Jim Verdonik and Benji Jones: Blockchains, Cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offerings

Jim Verdonik
Benji Jones


Jim Verdonik and Benji Jones lead Ward and Smith P. A.’s Securities and Fintech groups. These groups include Crowdfunding Blockchain/COINS teams. We are also leaders of the Raleigh Blockchain Working Group of E4 Carolinas a networking group for new energy businesses.

They have represented Venture Capital Funds, public and private portfolio companies and other growth businesses in financing, M & A, licensing and other transaction across a wide range of industries, including technology and bio-science. Both Jim and Benji played a critical role in the passage of North Carolina’s intrastate crowdfunding exemption (NC PACES) and building a state-wide on-line capital raising ecosystem.

Jim has written multiple books about finance and growing technology businesses, including:

  • Crowdfunding: A Legal Guide to Investment and Platform Regulation
  • Crowdfunding Opportunities and Challenges

Both books analyze Crowdfunding business practices and technology the impact of the JOBS Act on the venture capital industry and traditional securities laws, including the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

Jim and Benji are Thomson Reuter’s answer people for Crowdfunding issues. They have conducted a series of Crowdfunding webinars for Thompson Reuters, which calls itself the “Answer Company.”

They write a nationally distributed newspaper column about business, technology and legal issues for the American Business Journals www.bizjournals.com that reaches more than four million readers through local business publications in more than forty cities across the U. S.

You can read their blog, Entrepreneur Intersection, check out their YouTubeChannel, and attend workshops, conferences, and continuing legal education course that they present on Fintech, Blockchain/COINS, Crowdfunding, the JOBS Act, and related matters.


ICO Defined – https://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/initial-coin-offering-ico.asp

Blockchain Defined – https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/blockchain.asp

Cryptocurrency Defined – https://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/cryptocurrency.asp




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