Christiana Aristidou is a former partner of a 50-year legacy medium-size family law firm, who recently established Christiana Aristidou LLC, a hybrid SmartLaw-Tech firm. Christiana has been practicing business and technology law for more than 23 years, she is a Certified International Legal Project Practitioner (IILPM), a Digital Transformation Specialist and an EU licensed litigator since 1997. She is a Cyprus Delegate to the ISO TC/307 Blockchain Committee, member of WG6 on blockchain use cases and actively contributing to WG-3 on Smart Contracts. She has also served in ITU-FG-DLTs. Christiana is a co-founding member and Vice-Chair of the Cyprus Blockchain Association (CBA). Having studied and lived in more than five different countries, i.e., Greece, the UK, Germany, China and Cyprus, Christiana combined legal studies on law and technology, in both, common law and civil law jurisdictions and maintains a very rich network which supports a global reach of more than 50K professionals and corporates in more than 120 countries and holds Directorships as well as advisory positions in the boards of several corporate bodies. Christiana is a graduate of the law school of the Kapodistrian University of Athens-Greece and holds three (3) Master degrees from the UK, on International Business, Commercial and Technology Law, a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration from the University of Cologne and a certificate in Chinese Culture and language (HSK2) from Mandarin House-Shanghai. She also holds a certificate in Digital Currencies from the University of Nicosia and a certificate on Data Protection and Privacy Rights from HELP-EU. Christiana has been involved in multijurisdictional and complex business and technology legal projects and worked extensively with Silicon Valley companies and entrepreneurs. She has advised major local and international players in the fields of regulation compliance, IT and advanced technologies, platform design, legal mechanics and legal architecture for platform-based innovative business models, start-up projects and funding (i.e. ICOs, STOs, IPOs), digital identity , electronic signatures, digital onboarding and online identity verification, open banking and payment innovation, privacy by design, e-money, digital currencies, crypto-coins and crypto-exchanges, tokens and tokenisation, transactional deals and documentation, commercial contract drafting, cybersecurity, financial services and fintech, funding and investments, insurance, telecommunications, internet and cybersecurity, software and gaming, technology IP protection, and intellectual property taxing. Christiana is a trainer training leaders, executives, teams and departments on several major EU Directives, Regulations and other legal and regulatory compliance instruments. She is also a legal author and a regular speaker at national and international technology conferences and summits.
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