual…

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Startup Law Seminar for Entrepreneurs in Tokyo

On May 14, Reid Monroe-Sheridan, Anri Okamoto and Neil Nguyen provided a startup law and operations seminar for entrepreneurs in Tokyo.

Anri Okamoto is in-house counsel for Mercari Inc. and Neil Nguyen is the founder and CEO of Tokyo Academics. The theme of the seminar was an introduction to legal and operational concepts relevant to entrepreneurs in Tokyo.

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