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28 September 20234 minute read

Global Digital Forum

Adapting to a digital future for real world assets and content

28 September 2023 | 9:30 – 17:30

At our London office and virtually

There is wide recognition that technological innovation is likely to be the major driver of economic growth over the coming decade and that countries that do not get this right could rapidly fall behind. This however needs to be balanced with appropriate legal and regulatory protections. As policy makers and regulators around the world strive to develop regulatory infrastructure for a digital future, we invite the policy makers and industry participants to discuss the various frameworks that are currently in play and look at how these will impact global businesses and capital markets.

A number of major trading areas have now set out the proposed framework for digital asset infrastructure as the world moves to faster more internationally connected trading networks for products and services. Much of the focus and media hype has been taken up with crypto tech and its related activities but a much larger and more significant change is taking place as global businesses adapt to faster, higher quality and more transparent delivery and recordation systems using digital mechanisms based on tokenisation, distributed ledger, blockchain and AI technologies.

We are pleased to bring together leading representatives from Government, regulatory bodies and international business to discuss the implications from operating in this new digital environment and how this is likely to change the way products and services are structured, traded, held and delivered in global markets and economies.

DLA Piper Speakers


9:30 - 10:00 – Registration

10:00 - 10:15 – Welcome & Intro
Anthony Day (Partner - DLA Piper)
Lawrence Wintermeyer (Chair - GBBC Digital Finance)

10:15 - 10:30Keynote: International regulatory perspective: the FSB’s global regulatory framework for crypto-asset activities
Peter Goodrich (Member of Secretariat at Financial Stability Board - Financial Stability Board (FSB)

10:30 - 10:45 – Keynote: Where to now? The road ahead for digital assets, money and markets, and what’s needed to get there
Caroline Malcolm (VP, Global Public Policy - Chainalysis)

10:45 - 11:25 Panel: The opportunity created by developing a digital infrastructure and clear regulatory framework
Sophie Lessar (Partner - DLA Piper)
Alexander Royle (Head of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, EMEA - Galaxy Digital)
Natalie Linhart (Legal Counsel - Consensys)
Stephen Roddy (Assistant General Counsel - Kraken)
Breige Tinnelly (Head of Market Development - Archax)

11:25 - 11:35 – Overview of the developing global frameworks
Martin Bartlam (Partner - DLA Piper)

11:35 - 11:55 – Fireside chat: The development of new regulatory frameworks
Deepa Raja Carbon (Managing Director & Vice Chair - VARA)
Lawrence Wintermeyer (Chair - GBBC Digital Finance)

11:55 - 12:35 – Panel: (ME & Asia)
Kristi Swartz (Partner - DLA Piper)
Abdul Haseeb Basit (CFO & Board Member - GBBC Digital Finance)
Deepa Raja Carbon (Managing Director & Vice Chair - VARA)
Scott Thiel (CEO, TOKO)

12:35 - 13:30Lunch

13:30 - 13:45 – Keynote: The development and the future of MiCA
Peter Kerstens (Advisor for Technological Innovation and Cyber Security - DG FISMA of the European Commission)

13:45 - 14:25 – Panel: The opportunities and challenges created by MiCA
Caroline Herkströter (Partner - DLA Piper)
Dimitrios Psarrakis (Board member - GBBC Digital Finance)
Peter Kerstens (Advisor for Technological Innovation and Cyber Security - DG FISMA of the European Commission)
Martin Watkins (CEO - Montis)

14:25 - 14:40Keynote: Digital Securities Sandbox: Regulating for the future of securities settlement
Akash Sharma (Senior Policy Manager, Post-Trade Innovation - Bank of England)

14:40 - 15:20Panel: The opportunities and challenges created by a new UK framework 
Karen Butler (Partner - DLA Piper)
Ezechi Britton (CEO - CFIT)
Elise Soucie (Director of Regulation and Policy - GBBC Digital Finance)
Eva Sanchez (CLO - GSR)
Marianne Webber (Head of Digital Asset Market & Regulatory strategy - Standard Chartered Bank)

15:20 - 15:35 – Fireside chat: The U.S. view on digital assent regulation
Rostin Behnam (Chairman - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
Martin Bartlam (Partner - DLA Piper)

15:35 - 16:15 – Panel: The regulatory outlook for real world assets
Margo Tank (Partner - DLA Piper)
Anthony Stevens (SVP - Digital Assets and Financial Markets - Northern Trust)
Dotun Rominiyi (Director of Emerging Technology - London Stock Exchange Group)
Swaneet Singh (CEO - Xfinite)
Katie Evans (Chief Business Development Officer - Swarm)

16:15 - 16:35 – Tea/Coffee break 

16:35 - 17:15Panel: The opportunities and challenges created by a new US framework
Lawrence Wintermeyer (Chair - GBBC Digital Finance)
James Williams (Partner - DLA Piper)
Kathy Kraninger (VP, Regulatory Affairs - Solidus Labs)
Lex Sokolin (Managing Partner, Generative Ventures)

17:15 - 17:30Summary & Conclusion
Lawrence Wintermeyer (Chair - GBBC Digital Finance)

17:30 - 19:30 – Networking drinks