SEC Announces ‘2019 FinTech Forum’ to Discuss Blockchain and Bitcoin on May 31


The SEC is holding a fintech forum on May 31 “to discuss distributed ledger technology and digital assets.” The 2019 FinTech Forum will take place at the SEC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The SEC announced the blockchain and crypto event on Twitter along with a link to the event’s agenda.

The 2019 FinTech Forum will be hosted by the SEC’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub). The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET and will feature four panels and various speakers.

Speakers include a representative from IBM, Fidelity, DTCC, MIT, and other major institutions. Overall, the panelists mostly include representatives of law firms, accounting firms, university blockchain research divisions, and financial institutions.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. ET at the SEC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The event is open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. The first panel is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Guests will need to bring photo identification “and are encouraged to time their arrival with the understanding that they will be screened by security before entering the FinTech Forum,” explains the SEC in a statement describing the event.

No registration is required to attend the event.

Don’t have time to fly to Washington D.C.? The SEC will also share a live webcast of the event. That webcast will be archived on the SEC’s FinHub page for later viewing.

You can stay up to date on the 2019 FinTech Forum and any live webcast links by following the SEC on Twitter at @SEC_News. The SEC also encourages the public to share updates from the event using the hashtag #SECfintech.

2019 FinTech Forum Schedule

The full-day event features four panels and multiple speakers from across the distributed ledger, digital asset, blockchain, and crypto space. Key events throughout the day include:

9:30 a.m. – Opening remarks by Valerie Szczepanik, Head of the SEC’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub), followed by remarks by William Hinman, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

Panel 1 – Capital Formation Considerations: This panel will be moderated by Jonathan Ingram, Chief Legal Advisor to the FinHub Division of Corporation Finance. Panelists include Paul Brody from Ernst & Youg, Joshua Ashley Klayman from Klayman LLC, and Aaron Wright from Cardozo Law School.

Panel 2 – Trading and Markets Considerations: This panel will be moderated by Elizabeth Baird Deputy Director of the Division of Trading and Markets. Panelists include David Forman of Fidelity Brokerage Services, Mark Wetjen of DTCC, and Neha Narula of MIT Media Lab.

Panel 3 – Investment Management Considerations: This panel will be moderated by Jennifer McHugh, Senior Special Counsel for the SEC’s Division of Investment Management. Panelists include Jay Baris of Shearman & Sterling LLP, John D’Agostino of DMS, and Amy Steele of Deloitte.

Panel 4 – Distributed Ledger Technology Innovations, Industry Trends and Specific Use Cases for Financial Markets: This panel will be moderated by Scott Walker, Special Counsel for FinHub. Panelists include Christopher Ferris of IBM, Todd McDonald of R3, and Kevin Werbach of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

The event is expected to conclude at 5:30 p.m. ET. There will be a 75 minute lunch break after the second panel. A full schedule of events for the 2019 FinTech Forum can be found here.

As you can see, the panelists mostly include representatives from various law firms, universities, and financial institutions. There’s a representative from Fidelity, which may be the first major financial institution to launch crypto trading for clients, as well as some of the leading blockchain researchers from universities across the United States.

Stay tuned for further updates from the SEC’s 2019 FinTech Forum scheduled to take place tomorrow.

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