Blockchain: A Revolutionary Game-Changer?

Blockchain is now a common topic of conversation on Wall Street, from the back office to the board room. The blockchain and its technology underpinnings have the capability of changing the way the industry records all of its transactions, reducing risk and costs along the way. But of course, there will be operational and regulatory burdens to overcome, and proper risk management principles to apply.

Join us for an exciting day of learning and discussion about the opportunities and challenges that the blockchain concept is now presenting to the industry.


Check back often to see the latest additions to our speaker list.


MORNING sessions

8:00 - 9:00
Registration / Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15
Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Brad Bailey, Research Director, Celent

9:15 - 9:45  
Keynote - Blockchain: Revolutionizing the Financial Services Infrastructure

James Wallis, Vice President, Global Payments and Industry Blockchain, IBM

9:45 - 10:45
Current State of Blockchain Thought and Action in the Capital Markets Industry

Pete Rizzo, Editor, CoinDesk (Moderator)
Richard Johnson, Vice President, Market Structure and Technology, Greenwich Associates
Phillip Silitschanu, Principal, Lightship Strategies Consulting
Jeff Billingham, Vice President, Processing Division, Markit
Mark Smith, CEO, Symbiont

10:45 - 11:15
Networking / Refreshment Break

11:15 - 12:00
Disrupting the Post-Trade Infrastructure: Using Blockchain Technology to Streamline Trading, Operations, Processing and Reporting

Meltem Demirors, Director of Community, Digital Currency Group (Moderator)
Joe Ventura, Founder, AlphaPoint
Mary Ann Callahan, Market Infrastructure Advisor, itBit
Jesse McWaters, Financial Innovation Lead, World Economic Forum

AFTERNOON sessions

12:00 - 1:00
Networking Luncheon

1:00 - 1:30
Smart Contracts for Financial Instrument Origination

Marc Hochstein, Editor in Chief, American Banker (Interviewer)
Mark Smith, CEO, Symbiont

1:30 -  2:30
Understanding the Legal and Regulatory Landscape of Blockchain Adoption
Michael del Castillo, Journalist, CoinDesk (Moderator)
Stephen Obie, Partner, JonesDay
Carol van Cleef, Co-Chair, Global Payments, Manatt
Joseph Guagliardo, Partner, Pepper Hamilton
James Jalil, Partner, Executive Committee, Thompson Hine

2:30 -  2:45
Networking / Refreshment Break

2:45 -  3:45
Processing, Technology and Operational Risk Implications of Blockchain Migration

Prof. Bernard Donefer, Adjunct Associate Professor of Information Systems, NYU Stern School of Business
Chris Burniske, ARK Invest.
Bob Bonomo, Technology Consultant
Paul Clapis, Director, Product Management, Reconciliation Business, FIS
Prakash Neelakantan, Vice President, Financial Market Solutions, Genpact
Patrick Salami, CTO, HitFin

3:45 -  4:00
Conference Wrap-Up




Club Quarters Wall Street

52 William Street
New York, NY 10005

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