The Blockchain Summit
Mar 28 2017

The Blockchain Summit

Moving beyond debate: putting the technology into practice

Hilton Tower Bridge, London

At present, distributed ledger technology and its unmatched potential is probably the most discussed topic in financial services. However, it is now being recognised that the industry must go beyond talk and determine practical, implementable use cases as soon as possible.

Our 2nd annual Blockchain Summit will look to build on the success of its first incarnation, which brought together over 180 senior delegates in 2016, and assist in this mission. With a programme that covers banking, capital markets, and insurance, and an agenda that brings together powerful incumbents and disruptive innovators, the event will explore what blockchain might mean both today and tomorrow. With a focus on delivering tangible insights and encouraging knowledge sharing across the value chain, the event will once again offer an invaluable experience unrivalled in this sector.

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Tuesday, 28th March 2017

Breakfast Masterclass

Introduction to Blockchain

Sign up beforehand for limited places at our breakfast roundtable, where a blockchain expert will provide an introduction to distributed ledger technology and take questions over a continental breakfast and coffee 

Sarah Meiklejohn

Lecturer, Departments of Computer Science and Security & Crime Science

University College London

Welcome address by Juliet Knight, Director, Marketforce
Chair’s opening remarks

Session One: Fintechs and incumbents – sharing perspectives

In each of the following three discussions, leaders from a financial services incumbent and a blockchain start-up will be brought together for a discussion facilitated by a well-respected thought leader. Each speaker will outline their perspective before entering a discussion on specific areas where blockchain might have the most impact, assessing both opportunities and challenges. There will be an opportunity to pose questions to the distinguished speakers throughout the session

Blockchain in banking: just how broad might the eventual impact be?
Pascal Bouvier

Venture Partner

Santander InnoVentures

Nick Williamson

Chief Executive Officer & Founder


Rethinking the capital markets ecosystem: could blockchains be a game changer?

Moderator: Andrew Hilton

Aurélien Menant

Founder and CEO

Gatecoin Limited

Andrew Hilton

Economist & Director

Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation

Reshaping insurance: how might blockchains transform insurance?

Moderator: Michael Mainelli

Michael Mainelli

Executive Director


Jags Rao

Blockchain Workstream Lead

Swiss Re

Gene Vayngrib

Chief Executive Officer


Advisory session

Session Two: Streams – exploring potential use cases in detail

Stream A: Implementing blockchain technologies across banking
Chair’s opening remarks
Case study: Epiphyte’s SpecialFX plattform

Delivering the first live system that settles forex and cross-border transactions on the blockchain

In November 2016, as a part of the FCA’s sandbox programme, Epiphyte launched the pilot of SpecialFX – the first live blockchain alternative to SWIFT. This session will explore how the system works, and highlight what both it and Epiphyte’s wider work might mean for the future of financial services

Edan Yago



Harnessing the technology effectively: identifying opportunities, spotting threats
  • Recognising how blockchain may change the landscape and planning for potential outcomes 
  • Prioritising use cases being mindful of future threats
  • What might the future’s blockchain-supported banking ecosystem look like?
Benjamin Whitby

Regulatory Conduct and Financial Crime Specialist


Tackling the big question: Is there a genuine appetite to integrate blockchain technologies in banking or are we just reaching the peak of the Hype Cycle?

Momentum around blockchain continues to build, but certain vital questions still need answering. This discussion will address one such question. Delegates will develop ideas at their tables and feed them back to the moderator. The panel will then share their thoughts, and together we will seek actionable insights

Edan Yago



Benjamin Whitby

Regulatory Conduct and Financial Crime Specialist


Stream B: Disrupting capital markets – what will blockchain’s impact be across the value chain?
Chair’s opening remarks
Case study: London Stock Exchange Group Incorporating blockchain technology to drive efficiency and encourage innovation

LSEG is in the process of developing practical uses cases for distributed ledgers, and believes that the technology will play an important if limited role in future operations. This session will explain how the technology might be harnessed, and consider potential hurdles to commercial implementation


David Harris

Head of Commercial Innovative Technology

London Stock Exchange Group

Advisory session
Tackling the big question: Will blockchain technologies revolutionise capital markets infrastructure or merely force incumbents to modernise?

Some people are dismissive of blockchain, others believe it to be disruptive, and a third group say that it will fundamentally reshape capital markets. This session will ask which group is most justified in their position.  Delegates will develop ideas at their tables and feed them back to the moderator. The panel will then share their thoughts, and together we will seek actionable insights

Moderator: Scott Riley 

Scott Riley


Block Asset Technologies

David Harris

Head of Commercial Innovative Technology

London Stock Exchange Group

Stream C: Harnessing blockchains in insurance – exploring diverse and dynamic applications
Chair’s opening remarks
The role of blockchain in insurance: making predictions about the future
  • What are the biggest challenges in operations at present?
  • Identifying key areas where distributed ledgers could streamline operations
  • The plan going forward: when should we expect to see blockchains productively utilised?
Advisory session
Tackling the big question: What might smart contracts mean for the future of insurance?

Automation achieved through smart contracts could revolutionise insurance, but the exact shape of the future remains uncertain. This discussion will attempt to resolve some uncertainties. Delegates will develop ideas at their tables and feed them back to the moderator. The panel will then share their thoughts, and together we will seek actionable insights.

Moderator: Gary Nuttall 



Gary Nuttall

Managing Director


Michael Mainelli

Executive Director


Keynote afternoon address

The Blockchain Revolution: forecasting an unprecedented change in business



Session Three: Overcoming challenges to harness blockchain’s full potential

Standardising to safeguard growth: advocating convergence during rapid evolution
  • Why must the industry collaborate as blockchain technology evolves?
  • Bringing together incumbents and innovators to safeguard success
  • Envisioning the future: what form might distributed ledger standards take?
Arnaud Le Hors

Senior Representative

The Hyperledger Project

Advisory session
Tackling the scalability challenge: building blockchains that work in practice
  • Identifying shortcomings with the technology in its present state
  • How can blockchains’ capabilities be aligned with the needs of financial services?
  • Permissioned vs non-permissioned blockchains: assessing relative viability 
Are fears about privacy and security justifiable? Maintaining trust and reputation
  • Are concerns about the scale of information potentially stored on blockchains justified?
  • ‘What if it’s hacked?’ Assessing the inaccessibility of stored information
  • Overcoming inefficiencies that are created by enhanced privacy and security 
Jack Gavigan

Chief Operating Officer



Session Four: Working together – what must regulators, incumbents and fintechs each do to deliver positive change?

Creating an environment for successful development: promoting collaboration

Panel Discussion and Questions                                                                                                   

  • Why are start-ups perceived as being best at developing new technologies?
  • How can collaboration between a range of players best be encouraged?
  • Overcoming the challenge of getting universal buy-in across large companies
  • The role of the regulator: taking an active role in blockchain’s development
  • Encouraging innovation while protecting consumers: how much caution is necessary?
  • The FCA sandbox: creating a supportive environment for structured innovation
  • What hurdles does the transnational nature of much blockchain innovation create?
  • Envisioning an environment where the technology is harnessed to optimum effect
Nicole Sandler

Vice President, Regulatory Policy


Marcus Swanepoel

Co-Founder and CEO


Nikola Tchouparov

Head of Blockchain Strategy


Session Five: Beyond blockchain – recognising the past, looking to the future

What role will cryptocurrencies play in the future evolution of blockchain technology?
  • Has the bitcoin bubble burst? Why has the hype died down?
  • Exploring why financial institutions are apprehensive of blockchains using native assets
  • When, if ever, will we see central banks issuing cryptocurrencies?
  • How might non-native and native asset blockchains coexist in financial services? 
Richard Crook

Head of Innovation Engineering

Royal Bank of Scotland

Keynote closing address

Building a blockchain bank: helping the unbanked through technological innovation

Applied Blockchain has been working on a range of different applications for blockchain technologies both inside and outside of financial services. This session will outline several of these before exploring one in detail alongside their partner, BABB, who are developing a fully blockchain-based social bank from the ground-up.

Peter Bidewell

Chief Marketing Officer

Applied Blockchain

Guido Branca

Chief Executive Officer


Chair’s closing remarks

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Who attended in October?


  • 311 Institute
  • Accenture
  • AliasLab
  • AutoRek
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Barclays Bank
  • Bermuda Monetary Authority
  • BBVA Group
  • Blockchain Tech LTD
  • BNP Paribas Securities Services
  • BP
  • Broadridge Financial Solutions
  • Business Reporting - Advisory Group
  • Capgemini
  • Capita Group
  • Carmignac Gestion
  • Center of Financial Technologies
  • Central Bank of Ireland
  • CGI Group
  • Close Motor Insurance
  • Commerz Grundbesitz Investmengesellschaft
  • Creditinfo Lietuva
  • Credits
  • CRIF
  • Department for Work & Pensions
  • Diacle
  • Eight Roads
  • Epiphyte
  • Equiniti
  • Ethereum
  • Euroclear
  • Euronext
  • European Central Bank
  • European Central Counterparty
  • European Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology Forum
  • Everledger
  • Gard
  • GFT Technologies
  • Hogan Lovells
  • HSBC Bank
  • Imperial College
  • ING Bank
  • Ingenico
  • International Financial Data Services
  • JHC
  • KBC Group
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Krajowa Izba Rozliczeniowa SA
  • LEK Consulting
  • Lexmark International
  • LHV Pank
  • London Stock Exchange Group
  • Markerstudy Group
  • Mitek Systems
  • MMI Holdings
  • Nasdaq
  • Norges Bank Investment Management
  • Nykredit Group
  • Principality Building Society
  • Proximus
  • R3
  • Rabobank Group
  • RGL Forensics
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Samsung
  • Sanford C Bernstein
  • Servulo Correia & Associados
  • Shell
  • Software Daten Service
  • Stock Exchange of Mauritius
  • Tesco Bank
  • Traiana
  • UK Digital Currency Association
  • UniCredit Group
  • Visa
  • VocaLink
  • Wirex


countries represented


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