The First Block Podcast

TFB#11: Sameer Sibal on the delicate balance between regulating and supporting crypto and blockchain tech

April 18, 2019

Sameer Sibal is a partner at Jerome Merchant and Partners, a Mumbai based law firm whose expertise extends across the range of corporate law, banking and finance, real estate and emerging technology. They are the primary legal counsel for BankChain which is a community of banks for exploring, building and implementing blockchain solutions, and one of the largest blockchain projects in India.


0:35 Sameer’s background and introduction | 4:17 Jerome Merchant + Partners interest in blockchain | 7:00 Managing regulation for emerging technologies | 12:15 The regulatory scenario for blockchain technology in | 17:23 The tricky part about utility tokens | 21:06 Cryptocurrency regulations in India | 21:31 Bankchain and its scope in India | 29:35 THe growth of AI in the legal profession | 31:55 Smart contracts and legal contracts | 34:28 Data security issues in emerging tech | 36:11 Interesting legislative developments in India