Background

Conference “Blockchain: Distributed Ledger and Financial Services”, London, 14 – 15 July 2016

National banks and regulators, exchanges and investment banks across the world are taking seriously the financial innovation of distributed ledger or block chain technology. The block chain, aka Trust Machine underpins “crypto currencies” such as Bitcoin; but it goes beyond digital money. It provides a shared, trusted, public ledger that everyone can inspect, but no single user controls. It is at the cusp of revolutionising international money transfers, trade finance, syndicated lending and collateral management, among other applications. As it allows for almost instantaneous payments and settlement, the potential impact on the role of traders, quants and other financial technologists cannot be underestimated.

This conference brings together Block Chain technologists in the finance sector, regulators, industry commentators, computer science researchers and others involved in financial innovation; these experts explore some of the technology and the many applications of
Block chain in Financial Services.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Block chains and Financial Services
  • Private and Public Block chain Systems
  • Trust Machines: registers and ledger systems
  • Threats and opportunities in distributed ledger technologies
  • Block chain Business Case for Financial Markets
  • Case Studies

For further information please see http://www.unicom.co.uk/conferences.html or email info@unicom.co.uk

Who should attend?

  • Risk Officers
  • C­Level Executives
  • Innovation Officer
  • Innovation Engineering
  • Product Management (Buy­Side and Sell­Side)
  • Product Team
  • Payment Solutions Providers
  • Asset Managers
  • Fund Managers
  • Counterparty Credit Risk Managers
  • Operational Risk Managers
  • Back Office Officer
  • Broker Dealers
  • Settlement Officers
  • Derivatives Traders
  • Internal Audit Officers
  • IT personnel
  • Mobile Payments Providers
  • Regulators
  • Central Banks Personnel
  • Traders

Programme

  • 09:00 -

    Registration and Coffee

  • 09:30 -

    Welcome and Introduction

  • 09:45 -
    David-Costa

    Me, Myself and Me Again: My Identity, The World, The Context and The Blockchain

    David Costa Faidella, Thomson Reuters

    I believe I know who I am, the government believes it knows who I am and the businesses and services I engage with believe they know who I am.

    With Identity being a complex concept, comprising personal, biological, legal, financial, social, physical, digital and behavioural dimensions, I will be looking at what identity means; how we currently prove who we are; how identities are used and protected; how they cover our lifespan; how the exhaust of our physical and digital interactions are leveraged and I will be looking at the differences between identities and entitlements.

    And I will look at the future, which might well be powered by the emergence of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

    Speakers:
    David-Costa

    David Costa Faidella

  • 10:30 -

    Coffee

  • 11:00 -
    paul-lewis

    Block Chain and the World of Cyber Authentication

    Paul Lewis, Crossword Cybersecurity plc

    Cyber security today and how we approach authentication
    - How block chains will impact this
    - Case Study with University of Warwick and major Military organisation.

    Speakers:
    paul-lewis

    Paul Lewis

  • 11:45 -
    Nick-Weisfeld

    Getting Blockchain Ready for Scale

    Nick Weisfeld, GFT

    Whilst the Blockchain phenomenon continues to gain traction, and is a key area of interest across many markets, the practical application of the technology in a real-world beneficial use-case continues to prove elusive.

    Achieving the scale and volume of data processing required to compete with existing real-world business applications, processing many millions of transactions each day is a hard challenge to meet, especially in financial services.

    Nick Weisfeld is able to discuss the approach taken in the GFT Blockchain testing lab, which uses best practice methods that are designed to fully ‘road-test’ Blockchain use-cases with simulated real-world scenarios, demonstrating if the technology is ready to be brought out of the lab and into reality.

    Speakers:
    Nick-Weisfeld

    Nick Weisfeld

  • 12:30 -

    Panel: “Counting the benefits of Blockchain in the Finance Sector”

    Vic Arulchandran and Avtar Sehra, Nivaura; David Costa Faidella, Thomson Reuters; Jessica Ferguson, Everledger; Dinis Guarda, Intelligenthq.com/Blockchain Age; George Hallam, Ethereum; Paul Lewis, Crossword Cybersecurity plc; Charles Radclyffe, dataPHILOSOPHER; Nick Weisfeld, GFT.

  • 13:00 -

    Lunch

  • 14:00 -
    Michael-Mainelli

    Mutual Distributed Ledgers (aka Blockchains) – Challenges to natural monopolies

    Michael Mainelli, Z/Yen Group

    Mutual distributed ledger (aka blockchain) technology has been around for at least two decades but the public interest surrounding Bitcoin’s blockchain has created a frenzy of interest in applying the underlying ledger technology. Professor Mainelli argues that this technology is as much about changing the organisation of central third party relationships as it is about technological implementation. Central third parties validate, safeguard, and preserve transactions among a community. The community can range from small and professional, to global and public. Successful central third parties frequently become natural monopolies, exposing them to two temptations, corruption and indolence. Mutual distributed ledgers move much safeguarding and preservation into the technology, in the process reducing the ‘switching costs’ for the community of moving to a new central third party. Both the technology and the reduced switching costs reduce the likelihood of overly powerful natural monopolies. However, this reduced power could, paradoxically, lead to a profusion of new central third party players. Michael will explore how technology affects the structure of central third parties, and the diverse ways in which communities can apply the technology for the common good.

    Speakers:
    Michael-Mainelli

    Michael Mainelli

  • 14:45 -
    avtar
    Vic-Arulchandran

    Automation and Block Chain in Corporate Investment Banking

    Vic Arulchandran and Avtar Sehra, Nivaura

    Nivaura’s technology enables the issuance, execution and administration of complex financial products in the $2tn low-mid value issuance market currently difficult to service competitively and profitably by larger Corporate and Investment Banks (C&IB). We change the deal-flow economics, allowing C&IB to make those deals more efficient and profitable. This also helps them engage with the clients they care about at an earlier stage. Our technology offering includes technology that interfaces with legacy systems, automation, machine learning and Blockchain.

    Speakers:
    avtar

    Avtar Sehra

    Vic-Arulchandran

    Vic Arulchandran

  • 15:15 -

    Tea

  • 15:45 -
    Dai-Davis

    The Block Chain Revolution: Legal issues

    Dai Davis, Percy Crow Davis & Co Ltd

    Dai Davis (Lawyer, Physicist and Computer Scientist) explores the legal ramifications of this powerful technology. In the Dark Web, criminals pay for illicit goods using virtual currencies, yet the technology is also behind a successful diamond exchange that tracks legitimate diamonds, making it harder to trade in illegitimate ones. How secure is this technology? What laws control and safeguard distributed ledgers? What security risks are there and what legal redress is there?”

    Speakers:
    Dai-Davis

    Dai Davis

  • 16:15 -
    Dinis-Guarda

    Blockchain the Inception of a new Database of Everything

    Dinis Guarda, Intelligenthq.com / Blockchain Age

    The blockchain is becoming the new database of the internet, the new macro database and maybe as it is scaled, the new holistic global source database for everything! More than just a Fintech supra DNA driver created by the advent of Bitcoin, Blockchain is the new global innovative financial and infrastructure identity, for the advent of the Internet of Everything, some sort of technology blood circulation for data and the internet, and a sort of a single system that combines a meta-computer service / vision / platform that transforms things, data, operations in a new global open computer holistic system – a meta / supra database.

    Speakers:
    Dinis-Guarda

    Dinis Guarda

  • 16:45 -

    Open Discussion; Chairman’s summary

  • 17:15 -

    Close of Day 1 - Drinks reception and networking

  • 09:30 -
    avtar

    Tutorial 1: Applications of Blockchain Technology in Finance Sector

    Avtar Sehra, CEO, Nivaura

    The 90 minute workshop will consist of a Finance focussed in-depth look at Blockchain, prior knowledge is not necessary but will be helpful. The workshop will begin with a detailed explanation of what the Blockchain is, how it developed, and how smart contracts are implemented via a simple demonstration. We will then highlight and explain the key areas of experimentation with the Blockchain in the short, medium and long term, where Retail and Corporate & Investment Banking may benefit from implementing the Blockchain, and how we believe the Blockchain and the Internet of Things will coalesce in the future.

    Speakers:
    avtar

    Avtar Sehra

  • 11:00 -

    Coffee break

  • 11:30 -
    Nicolas-T.-Courtois

    Tutorial 2: Security of Cryptographic Protections in Blockchains

    Nicolas T. Courtois, Cryptologist, University College London

    In this talk we will survey a number of questions regarding security of blockchains. We will pay a lot of attention to cryptography and various type of attacks (private key theft, 51% attack, mining attacks, etc).

    Speakers:
    Nicolas-T.-Courtois

    Nicolas T. Courtois

  • 13:00 -

    Close of conference

Speakers

Vic-Arulchandran

Vic Arulchandran

Head of Quantitative Analytics and Operations, Nivaura

David-Costa

David Costa Faidella

Director, Strategic Product Management, Thomson Reuters

Nicolas-T.-Courtois

Nicolas T. Courtois

University College London

Dai-Davis

Dai Davis

Percy Crow Davis & Co Ltd

Dinis-Guarda

Dinis Guarda

Founder/CEO intelligenthq.com / Blockchain Age

George-Hallam

George Hallam

Ethereum

paul-lewis

Paul Lewis

Crossword Cybersecurity plc

Michael-Mainelli

Michael Mainelli

Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group

Mali-Marafini

Mali Marafini

CEO-Founder, Interruptiv.com

charles

Charles Radclyffe

dataPHILOSOPHER

Calogero-Scibetta

Calogero Scibetta

Everledger

avtar

Avtar Sehra

CEO, Nivaura

Nick-Weisfeld

Nick Weisfeld

GFT

Sponsors

Media Partners

Infosecurity-Magazine
automated1
investorlogo
mindcommerce

Professional Society Partners

garp

Tickets

Delegates

195 GBP
  • Super Early Bird until 1 July - £195 + VAT
  • Buy Ticket

Vendors

550 GBP
  • Super Early Bird until 3 June - £550
  • Early Bird until 1 July - £650
  • Standard Rate - £750
  • Buy Ticket

Event venue

  • Millennium Gloucester Hotel, 4-18 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7 4LH
  • 01895 256484
  • info@unicom.co.uk