- Infrastructure for the Digital Asset industry -KYC, Bank Accs and Crypto Dragons
Agenda and details of speakers for Teamblockchain's September meeting 17.30 Registration. 18.00.Welcome - Jonny Fry CEO TeamBlockchain Ltd will give an update on some developments in the Blockchain and Digital-Asset sectors. 18.05 David Willbe partner Lewis Silkin LLP, our host for the evening. Our guest speakers: Henry Burrows runs Alaco Analytics, a specialist due diligence provider for the Digital asset sector. He co-founded the business in 2019 with his current employer Alaco and venture capital firm Katalysen to capitalise on the growing requirements of due diligence of Digital assets. Prior to Alaco Henry spent five years in Mumbai working for an investment bank and another corporate investigations business, where he was primarily engaged on pre-transaction due diligence and litigation support assignments. Alaco provides bespoke integrity due diligence reporting for the Digital asset space. Through a combination of Blockchain analytics, public record research and human intelligence gathering, the firm identifies and assesses regulatory and reputational risks associated with counter-parties whose activities span the traditional and digital realms. The service is designed to provide exchanges, custodians, institutional investors and fund raisers with the full spectrum of intelligence to allow them to make informed and decisions about their investments and partners. Henry’s presentation will focus on conducting reputational due diligence in the Digital asset sector. He will explain why clients are asking for due diligence, the processes of robust research – from public records to source enquiries – and how Blockchain analytics can be used to inform and lead on potential risks. Henry will also discuss how due diligence differs from (and ultimately compliments) KYC and AML. Sean Kiernan is the Founder and CEO of DAG Global Holding and will be presenting on - "Digital Merchant Banking: A potential solution to the funding gap for SMEs.” Sean joined from Falcon Private Bank, the first bank in the world to offer crypto products to clients, where he served as the COO and Interim CEO of the London operation until leaving to establish DAG Global. Prior to that he was responsible for the corporate development of Clariden Leu, a division of Credit Suisse, managing bank-wide due-diligence for Mergers & Acquisitions in Switzerland before moving to London to establish a private bank within the group. Before that he had a number of high-profile international positions, including Managing Consultant for Zurich Financial Services in Zurich and Moscow, corporate planning for Robert Bosch in Germany, and as an analyst in the aerospace sector. Mr Kiernan has an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where he has been Alumni President, and also a BSc from Georgetown University, Washington DC. DAG Global Holding Limited (“DAG”, “Digital Asset Group” or “the company”) intends to become the leading global digital merchant bank, as well as the first crypto-friendly bank to hold a full banking license from the financial services regulatory authorities here in the UK. This will mark the first time a regulated bank in the UK will provide bank accounts and banking services to companies active in the cryptocurrency markets Dr Stephen Castell of CASTELL Consulting, Management and Financial Consultants in Information and Communications Technology, will talk on ‘Are you ready to battle the Crypto Dragons – the Financial Disputes over Crypto Assets?’. Stephen is an international independent forensic ICT consultant and expert, active as an acclaimed expert witness in high-profile technology disputes, involved in the largest and longest, most complex, software and systems development litigation cases ever to come to court, internationally. 19.10 Q&A session 19.30 to 20.45 Drinks and Networking
- How Blockchain and Digital Assets are evolving and being used day to day
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Agenda and details of speakers for Teamblockchain's May meeting: 17.30 Registration. 18.00.Welcome - Jonny Fry CEO TeamBlockchain Ltd will give an update on some the recent changes in the Blockchain and Digital-asset sectors. 18.05 Charlie Kerrigan partner CMSCameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, our host for the evening. Three speakers, talking for 10 to 15 mins each Jeremy Barnet is a Practising Barrister, a visiting Professor at UCL and is the founder of Resilience Partners Limited, a Blockchain consultancy that specialises in Tokenisation of the Real Estate Sector. Jeremy is going to talk about the importance of “Structured data”, as one is able to add value to an asset such at a property. He believes that by arranging critical data in a Blockchain, not only is it easier to tokenise Real Estate but it can also add tremendous value for the owners. He understands the importance and has first-hand experience of mountains of paper that is often generated in a trial.The collation and automated disclosure of critical information in this fashion brings speed to legal processes and encourages the resolution or avoidance of disputes. It allows regulators to trust information and encourage best practice from a distance. Jeremy believes that the Blockchain can work as an infrastructure layer which makes it easier to use other emerging technologies such as AI, BIM and IoT and increase automation in real estate assets. If we take as an example a new shopping centre. If all the critical information about the project was held on a Blockchain, the landlord would know at every stage during the construction of the building who had done what and why. This would create a time stamped and immutable record which could be used for a variety of requirements -insurance, bank financing, paying contractors and even potential litigation if this were to occur at a future date. This data could even be used to help in the fractionalization/tokenization of outlets within the shopping centre, to identify who is to receive ongoing rental income. On a more sober note Jeremy thinks that if such a system had been used in Grenfell Tower, we would not only know who had made critical decisions about design and materials, but also it would be possible to automate many of the processes that take place, such as monitoring of fire alarms and sprinklers, to make the buildings safer. Using such a system, all those who design, build, operate and own new buildings will be able to comply with the onerous rules that will be introduced by new Fire Regulations. Reyan Lamrani CEO of Token Capital Market is from a traditional finance background and is currently building an economic and financial framework. Reyan had been awarded with the Best French student research paper in Finance for a new start-up valuation model. He is Tokenomics lecturer for Paris based business and engineering schools. Token capital Market works with start-ups to build a healthy Token Models and attract rational buyers as well as with SMEs looking to take advantage of Blockchain & Digital assets. David von Dadelszen Torca COO Torca is authorised by FCA providing services to the blockchain economy, a member of the current cohort of the FCA Sandbox testing the reversible tokenisation of corporate equity. David has worked in traditional and innovative financial services businesses and at Torca has responsibility for the compliance, operations, legal and sales functions. He will be presented on how to make a distributed economy commercially viable. -How today centralised rather than decentralised solutions are winning the blockchain adoption challenge -Why today commerciality is a key blocker for the distributed economy -Why regulation will mean centralised service providers will have to exist -Why a second generation of service providers is required to enable a decentralised economy to succeed 19.10 Q&A session 19.30 to 20.45 Drinks and Networking
- Tokenising Assets
Traditional assets, such as real estate investments or private company stock, are notoriously illiquid. It is difficult and expensive to transfer ownership of such assets. Tokenizing these existing assets, on the other hand, allows a simple and efficient ownership verification and transfer system, powered by the blockchain. Topics that will be covered by over 28 speakers are: Security tokens How to issue tokens in the blockchain Regulation & governance The role of exchanges in mass adoption of cryptocurrencies Investors' perspectives Developing an ecosystem for digital real estate assets The role of stablecoins For our international group members we’ve been able to allocate 30 seats at no cost! Please register at your earliest convenience as we expect to allocate all places quickly given the calibre of speakers. Agenda: 08,30 to 09.25 REGISTRATION AND COFFEE 09.25 – 09.30 OPENING OF CONFERENCE Katja van Kranenburg – Hanspians, Partner at CMS 09.30 – 09.50 OPENING KEYNOTE: “INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY TOKENS” 09.50 – 10.10 KEYNOTE: PURPOSE BUILT ASSET TOKEN BLOCKCHAINS 10.10 – 10.40 PANEL DISCUSSION: HOW TO ISSUE TOKENS ON THE BLOCKCHAIN 10.40 – 11.10 PANEL DISCUSSION: THE ROLE OF EXCHANGES IN MASS ADOPTION OF CRYPTOCURRENCIES 11.10 – 11.30 KEYNOTE: REGULATION IN THE USA: REG A+ 11.30 – 12.00 PANEL DISCUSSION: REGULATION AND GOVERNANCE – A EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE 12.00 – 12.30 PANEL DISCUSSION: AN INVESTOR’S PERSPECTIVE 12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH 13.30 – 14.00 KEYNOTE: FINANCE INNOVATION LEADING TO NEW WAYS TO INVEST 14.00 – 14.30 PANEL DISCUSSION: DEVELOPING AN ECOSYSTEM FOR DIGITAL REAL ESTATE ASSETS 14.30 – 14.40 BRINGING TRADITONAL FUNDS TO THE ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT FUND 14.40 – 14.55 KEYNOTE: THE ROLE OF STABLECOINS 14.55 – 15.25 PANEL: THE CHALLENGES OF DEVELOPING A STABLECOIN 15.25 – 15.30 CLOSING KEYNOTE 15.30 – 16.30 NETWORKING RECEPTION For a list of all speakers please see: www.TheFutureof.Finance
- Tokenising Assets
Traditional assets, such as real estate investments or private company stock, are notoriously illiquid. It is difficult and expensive to transfer ownership of such assets. Tokenizing these existing assets, on the other hand, allows a simple and efficient ownership verification and transfer system, powered by the blockchain. Topics that will be covered by over 25 speakers are: Security tokens How to issue tokens in the blockchain Regulation & governance The role of exchanges in mass adoption of cryptocurrencies Investors' perspectives Developing an ecosystem for digital real estate assets The role of stablecoins We have enlarged the capacity of the room to accommodate more delegates. We now can offer 75 complimentary tickets to this event on a first come first serve basis. Please register at your earliest convenience as we expect to allocate all places quickly given the calibre of speakers. Agenda: 08,30 to 09.20 REGISTRATION AND COFFEE 09.25 – 09.30 OPENING OF CONFERENCE Charles Kerrigan- Partner at CMS UK Charles Kerrigan is a partner in the Banking & International Finance Team at CMS London. 09.30 – 09.50 OPENING KEYNOTE: “INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY TOKENS” 09.50 – 10.15 PANEL DISCUSSION: HOW TO ISSUE TOKENS ON THE BLOCKCHAIN 10.15 – 10.40 PANEL DISCUSSION: THE ROLE OF EXCHANGES IN MASS ADOPTION OF CRYPTOCURRENCIES 10.40 – 11.20 KEYNOTE: REGULATION IN THE USA: REG A+ 11.20 – 11.50 PANEL DISCUSSION: REGULATION AND GOVERNANCE – UK PERSPECTIVE 11.50 – 12.30 PANEL DISCUSSION: AN INVESTOR’S PERSPECTIVE 12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH 13.30 – 14.00 KEYNOTE: FINANCE INNOVATION LEADING TO NEW WAYS TO INVEST 14.00 – 14.30 PANEL DISCUSSION: DEVELOPING AN ECOSYSTEM FOR DIGITAL REAL ESTATE ASSETS 14.30 – 14.45 KEYNOTE: THE ROLE OF STABLECOINS 14.45 – 15.15 PANEL: THE CHALLENGES OF DEVELOPING A STABLECOIN 15.15 – 15.45 CLOSING KEYNOTE 15.45 – 16.45 NETWORKING RECEPTION For a list of all speakers please see: www.TheFutureof.Finance
- Commercial ways Blockchain and Digital Assets are being used
Agenda and details of speakers for Teamblockchain's May meeting: 17.30 Registration. 18.00.Welcome - Jonny Fry CEO TeamBlockchain Ltd will give an update on the latest developments in the Blockchain and Digital-asset sector. 18.05 Charlie Kerrigan partner CMSCameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, our host for the evening. Charlie acts on credit finance matters with an emphasis on technology, telecoms and finance.He specialises in digital money, the law of bank payments and blockchain technology and sits on the Bank of England Financial Markets Law Committee on Virtual Currencies. Keith Bear,Fellow at Cambridge University’s Centre for Alternative Finance, part of the Judge Business School, Keith is a Fellow at the CCAF, focused on research, industry collaboration and development of Blockchain and Financial Technology in Banking and Financial Markets globally. Previously Keith was responsible globally for the strategy, development and execution of IBM’s business in Financial Markets, working extensively with global clients on major transformation programmes, including blockchain deployment with Exchanges, trade finance organisations and banks. Keith is a Board Advisor to 3 Fintechs, and a lead mentor for the Barclay’s Techstars Fintech accelerator in London. He is member of WEF’s Expert Council, a former member of IBM’s Industry Academy and a former Board Director for the Enterprise Data Management Council, Keith holds a MA (Hons) in Physics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, an MSc from University of London, and completed a Master in Business Management programme at London School of Economics. Jess Houlgrave is a blockchain entrepreneur based in London. Houlgrave is a Co-Founder of Codex Protocol, a decentralized registry for art and collectibles and Founder of shEOS, a female-led block producer on the EOS network. Houlgrave advises and invests in blockchain start-ups around the world and works with corporates in the luxury asset sector to define their blockchain strategy. She previously worked for Credit Suisse as an Analyst and later as an Associate Portfolio Manager at OPTrust focusing on private equity investments. Houlgrave holds an M.A. in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford. And an M.A in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art where her research focused on the applications of blockchain for the art ecosystem. In 2019 she was honoured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for her work in art and culture. Gustav Arentof MakerDAO which is aiming to create fair and equal access to the global financial system through smart contract and blockchain interaction. A fully transparent system that allows users to access permissionless credit paid out in a decentralized stablecoin. Maker DAO stablecoin established in December 2017 and have had invetments from PolyChain and Andreessen Horrowitz. Gustav Arentoft is the business development manager of Europe and also one of the driving forces behind Maker's expansion into Africa. The presentation will be an introduction to Maker with a focus on how we enable our ecosystem and expands the use of our technology. We currently have over 200 companies integrated with our technology in one way or the other, so this is something that differentiates them from other stablecoin projects. Rob Gaskill is a Co-founder of '2030', within the company he is Head of Risk and CEO of the Asset Management division. Rob is also the President of the Pillar Project Foundation, a fully funded organisation building an open source solution for everyone to take back control of their data and he is a board member of the Blockchain Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania. www.linkedin.com/in/robgaskell Rob will be talking about '2030' and its recent admission on the LSE Turquoise platform making it the first STO in the UK. 19.15 Q&A panel session Chaired by Thomas Power TeamBlockchain Ltd 19.30 Drinks and networking 20.45 Close.
- April 2019 - Blockchain and Digital Assets how they are being used commercially
Agenda and details of speakers ( TBC) for the April meeting: 17.30 Registration. 18.00.Welcome - Jonny Fry CEO TeamBlockchain will give an update on the latest developments in the Blockchain and Digital-asset sector. Cliff Fluet and David Willbe our hosts for the evening who are both partners at Lewis Silkin. Cliff joined Lewis Silkin LLP as a Partner in April 2006 after over a decade as in-house counsel in the music and broadcast industry. Cliff is now part of the team spearheading our Media & Entertainment sector for the firm and he now acts for some of the world’s largest names in mobile, brands, recorded music, mobile, live music, radio, audio-visual production and online. He is also the founder and a director of "Eleven", a business advisory company working with disruptive business models in the world of Digital Media, Film and Sport. Cliff will give his thoughts on the State of the CryptoNation in 2019: now that the ICO froth has died down, where’s the beer? Are STOs the future, or will we see the rise of the crypto VC? And how is DLT seen by mainstream business? Barry James - An up-date about British Blockchain Frontier Technology Association. Adam Kulesza from EQS will be presenting their regulatory and corporate news dissemination service. Having recently launched its own blockchain & cryptocurrency distribution circuits covering Europe and the US, EQS are well positioned to help companies deliver their story to the wider market. EQS is a digital investor relations and compliance service provider with offices in the world’s key financial markets. Listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2006 and an FCA-approved Primary Information Provider since 2008, EQS are market leaders in news distribution for both listed and non-listed companies with unrivalled base distribution across the UK and Europe. Peter Petrovics from Augmint (Co-Founder, technologist) Peter is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years technical, management and financial experience. He ran his own software house for nine years, managed numerous software projects and launched several successful startups, including Hungary's largest social network before Facebook. The Augmint Project is a free association of stakeholder individuals, groups, and organizations with the common cause of creating and maintaining an open, decentralised, and distributed ledger-based stable cryptocurrency system. Augmint is built on the concept of automatically adjusting the supply of each Augmint token in a similar way as modern fiat money but in a transparent, decentralised and secure fashion. Augmint tokens are only issued when a new, collateral based loan is created. Tokens are burnt on repayment. In case of loan default the collateral goes to Augmint stability reserves, managed by smart contracts. It all happens in an automated, cryptographically secure and decentralised way. A-EUR is the first Augmint token to be implemented. A-EUR will be targeted to EUR. Allan Otim and Maurice-Jamil d’Perrineau from CryptoCheckout, a London based FinTech company who offer 2 core products that focus on the transactional value of cryptocurrency. They will present on their B2C solution, and their B2B merchant offering which enables businesses to accept cryptocurrency at PoS. Their aim is to make digital currency accessible to everyone as it solves many of the problems businesses are facing. Digital currencies are converted at PoS into the business’s chosen fiat currency, meaning there is no risk of price fluctuation and volatility. TeamBlockchain work with a number of professional advisors and their clients offering strategic support and insight to boards and executive as to how Blockchain and Digital Assets are being used in the commercially environment. Q&A panel session Chaired by Jonny Fry 19.30 Drinks and networking 20.45 Close.
- February 2019 - Blockchain,ICOs, STOs + the new Security digital asset exchanges
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Agenda and details of speakers for the February meeting: 17.30 Registration. 18.00.Welcome - Jonny Fry CEO TeamBlockchain will give an update on the latest developments in the Blockchain and Digital-asset sector. Charlie Kerrigan and Chris Luck who are both partners at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, our hosts for the evening. Charlie acts on credit finance matters with an emphasis on technology, telecoms and finance.He specialises in digital money, the law of bank payments and blockchain technology and sits on the Bank of England Financial Markets Law Committee on Virtual Currencies. Chris is involved in the leading Funds and Indirect Real Estate (FIRA) team at CMS and the firm’s Funds Sector advising across all aspects of the funds industry. His main focus is the real assets and financial sectors for UK and International clients as well as M&A and listing REITs. He is also involved in finance and regulatory committees at industry level. Phil Thompson CTO autoXchange - How Blockchain is to be used by car manufactures, rental firms and leasing companies. autoXchange will create a single and open network for car buying and selling. It has been created on blockchain technology, to enable near instantaneous transactions, without the need for expensive intermediaries. Dealers will advertise for free and be able to trade, transact, and source cars from anywhere on the blockchain. AutoXchange allows buyers & sellers to take advantage of frictionless trades by removing all cost barriers and enabling transactions to occur in either local Fiat or any major Crypto through the use of smart contracts inserted directly onto an open blockchain ledger. Steve Cygnetse CEO Cygnetse. The who will talk about how enterprises and their adoption of blockchain based applications. This will include the barriers that need to be overcome.Steve has spent the majority of his career working within operational change within large banks and brokers, including Credit Suisse, UBS, Instinet and Deutsche Bank. Acting as an internal consultant, troubleshooting areas to improve efficiency and minimise risk. Areas covered include emerging markets, investment banking, custody, fund administration, wealth management, trade finance and corporate banking. Cygnetise offers firms an online application to create, maintain and distribute Authorised Signatory Lists using a decentralised database. This includes bank mandate management, delegated authorities, incumbency and authorised trader lists. Cygnetise is one of the few live, blockchain utility applications and has adopted entities across 12 jurisdictions. The company was founded in May 2016, and has been receiving revenue for over a year. Nicola Dante from SIRIN will be presenting a new mobile phone his company have developed which is a blockchain enabled smartphone with an embedded cold storage wallet.They are aiming to improve the user experience for owners of Digital Assets while not compromising on security as these are seen as significant barriers for mass adoption of Digital Assets. Ryan Hanley Managing Director Token Market Technologies.Ryan has over 15 years experience in digital advertising, big data and media, leading commercial strategy, partnerships and driving sales across Europe, SE Asia and the US. Most recently working with Experian, he lead the Commercial development of project ‘Ultra’ a more secure, innovative and scalable way in which Experian consumer data was made available to programmatic advertising channels and advertisers.Token Market has assisted 30 blockchain companies to raise over £240m in 2017/2018. Ryan will discuss the major issues for companies raising growth stage capital, the changing market environment and how Security token offerings could be set to revolutionise this space. Helen Disney - Talking about the forthcoming launch of the British Blockchain Frontier Technology Association. Q&A panel session Chaired by Jonny Fry 19.30 Drinks and networking 20.30 Close.
- December 2018 - Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) to Security Token Offerings (STO)
Agenda and details of speakers for the December meeting: 18.00.Welcome - Jonny Fry CEO TeamBlockchain Legal landscape is changing as ICOs give way to STOs - Martin Bartlam our Host for the evening How Cryptoassets are being used to alter customers behaviour - Irfon Watkins CEO Dovu Trading Crypto assets in Bull and Bear Markets - Siam Kidd founder of The Realistic Trader Benjamin Dives CEO of London Block Exchange Q&A panel session Chaired by Jonny Fry 19.30 Drinks and networking 20.30 Close. Martin Bartlam is the International Group Head of Finance & Projects and Co-chairs the Global Fintech Group at DLA Piper. Martin has spent a considerable amount of time in the last 2 to 3 years helping ICOs and now STOs on a global basis with the legal and regulatory challenges these offerings need to address.DLA Piper are somewhat unique as they have so many offices globally, they are able to offer guidance for firms looking to raise capital on a global basis which will be vital for STOs as they will need to comply with various different jurisdictions regulations Martin will give an overview on a global basis given the international footprint his firm has of how interest in ICOs is moving to STOs. Irfon Watkins, Founder and CEO of DOVU. A serial entrepreneur, Irfon has founded and sold companies across the data spectrum. Before founding DOVU he was founder and CEO of Coull, a programmatic video advertising company processing over 15 billion requests a month from over 118 countries. Irfon will be speaking about DOVU, having successfully secured Jaguar LandRover to invest,DOVU's aim is to facilitate changes in how people travel by rewarding them for sharing data, changing behaviour and improving the way that they move. Now working with bus operators and number of global car manufactures like BMW,Jaguar Land Rover and Go Ahead Plc. DOVU are a great example of how Cryptoassets can be used to alter people's behaviour by incentives and rewards and why Multinational BRANDS are embracing tokenomics.He will also talk about the journey from a successful ICO to the decision to tokenise the entire company, starting with potentially the UK's first STO early next year. Siam Kidd is a full-time investor and trader after losing on the markets consistently for the first 6 years, he simply learned through hard trial and error. He owns 5 profitable businesses. He became an RAF Pilot straight out of school and began trading and investing in 2004 and he gained media attention in 2015 when he made over £420k in 30 minutes during the Black Monday crash which he forecasted. Siam is the founder of The Realistic Trader, which is a community of thousands of positive like-minded Crypto investors/traders and in a 4-month period in 2017, Siam traded his $25k Crypto account up to $1m. His long term passion though is to create his own independent school by 2020 before his oldest son turns 4 as he doesn’t trust or believe in the current education system. Siam's talk will be: The Disruptors Will Be Disrupted. What are the current power networks. How the disruptors will be disrupted. The big difference between FinTech and TechFin companies. Why the Millennials are so important to Cryptos. Benjamin is a technology entrepreneur and blockchain expert with a B.Eng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester and a M.Sc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex. Before founding the London Block Exchange, he ran online businesses focused on the commercial application of brainstorming techniques and Six Sigma methodologies. The London Block Exchange (LBX) is the first multi-cryptocurrency exchange dedicated to the UK market. Based in the City of London, LBX provides a credible, safe and accessible exchange for consumers and institutional investors alike LBX also offers an over-the-counter (OTC) service which grants institutions and professional traders a seamless way to place trades.
- November 2018 Update on ICOs and Crypto-assets and market developments
An update on ICOs and Crypto-assets and how the market is evolving and why ICOs are not just about raising capital for start ups, plus a look at some of the tax implications these assets create. Jonny Fry Co-founder of TeamBlockchain will give an update on the latest developments in the Crypto-asset sector.While the value of some Crypto-assets have fallen, there have been a number of multinational companies announcing their commitment and involvement in creating the infrastructure needed for Crypto-assets to be embraced by pension and mutual fund managers globally. There will be presentations from Kiret Singh Grant Thornton, Thomas Power Co-founder of TeamBlockchain, Sabine Raabe Co-founder of Enlightened PR and Peter Walker who is a director at Link Asset Service ( formerly Capita) and if a director of Nivaura. Kiret Singh will speak about: “ICOs: The HMRC viewpoint” Kiret is an Associate Director in Grant Thornton’s Financial Services tax practice and regularly advises his clients on a range of UK and international tax issues relating to investment funds and their managers and in relation to structured finance transactions. More recently, he has been regularly involved in delivering advice on the taxation of crypto-assets and related transactions concerning cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Thomas Power, is an author of 8 books covering all aspects of technology, social media, community building, cloud, SaaS Apps and most recently "Tokenomics: The Crypto Shift of Blockchains, ICOs, and Tokens." https://amzn.to/2AtV2Fd Thomas is ranked No11 in the Crypto 100 most Influential People Thomas is ranked No8 in The Blockchain Fintech 100 People Sabine Raabe is a strategic PR Practitioner who works with international blockchain, technology and financial brands to help them with their expansion plans. Her expertise is the development and implementation of corporate communications strategies to underpin branding, open new markets and influence public agenda. Sabine works with clients from inception through to private and public fund-raising, including ICOs and IPOs. Enlightened's international team brings together 16 experts in PR, Journalism, Digital Media, Technology, Legal, Regulatory and Finance bridging the gap between traditional financial and crypto media. This makes them unique in being able to accompany listed companies through their ICO within their regulatory disclosure guidelines. There is a growing need to communicate with the mainstream financial media and analysts who have little understanding or negative opinions of cryptocurrencies. Sabine works with many high profile blockchain brands across a diverse range of sectors, including IronX, BioLife, Adeezy, BQT and various others. She will be telling us how blockchain PR has changed and the new challenges now facing ICOs and blockchain start-ups. Peter is a Director of Link Asset Services, part of Link Group, an Australian public company. Link is a service provider to the capital markets in both equity and debt sectors. Prior to joining Link Group, Peter led management teams and was a board member of various businesses active in the origination, management, securitisation and work-out of secured loan portfolios. Peter qualified as a chartered accountant with EY and has a background in insolvency and restructuring. Peter will introduce Nivaura and Link Asset Services, and speak about the financial instruments that have been issued using a platform that Nivaura with 2030 are currently in the FCA sandbox. The progress that Nivaura has made listing bonds directly on to the Blockchain potentially is opening up the bond market for smaller issuers and so could provide an additional source of finance for companies hereto considered too small to issue bonds. Peter will also look at the potential impact tech platforms linked to DLT may have on the capital markets and its participants, if DLT is adopted by the industry and can be scaled.