Everything You Need to Know About the New York Hearing on Bitcoin

Find out the key information about this week's hearings on bitcoin in New York.

AccessTimeIconJan 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 10:18 a.m. UTC

UPDATE (31st January, 11:34 GMT):

  • Read CoinDesk's report on the first day of the hearing here.
  • Read CoinDesk's report on the second day of the hearing here.
  • Read VC Fred Wilson's reaction from attending the hearing.
  • Read a roundup of the community's reaction to the hearings.
  • You can watch the full video from both days here.

Stay tuned to CoinDesk for more updates on developments, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for live tweets of bitcoin events.


The New York Department of Financial Services is shortly to begin its hearing about bitcoin and other digital currencies.

Taking place in the 4th Floor Boardroom of 90 Church Street, New York, the hearing is set to begin at 11:30 (EST) today (28th January) and the second session will begin tomorrow at 10:00.

A live webcast of the hearings can be found here. Follow @CoinDesk on Twitter as we will also be live tweeting the event. 

Tuesday 28th January

Panel 1

Title: The Investor Perspective: The Future of Virtual Currencies

Time: 11:30 - 13:30


Panel 2

Title: Virtual Currencies and Regulation in an Evolving Landscape

Time: 14:30 - 16:30


  • Charles Lee, creator of litecoin
  • Judie Rinearson, partner, Bryan Cave
  • Carol Van Cleef, partner, Patton Boggs
  • TBD Additional Witnesses

Wednesday 28th January

Panel 1

Title: Law Enforcement and Virtual Currencies

Time: 10:00 – 11:00


  • Cyrus R. Vance, Jr, District Attorney of New York County
  • Richard B. Zabel, Deputy US Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Panel 2

Title:  Virtual Currency Commerce and Consumer Protections

Time: 11:30 – 13:30


Panel 3

Title: The Academic View on Virtual Currencies

Time: 14:30 – 16:00


  • Ed W. Felten, professor of computer science and public affairs, and director of the Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
  • Susan Athey, professor of economics, Stanford University

For more information, read our post New York Hearings Open in Shrem’s Shadow.


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