Synchronize 2020
New York, NY
March 30, 2020


Conference Cancellation Notice

As a precautionary measure with concerns around the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and in line with guidance from international health organizations, IMN has been working with our teams, clients and suppliers around the world to monitor the impact of the virus.
 It is as part of this review and the development of the situation that has led us to cancel the Synchronize 2020 conference scheduled for March 30. 

We apologize for any inconvenience caused, but as always, the safety of our participants, community and staff are our priority and we feel this is the best option for this event. Our thoughts are with those in impacted areas. 

We will announce future dates as soon as they become available.  

If you have any questions or concerns then please raise this with your IMN representative or email the team at 

The IMN Team

IMN is delighted to announce the next installment of Synchronize will return to New York City on March 30, 2020 with a critical update on the applications of blockchain, distributed ledger technology (DLT), smart contracts and tokenization in financial services.

With hype now in the rearview mirror, some of the most compelling and potentially disruptive applications of these technologies have emerged. Previously competitive public and private chains such as Hyperledger Fabric and R3’s Corda have now been integrated with the likes of Digital Asset’s DAML smart contract language; the Australian Securities Exchange's (ASX) ground-up DLT clearing system is expected to be fully operational by early 2021; and major institutions such as PNC Bank are now processing cross border payments on Ripple’s DLT network, paving the way for instant invoice processing and a vastly improved accounts receivable operation.

Recent analysis from ABI Research estimates that such projects will result in blockchain-enabled revenues surpassing $10 billion by 2023*, while Gartner forecasts the total business value of blockchain to exceed $3.1 trillion by 2030**.

Synchronize 2020 will bring together financial services executives, technologists and innovators who are serious about implementing these technologies and positioning their businesses for the next generation of growth. Delegates of Synchronize will hear from the DLT pioneers in financial services who are leading these game changing projects, network with likeminded peers, and identify what opportunities exist to realize the significant efficiency gains in their own business.

We look forward to seeing you this March in New York!
*Source: ABI Research
**Source: Gartner

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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      Important Update: Conference Cancelled

      • IMN's Synchronize 2020 conference has been cancelled in response to recent developments with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. More information can be found here.

      8:00 AM
      Registration & Continental Breakfast

      8:40 AM
      IMN's Welcome Remarks

        • Sanyu Kyeyune, Program Manager (IMN)

      8:45 AM
      Opening Keynote Fireside Chat: DLT Comes of Age

      • We live in a fast-paced, digital world and yet our money is stuck in analog. New technological capabilities have created an environment, via tokenization, that would allow for a digital version of central bank money, without sacrificing stability, security or privacy. Considering the importance of the USD to the global economy, the work on a US Dollar CBDC via the Digital Dollar Project is a logical step as we drive towards a digital transformation in the global financial system infrastructure, but it won’t happen overnight. What are the next steps? Who needs to be involved? What are the risks of taking this on? And, perhaps more importantly, what are the consequences of sitting on the sidelines?

        • David Treat, Senior Managing Director (Accenture)
        • J. Christopher Giancarlo, Former Chairman (U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission)

      9:25 AM
      Tokenization: Assembling the Building Blocks of an Institutional Digital Assets Marketplace

      • What sort of legal and regulatory framework should be in place to support an institutional digital security market, and how close are we to achieving it? How do smart contracts, distributed ledgers and traditional IT solutions support the tokenization of assets?

        • Patrick Berarducci, Global Fintech Co-head (ConsenSys)
        • Richard Walker, Financial Services Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Leader (Deloitte)
        • Tom Jessop, Head of Corporate Business Development (Fidelity)
        • Vanessa Fernandes da Silva, CTO Emerging Technologies (Itaú Unibanco)
        • Dana Syracuse, Partner (Perkins Coie)
        • Carlos Domingo, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder (Securitize)

      10:25 AM
      Networking Break

      10:55 AM
      Partnering for the Next Phase of Development

      • A leader in digital transformation and a senior executive from one of the world’s leading financial market exchanges detail their journey to bring DLT-based applications to the financial services sector and offer their views on what’s needed to support Day II operations.

        • Yuval Rooz, Co-Founder & CEO (Digital Asset)
        • Peter Hiom, Deputy CEO (ASX)
        • Brendon Howe, VP/GM, Blockchain (VMware, Inc.)

      11:30 AM
      Production Pioneers: What Do Real Blockchain Solutions Look Like in 2020?

      • With increasingly powerful applications of DLT emerging, the technology's transformative potential has never been greater. A best-in-class panel of industry thought leaders will discuss what must be done to equip your business for the next stages of innovation.

        • Larry Tabb, Founder (Tabb Group)
        • George Nunn, Chief Operating Officer (BNP Paribas)
        • Vijay Mayadas, President, Global Fixed Income and Analytics (Broadridge Financial Solutions)
        • Michael Collier, Director, GTB Product Management (Deutsche Bank)
        • Mark Smith, CEO Co-Founder (Symbiont)

      12:20 PM
      Lunch, Courtesy Of:

      Institutional Innovation Track

      • This track examines DLT's evolving role in the financial services sector, from the perspectives of custodians, technologists, legal advisors and regulators, and provides a roadmap for mainstream institutional adoption.

      Track A 1:20 PM
      Navigating Legal & Regulatory Frameworks

      • How are regulators and policymakers responding to the accelerated pace of digital transformation and how will that impact custody, payments, tokens and other digital securities? Do legal and regulatory frameworks need to change before DLT gains adoption? A panel of early adopters, lawyers and regulatory experts help us understand the legal and regulatory implications of DLT.

        • Amy Davine Kim, Chief Policy Officer (Chamber of Digital Commerce)
        • Jeff Bandman, Founder & CEO (BlockAgent)
        • Brian Trackman, Senior Counsel (LabCFTC)
        • Kari Larsen, Partner (Perkins Coie)

      Track A 2:10 PM
      Enabling New Business Models

      • Now more than ever, the financial services sector is tapping into the benefits of DLT, but misconceptions around its value and implementation challenges remain. This panel gathers the financial institutions and professional services firms at the forefront of digital transformation to discuss the strategic and practical advantages of DLT-based solutions.

        • Rob Massey, Global Tax Leader - Blockchain and Digital Assets (Deloitte)
        • Subhankar Sinha, Head of Blockchain (BNY Mellon)
        • Rahul Banerjee, Founder & CEO (Bondevalue Pte Ltd)
        • Justin Chapman, EVP - Global Executive Securities Services/ Global head of market advocacy and innovation (Northern Trust Corporation)
        • Aaron Kaplan, Founder & Co-CEO (Prometheum)

      Synchronize Spotlight Sessions

      • These sessions explore DLT’s applications in various asset classes, illuminating new opportunities for collaboration. The speakers, representing a diverse range of market participants, will share insights gained from developing the groundbreaking projects that will soon reshape the financial services ecosystem.

      Track B 1:20 PM
      Derivatives Deep Dive

      • The derivatives markets have been undergoing a dramatic transformation since the financial crisis and more change is expected as new regulations come into effect across the globe. As the market becomes more digital and transparent, how can the derivatives markets benefit from DLT and smart contract technologies?

        • Kelly Mathieson, Head of Enterprise Solutions (Digital Asset)
        • Sunil Challa, Director, Business Architecture (Barclays)
        • Scott O'Malia, CEO (ISDA)

      Track B 2:10 PM
      Paving the Way for DLT-Powered Payments

      • Major institutions are shifting into processing cross-border payments on decentralized networks, but there are still roadblocks to mainstream adoption, including a lack of clarity around taxation rules and complex cybersecurity and custodianship issues. Are digital assets closer to standardization than they appear? Who are the leading players in this market driving transformative change? In this panel, experts shine a light on DLT’s intricate ecosystem of tokens, coins and digital assets, discussing where the industry is headed and what is required to overcome hurdles.

        • Danielle Martell, Managing Director of Banking & Capital Markets Strategy Practice (Accenture)
        • John Whelan, Head of Digital Investment Banking (Banco Santander)
        • Emmanuel Aidoo, Head of Digital Asset Markets (Credit Suisse)
        • Christopher Ward, Executive Vice President (PNC Bank)
        • James Wallis, VP, Global Sales Strategy & Operations (Ripple)

      3:00 PM
      Networking Break

      3:30 PM
      Open-Source Innovation & Interoperability

      • The proliferation of ledger platforms in the DLT space suggests it won’t be a winner-takes-all market. As a result, there is a growing need for standards and common protocols that will enable interoperability. What is on the horizon in terms of new industry standards? And, how can you future proof your technology while standardization efforts are underway?

        • Duncan Johnston-Watt, Co-Founder & CEO (Blockchain Technology Partners)
        • Shaul Kfir, Co-Founder & CTO (Digital Asset)
        • Ron Resnick, Executive Director (Enterprise Ethereum Alliance)
        • Gabriele Columbro, Executive Director (Fintech Open Source Foundation)
        • Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director (Hyperledger)

      4:30 PM
      Achieving DLT-Enabled Capital & Financial Market Infrastructure

      • In the past year, several financial market infrastructures (FMIs) have made progress toward bringing DLT live for a production use case. Now, FMIs are turning their attention to the burgeoning promise, as well as operational hurdles, of going live with this new technology. This panel gathers FMIs to detail how they are adapting their roles and service models as DLT opens up new opportunities and presents increasingly complex challenges.

        • Chris Church, Chief Business Development Officer (Digital Asset)
        • Michael Bodson, President & CEO (DTCC)
        • Bill Borden, Corporate VP of Financial Services (Microsoft)
        • Tal Cohen, Executive VP & Head of North American Market Services (NASDAQ)
        • Thomas Zeeb, Head Securities & Exchanges (SIX Securities Services)
        • Brendon Howe, VP/GM, Blockchain (VMware, Inc.)

      5:30 PM
      Cocktails & Networking Reception, Courtesy Of:

      6:30 PM
      Synchronize 2020: DLT, Crypto & Smart Contracts for Financial Institutions Concludes



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