- Wed, Jan 24, 2018 01:30 PM
21/F California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong
Latitude: 22.2815, Longitude: 114.156
2017 was certainly a big year for blockchain tech. The market price of bitcoin soared to record breaking highs, proving that the cryptocurrency could survive a major upgrade to its software known as SegWit, the emergence of several competing “forks”, and the shutdown of bitcoin exchanges in Mainland China. Meanwhile, over USD 4 billion equivalent in cryptocurrency was raised in blockchain token sales or initial coin offerings (ICOs) prompting regulators worldwide to publish guidelines and clarifications on the legal status of these crypto-tokens. As for the enterprise blockchains, Australia’s ASX exchange announced that it would be migrating to a distributed ledger platform built by Digital Asset Holdings and Swiss investment bank UBS declared the launch of a live Ethereum based platform with Barclays and a handful of other banks. So, what's in store for 2018? Is this the year that crypto-tokens emerge as a major asset class? Will major financial institutions start to roll out blockchain-based applications to their clients? How will the regulatory atmosphere evolve across the world to address the different blockchain platforms and associated tokens? To find out the answers to these questions and hear predictions from blockchain industry insiders, join us for an panel discussion presented by La French Tech and Gatecoin, a Hong Kong based cryptocurrency exchange. Event rundown: 18:30 - 18:45: Registration and networking 18:45 – 19:00: Presentation on Blockchain Trends for 2018 by Aurélien Menant, Founder & CEO, Gatecoin 19:00 – 19:45: Panel Discussion: Will 2018 be the year that blockchain technologies go mainstream? Moderated by Romain Aubert, French Tech, featuring: • Aurélien Menant – Founder & CEO, Gatecoin • Henri Arslanian – PwC FinTech & RegTech Lead for China/HK • Pádraig Walsh – Partner, Bird & Bird • Adrian Lai – Co-founder & Managing Director, Orichal Partners 19:45 – 20:30: Networking Speaker Bios: Aurélien Menant is Founder and CEO of Gatecoin, a bitcoin and ethereum token exchange based in Hong Kong. He began his career as an investment banker, working on M&A and financial deals for major global CIBs in Europe and Hong Kong, including BNP Paribas, JP Morgan, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole. Aurélien quit the banking world in 2013 to start Gatecoin, following his discovery and new-found passion for bitcoin and blockchain technology. He is a well-known member of the global blockchain community and is frequently invited to speak at industry events such as The Future of Finance Summit (Singapore), the Global Conference on Money Laundering and Digital Currencies (Qatar) and Euromoney’s Capital Markets Blockchain Conference (Hong Kong). Aurélien is also a guest-lecturer on blockchain and cryptocurrency at universities in Hong Kong and provides regular commentary to financial media including the Bloomberg News, Reuters, and CNBC. Aurélien is a founding member of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong, which works to raise awareness of blockchain applications among the local community. Aurélien received a BSc. in Engineering from UPMC, Paris VI and a MSc. in Management from EM Lyon Business School. He is originally from Paris, France. Henri Arslanian is the PwC FinTech & RegTech Lead for China/Hong Kong. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches graduate courses on Entrepreneurship in Finance as well as the first FinTech university course in Asia. Henri is a TEDx speaker, a published author, and currently sits on several finance, academic, government, civil society, and FinTech/RegTech related boards and advisory boards in Asia and globally. Henri is a member of the Hong Kong regulator’s SFC FinTech Advisory Group and the Hong Kong government’s FSDC Fintech working group. He also sits on the board of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and the board of the International RegTech Association. A member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle and with over 300,000 LinkedIn followers, Henri has been awarded many industry and academic awards over the years from being named one of the Most Influential Individuals in FinTech in Asia to being awarded the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. Before joining PwC, Henri was with a FinTech start-up and previously spent many years with UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong. Henri started his career as a financial markets and funds lawyer in Canada and Hong Kong. Henri speaks five languages including English, French, Armenian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. He holds a Masters in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University; a joint Global Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School, and Hong Kong University; a Masters in Transnational Law from the University of Sherbrooke; and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal (Dean’s List of Excellence). Pádraig Walsh is a Partner in the Corporate group of Bird & Bird, an international law firm that focuses specifically on the technology sector. He is based in Hong Kong. Pádraig's practice focuses on venture capital and related corporate work. His work encompasses advice on private debt and equity financings, leading on investment negotiations and completion, and preparing documents to implement deal terms. He also advises on the range of common issues for emerging companies, such as corporate structuring, IP licensing, equity incentive plans, and shareholder disputes. He represents both investors, strategics, and founders. Pádraig's clients are broadly within the technology sector, and he has represented companies within specific verticals of fintech, insurtech, regtech, medtech, edutech, and cleantech. Pádraig’s practice also includes assisting clients on licensing, regulatory and compliance, and his experience in this area has enabled him to advise clients on a number of innovative, complex fintech projects. Pádraig provides legal training programmes for a number of accelerator programmes, including Betatron, Blueprint, Brinc, Hax, Infiniti, Amplifi, the Founders Institute and DBS Fintech. He is also a regular speaker at various startup events and a blogger on the tech startup scene as a Forbes contributor and via his LinkedIn page. Pádraig was born in Hong Kong, and has spent more than half his life here. He qualified as a Solicitor in Ireland in 1998 and in Hong Kong in 2000. Adrian Lai is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Orichal Partners, the first multi-strategy cryptocurrency investment and blockchain advisory firm in Asia. Adrian is the Blockchain Investment Strategist of the firm. Before co-founding Orichal Partners, Adrian worked at BlackRock for 3+ years. His latest role at BlackRock was an ESG analyst where he worked with chairmen and board members from 100+ listed companies across Asia on issues such as corporate governance, corporate actions (e.g. M&A), cybersecurity and climate change risk. Adrian also worked at Marketing Team where he coordinated and delivered marketing strategies for retail and private bank clients. He was involved in designing and marketing the “BlackRock Plan” project, a robo-advising tool in Asia. Adrian also led the Technology Ambassador Committee at BlackRock, where he led the internal technology education effort and connected the external fintech ecosystem to BlackRock senior management and employees. Outside of work, Adrian is the Community Partner of FinTech Connector, an online community that connects fintech entrepreneurs and start-ups (“innovators”) with thought leaders and subject matter experts (“Enablers”) in financial services. Moreover, Adrian is a fintech committee member of Invotech, a do-tank (not just a think-tank) dedicated to promote and support positive changes in Hong Kong through innovation and technology. Last but not least, Adrian has been invited to speak on fintech and entrepreneurship at various events. Adrian graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a BBA degree and is certified in fintech by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. *this event may be recorded.