Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
(Only for pre-paid registered participants)       


– Emerging Technology Consultant
– Managing Director and Founder, Distlytics Ltd. (London)

Gary has been an international keynote speaker, panellist, moderator and chairperson at numerous conferences, summits and events since 2015 and regularly features in the Blockchain Top 100 people list. He heads Distlytics, a consultancy he formed in 2016 and provides blockchain, Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence, crypto-currency and ICO education through The Guardian, PwC Academy, AMG World and TechNova. He is a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

Gary is a technical consultant of an international law firm Clyde & Co. He’s an advisor to Blocksure, a UK-based InsurTech startup implementing blockchain in the insurance industry.

This workshop would be for people working in middle/senior management roles in banks and who are likely to have some knowledge of Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology already. The session would be a mix of blended training comprising the delivery of case study briefings on what banks and Fintechs are actually doing with blockchain, an exploration/comparison of the dominant protocols being used and an examination of the regulatory issues in MENAP region. We would also explore the framework I use for suitability evaluation and the techniques to build a prospective project.

By the end of the workshop, attendees would be equipped with a good knowledge about blockchain in banking and how they could apply the technology in their organisation. Note that the regulations regarding cryptoassets across MENAP remains fluid (although SCA Virtual Asset Regulation is final). An option therefore could be to include a section on cryptoassets in banks where I could cover issues such as custodial services and KYC/AML issues. Delivery of workshop would be via Zoom and a copy of material would be provided to delegates upon completion of the workshop. It would be up to four hours in duration, including breaks and there would be plenty of opportunities for interaction and Q & A.



Wednesday, December 16, 2020 | 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
(Only for pre-paid registered participants)  


by Simone D. Casadei Bernardi

– Managing Director, FinTech Legal Center (Estonia)
– Sr. Managing Partner, Compliance Advisor, Blockchain ConsultUs Ltd. (UK)

Simone is a compliance advisor for many FinTech companies based in Europe. He is the co-founder and senior managing partner of Blockchain ConsultUs Ltd., a consultancy company based in London with offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. He is the founder and director of TechIuris OÜ (FinTech Legal Center), a boutique law firm based in Estonia that specialises in legal and compliance support for FinTech businesses.

Simone is a member of the International Compliance Association, International Association of Risk and Compliance Professionals, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Global Digital Finance.

This workshop would be for directors, head of compliance, compliance consultants and professionals involved in the FinTech and Blockchain spheres. After a quick overview of Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and FinTech market in general, the session would tackle the right approach to regulatory compliance within the specific market. The workshop will provide the delegates with the answers to some critical questions: what is compliance within FinTech? Which compliance models can be applied? What are the benefits of the compliance strategy? How to assess the risk in FinTech and Blockchain markets?

The workshop will offer, then, a “compliance toolbox”. Some compliance and AML/CTF routine activities will be presented to the attendees and commented with them: regulatory training, reporting of suspicious activities, whistleblowing, record-keeping, complaints handling, KYC approvals and reviews, CDD/ECDD, financial sanctions management.

To transform the theoretical knowledge in practical application, some compliance-related conundrums would be discussed and resolved. The titles of some of them are “Uncooperative customers”, “Difficult screenings”, “Suspect driving license”, “Disclose or not disclose?”, “Gifts and parties”.

At the end of the event, the attendees would enhance their skills in and around regulatory compliance in the FinTech market. The up-to-4-hour workshop (Q&A sessions and breaks included) would be delivered via Zoom, and a copy of the training material would be provided to the delegates.