Finance and Technology Conference 2021 on Crypto-assets and Asset Tokenization​

November 5th, 2021, Swiss Tech Convention Center, EPFL
Decentralized Ledger Technology has the potential to reshape the traditional financial system. An example is decentralized finance, which allows people to combine open-source building blocks into sophisticated financial products utilizing DLT. Central banks, as another example, face growing competition from private actors offering their own digital alternative to physical cash. However, the current lack of clear legal and technological standards prevents market players and institutions from fully exploiting the potential DLT.
This conference features latest research and insights on crypto-assets and asset tokenization, and their impact on banking and financial market infrastructures. The event combines a broad spectrum of stakeholders, which combine legal and regulatory, technological, financial and economic as well as civil society perspectives. It addresses academics and practitioners alike, and shall foster the public dialogue and interaction across institutions.
The onsite conference will by invitation only and limited to 100 participants.
ONLINE OPTION: However, the event will be broadcasted as a Zoom webinar. To obtain your Zoom link for the webinar please click below to register. Registration is free but mandatory.
This event is organized jointly by the Swiss Finance Institute @ EPFL and the Center for Digital Trust, EPFL.

Featured Talks & Speakers

11:05 – 11:30

Dr. Christian Catalini, Diem Association & MIT

Stablecoins

13:15 – 13:40

Prof. Rachid Guerraoui, EPFL

Asset Transfer Protocols

09:05 – 09:30

Fedor Poskriakov, Lenz & Staehelin

Swiss DLT Law

13:40 – 14:05

Dr. Jean-Philippe Aumasson, Taurus SA

Security of digital asset platforms

14:05 – 14:30

Prof. Alessandro Chiesa, EPFL

Privacy and scalability challenges of using digital assets

15:00 – 15:25

Dr. Thomas Moser, SNB

Keynote on Central Bank Digital Currency

10:15 – 10:40

Prof. Fabian Schär, University Basel

Decentralized Finance

Schedule

Introduction

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08:30 – 09:00

Foyer Garden Patio

Registration and welcome coffee

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09:00 – 09:05

Salle Garden 5ABC

Welcoming words

By Damir Filipovic, Professor, Head of the Swiss Finance Institute, EPFL

Legal & regulatory session

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09:05 – 09:30

Salle Garden 5ABC

DLT law and financial market infrastructure – a paradigm shift?

By Fedor Poskriakov, Partner at Lenz & Staehelin

Abstract
In the age of digitalization, legal transactions should be capable of being concluded on a purely digital basis. Recognizing this need, Switzerland has amended several federal laws in order to improve the compatibility of legal concepts with evolving technological capabilities. With the entry in force of the DLT law, rights and claims can now be issued and managed as “ledger-based securities” using Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). These amendments improve legal certainty and pave the way for the emergence of fully integrated financial market infrastructures for fully digital financial instruments and assets, across the full value chain, from issuance, to custody, trading and settlement.
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09:30 – 09:55

Salle Garden 5ABC

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By Joe Doe, Legal Expert

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09:55 – 10:15

Foyer Garden Patio

Coffee break

Finance & economics session

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10:15 – 10:40

Salle Garden 5ABC

Decentralized Finance: Blockchain- and Smart Contract-Based Financial Markets

By Fabian Schär, Professor for DLT and Fintech, Managing Director of the University’s Center for Innovative Finance

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10:40 – 11:05

Salle Garden 5ABC

Crypto brokerage

By Damien Ackerer, Senior Quantitative Researcher at Covario Prime Brokerage

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11:05 – 11:30

Salle Garden 5ABC

From Cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and Diem to CBDCs

By Christian Catalini, Chief Economist, Diem Association at MIT

Abstract
The talk will provide an overview of the evolving cryptocurrency, stablecoin and CBDC landscape, and focus on the economics of the technology and some of the core trade-offs it involves. It will also cover the economic Design of Diem and the implications the network may have on competition and innovation in payments and financial services.
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11:30 – 12:15

Salle Garden 5ABC

Moderated panel discussion: Does asset tokenization create or destroy value?

Moderated by Damir Filipovic, Professor, Head of the Swiss Finance Institute, EPFL

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12:15 – 13:15

Foyer Garden Patio

Lunch break

Technology session

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13:15 – 13:40

Salle Garden 5ABC

Asset transfers: AT2 – an alternative to consensus protocol in distributed systems

By Rachid Guerraoui, Professor and Head of Distributed Computing Lab, EPFL

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13:40 – 14:05

Salle Garden 5ABC

Security of digital asset platforms

By Jean-Philippe Aumasson, Co-Founder & CSO at Taurus SA

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14:05 – 14:30

Salle Garden 5ABC

Privacy and scalability challenges of using digital assets

By Alessandro Chiesa, Associate Professor and Head of the Laboratory for Computation Security, EPFL

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14:30 – 15:00

Foyer Garden Patio

Coffee break

Keynote

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15:00 – 15:25

Salle Garden 5ABC

Is CBDC the New Kid On The Block?

By Thomas Moser, Alternate Member of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank

Abstract
Central banks in several jurisdictions are studying and experimenting with CBDC issuance. One of the open questions is whether central banks should use blockchain technology to do this, and if so, what kind. Key challenges are scalability and privacy, which are easier to address without blockchain technology. I will argue that CBDC does not necessarily need blockchain, but that blockchain is likely to need CBDC.

Closing panel discussion

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15:25 – 16:10

Salle Garden 5ABC

Trust in Crypto-Assets and Asset Tokenization?

Moderated by Daniel Saraga, Scientific Writer and Founder of Saraga Communications

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