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[NYC, USA] Quantech Distributed Ledger Technology Conference

December 1, 2016 - December 2, 2016


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These events have been built in collaboration with some of the world’s leading banks, financial institutions and technology companies to ensure that the most pressing and pertinent issues are covered. Topics ranging across trading, fixed income, derivatives, syndicated loans and trade finance, identity and payments. Discussion for leading figures on both the business and technology sides of the global banking industry.

Topics: Distributed Ledgers in Financial Markets, Innovation in Capital Markets, Connecting Banking Environments to Distributed Ledgers, Smart Contracts, Decentralised Clearing Network, Decentralization in Financial Markets, Implementation Strategies, Distributed Ledger Regulations & Compliance….

Who will attend? CEOs, Chairmen, CTOs, CIOs, Managing Directors, Global Heads, Heads of Desks, Heads of Innovation and teams, Traders, Quants, Structurers, FinTech companies and more besides.

Benefits of attending:

  • Boost your contact list
  • The event will bring together the tech and financial worlds to create a framework for one to solve the needs of the other.
  • It will be a perfect place to network and do business with everyone you need, under one roof.
  • Keep up to date with this rapidly developing arm of the industry.
  • Join the debate

WBS Training are pleased to announce our latest dynamic conferences in the ever changing world of financial technology. . The fee for New York City is $1100 both days and $600 per day. Limited places so book early.


New York Conference Location Downtown Conference Center 157 William Street New York, NY 10038 USA Tel: +1212 618 6990



New York Conference Day 1: Thursday 1st December


New York Conference Location Downtown Conference Center,
157 William Street New York, NY 10038 USA 


08:30: Registration and Morning Welcome Coffee

Distributed Ledgers in Financial Markets

09.00 – 09.45: Introduction to Distributed Ledger

Presenter:  Ted NadeauPresident, Dot Line Inc.

  • Distributed Ledger – getting everyone into the same conceptual block
  • Background
    • Blockchain & Bitcoin
  • Present Day
    • Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)
  • Conference & Future

09.45 – 10.30: Evolving Technology Untrusted Services with Performance

Presenter: Donald Wesnofske: Consultant, Risk Officer, Inc.

  • Transaction Transformation Timeline The New Frontier exploring Transaction Workflow Processing
  • Byzantine Generals’ Problem Versus Zytglogge Conundrum, Blockchain Uses and capabilities of Distributed Ledger Technology
  • Alternative Computing Technologies, Computing by a wide range of new and sometimes unusual methods
  • Centralized versus decentralized information processing
  • State of Distributed Ledger TechnologyLimitations of distributed ledger technology
  • Is Widespread Adoption Feasible Adoption of blockchain distributed legers requires jumping over a number of hurdles
  • Blockchain Distributed Ledger Information Increasing Pace of adoption
  • Next Steps For the Industry

10.30 – 11.00: Morning Break and Networking Opportunities

11.00 – 11.45: Transforming IoT Security and Application Development via the Blockchain

  • Security complexities of the new landscape that has emerged with the proliferation of devices 
  • Enablement of peer-to-peer communications across globally distributed devices 
  • Capability to control vast numbers of decentralized devices, via central administration 
  • Enabling compliance and governance for autonomous systems, sensors, and devices 
  • Providing registration and discovery of vast numbers of devices in a globally distributed way 

Presenter: Andre De Castro: CEO and Founder, Blockchain of Things

11.45 – 12.30: Panel: Industry Leaders at the Forefront of Distributed Ledger Developments 

  • Exploring the key strategic implications of the technology
  • A discussion on the future of Distributed ledger in financial services
  • Critically evaluating its potential impact
  • Scope and timeline of implementations


  • Donald Wesnofske: Consultant, Risk Officer, Inc.


  • Brad J. Bailey: Research Director, Capital Markets, Celent
  • Jeffrey Billingham: Vice President, IHS Markit
  • Alexander Lipton: MIT Connection Science & Engineering (to be confirmed)
  • Joseph Plastina: Strategy & Business development, Broadridge

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

Decentralization Clearing Network

13.30 – 14.15: Decentralization and the Wider Impacts of Distributed Ledger Technology

Presenter: Stuart Elson: Shisa Advisors, LLC

  • What are the drivers of decentralization in financial services?
  • The threat of disintermediation: will clearing and settlement services become obsolete? 
  • Facilitating the sharing economy: what will be the impact on P2P financial products?
  • Decentralized autonomous organizations: will this be the future? Who will benefit?
  • Will Distributed ledger technology accelerate the move to a cashless society?

14.15 – 14.55: Panel: Four Genuine Distributed Ledger Use Cases


  • Donald Wesnofske: Consultant, Risk Officer, Inc.


  • Richard Hulit: Senior Capital Markets and FinTech Executive, Financial Technology and Infrastructure Consultancy
  • Igor Telyatnikov: Chief Operating Officer, AlphaPoint
  • Jacob Dienelt: Managing Director, Digital Asset Group, BKCM, LLC
  • Will Janensch: Co-founder & COO, Concur Reference Data

Smart Contracts:

14.55 – 15.40: Evaluating the Potential of Smart Contracts

Presenter: Jeffrey Billingham: Vice President, IHS Markit

  • Where will the first viable use cases emerge? 
  • How might smart contracts modernize financial products, such as mortgages?
  • How will personal and commercial insurance change with smart contracts?
  • Will the combination of IoT data and smart contracts revolutionize automation?
  • Coding the agreement: what shifts in culture and mentality are needed?
  • How will smart contracts be incorporated into the existing legal framework?
  • Is there a demand? Can this technology increase customer satisfaction?

15.40 – 16.10 Afternoon Break and Networking Opportunities

16.10 – 16.55: R3: Innovation Through Collaboration

Presenter: Todd McDonald: Co-Founder, R3

  • Separating the hype form the reality
  • How does R3 act as a center of gravity to generate answers?
  • How does Corda fit in the DLT landscape?
  • The importance of regulating in parallel

16.55 – 17.35: Panel: Why Distributed ledger Detractors are Missing the Point

Getting Value from Distributed ledger


  • Bartt Charles Kellermann: CEO, Global Capital Acquisition


  • Andre De Castro: CEO and Founder, Blockchain of Things
  • Tone Vays: Blockchain Researcher, LibertyLifeTrail
  • Bilal Dar: Lead Consultant, Mercer
  • Bryan Feinberg: Founder, Blockchain Partners

New York Conference Day 2: Friday 2nd December

08:30: Morning Welcome Coffee

09.00 – 09.45: Keynote Speech: Blockchains, Distributed Ledgers, and P2P Transactions in Retrospective and Perspective: The Past, Present, and Future of the DLT

Presenter: Alexander Lipton: MIT Connection Science & Engineering

Implementation Strategies

09.45 – 10.30: Key Challenges for Blockchain Adoption; Strategies to Help Successful Implementation

  • What are the biggest impediments to blockchain adoption?
  • How to get your blockchain POC funded?
  • What does it take to make a successful implementation?
  • Moving from POC to production – what does it take?

Presenter: Usha Krishnan: founder & CEO, ChainGenie

10.30 – 11.00: Morning Break and Networking Opportunities

11.00 – 11.45: Overcoming the Challenges of Distributed Ledger Implementation

Presenter: Pramod Achanta: Partner, Financial Markets and Blockchain,IBM

  • What organizations are best placed to fulfill a trust validation role?
  • What challenges will the computational power demand bring?
  • What are the realities of transferring existing databases into blocks?
  • How limiting are legacy systems in Distributed ledger implementation?

Distributed Ledger Regulations & Compliance

11.45 – 12.30: Panel: The Future of Global Financial Infrastructure

  • How will Distributed ledger solutions fit with the existing regulatory regime? 
  • What shifts in regulation should be proposed to facilitate adoption?
  • How can collaboration with regulators be optimized?
  • How can optimal transparency be achieved?


  • Bartt Charles Kellermann: CEO, Global Capital Acquisition


  • Nicole Sandler: Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Barclays
  • Ann Rutledge: Founding Principal and CEO, R&R Consulting
  • Ling W. Chang: Founder & CEO, LedgerFunding, Inc.
  • Kirill Gourov: Founder, CSquared

12.30 – 13.00: Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: The Buy Side Perspective

Presenter: Chris Burniske: Blockchain Products Lead, ARK Investment Management LLC  

  • Teasing apart the technology and the assets in the blockchain opportunity
  • Investigating the current state of the broader cryptocurrency markets
  • Deep dive into bitcoin in the context of modern portfolio theory

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 14.45: Sandboxes Friend or Foe?

Presenter: Nicole Sandler: Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Barclays

  • What is Project Innovate?
  • The FCA’s sandbox consultation
  • The Regulatory Sandbox
  • The Virtual/Industry Sandbox
  • The Umbrella Company Sandbox
  • Other jurisdictions following the FCA’s lead –including MAS and the US

14.45 – 15.30: What Are Regulators Thinking?

Presenter: Ann Rutledge: Founding Principal and CEO, R&R Consulting

  • Distributed ledger and regulation 
  • Innovators and investors should not have to seek government’s permission
  • Develop distributed ledger technology address the increased operational complexity

15.30 – 15.45: Afternoon Break and Networking Opportunities

15.45 – 16.30: Bitcoin: Blockchain’s Killer App

Presenter: Jacob Dienelt: Managing Director, Digital Asset Group, BKCM, LLC

While there are many exciting technical projects being built on blockchain/dlt rails – the first use case may still remain the killer app.  Bitcoin is up 50% over the last two years as an asset, while showing no statistical correlation to any other asset class.  With bitcoin ETFs coming online, and more Wall Street coverage/price targets – This maybe a can’t miss trade!

16.30 – 17.00: Presenter to be confirmed


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