Jon Van Loo Transactional Tax Lawyer with a broad range of experience, focusing on the tax aspects of initial coin offerings (ICOs), cryptocurrency transactions, blockchain companies, M&A, international tax and investment funds. Jon has practiced tax law for 10 years in a variety of firms and cities, including: Linklaters’ London office, a tax boutique in San Francisco, and Dechert’s New York office. In 2017, Jon launched his own solo tax practice based in Menlo Park and earlier this year, he co-founded Belcher, Smolen & Van Loo, a boutique law firm based in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Jon’s cryptocurrency tax experience includes advising various cryptocurrency hedge funds (including CoinFund) on a variety of domestic and international tax issues, advising companies on the tax aspects of ICOs, advising individuals on the tax aspects of cryptocurrency transactions, and advising on the tax aspects of M&A transaction in the crypto space.

Dmitri Alexeev Director BPM Corporate Tax Practice. He has over 18 years of public accounting experience with regional and national accounting firms. He’s worked with many public and private companies, including closely held businesses and startup companies, ranging in size from $1 million to over $100 billion in assets. He has extensive experience serving clients in financial services, life sciences, mobile gaming, services and technology industries. Dmitri has extensive tax advisory and compliance experience with emphasis on financial and regulatory reporting, including corporate and partnership taxation, accounting methods and elections and state taxation. He also has broad experience in ASC 740, income taxes, and significant experience with federal and California tax controversy. With focus on exceptional client service, he has worked closely with attorneys, investment bankers, valuation, as well as other professionals. Dmitri enjoys hiking and fishing. He enjoys exploring the hiking trails of the American West, the South West, and the Canadian Rockies.

Navin Sethi Tax Partner Ernst & Young Financial Services Office (FSO) Tax Practice in San Francisco. Navin specializes in providing tax consulting and compliance services to clients in the asset management industry. Navin’s clients include hedge funds, venture capital, fund of funds, private equity and real estate funds. Navin has more than 20 years of work experience in both the public and private industry. Navin is a frequent speaker at alternative investment conferences. Navin co-created a graduate course on the taxation of financial products in 2006 which he still teaches as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University. Navin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in accounting (BBA) and a law degree (JD). Navin later received a master’s in tax law (LLM) from Golden Gate University. Since 2005, Navin has been a board member of the Alameda County Library Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting our public libraries.

MODERATOR: Sheela Ursal is a experienced FinTech expert and investment advisor with nearly two decades in digital product management. Her career has been focused on digital products most of which has been in eCommerce and payment. In the past she has build and launched products and services for companies like Amazon, Netopia (bought by Google), Cisco and Western Union. She enjoys mentoring aspiring product managers and is often seen sharing her thoughts on Linkedin and her blog


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Pemo is a Media Publisher & Event Producer.  She is CoFounder/CEO Silicon Valley TV: Broadcasting Silicon Valley to the World! She is the CoFounder/CEO & Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley & organizes Bay Area FinTech meetup: Silicon Valley FinTech meetup & Blockchain Music meetup with over 3k members. She has produced in the past Smart Money Silicon Valley: Network with & Learn from Silicon Valley Investors! ; NoPanels: Engage Directly with Investors & Industry Leaders ; PitchPerfect Silicon Valley: Craft your Pitch for Funding! She video interviews venture capitalists & angel investors & partners with videographers to cover San Francisco Bay area startup conferences & meetups with livestreaming, video & foto packages Silicon Valley TV  She is based in Silicon Valley & has been involved in online business for 13 years.  She has been in small business for 45 years in Ireland, London, Canada & Australia.  She also published a free ebook (the findings of 1 year research from VCs, angels & women founders) "Why are Women Funded Less than Men? a crowdsourced conversation"  She was TheNextWomen's most prolific contributor of 2011. Silicon Valley TV has been noted as a platform for supporting high growth women led companies in Huffington Post