New York, NY
April 17, 2019


After an overwhelmingly positive reaction to 2018’s inaugural event, IMN is excited to announce the return of Synchronize on April 17th, 2019 at the Conrad in New York City. Synchronize is the leading conference dedicated to enterprise and institutional applications of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), blockchain technology and smart contracts within financial services.

Synchronize 2018 hosted a delegation of senior financial services executives across the buy-side, sell-side, financial market infrastructures, fintech startups, consultancies, vendors as well as regulators and policymakers. Attendees heard directly from practitioners at some of the largest financial institutions in the world as they rollout production deployments of DLT.

Delegates at Synchronize 2019 will learn the most effective ways to evaluate and deploy DLT for their business, how it fits into the existing market structure and what the business requirements of the technology actually are; challenges that have been overcome, from roles and governance, scalability and confidentiality, to interoperability and integration; and how it fits in within larger technology trends, such as cloud, machine learning, and focus on enabling developer productivity.

New to Synchronize 2019 is the addition of a track dedicated to the institutional applications of custody, trading, and servicing cryptoassets, such as Bitcoin. Until now, financial institutions have mostly been skeptical of cryptocurrencies and other cryptoassets as a means for retail payments and speculation. Recently, several notable entities have announced products and initiatives aimed at the institutional integration of these new assets into the existing financial system. This track will explore the role that cryptoassets play in the financial services industry from a variety of angles: asset definition, futures trading, the role of trading desks, right through to the risks, benefits and role of regulation in and of institutional investment in these assets.

Synchronize 2019 stands out as the premier event for thought leadership, learning, business development and networking among senior financial services decision makers. We hope that you will join us at this must-attend one day event.

Who Should Attend
  • Banks - Technology, Digital & Innovation Groups
  • Exchanges
  • Clearing Houses
  • Asset Managers
  • Payment Companies
  • Investors
  • Enterprise Technology Companies
  • Blockchain Infrastructure Companies
  • Blockchain Tool Provider Companies
  • Blockchain Application Companies - Payment Processors, Exchanges, Trading & Issuance Platforms 
  • Consultancies
  • Accounting Firms
  • Law Firms
  • Policymakers
  • Regulators
  • Media

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    Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

      8:00 AM
      Registration & Continental Breakfast

      8:45 AM
      Opening Keynote Address - It’s All About the Trust

      • As companies move from blockchain concept to production an often overlooked question in the implementation centers around trust. What exactly do we mean by trust? What impact does trust have on blockchain? How do you ensure trust in a blockchain architecture? Learn about answers to these questions and more that will give your project the final block that it needs to go truly into production.
        • Mike DiPetrillo , Senior Director, Blockchain (VMware)

      9:15 AM
      Pathway to Production

      • At Synchronize 2018 we heard from some of the world’s largest market infrastructure providers about their respective journeys toward replacing mission critical systems with DLT. Following on one year later, as those production deadlines approach, hear directly from C-level executives implementing the technology as they enter the final stretch and what your business needs to prepare for.
        • Chris Church , Chief Business Development Officer (Digital Asset)
        • Katie McDermott , General Manager, Equity Post Trade (ASX)
        • Lata Varghese , Global Blockchain Practice Leader (Cognizant)
        • Gangesh Ganesan , CEO (Peernova)
        • Thomas Sullivan , Director (Societe Generale)

      10:15 AM
      Business Model Change

      • As blockchain technology starts to become reality, it is essential that businesses move beyond their own verticals and trusted partners to create new business ecosystems. For all its opportunity and hype we can probably all agree it’s a good time to take stock of blockchain-based transformation and discuss how to best unlock the potential.
        • Simon Whitehouse , Senior Managing Director (Accenture)

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      10:35 AM
      Networking & Refreshment Break

      11:05 AM
      Keynote Address - Institutional Crypto

        • Yuval Rooz , Co-Founder & CEO (Digital Asset)
        • Don Wilson , Founder & CEO (DRW)

      11:30 AM
      Custody and the Future of Crypto Assets

      • As crypto assets become considered as the asset class of the future, what infrastructural changes are required to support custodial services and what does custody and ownership even mean in the context of free flowing assets? What is missing before we will see truely mainstream institutional adoption? What additional protections and automation can be provided that simply weren't possible before?
        • Caitlin Long , Co-Founder (Wyoming Blockchain Coalition)
        • Lucien Foster , Head of Digital Partnerships (BNY Mellon)
        • Tom Jessop , Head of Corporate Business Development (Fidelity)
        • Olivier Dang , Chief Operating Officer, Wholesale Digital Office (Nomura)
        • Justin Chapman , SVP, Global Head of Market Advocacy & Innovation Research (Northern Trust Corporation)
        • Dana Syracuse , Partner (Perkins Coie)

      12:15 PM
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      Synchronize Spotlight Sessions

      • Our afternoon sessions focus on how the application of DLT is being used to reimagine existing business processes in specific financial sectors and asset classes. With financial services being vast but interconnected, collaborative efforts – between institutions and startups, consortiums, and umbrella alliances – have led the way. The following Spotlight sessions feature speakers at the heart of these projects, many of which are soon going live.

      Track A 1:15 PM
      Spotlight on Payments

        • Fletcher McCraw , Partnerships and Consulting | Blockchain and DLT (Cognizant)
        • Vinod Nair , Director of Payments -Product Management (Change Healthcare)
        • Arijit Das , Senior Vice President (Northern Trust)
        • Sushil Prabhu , CEO & Founder (OpenCrowd)
        • Danny Aranda , Senior Director of Xpring (Ripple)

      Track A 2:00 PM
      Spotlight on Derivatives

        • Kari Larsen , Partner (Perkins Coie)
        • Chris Walsh , CEO (Acadiasoft)
        • Kelly Mathieson , Head of Enterprise Solutions (Digital Asset)
        • Marcus Denne , Executive Director, Repository & Derivatives Services Product Management (DTCC)
        • Mark Jennis , Global Head of Customer Engagement (Peernova)
        • Ian Sloyan , Director, Market Infrastructure and Technology (ISDA)

      Track A 2:45 PM
      Spotlight on: Loans & Securitization

        • Beth Sendra , Product Manager (Digital Asset)
        • Marc Peelen , Digital Partnerships (BNY Mellon Corporation)
        • Charlie Moore , Chief Executive Officer (Global Debt Registry)
        • Gary Miller , President (Intain Inc.)
        • Carlos Domingo , CEO & Co-Founder (Securitize)

      Institutional Crypto Track

      • This track will explore the role that cryptoassets play in the financial services industry from a variety of angles: asset definition, futures trading, the role of trading desks, right through to the risks, benefits and role of regulation in and of institutional investment in these assets.

      Track B 1:15 PM
      Bridge Between Private DLT and Public Chains

      • As the difference between "permissioned" and "permissionless" starts to blur, what will define a blockchain network? Will one network or vendor rule them all? Will we see a network of networks, each with different implementations and technologies? How will much will open source and standards play a role in any convergence?
        • Andrew Khalatov , Enterprise Strategy & Operations (Kadena)
        • Silona Bonewald , Vice President of Community Architecture (Hyperledger)
        • Daniel Heyman , Program Director (PegaSys)
        • Vincent Molinari , Co-Founder & CEO (Templum Inc)

      Track B 2:00 PM
      Crypto: Are Regulators Ready?

      • As institutional adoption of cryptocurrency picks up, how are regulators adjusting to what was previously seen as a passing fad? From payments, to custody, to stablecoins and crypto-securities, what will the future look like and really how different will it be from traditional digital instruments?
        • Perianne Boring , Founder & President (Chamber of Digital Commerce)
        • Alex Khachaturian , Director, Office of Emerging Regulatory Issues (FINRA)
        • Elizabeth Davis , Shareholder (Murphy & McGonigle)
        • John Velissarios , Managing Director (Accenture)
        • Brian Tully , Director, Product Strategy DLT Lead (Total Bank Solutions)
        • Amir Zaidi , Director, Division of Market Oversight (U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission)

      Track B 2:45 PM
      Tokenization: The Regulatory and Technology Fabric for an Institutional Digital Security Market

        • Frank Chaparro , Senior Correspondent (The Block)
        • Ron Resnick , Executive Director (Enterprise Ethereum Alliance)
        • Christine Moy , Executive Director, Blockchain Program Lead (J.P. Morgan)
        • Marley Gray , Principal Architect, Azure Blockchain Engineering (Microsoft)
        • Mason Borda , CEO (TokenSoft Inc.)

      3:30 PM
      Networking & Refreshment Break

      4:00 PM
      The Convergence of Smart Contracts and Cloud, from an End-user Perspective

      • As public cloud adoption gathers pace within financial services, what role will blockchain play in bridging clouds and on premise deployments? Can it help with a multi-cloud strategy and application portability? With the rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence, can blockchain data be leveraged to provide more efficient inputs? How do different blockchain designs lend themselves to cloud and ML?
        • Gabriel Wang , Analyst (Aite Group)
        • Duncan Johnston-Watt , Co-Founder & CEO (Blockchain Technology Partners)
        • Shaul Kfir , Co-Founder & CTO (Digital Asset)
        • Adam Krellenstein , Co-Founder (Symbiont)
        • Emmanuel Abiodun , Director, Product Management (VMware)

      4:45 PM
      Cocktails & Networking Reception Courtesy Of:

      5:45 PM
      Synchronize: DLT for Financial Institutions Concludes



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