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8:15 AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM
Conference Chairperson's Welcoming Remarks

Caitlin Long

President & Chairman
9:10 AM
The Blockchain In Finance: Real Change, Or Simply More Talk Of Change?
  • The blockchain represents both a threat and an opportunity for the financial industry
  • The financial blockchain roadmap: what is changing now, and what is likely to change over the next 24 months
  • The early signs are that the big banks will adopt a consortium approach, via initiatives such as R3 and Hyperledger, to lead adoption of distributed ledger technology throughout financial markets. What is behind this approach?
  • Do blockchain developers need the financial industry to change institutional finance? Does the blockchain represent an avenue into institutional financial business for non-incumbents, or are the hurdles simply too high?

Grainne McNamara


Christopher Boivin

Vice President, Markets Strategy
BNY Mellon

Fredrik Voss

Vice President, Blockchain Innovation

Dan O'Prey

Chief Marketing Officer
Digital Asset
9:50 AM
Freaks And Geeks: Bridging The Divide Between Technologists And End Users
  • Blockchain development in banks and other large financial institutions has primarily been the concern of technology and innovation groups
  • This panel will focus on the way the blockchain is being pushed out into end user groups within financial institutions (front, back and middle offices)
  • How does the blockchain become more than the simple plaything of the technologists?
  • Spotlight on different initiatives that have been launched to enhance internal traction of blockchain initiatives

Hillel Caplan

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Susan Ramonat

Chief Risk Officer - Blockchain Lead

Seth Phillips

Lead Product Manager

Jeremy Drane

Chief Commercial Officer
10:30 AM
Networking Refreshment Break
10:50 AM
Building and Empowering the Next Generation of Global Financial Services Technology
  • Blockchain and DLT: Separating hype from reality
  • Corda: A blockchain-inspired shared ledger platform designed by and for financial markets
  • R3 Lab and Research Center: a center of gravity for applied DLT research and development

Obreahny O’Brien

Financial Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Tim Grant

Managing Director, Head of Lab & Research Center
11:20 AM
Regulating The Financial Blockchain: Challenges And Opportunities
  • How do financial blockchain applications and the companies building and using them fall into the existing regulatory landscape for the financial industry?
  • A focus on attempts by the NYDFS, Fed, SEC and CFTC to monitor different aspects of financial blockchain applications: will these lead to pre-emptive regulation or retrospective enforcement actions?
  • Gold rush or race to the bottom: what is the state of regulation of the blockchain outside the US? How should different sets of financial blockchain market participants negotiate the fluctuating state of global blockchain regulation when making business decisions?
  • Identity verification, AML, KYC: which parts of global market infrastructure could the blockchain help police more efficiently? What is the role for the blockchain in portions of the post-crisis compliance universe banks still struggle with, such as the liquidity management, data transparency and communications requirements of living wills?
  • Could the blockchain eventually render portions of the post-crisis risk management universe brought into being by Dodd-Frank and EMIR/MiFID redundant?

David Lucking

Allen & Overy LLP

Harry Wedewer

Assistant Chief Counsel

Dave Hirsch

U.S Securities & Exchange Commission

Kevin Petrasic

Head of Global Financial Institutions Advisory Practice
White & Case LLP
12:00 PM
Spotlight On Interoperability: How Will The Blockchains Speak To Each Other?
  • Much of the debate over the last year in the financial DLT community has centered on the question of which type of blockchain -- public, private, the consortium blockchain, etc. -- is “right” for finance
  • There is now a variety of distributed ledgers serving different portions of the financial community: the “original” blockchain, Ethereum, Hyperledger, etc.
  • Which model best serves which set of market participants? Can different varieties of blockchain coexist?
  • How will different blockchains achieve interoperability? Who is leading the way on interoperability, and who should be leading the way? Could there be a solution to the interoperability conundrum through privacy preserving cryptography or other pure technology solutions?

Jeff Garzik


Christopher Price

Vice President, Architecture and Innovation
Northern Trust

Vipin Bharathan

The Hyperledger Project

Benjamin Jessel

Distributed Ledger Innovation Leader
12:40 PM
Networking Luncheon
1:40 PM
The Smart Contract In Practice
  • It’s been said that smart contracts on the blockchain will slash the costs of contracting, enforcing contracts, and making payments
  • This session will explore how different types of smart contracts will work in practice, across lending, securities issuance and trading
  • How will contracts be enforced?
  • Breach, rescission, termination, restitution, performance, damages: how will the blockchain’s technology solution fit within the existing legal architecture of enforcement?

Matt Corva


Greg Lumelsky

Assistant General Counsel
Bank of America

Sanket Shah

Vice President, Senior Counsel
BMO Financial Group

Marco Santori

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Christopher Merchant

Proofs Of Concept From The Financial Industry
2:20 PM
Spotlight On Syndicated Loans
  • Overhauling antiquated and costly manual processing in the $3 trillion global syndicated loans market.
  • For the sell-side, the delays tie up precious capital
  • For the buy-side, settlement uncertainty confounds cash management and necessitates costly credit lines. 

Richard Johnson

Market Structure & Technology
Greenwich Associates

Joe Salerno

Synaps Loans (JV of Ipreo and Symbiont)

Emmanuel Aidoo

Director, Blockchain Specialist
Credit Suisse

Paul Woods

Senior Vice President
State Street Global Services

Louis Stone

Managing Director- Global Head of Business Development
2:50 PM
Blockchain and the Value of Radical Transparency
  • Stock Lending: creating a permanent record of ownership for the beneficial owner and unambiguous proof of the legitimacy of the borrower.
  • Consolidated Audit Trail: providing regulators with near real time, cradle-to-grave insight into every trade, each of which can be settled on a true, one-to-one basis, free of the ambiguity of net settlement.
  • Real Time Surfacing Of Trade Data: market participants can easily observe the relevant blockchain and acquire trade data as it unfolds.
  • Independent Verification Of Trade Validity: market participants can use their own computer to independently verify the legitimacy of every trade, through public key cryptography.

Stephen Obie

Jones Day

Ralph Daiuto

General Counsel

John Tabacco

Stock Lending Expert
Revolution 4, LLC
3:20 PM
Networking Refreshment Break
3:40 PM
Payments: How the Blockchain is Increasing the Speed and Decreasing the Cost of Payments
  • One of the original Bitcoin use cases when it was created in 2008 was for payments. What is the state of digital payments in 2016 and how has this space developed over the past eight years?
  • How are companies leveraging blockchain technology to evolve the payments space?
  • How are other successful payments platforms (i.e. Venmo) and virtual currencies (i.e. m-Pesa) shaping the trajectory of the digital payments space?
  • What are the incentives that will change customer habits to begin using a new form of payments?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using permissionless vs permissioned blockchains in payments?
  • What are some of the hurdles that pose the biggest threats to the broader adoption of digital currencies for payments? 

Jason Leibowitz

LeboBTC Ledger Group

Gabriel Abed


Graham Warner

Director, Americas Head of GTB Product Development
Deutsche Bank

Pramod Achanta

Partner, Global Business Services
4:15 PM
Building A New Architecture Of Identity Management
  • Much has been made of the blockchain’s potential to form the basis of a secure global identity network: once built, this would enable banks and other financial institutions to verify the identity of customers and counterparties according to a single, shared language
  • How are different identity management players approaching the task of building a blockchain-based global identity network today? Which practice areas/use cases can blockchain identity solutions help with most?
  • What is the role of the banks?
  • Is the development of blockchain-based identity initiatives to date laying the groundwork for a truly global/universal identity management network, or does it simply reinforce the fragmentation and competition among existing identity systems?

Matthew Commons

Chief Executive Officer
Cambridge Blockchain, LLC

Scarlett Sieber

SVP, Global Business Dev - New Digital Businesses

Saleem Khan

Vice President of Content Innovation
Dun & Bradstreet

Daniel Gallancy

Vida Identity a SolidX Company
4:45 PM
Keynote Address

Patrick Byrne

5:15 PM
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6:15 PM
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