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About

About

These events have been built in collaboration with some of the world’s leading banks, financial institutions and technology companies to ensure that the most pressing and pertinent issues are covered. Topics ranging across trading, fixed income, derivatives, syndicated loans and trade finance, identity and payments. Discussion for leading figures on both the business and technology sides of the global banking industry.

Topics:

Algorithmic Differentiation, Initial Margin Computation & Numerical Optimization.

Machine Learning, Big Data, IoT & HPC.

Distributed Ledgers in Financial Markets,Smart Contracts, Decentralised Clearing Network, Decentralization in Financial Markets, Implementation Strategies, KYC blockchain implementation regulatory and compliance challenges, Distributed Ledger Regulations & Compliance.

Who will attend? CEOs, Chairmen, CTOs, CIOs, Managing Directors, Global Heads, Heads of Desks, Heads of Innovation and teams, Traders, Quants, Structurers, FinTech companies and more besides.

Benefits of attending:

  • Boost your contact list
  • The event will bring together the tech and financial worlds to create a framework for one to solve the needs of the other.
  • It will be a perfect place to network and do business with everyone you need, under one roof.
  • Keep up to date with this rapidly developing arm of the industry.
  • Join the debate
WBS Training are pleased to announce our latest dynamic conferences in the ever changing world of financial technology. The fee is set low so that in a world of tight budgets all can attend.

London Fees:

  • All 3 days: £750 + UK VAT
  • Blockchain Summit Only: £295 + UK VAT
  • Blockchain Summit + Day 1 Only: £545 + UK VAT
  • Main Conference: £545 + UK VAT
  • Attend Main Conference Day 1 Only: £295 + UK VAT
  • Attend Main Conference Day 2 Only: £295 + UK VAT
Limited places so book early!

Conference Speakers

London Conference

Blockchain Regulation & Compliance Summit

Wednesday 26th April 2017


08:30: Registration and Morning Welcome Coffee


09.00 – 09.45: Keynote Speech:

Presenter: To be confirmed


09.45 – 10.30: Distributed Ledger Regulations & Compliance

Presenter: Siân Jones, Founder, European Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology Forum


10.30 – 11.00: Morning Break and Networking Opportunities


11.00 – 11.45: Sandboxes Friend or Foe?

Presenter: Nicole Sandler: Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Barclays

  • What is Project Innovate?
  • The FCA’s sandbox consultation
  • The Regulatory Sandbox
  • The Virtual/Industry Sandbox
  • The Umbrella Company Sandbox
  • Other jurisdictions following the FCA’s lead –including MAS and the US

11.45 – 12.30: KYC Blockchain and the Regulatory and Compliance Challenges (To be confirmed)

Presenter: Anish Mohammed: Lead Security Architect, Lloyds Banking Group


12.30 – 13.30: Lunch


13.30 – 14.15: FinTech Law and Regulation: Blockchains, Distributed Ledgers, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrencies
Presenter: Sean Murphy: Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (To be confirmed)


14.15 – 14.45: Blockchain Legal Panel

Topics:

  • What are the challenges that smart contracts create for existing contract law?
  • How will smart contracts be incorporated into the existing legal framework?
  • Could smart contracts actually drive legal changes?
  • Other topics to be confirmed

Panelists:

  • Sean Murphy: Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (To be confirmed)
  • To be confirmed

14.45 – 15.30: To be confirmed

Panelists: Alex Batlin: Global Head of Emerging Business & Technology and Global Blockchain Lead, BNY Mellon


15.30 – 16.00 Afternoon Break and Networking Opportunities


16.00 – 16.45: To be confirmed

Presenter:  Benjamin Whitby: Global Regulatory Compliance GBM & CMB, Global Risk, HSBC Bank (To be confirmed)


16.45 – 17.45: Regulations & Compliance Panel

Topics:

  • What are the potential compliance, operational, legal and regulatory implications of Distributed Ledger Technology?
  • Discuss how a streamlined clearing and settlements using distributed ledger technology could help to overcome regulatory hurdles and future challenges
  • Examining the regulation and compliance challenges of deploying blockchain technologies across industry
  • In the ever changing regulatory and compliance environment what do we expect from the regulators regarding cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain?
  • How will the regulators initially deal with DLT innovation?
  • Discuss how DLT might enhance, influence or hinder the regulators
  • Should regulators agree or not? DCN as the perfect Trade Repository
  • Could DLT help the regulators to foresee the next potential crisis, and how to react?
  • Will DLT technology radically change the regulatory landscape?
  • Discuss Cyber threat and risks, and associated regulatory challenges

Moderator:

  • Siân Jones: Founder, European Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology Forum

Panel:

  • Nicole Sandler:Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Barclays
  • Benjamin Whitby: Global Regulatory Compliance GBM & CMB, Global Risk, HSBC Bank (To be confirmed)
  • Anish Mohammed: Lead Security Architect, Lloyds Banking Group (To be confirmed)
  • Alex Batlin: Global Head of Emerging Business & Technology and Global Blockchain Lead, BNY Mellon

The 2nd Annual QuanTech Conference

Thursday 27th April: Distributed Ledger Technology Stream


08:30: Registration and Morning Welcome Coffee


09:00 – 09:45: Keynote speakers (To be confirmed)


09.45 – 10.30 Panel: The Future of Money & Finance

Moderator:
Nick Ayton: SmartLedger Labs, Blockchain-X

Panelists:
Jean-Marc Depinay: Executive Consultant – Data Scientist, ATOS
Erik Vynckier: Partner, InsurTech Venture Partners, Board member, Foresters Friendly Society
Other panellists to be confirmed

Topics:
What are the challenges and opportunities facing the finance industry due to the growing influence of new technologies?
What are the likely disruptive impact of these financial technology?
Discuss the impact of big data analytics and machine learning in the financial world
Is distributed ledgers technology the embryo of a bankless world or the real end of the crisis for banks?
Discuss the regulatory and compliance challenges that will need to be navigated

How banks can win this battle. Winning together or finish first?


10.30 – 11.00: Morning Break and Networking Opportunities


Distributed Ledgers Technology Stream

Chair: Nick Ayton: SmartLedger Labs, Blockchain-X


11.00 – 11.45: “Update on Smart Contract Templates”

Presenter: Lee Braine: Investment Bank CTO Office, Barclays

  • “Smart Contract Templates” to connect legal agreements to corresponding business logic
  • Standardised agreements, straight-through processing, legal enforceability, simplified dispute resolution
  • Cost reduction, efficiency improvement, risk reduction
  • Open innovation and collaboration (ISDA, UCL, R3 consortium, etc)
  • Research papers and summits
  • Next steps

11.45 – 12.30: Blockchain re-defines Operating Models with Smart Contracts as the Secret Sauce

Presenter: Nick Ayton: SmartLedger Labs, Blockchain-X

  • Implementing Blockchain Operating Models
  • Blockchain as a >50% cost out play
  • Smart Contracts are the secret sauce

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch 


13.30 – 14.15: Topic to be confirmed

Presenter: Sofus Mortensen, Chief Quantitative Analyst / Blockchain Technologist, Nordea Bank


14.15 – 15.00: “DAT or DLT? Distributed Automation Technology and the Future of Financial Market Infrastructure”

Presenter: Robert Sams: CEO, Founder, Clearmatics


15.00 – 15.30 Afternoon Break and Networking Opportunities


15.30 – 16.15: Distributed Ledgers in Financial Markets

Presenter: Massimo Morini: Head of Interest Rates, Credit and Inflation Models, Gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo

  • Financial Market Problems: consensus by reconciliation
  • Too much Trust: Slow Transactions, Costly Duplication, Opacity, Litigations
  • The Risk Consequences: Operational Risk, Credit Risk and Capital requirement
  • From Fintech-hype to a possible business reform enabled by aspects of Tech
  • Variation and Initial Margin Workflow on a Distributed Ledger
  • Smart contracts: Robot Counterparties or Digital Referees?
  • Oracles, SGX and a question: can we make contracts with machines?
  • What impact on incumbents? NO or NEW roles for CCPs and Repositories?

16.15 – 17.00: Overcoming the Challenges of Distributed Ledger Implementation

Presenter: To be confirmed

  • What organizations are best placed to fulfill a trust validation role?
  • What challenges will the computational power demand bring?
  • What are the realities of transferring existing databases into blocks?
  • How limiting are legacy systems in Distributed ledger implementation?

17.00 – 18.00: Distibuted Ledger Technology Panel

Topics:

  • Do you see value in smart contracts to improve call processes?
  • Discuss the various types of potential smart contracts and smart contract platforms.
  • What are the roles of smart contracts in automated execution for derivatives trading.
  • How might smart contracts modernize financial products, such as mortgages?
  • How will personal and commercial insurance change with smart contracts?
  • Is there a demand? Can this technology increase customer satisfaction?
    • Discuss the pros and cons of DLT for settlements and how it could remove the reliance of intermediaries for clearing.
    • Can a Decentralized Clearing Network be better than a Centralized Counterparty?
    • Potentially what else can be shared and decentralized?
      • Execution, Settlement?
      • Even the Order Book?
  • Could the use of distributed ledger technology harmonise the regulatory difficulties on the world derivatives markets?
  • Will distributed ledger technology advancements include reduced collateral requirements?
  • What are the pain points for collateral management that distributed ledgers could potentially address?
  • The threat of disintermediation: will clearing and settlement services become obsolete? 
  • Facilitating the sharing economy: what will be the impact on P2P financial products?
  • Decentralised autonomous organizations: will this be the future? Who will benefit?
  • Will Distributed ledger technology accelerate the move to a cashless society
  • Will Distributed ledger change the established business models of financial institutions?
  • What will be the next big milestone for Distributed ledger technology?
  • How do timeframes for adoption vary across different areas of financial services?

Moderator:

  • To be confirmed

Panel:

  • Lee Braine:Investment Bank CTO Office, Barclays
  • Massimo Morini: Head of Interest Rates, Credit and Inflation Models, Gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Robert Sams: CEO, Founder, Clearmatics
  • Sofus Mortensen, Chief Quantitative Analyst / Blockchain Technologist, Nordea Bank

18.00: Networking Reception

Stay and continue the day’s discussions and network with food and drink.


Friday 28th April: Algorithmic Differentiation, Initial Margin Computation, and Numerical Optimization Stream


08:30: Registration and Morning Welcome Coffee


09:00 – 09:40: Keynote speaker
Susanne Chishti: CEO, FINTECH Circle
The Global State of the Fintech Industry


09:40 – 10:20
Panel: The Evolution of Quantitative Finance in The Fintech World

Moderator:
Susanne Chishti:
CEO, FINTECH Circle

Panelists:
Alexander Sokol:
CEO and Head of Quant Research, CompatibL
To be confirmed


10.20 – 10.50: Morning Break and Networking Opportunities


Algorithmic Differentiation, Initial Margin Computation, and Numerical Optimization Stream

Chair: To be confirmed


10.50 – 11.30: Extreme XVA: GPU + AD

Presenter: Andrew Green: Managing Director, XVA Lead Quant, Scotiabank (To be confirmed)

  • XVA is one of the most computationally intensive calculations in finance
    • Hence it requires innovative high performance computing solution
  • Identifying the performance critical stages in XVA Calculations
  • Algorithmic Differentiation – a potential performance solution?
  • Why straight-line performance is still needed
  • Coding for GPU cards

11.30 – 12.15: The Probability Matrix Method for XVA 

  • Introduction to the Probability Matrix Method
  • Handling standard and exotic pay-off types
  • Efficient simulation of counterparty credit risk
  • The Hybrid-AD approach for fast sensitivities

Presenter: Martin Engblom: Business Development Manager, TriOptima


12.15 – 13.00: There & Back Again: Eliminating The Absurdity & The Risk Of Offsetting Cashflows & Margin Flows Discussing the CSA terms that give rise to counterparty credit risk. How can it be mitigated through the use of payment-versus-payment (PvP) services to exchange margin flows.

Presenter: Alexander Sokol: CEO and Head of Quant Research, CompatibL


13.00 – 14.00: Lunch 


14.00 – 14.45: AAD & Leas Squares Monte Carlo: Fast XVA & Bermudan Greeks

Presenter: To be confirmed


14.45 – 15.30: Adjoint Code Design Patterns

Presenter: Uwe Naumann: Professor for Computer Science, RWTH Aachen University


15.30 – 15.40 Afternoon Break and Networking Opportunities


15.40 – 16.10: Algorithmic Differentiation, Initial Margin Computation, and Numerical Optimization Panel

  • Initial Margin, a push for more model standardization? Good or bad?
  • Discuss Implementing SIMM for Non Cleared Initial Margin Rules
  • Understand the impacts of initial margin, bi-lateral initial margin and MVA on business models
  • What are new numerical tricks to accelerate XVA’s calculations?
  • The relative strengths and weaknesses of forward vs. reverse AD mode in practical calculations
  • The latest advances in AAD for Monte Carlo and American Monte Carlo
  • Practical Implementation of AAD “GPU vs. AAD”
  • GPUs and AAD are not mutually exclusive – you can do both
  • XVA Risk can be done using AAD but regulators and others clearly favour full revaluation for risk and stress testing

Moderator:

  • To be confirmed

Panel:

  • Andrew Green: Managing Director, XVA Lead Quant, Scotiabank
  • Ignacio Ruiz: Founder & CEO, MoCaX Intelligence
  • Uwe Naumann: Professor for Computer Science, RWTH Aachen University
  • Other Panelists to be confirmed

END OF CONFERENCE

The 2nd Annual QuanTech Conference

Thursday 27th April: Machine Learning, Big Data, IoT & HPC Stream


08:30: Registration and Morning Welcome Coffee


09:00 – 09:45: Keynote speakers (To be confirmed)


09.45 – 10.30 Panel: The Future of Money & Finance

Moderator:
Nick Ayton: SmartLedger Labs, Blockchain-X

Panelists:
Jean-Marc Depinay: Executive Consultant – Data Scientist, ATOS

Erik Vynckier: Partner, InsurTech Venture Partners, Board member, Foresters Friendly Society
Other panellists to be confirmed

Topics:
What are the challenges and opportunities facing the finance industry due to the growing influence of new technologies?
What are the likely disruptive impact of these financial technology?
Discuss the impact of big data analytics, IoT and machine learning in the financial world
Is distributed ledgers technology the embryo of a bankless world or the real end of the crisis for banks?
Discuss the regulatory and compliance challenges that will need to be navigated
How banks can win this battle. Winning together or finish first?


10.30 – 11.00: Morning Break and Networking Opportunities


Machine Learning, Big Data, IoT & HPC Stream

Chair: Erik Vynckier: Partner, InsurTech Venture Partners, Board member, Foresters Friendly Society


11.00 – 11.45: Big Data and the Internet of Things – A revolution in insurance?

Presenter: Erik Vynckier: Partner, InsurTech Venture Partners, Board member, Foresters Friendly Society

  • Disruption of the insurance value chain
  • How to embed innovation
  • InsurTech pathways to growth

 


11.45 – 12.30: Topic to be confirmed

 

 

 

Presenter: Ruben Moral: Director, Management Solutions UK (To be confirmed)


12.30 – 13.30: Lunch


13.30 – 14.15: Improving Accessibility of Advanced Analytics for Business End-Users

Presenter: Aamir Vazir: CEO & Co-Founder, Algocell

  •  Analytics technology has changed dramatically, creating a risk that many analytical end-users and organizations are left behind as they continue to depend on familiar tools, particularly spreadsheets and dynamic scripting languages
  • The winding down of Moore’s Law is leading to increasingly complex processors, such as multi-core CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, with dramatic increases in programming complexity
  • Cloud computing can significantly reduce infrastructure cost of analytics, but increases implementation complexity of analytics applications
  • Statistical data analytics methods are being overthrown by innovations such as Deep Neural Networks, again with an associated increase in programming complexity
  • Very large, semi-structured, and/or real-time business data sets require specialized Big Data platforms for analysis, further increasing the gap between analytical business end-user and technology
  • Some analytics innovations, such as Algorithmic Differentiation, require compiler-level support and represent a new level of implementation challenges
  • I will describe how specific innovations in End-User Computing can overcome these challenges, reducing the complexity and cost of advanced analytics while making such analytics accessible to a wider range of end-users

14.15 – 15.00: Big Data and Machine learning in Investment Management

Presenter: Topic to be confirmed


15.00 – 15.30: Afternoon Break and Networking Opportunities


15.30 – 16.15: “Technology Advantage”

 

In a world where constraints are constantly increasing with regulations, complains, legal disputes, customers more demanding, volatile, and changing, competition harder… Cost control and agility ‘IS’ paramount…

Presenter: Jean-Marc Depinay: Executive Consultant – Data Scientist, ATOS

 


16.15 – 17.00: Topic to be confirmed

Presenter: Topic to be confirmed

 

 

 

 


17.00 – 18.00: Big Data for Trading and Risk Management Panel

Topics:

  • How can quants successfully interface with Big Data?
  • Discuss how to quantify Big Data the opportunities
  • Big Data in trading: is it about measuring implementation costs or generating alpha through smart, or at least data-intensive, algorithms?
  • Big Data in the fixed income markets (rates, currencies, bonds, credit): differences of overthe- counter markets to order-book driven equity markets?
  • Big Data from consumer and producer markets: input into financial strategies?
  • Regulations & compliance – can Big Data help you prove best execution?
  • Big Data for the regulators: looking for systemic risk in the reporting data? Who-infects-who?
  • “Data: Challenges and key asset in a disruptive world…”
    • Data Sources for a comprehensive intelligence
    • Data quality and Governance to keep the business laser focused
    • Data processing and Technology to be the disrupter…
      1. Big Data
    • Don’t get stuck on data but the powerful vision and strategy data led…
  • The next frontier of big data generation in capital markets?

Moderator:

  • Jean-Marc Depinay: Executive Consultant – Data Scientist, ATOS

Panel:

  • Aamir Vazir: CEO & Co-Founder, Algocell
  • Other Panelists to be confirmed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


18.00: Networking Reception

Stay and continue the day’s discussions and network with food and drink.


 Friday 28th April: Machine Learning, IoT, Big Data & HPC Stream


08:30: Registration and Morning Welcome Coffee


09:00 – 09:40: Keynote speaker
Susanne Chishti: CEO, FINTECH Circle
The Global State of the Fintech Industry


09:40 – 10:20
Panel: The Evolution of Quantitative Finance in The Fintech World

Moderator:
Susanne Chishti:
CEO, FINTECH Circle

Panelists:
To be confirmed


10.20 – 10.50: Morning Break and Networking Opportunities


Machine Learning, Big Data, IoT & HPC Stream

Chair: Paul Bilokon: Head of MET Credit Quants, Deutsche Bank (To be confirmed)


10.50 – 11.30: Kdb+/q, HFT, & Machine Learning

Presenter: Paul Bilokon: Head of MET Credit Quants, Deutsche Bank


11.30 – 12.15: A Novel Approach for Dynamic SIMM Simulation

  • The Algorithmic Greeks Acceleration (AGA) + Portfolio Pricing Compression (PPC)
  • DeltaMargin, VegaMagin and Curvature Margin simulation
  • Orthogonal decomposition of SIMM sensitivities
  • Computational Implementation: we implement the solution to a realistic sample portfolio of swaps, bermudan swaptions and other exotic trades
  • How to do full SIMM simulation (no proxies) of complex portfolios ultra-fast
  • Incremental MVA, ultra-fast

Presenter: Ignacio Ruiz: Founder & CEO, MoCaX Intelligence


12.15 – 13.00: Predictive Modeling for a Complex World

Abstract:

Understanding and modeling the complex nature of markets, peoples and societies have become a crucial challenge with great practical impact. The current ICT revolution has provided unprecedented access to large amount of data for modeling and forecasting. However, analyzing, understanding, filtering and making use of such a large amount of data have also become a challenge in itself.

I will present scalable methodologies based on the combination of network theory, statistical physics, data science, multiscale analysis and computational methods to unwind complexity and produce robust and meaningful models that are capable to make reliable predictions. I will illustrate the use of these techniques for risk assessment, stress testing and forecasting.

Presenter: Tomaso Aste: Head Financial Computing & Analytics Group, University College London


13.00 – 14.00: Lunch 


14.00 – 14.45: MVA Optimisation With Machine Learning Algorithms

Presenter: Alexei Kondratyev: Managing Director, Financial Markets, Standard Chartered Bank

 


14.45 – 15.30: Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing Strategies

Presenter: Topic to be confirmed


15.30 – 15.40 Afternoon Break and Networking Opportunities


15.40 – 16.10: Machine Learning / HPC Panel

Topics:

  • To be confirmed

Moderator:

  • Paul Bilokon: Head of MET Credit Quants, Deutsche Bank

Panel:

  • Tomaso Aste: Head Financial Computing & Analytics Group, University College London
  • Alexei Kondratyev: Managing Director, Financial Markets, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Other Panellists to be confirmed

END OF CONFERENCE

New York Conference

Wednesday May 3rd: Workshop Day: Blockchain Technology

Workshop: Blockchain Technology

Presenter: Sol Steinberg: Founding Principle, OTC Partners & Regional Director at PRMIA – Professional Risk Managers’ International Association

Understanding how the technology can bring real value to financial organizations

Blockchain technology carries a promise of great opportunity, efficiency, and fairness in business operations and governance for an entire struggling planet. Blockchain technology should be integrated broadly and uniformly across society and within as many existing institutions as possible. Blockchain development should not be the exclusive domain of a single sector, such as banking. Nor should Blockchain development reflect priorities of highest ROI from VC start-ups. The primary objective of Blockchain technology must be to reduce the cost of capital by decentralizing risk, not necessarily money. Blockchain innovation can then be applied broadly, evenly, and intentionally across the economy. This makes sense because when building anything complex or important, one logical piece needs to go in front of the next logical piece regardless of it’s individual ROI, because the collective ROI is the true basis of valuation

Bitcoin. Ethereum. Hyperledger. With all the cryptocurrency buzzwords flying around, it is hard to get to the core of all of these technologies. The essential piece that serves as the underlying mechanism of all these technologies is blockchain. Blockchain is a decentralized, trustless, distributed ledger technology that was popularized by the Bitcoin global cryptocurrency platform. This course will cover the fundamentals of blockchain technology, including the three core layers of a blockchain and the three types of blockchains.

We’ll also address the important questions about Bitcoin, such as:

How does Bitcoin work? What makes Bitcoin different? How secure are your Bitcoins? How anonymous are Bitcoin users? What determines the price of Bitcoins? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? What might the future hold?

After this course, you’ll know everything you need to be able to separate fact from fiction when reading claims about Blockchain, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. You’ll have the conceptual foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network. And you’ll be able to integrate ideas from Bitcoin in your own projects. This course is appropriate for technologists who are interested in the technology and business owners who are looking to understand the technology on a deeper level.

New York Conference Day 1: Thursday May 4th

NEW YORK CITY VENUE

New York Conference Location Downtown Conference Center,
157 William Street New York, NY 10038 USA


08:30: Registration and Morning Welcome Coffee


Distributed Ledgers in Financial Markets


09.00 – 09.45: Introduction to Distributed Ledger

Presenter:  To be confirmed

  • Distributed Ledger – getting everyone into the same conceptual block
  • Background
    • Blockchain & Bitcoin
  • Present Day
    • Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)
  • Conference & Future

09.45 – 10.30: Evolving Technology Untrusted Services with Performance

Presenter: To be confirmed

  • Transaction Transformation Timeline The New Frontier exploring Transaction Workflow Processing
  • Byzantine Generals’ Problem Versus Zytglogge Conundrum, Blockchain Uses and capabilities of Distributed Ledger Technology
  • Alternative Computing Technologies, Computing by a wide range of new and sometimes unusual methods
  • Centralized versus decentralized information processing
  • State of Distributed Ledger TechnologyLimitations of distributed ledger technology
  • Is Widespread Adoption Feasible Adoption of blockchain distributed legers requires jumping over a number of hurdles
  • Blockchain Distributed Ledger Information Increasing Pace of adoption
  • Next Steps For the Industry

10.30 – 11.00: Morning Break and Networking Opportunities


11.00 – 11.45: Transforming IoT Security and Application Development via the Blockchain

Presenter: To be confirmed

  • Security complexities of the new landscape that has emerged with the proliferation of devices 
  • Enablement of peer-to-peer communications across globally distributed devices 
  • Capability to control vast numbers of decentralized devices, via central administration 
  • Enabling compliance and governance for autonomous systems, sensors, and devices 
  • Providing registration and discovery of vast numbers of devices in a globally distributed way

11.45 – 12.30: Panel: Industry Leaders at the Forefront of Distributed Ledger Developments 

  • Exploring the key strategic implications of the technology
  • A discussion on the future of Distributed ledger in financial services
  • Critically evaluating its potential impact
  • Scope and timeline of implementations

Moderator:

  • Donald Wesnofske: Consultant, Risk Officer, Inc.

Panel:

  • To be confirmed

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch


Decentralization Clearing Network


13.30 – 14.15: Decentralization and the Wider Impacts of Distributed Ledger Technology

Presenter: To be confirmed

  • What are the drivers of decentralization in financial services?
  • The threat of disintermediation: will clearing and settlement services become obsolete? 
  • Facilitating the sharing economy: what will be the impact on P2P financial products?
  • Decentralized autonomous organizations: will this be the future? Who will benefit?
  • Will Distributed ledger technology accelerate the move to a cashless society?

14.15 – 14.55: Panel: Four Genuine Distributed Ledger Use Cases

Moderator:

  • Donald Wesnofske: Consultant, Risk Officer, Inc.

Panel:

  • To be confirmed

Smart Contracts:


14.55 – 15.40: Evaluating the Potential of Smart Contracts

Presenter: To be confirmed

  • Where will the first viable use cases emerge? 
  • How might smart contracts modernize financial products, such as mortgages?
  • How will personal and commercial insurance change with smart contracts?
  • Will the combination of IoT data and smart contracts revolutionize automation?
  • Coding the agreement: what shifts in culture and mentality are needed?
  • How will smart contracts be incorporated into the existing legal framework?
  • Is there a demand? Can this technology increase customer satisfaction?

15.40 – 16.10 Afternoon Break and Networking Opportunities


16.10 – 16.55: R3: Innovation Through Collaboration

Presenter: To be confirmed

  • Separating the hype form the reality
  • How does R3 act as a center of gravity to generate answers?
  • How does Corda fit in the DLT landscape?
  • The importance of regulating in parallel

16.55 – 17.35: Panel: Why Distributed ledger Detractors are Missing the Point

Getting Value from Distributed ledger

Moderator:

  • Bartt Charles Kellermann: CEO, Global Capital Acquisition

Panel:

  • To be confirmed

New York Conference Day 2: Friday May 5th

08:30: Morning Welcome Coffee


09.00 – 09.45: Keynote Speech: Blockchains, Distributed Ledgers, and P2P Transactions in Retrospective and Perspective: The Past, Present, and Future of the DLT

Presenter: To be confirmed


Implementation Strategies


09.45 – 10.30: Key Challenges for Blockchain Adoption; Strategies to Help Successful Implementation

Presenter: To be confirmed

  • What are the biggest impediments to blockchain adoption?
  • How to get your blockchain POC funded?
  • What does it take to make a successful implementation?
  • Moving from POC to production – what does it take?

10.30 – 11.00: Morning Break and Networking Opportunities


11.00 – 11.45: Overcoming the Challenges of Distributed Ledger Implementation

Presenter: To be confirmed

  • What organizations are best placed to fulfill a trust validation role?
  • What challenges will the computational power demand bring?
  • What are the realities of transferring existing databases into blocks?
  • How limiting are legacy systems in Distributed ledger implementation?

Distributed Ledger Regulations & Compliance


11.45 – 12.30: Panel: The Future of Global Financial Infrastructure

  • How will Distributed ledger solutions fit with the existing regulatory regime? 
  • What shifts in regulation should be proposed to facilitate adoption?
  • How can collaboration with regulators be optimized?
  • How can optimal transparency be achieved?

Moderator:

  • Bartt Charles Kellermann: CEO, Global Capital Acquisition

Panel:

  • To be confirmed

12.30 – 13.00: Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: The Buy Side Perspective

Presenter: To be confirmed

  • Teasing apart the technology and the assets in the blockchain opportunity
  • Investigating the current state of the broader cryptocurrency markets
  • Deep dive into bitcoin in the context of modern portfolio theory

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch


14.00 – 14.45: Sandboxes Friend or Foe?

Presenter: To be confirmed

  • What is Project Innovate?
  • The FCA’s sandbox consultation
  • The Regulatory Sandbox
  • The Virtual/Industry Sandbox
  • The Umbrella Company Sandbox
  • Other jurisdictions following the FCA’s lead –including MAS and the US

14.45 – 15.30: What Are Regulators Thinking?

Presenter: To be confirmed

  • Distributed ledger and regulation 
  • Innovators and investors should not have to seek government’s permission
  • Develop distributed ledger technology address the increased operational complexity

15.30 – 15.45: Afternoon Break and Networking Opportunities


15.45 – 16.30: Bitcoin: Blockchain’s Killer App

Presenter: To be confirmed

While there are many exciting technical projects being built on blockchain/dlt rails – the first use case may still remain the killer app.  Bitcoin is up 50% over the last two years as an asset, while showing no statistical correlation to any other asset class.  With bitcoin ETFs coming online, and more Wall Street coverage/price targets – This maybe a can’t miss trade!

 

Sponsors

There are limited sponsorship opportunities for this event so please contact neil@wbstraining.com
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Clearmatics is developing the next-generation clearing machines for financial OTC markets. Our blockchain platform brings together custodians and end-users on a single platform, where members can settle securities trades and automate the performance of derivatives and other financial contracts using our Decentralised Clearing Network (DCN) technology.



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Over the years, financial professionals around the world have looked to Wiley and the Wiley Finance series with its wide array of bestselling books for the knowledge, insights, and techniques that are essential to success in financial markets. As the pace of change in financial markets and instruments quickens, Wiley continues to respond.



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EDCAB - European Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology Forum is a public policy platform for virtual currencies and distributed ledger technology.

EDCAB is at Rue Chares Martel, 6-8, 1000 Brussels, Belgium and can be reached using our contact form or by phone: +32 2 588 7232.

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Brave New Coin (BNC) is a Data & Research company who has built a superior Market-Data Engine for the Blockchain & Digital Equities industry. We collect, process & index live data from over 100 trading platforms in real-time to produce a number useful data tools for Developers, Traders & Enterprise. 



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Distributed: The Distributed Ledger provides essential education and intelligence covering the development, deployment and application of blockchains and distributed ledgers.https://godistributed.com/

Bitcoin Magazine: Bitcoin Magazine is the original source of information, news and commentary about Bitcoin, the blockchain and digital currencies.https://bitcoinmagazine.com/

yBitcoin: yBitcoin is a trusted and educational introductory primer into the world of Bitcoin and the blockchain since 2013.https://ybitcoin.com/

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CIOReview is a technology magazine that talks about the enterprise solutions that can redefine the business goals of enterprises tomorrow. It is the leading source that shares innovative enterprise solutions developed by established solutions providers, upcoming hot enterprises and is a neutral source for technology decision makers. Published from Fremont, California, CIOReview is an excellent platform for the enterprise to showcase their innovative solutions.

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MoCaX Intelligence is a new-to-the-market algorithm that accelerates existing Risk Engines without the need for complex systems development or expensive hardware upgrades. MoCaX removes the pricing step bottle-neck that often uses over 90% of computational effort in existing engines and increases capabilities by several orders of magnitude with no loss of accuracy.

MoCaX builds on the new Algorithmic Pricer Acceleration (APA) and Algorithmic Greeks Acceleration (AGA) methods. APA synthesises your existing pricers and creates an accelerated version of them. Even your very slowest and complex pricer, passed through MoCaX, will return the same results (down to 10-15 precision) ultra-fast (up to a few nanoseconds). For example, this enables highly accurate Monte Carlo within Monte Carlo in an instant.

Please ask for a free version of MoCaX so you can test it for yourself: i.ruiz@iruiztechnologies.com

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TriOptima provides risk management services for OTC derivatives, reducing costs and eliminating operational and credit risk through a range of services.

triResolve for proactive reconciliation of OTC derivative portfolios, repository validation and dispute resolution

triReduce for multilateral portfolio compression services across OTC product types

triBalance for rebalancing counterparty risk exposure between multiple CCPs and bilateral relationships

triCalculate for the complete spectrum of counterparty credit risk analytics leveraging state-of-the-art massively parallel computing devices

TriOptima maintains offices in London, New York, Singapore, Stockholm, and Tokyo.

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CompatibL is a software integrator and consultancy specializing in CVA/FVA/PFE, limits, and Basel compliance. CompatibL’s unique blend of expertise in quantitative and engineering aspects of the project makes us an ideal partner for complex implementations involving advanced Monte Carlo analytics and complex trade, market, and reference data. Our customers are some of the most respected firms in the financial industry including 4 dealers, 3 supranationals, over 20 central banks, and 3 major financial technology vendors.