Synchronize Europe
London, UK
June 18, 2019

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Following the successful debut of Synchronize in New York last year, IMN is excited to announce the launch of Synchronize Europe on 18 June 2019 in London. 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 Europe will host 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 will hear directly from practitioners at some of the largest financial institutions in the world as they rollout production deployments of DLT and 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.
 
Synchronize Europe will also include coverage on 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 and our conference 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 Europe will stand 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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    Tuesday, 18 June 2019

      08:00
      Registration & Continental Breakfast


      08:45
      Opening Keynote Address - Enterprise DLT


      09:15
      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.

      10:15
      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 it's 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 position financial services for future.

      10:35
      Networking & Refreshment Break


      11:05
      Keynote Address - Institutional Crypto


      11:30
      How Institutions are Adopting Crypto Assets

      • After much trepidation towards cryptocurrencies from traditional financial institutions, in 2018 we saw several major institutions announce listings for Bitcoin futures products. For the first time, this allowed entities to hedge risk, increase transparency, deepen liquidity and centrally clear Bitcoin derivatives. Hear about how any why these products were launched, what has the market reaction been, and what could this mean the future of cryptocurrency adoption within mainstream financial services.

      12:15
      Lunch


      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 13:15
      Spotlight on Payments


      Track A 14:00
      Spotlight on Derivatives


      Track A 14:45
      Spotlight on Loans and Securitization


      Institutional Crypto Track

      • This track will explore the role that crypto assets 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 13:15
      Bridge Between Private DLT and Public Chains


      Track B 14:00
      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?

      Track B 14:45
      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?

      15:30
      Networking & Refreshment Break


      16:00
      Smart Contracts and the Convergence of Blockchain, Cloud, and Machine Learning

      • 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?

      17:00
      Cocktails & Networking Reception


      18:00
      Synchronize Europe Concludes


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