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- Welcoming Remarks
- Paul Gordon
- Lawrence Wintermeyer
Underpinning Crypto Asset Liquidity - Delivering Secure & Liquid Access to Crypto Assets for an Institutional Market
From their humble beginnings, crypto asset exchanges have been rapidly evolving into major trading venues, rivalling many of those in the capital markets in terms of daily traded volumes.
As institutional demand for this asset class has grown, the leading crypto exchanges have had to rapidly evolve to ensure that both performance and security are maintained to meet the expectations of this new class of participants whilst satisfying their existing user-base.
In this panel, we’ll hear from both exchange operators and leading liquidity providers to discuss how the industry has matured and how they compare to their more traditional peers.
- Eva Lawrence, Arcane Crypto AS (mod)
- Rupertus Rothenhaeuser, Crypto Finance AG
- Henry Durrant, Reactive Markets
- Duncan Trenholme, TP ICAP
- Leon Marshall, Genesis Trading
How Crypto Asset Market Infrastructure is Maturing to Meet Institutional Demand
When institutional participants first began to pay serious attention to Bitcoin and other crypto assets during the bull market of 2017, they quickly came to the realisation that a market infrastructure built primarily for a retail market was significantly lacking the broader support services they rely on in other markets.
Services such as Custody, Lending, Clearing & Prime Brokerage were still in their infancy, if available at all.
Things have changed in the few years since with major players entering the market to fill these much needed roles.
In this panel, we’ll take a closer look at each of these functions and discuss how they’re finally opening up broader market access.
- Matthew Lempriere, BSO (Mod)
- Luke Dorney, Zodia (Standard & Chartered)
- Swen Werner, State Street
- Lauren Kiley, Pure Digital Markets
- Max Boonen, B2C2
Regulation gets real - are regulators finally getting serious about digital assets?
Regulatory uncertainty has long been one of the key barriers to wider adoption of cryptocurrency and digital assets, slowing down innovation and increasing risks for firms looking to scale. The bull market of 2020 has coincided with increased scrutiny and attention from regulators in most jurisdictions. Will the EU in particular now clarify its position? And while the new US administration has been making some bold, new statements, how strict will President Biden’s position on digital assets turn out to be?
In this panel we will examine the latest regulatory trends in crypto and ask what companies need to be doing to remain compliant and stay one step ahead of the game.
- Ian Taylor, CryptoUK (Mod)
- Charles Kerrigan, CMS
- Teana Baker-Taylor, Chamber of Digital Commerce
- Mary Beth Buchanan, Merkle Science
- Marc Taverner, INATBA
Decentralised Finance - Geek's Paradise or the Future of Capital Markets?
Decentralised Finance boomed in 2020 growing from $700 million by December 2019 to $13 billion at the end of December 2020. And DeFi has reportedly already hit $40 billion this year, based on industry data. It looks like enthusiasm for DeFi is set to stay. But how well developed is the market infrastructure and technology underpinning DeFi?
Is the boom sustainable or just another example of temporary hype? And what are the upcoming DeFi trends we should expect to see to ensure that DeFi continues to boom in 2021?
- Joyce Lai, New Territories (Mod)
- Ajit Tripathi, Aave
- John Wu, Ava Labs
- Richard Crook, DASL
- Ankush Jain, Aaro Capital
- Closing Remarks
- Paul Gordon
- Lawrence Wintermeyer