GARP first ever cryptofinance panel (Virtual Convention, February 2021)
I was pleased to moderate and speak at the GARP Virtual Risk Convention, at its first ever cryptofinance panel entitled “This Time, It's Serious: The Rise of DigitalAssets and Cryptocurrencies”.
With colleagues from the Financial Stability Board, Bitstamp, PayPal and Cornell University we discussed and debated the rise of digital assets, their risks and regulation, and what it will take for banks to fully embrace cryptocurrency.
GARP is the world’s leading professional organization for risk managers with over 250’000 members in more than 190 countries.
I was also particularly pleased to see that GARP, which I contributed to launch back in the nineties globally and in Switzerland, has managed to grow into a truly global and impactful association.
METI's founder Dr. Mattia Rattaggi featured amongst the Top 50 Global Thought Leaders & Influencers on Cryptocurrency (December 2020)
"Thinkers 360" named METI's Founder and Managing Partner Dr Mattia L Rattaggi amongst the Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Cryptocurrency. Dr Rattaggi commented "it is an honour to be retained as a global thought leader and influencer on cryptocurrency; I take it as a strong incentive to continue on the same path, with renewed enthusiasm and enduring passion, of expanding relentlessly innovation in the finance space".
FiCAS AG lists world first discretionary managed cryptocurrencies ETP (July 2020)
Terrific event at SIX Swiss Exchange on 28 July 2020, with full house, celebrating the initial listing of the world first discretionary managed exchange traded product (ETP) conceived and managed by FiCAS AG, that I have the honor and pleasure to chair and advise. Switzerland 's cryptovalley innovates, once again.
Standalone, closed-door, discussion at the BIS (April 2019)
Excellent standalone, closed-door, discussion at the BIS, in an expert capacity, meeting a number of in-house senior managers and functional specialists, presenting and discussing i) the challenges for banking raised by Fintech, ii) the Swiss blockchain industry, iii) the CryptoValley and its Association (CVA) and policy initiatives, iv) the cryptoassets markets, the ICO ‘bell curve’ and lessons learned, the nature and prospects of STO, v) the blockchain / crypto regulation in Switzerland, elsewhere and the key prudential and conduct themes, vi) the opportunities and challenges of cryptofinance, and vii) why projects such as SEBA Crypto AG are crucial to achieve the infrastructure ‘level-up’ needed for the cryptomarkets and associated financial processes to reach maturity and sustainability.
360-degree conversation with Teeka Tiwari (February 2020)
360-degree conversation with Teeka Tiwari from Legacy Research about my shift from traditional to digital finance, digital vs traditional banks, my views on cryptofinance adoption, role of infrastructure, crypto regulation in various countries, Swiss Crypto valley ecosystem, Crypto Valley association in 2020, central bank digital currency, Stablecoins, Libra, Business opportunities in crypto finance - crypto trading, custody & asset mgt vs tokenization and STOs.
My (Swiss) view on the EU cryptofinance regulatory proposals (HANFA Online Panel 17 Dec 2020)
I was pleased to offer (my) Swiss view on the EU regulation proposals for cryptoassets and DLT-based market infrastructure in an online panel organized by the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency, and to share the virtual stage with Jacek Czarnecki, Simon Polrot, Martin Erhold, Filip Šaravanja and Anamarija Staničić.
Crypto Finance Conference (St Moritz) and World Economic Forum (Davos) (January 2020)
Delighted to attend and support the CFC in St Moritz with FiCAS (www.ficas.com) a cryptovalley company introducing the world’ first actively managed exchange traded product (crypto investments) on the Swiss Exchange.
Equally glad to attend several blockchain- and crypto-related events around the WEF 2020 in Davos, including panel discussions on financial services innovation, promoted by World Innovation Economics, and on cryptofinance regulatory approaches, priorities and threats ahead – at the Crypto Valley Summit.
Cryptonation (September 2019)
Honored to have contributed to the book "Cryptonation" and to have shared this privilege with 90 others distinguished shapers of Cryptonation Switzerland.
Honored industry-only representative at annual IOSCO/BIS conference (November 2019)
Honored to represent the Cryptovalley and its association (CVA) in a IOSCO / BIS close-door event featuring 120 regulators from 57 countries. The 2-day conference on securities trading issues and market infrastructure offered great formal and informal discussion opportunities as well as a panel on cryptocurrencies (shared with Nick Cook from FCA and Adrien Delcroix from EBC) that touched on a variety of cryptofinance and DLT issues including ICO / STO, Stablecoins, cryptoassets and DLT benefits, risks, economic function, cryptoregulation, debate on the adequate regulatory approach, the issue of CBDC issuance, market infrastructure including cryptoexchanges and their regulation, latest AML rules and their implementation, as well as overall prospect for cryptofinance.