Financial Services Committee Presents: The Cryptocurrency Craze

March 13, 2018, 12:30-14:00

Hong Kong SAR, China
Member Price: HKD 265
Non-Member Price: HKD 370

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Financial Services Committee Presents:
The Cryptocurrency Craze

Date:   March 13th, 2018
Time:   12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Price:   Members: HKD $265
            Non-Members: HKD $370
Venue: Thomson Reuters, 18/F, Citibank Plaza ICBC Tower,  3 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

About the Event:

Everyone has heard about Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, but do you really know what they are and how they work?  In this event, we gathered a diverse panel of experts to share their views on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency.  Topics to be covered will include the current landscape of Blockchain technologies; regulatory/legal challenges; workings behind ICOs and what investors should be aware of; future potential applications for businesses and consumers.  Please come and join us for this exciting event.


Matthieu Courtin
Advisor, Kenetic Capital

As one of the lead advisors at Kenetic, a blockchain platform focusing on technology, community, asset management and advisory, Matthieu helps businesses understand the risks and opportunities of tokenization.

Prior to working at Kenetic, Matthieu was Blockchain patnerships manager at Gatecoin, a bitcoin and ethereum token exchange based in Hong Kong, where he advised blockchain projects on their fundraising process. He was also in charge of new listings on Gatecoin's exchange platform.

After shortly working in FP&A for Egencia (Expedia Inc.) then as an external auditor for KPMG, Matthieu joined the blockchain community in early 2015 and has been deeply involved in the ecosystem ever since. Matthieu is a regular speaker at various community events organized in Hong Kong (Ethereum meetup, Hong Kong's Young Presidents Organization, Eversheds, the Rotary Club, etc.).

Matthieu holds a Msc in Management from France's EMLyon Business School, where he majored in corporate finance. 


Benjamin Quinlan
CEO/Managing Partner, Quinlan & Associates
Co-Chair, Big Data Committee at the FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK)

Benjamin Quinlan is the CEO and Managing Partner of Quinlan & Associates. He is also the Co-Chair of the Big Data Committee at the FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK).
Benjamin has an extensive track record advising many of the world’s leading multinational companies, financial services organizations, SMEs, and start-ups on a variety of high-profile strategic engagements. He is quoted extensively in the global financial press and is frequently interviewed by leading media outlets, including Bloomberg, Reuters, and CNBC. He is also a regular keynote speaker at leading financial services industry conferences across the world.
Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a First Class Honours Degree in Economics (on scholarship) from Macquarie University, Sydney.


Aurélien Menant
CEO/Managing Partner, GateCoin

Aurélien 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 an MSc. in Management from EM Lyon Business School. He is originally from Paris, France.

Urszula McCormack
Partner – King & Wood Mallesons

Urszula McCormack is a financial regulatory specialist based in Hong Kong, focussing on financial technology and financial crime.  Key areas of her expertise include: private and sovereign digital currencies and blockchain-based tokens (including ICOs); digital banking, online trading and advisory services; peer-to-peer lending platforms; retail payments; and stored value facilities.

Urszula is Co-Chair of the Policy & Advocacy Committee of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong and is a member of the ASIFMA Fintech Working Group.  In the financial crime arena, Urszula has had a pivotal role in developing the Hong Kong AML/CTF framework, through her work as lead lawyer for The Hong Kong Association of Banks since 2011.  Urszula is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist with ACAMS.  Urszula is admitted to practise law in Hong Kong, England & Wales and New South Wales (Australia).


Jack Li

Jack Li has 20+ years of experience in international finance and investments, working in Canada, US, and Asia.  He is currently a managing director at BlackPine group, an investment platform with funds focusing on Blockchain and AI.  Previously he headed Principal Investments at Sun Hung Kai with a diversified portfolio of US1.5 billion AUM, investing in private and public equities, PE funds, hedge funds, and credit.  Before that Jack was a director at Credit Suisse group for 10+ years.  He grew up in Toronto, graduate from the University of Toronto Bachelor of Commerce program and obtained an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Chicago Booth.  He holds a CFA and CPA.  Currently, Jack is an active member of the Financial Services committee of CanCham and a member of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equities Association.

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