Professor Verity Winship and Vanessa Villanueva Collao, a JSD candidate at the College of Law, have co-authored "The New ICO Intermediaries," which was published in The Italian Law Journal. The abstract follows:
Smart contracts promise a world without intermediaries. However, that promise has quickly proved elusive, including in the context of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), a vehicle for funding startups built on smart contracts and blockchain. Particularly as ICOs attract retail investors who are not code-literate, the question arises: is there a role for new intermediaries? This article assesses the possibility of an ICO auditor, providing a framework for understanding potential audit functions. In particular, it identifies three main roles: to translate the code for retail investors who are not code-sophisticates, to reconcile the code with promises made in other materials aimed at ICO participants, and to verify offline activity and identity where these remain important to the transactions. It then maps these functions onto emerging models.
Read the full article at papers.ssrn.com or https://www.theitalianlawjournal.it/vw/.