DC Blockchain Summit 2020 Postponed

Day 1 – March 11, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks

Reena Aggarwal, Director, Center for Financial Markets & Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Matthew Roszak, Co-Founder & Chairman, Bloq

1:10 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus

1:20 p.m.

The Role of Digital Assets and the Evolution of Regulatory Frameworks

The financial services sector is increasingly engaged in the use of digital assets and developing new business models. During this panel, you will hear industry leaders and various Deloitte specialists discuss these new business models, their unique considerations, and how they interact with the regulatory environment.

Rob Massey, Partner, Global Tax Leader – Blockchain & Digital Assets, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Yusuf Hussein, Head of Risk, Gemini Trust Company LLC & President, Virtual Commodity Association Inc. 

Amy Steele, Partner, Audit & Assurance, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Richard Walker, Financial Services Blockchain Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

2:00 p.m.

How Blockchain Will Transform Financial Services

Mike Cagney and Blythe Masters will sit down for a fireside chat to discuss how blockchain is transforming the financial services industry and how Provenance has the potential to bring massive improvements to the industry. The two will discuss loan-level transparency around the quality of securitized assets and a clear, unalterable record of ownership among other benefits blockchain will bring to financial services.


Mike Cagney, CEO & Co-Founder, Figure Technologies Inc. & Executive Director, Provenance Blockchain

Blythe Masters, Advisory Board Member, Figure Technologies, Inc.

2:20 p.m.

Wasim Ahmad, Chief Crypto Officer, Vault12

Michael Ippolito, Co-Founder, Blockworks Group

2:30 p.m.

Staying Innovative in a Competitive World

Finding the right balance between innovation, Innovation and parity with your competition.

Micah Kerr, Head Architect Commercial Payments and Blockchain, Discover

2:50 p.m.

Coffee & Networking Break

Book Signing:
Alex Tapscott, Co-Founder, Blockchain Research Institute
“Financial Services Revolution: How Blockchain is Transforming Money, Markets & Banking”

3:20 p.m.

Digital Dollar Project

With the focus on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) gaining traction around the globe, the spotlight naturally swings toward the US and its response. Is the US position as the de facto global reserve currency at risk? Will first movers have a meaningful advantage? The Digital Dollar Project has emerged as a leading force working to catalyze a digital, tokenized US currency. Join this session to hear from the Digital Dollar Project leaders as they discuss this exciting new project, its goals and the road ahead for CBCDs.

Staci Warden, Executive Director, Global Market Development, Milken Institute

J. Christopher Giancarlo, Chairman Emeritus, CFTC and Founder, the Digital Dollar Project

David Treat, Senior Managing Director, Global Blockchain Lead, Accenture

3:45 p.m.

How Blockchain is Strengthening Supply Chain

Blockchain technology is transforming supply chain management. Having a single source of truth with a shared ledger allows for greater collaboration, transparency, and traceability. Hear from industry pioneers that are reimagining the way businesses trade globally.

Jonathan Johnson, CEO, Overstock; President, Medici Ventures


Shane Bigelow, CEO, Ownum

Jacob Ner David, Co-Founder & CEO, Vinsent

Luis Macias, CEO, GrainChain

Nick Grandage, Global Head of Trade Finance, Norton Rose Fulbright

4:25 p.m.

The Evolution of Custodian Services in the Age of Cryptocurrencies and Digital Assets

The demand for digital asset custody solutions varies with each type of user, and as such, there is no single regulatory construct that meets the market demand for all asset types and all user types. As a result, the current landscape is evolving with both challenges and opportunities to meet the industry demand and the regulatory expectations for digital asset custody services.

Keynote Speaker:
Dana Syracuse, Partner, Perkins Coie

4:50 p.m.

Blockchain Infrastructure – What’s On the Horizon for Capital Markets?

Will a new decade bring a fresh tailwind? Companies and financial institutions have increased their focus on providing new products and services involving digital assets to meet customer demand; and yet, obstacles remain.  Our expert panelists will discuss how institutions are leveraging blockchain in capital markets – whether for clearing and settling of securities, custody, or other service offerings — and what lies ahead to enable success.

This is a Continuing Legal Education eligible panel.

Roger Brown, Head of Tax & Regulatory Affairs, Lukka

Steve Gatti, Partner, Clifford Chance


Aaron Kaplan, Co-CEO, Prometheum

Moad Fahmi, Senior Advisor, Supervision (Financial Technology), Bermuda Monetary Authority

Nathan McCauley, Co-Founder & CEO, Anchorage

Valerie Szczepanik, Senior Advisor for Digital Assets, Securities & Exchange Commission

5:30 p.m.

Crypto Adoption: The Path to One Billion Users  

Inclusivity, individual sovereignty, diversification, are just some of reasons people are adopting crypto. Hear from leading crypto innovators and investors on the latest trends and growth hacks in the markets, the path to widespread acceptance and use of crypto and the ethos behind this community.

Catherine Coley, CEO, Binance.US

Anthony Pompliano, Co-Founder & Partner, Morgan Creek Digital

Matthew Roszak, Chairman & Co-Founder, Bloq (Moderator)

5:55 p.m.

Closing Remarks

6:00 p.m.

DC Blockchain Summit Reception

Hosted By:

Day 2 – March 12, 2020

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Chamber of Digital Commerce New Member Orientation

Chamber members, if you are interested in attending the New Member Orientation please contact our membership team.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Perianne Boring, Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce

John Jacobs, Executive Director, Center for Financial Market & Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

9:15 a.m.

The Future of Money

Central banks around the world are exploring issuing fiat on the blockchain. Private companies are issuing many different types of stablecoins. Commercial banks are issuing tokens too. How is the financial and monetary system evolving with the introduction of this technology.

J. Christopher Giancarlo, Chairman Emeritus, CFTC & Founder, the Digital Dollar Project

Matthew Swinehart, Director, Office of International Financial Markets, U.S. Dept. of Treasury

Craig Sellars, Founder, Tether & Inventor of the Stablecoin

Colleen Sullivan, Partner & CEO, CMT Digital

9:55 a.m.

Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Crypto

Thoughts on the right to private money and the value it may bring to society.

Keynote Speaker:
Guy Hirsch, U.S. Managing Director, eToro

10:25 a.m.

Coffee & Networking Break

10:45 a.m.

Banking on Blockchain – How Banks Are Looking at Digital Assets

Banks and other “traditional” financial services players are reacting to strong interest from clients to engage with digital assets. What are the key areas of opportunity, the considerations, and areas of friction that need to be resolved to enable institutional engagement?

Christine Parker, Partner, Reed Smith


Andrew Czupek, Senior Vice President, Head of Market Advocacy & Innovation Research, North America, Northern Trust

Sal Ternullo, Director, Cryptoassets Lead, KPMG LLP

Nicole Olson, Digital Product Development & Innovation, State Street

11:25 a.m.

Crypto is the New Frontier

Fifty years ago, the US won the space race. A few decades later, the rest of the world followed in our footsteps with internet innovation. Like it or not, crypto is the next frontier, and we risk falling behind players like China if the US doesn’t move quicker. Join Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse in a wide-reaching conversation on what’s next for this burgeoning space.

Perianne Boring, Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce

Brad Garlinghouse, CEO, Ripple

12:00 p.m.

Lunch Sessions:
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Blockchain Litigation - Murphy & McGonigle

The legal and regulatory landscape for blockchain continues to evolve and presents potential pitfalls for companies, investors and entrepreneurs seeking to capitalize on blockchain technology.

This workshop will examine the incidence and trends in blockchain litigation in the United States and help attendees understand the chief areas of vulnerability for litigation. This will include what jurisdictions are bringing blockchain cases most frequently; what impact federal securities law have had on the blockchain sector. It will examine where companies need to be vigilant in their planning to avoid the type of litigation other companies have had to respond to, frequently interrupting the momentum of their blockchain strategy and implementation.

The workshop will look at key rulings that have shaped the current blockchain litigation environment. It will include a case study on litigation exposure for token issuers, predictions for 2020, and feature analytics from Murphy & McGonigle’s proprietary Blockchain Litigation Database, which tracks the incidence of cases brought across the United States. Daniel Payne, a shareholder in Murphy & McGonigle’s FinTech & Blockchain Practice and the author of the recently released Blockchain Litigation Year in Review report, will lead the workshop.  

Trust and Transparency as a Competitive Advantage - Armanino

How are Hedera Hashgraph, TrustToken and Binance.US using new and novel transparency & compliance strategies? This workshop will feature 3 short fireside chats with executives from these companies, hosted by Armanino LLP’s Blockchain Team.

When Dreams Meet Reality - The Convergence of Innovative FinTech & Regulation - Polsinelli

This breakout will focus on the promise of blockchain and other new FinTech and the regulatory issues that must be addressed to implement such technologies.

Jason Nagi, Shareholder & Member of the FinTech & Regulation Practice – Polsinelli PC

Richard B. Levin, Chair of the FinTech & Regulation Practice, Polsinelli PC

Melissa Netram, Chief Innovation Officer & Director of Lab CFTC, U.S Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Justin Schmidt, Vice President, Head of Digital Asset Markets, Goldman Sachs & Co.

1:30 p.m.

Global AML Standards Are Incoming: What FATF Means for Financial Institutions

Discussion about the new FATF Framework almost one year later, how industry is responding from governance and technological approach, and the unique environment including the U.S. perspective.

This is a Continuing Legal Education eligible panel.

Jason Weinstein, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Dept. of Justice


Esteban Castano, Co-Founder & CEO, TRM Labs

Eden Doniger, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, BitPay

David Jevans, Founder & CEO, CipherTrace

Michael Mosier, Deputy Director & Digital Innovation Officer, FinCEN, U.S. Dept. of the Treasury

2:10 p.m.

Cracking Crypto Custody

Cryptoassets have arrived in a big way. The top 100 cryptoassets now value more than $300 billion, increasingly drawing institutional investment dollars. And thus many traditional custodians and crypto-native startups are looking to develop capabilities to meet the needs of institutional cryptoasset owners, requiring them to build or buy cryptoasset custody solutions designed to meet their specific needs. However requirements of cryptoasset custody create unique challenges for enterprises looking to transform. Come learn more about these unique challenges through four critical building blocks for successful crypto custody.

Keynote Speaker:
Mike Krajecki, Managing Director, Emerging Technologies, KPMG LLP

2:40 p.m.

European Union’s Blockchain Strategy

Eva Kaili, Member, European Parliament (Greece) & Chair, Science & Technology Options Assessment

Roger Brown, Head of Tax & Regulatory Affairs, Lukka

2:50 p.m.

U.S. Competitiveness On Blockchain Technology

Countries around the world have embraced the power of blockchain technology and are actively working to promote its growth. The United States has responded with questions on how to regulate it, prompting concerns that it will not be among the leaders as this technology flourishes. How do we achieve a healthy balance of promoting innovation with light-touch guardrails? What can we learn from other regions that have forged ahead, and what steps are needed to catalyze US leadership in blockchain?

Roger Brown, Head of Tax & Regulatory Affairs, Lukka

Matthew Comstock, Shareholder, Murphy & McGonigle

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, Co-Chair, Congressional Blockchain Caucus

Jerry Cuomo, IBM Fellow & VP of Blockchain, IBM

James Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Commerce International Trade Administration

James Wo, CEO & Founder, Digital Finance Group

3:30 p.m.

Dan Doney, CEO & Co-Founder, Securrency

3:45 p.m.

Coffee & Networking Break

4:15 p.m.

Heath Tarbert, Chairman, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

4:35 p.m.

A Brief Debrief of the Amicus Brief

Join Amy Kim and Lilya Tessler for a discussion on the Chamber’s amicus brief filed in the SEC v. Telegram case.  They will discuss the current posture of the case, what’s next, and the Chamber’s proposed legal standard for digital assets that are the subject an investment contract and/or sold in a commercial transaction. The case can have significant implications for the industry depending on how the court rules on the legal issues.

Amy Davine Kim, Chief Policy Officer, Chamber of Digital Commerce

Lilya Tessler, Partner, Sidley Austin

4:55 p.m.

Panel: Token Jurisdiction: Deep Dive into SEC and CFTC Oversight

Discussion about the future of regulatory oversight for the spot markets and digital tokens. How should the agencies settle the question of what is a security, and what is not?

This is a Continuing Legal Education eligible panel.


Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners; Former Commissioner, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission


Thomas Chippas, CEO, ErisX

Hester Peirce, Commissioner, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

Brian Quintenz, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Jutta Steiner, CEO & Founder, Parity Technologies

5:35 p.m.

Closing Remarks

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