• About Blockchain for Wall Street in 2017

    Distributed Ledger Directions and Realities for the Financial Markets ...

    2017 Registration is Open!

    Registration for the 2017 running of Blockchain for Wall Street - at New York Law School on November 14 - is now open. This is the most cost-effective blockchain education available today! WSBA members receive a big discount.


    From a 2016 delegate: "Today I went to a blockchain conference where just about everyone knew what they were talking about."


    Tap into the wisdom of the Blockchain for Wall Street crowd. Click here to register .

    Education Day Overview

    At 2017 Blockchain for Wall Street, blockchain pilot experiences will be featured and analyzed, while enterprise IT deployment and integrations will be explored. As your trading enterprise moves to leverage blockchain, distributed ledgers and smart contracts, and engage in the cryptoasset space, Blockchain for Wall Street will provide essential education and insights for your own success. Attendees at Blockchain for Wall Street will learn about:


    - Early financial markets blockchain, distributed ledger and smart contract pilot experiences and lessons learned.

    - Blockchain and distributed ledger performance, scalability, deployment and security challenges and solutions.

    - Smart contract creation and deployment, with a focus on functionality, integration and security.

    - Regulatory, legal and accounting considerations related to blockchain applications, cryptoassets and ICOs.

    - Institutional interest, usage and issues related to cryptoassets.

    A Look Back to 2016

    The debut Blockchain for Wall Street education day was a resounding success. Click here to check out social media and press coverage, and to see the topics that were covered as well as speaker and sponsor participants.

    Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge

    Blockchain for Wall Street will host the WSBA's debut Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge presentations and award ceremony. Five finalists will make 10-minute presentations featuring live (as of 11/1/17) and innovative blockchain pilot projects. A judging panel will award a winner and a runner up. See more information below.

    WSBA: An Advocacy Group for Wall Street in the Distributed Ledger Age

    Blockchain for Wall Street is an annual event from the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, presented for its membership and as a service to the broader industry. The WSBA is a neutral, unbiased steward of education and cooperation between Wall Street firms with a membership that is comprised of some of the most influential and seasoned technologists in the blockchain and distributed ledger community.

    How to Participate

    Prospective speakers, sponsors and partners interested in participating in Blockchain for Wall Street should contact Pete Harris of Lighthouse Partners via pete@lighthouse-partners.com. Delegate registration is now open. Discounted registration is available for WSBA members.

  • Education Program

    Technology, Applications, Business, Best Practices, Futures and More ...

    8am - Registration and Breakfast in the Technology Showcase

    Exclusive time in the Technology Showcase to interact with sponsors and fellow participants, and view solutions and offerings. Breakfast will be served.


    Events Center.

    9am - Welcome and Opening Keynote: Symbiont Customer Case Study

    The education program begins with a welcome by Ron Quaranta, Founder & Chairman, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. He will introduce Mark Smith, Co-Founder & CEO of Symbiont, who will keynote along with a representative of a financial markets customer (TBA).



    9.30am - Panel: Piloting Blockchain Success in the Financial Markets

    A 'view from the top' outline of the current status of early pilot projects and a look forward to production systems in 2018. Is blockchain adoption on track, have expectations been met or exceeded or were they set too high? How has the outlook for blockchain adoption by financial markets players changed over the past 12 months? Is Gartner correct in its 2017 Hype Cycle placement of blockchain?


    * Ron Quaranta, Founder & Chairman, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (Moderator)

    * Emmanuel Aidoo, Director, Blockchain & CryptoCurrency Strategy, Credit Suisse

    * Julio Faura, Head of R&D, Innovation Division, Banco Santander

    * Moiz Kohari, SVP & Chief Technology Architect, State Street



    10.15am - Panel: From Blockchain PoCs to Pilots - Business Impacts and Technology Lessons

    A deeper-dive focus on PoC and pilot projects that have emerged in 2017, how they are impacting the financial markets business and what is planned for 2018. What real life technology lessons are being learned from early experiences and how are rollout plans being adapted as a result?


    * Benjamin Jessel, Managing Principal, Capco (Moderator)

    * Tom Jessop, President, Chain

    * Vijay Mayadas, President, Global Fixed Income and Analytics, Broadridge Financial Solutions​

    * Further panelists TBA



    11am - Networking Break


    Exclusive time in the Technology Showcase to interact with sponsors and fellow participants, and view solutions and offerings. Beverages will be served.


    Events Center.

    11.30am - Panel: Towards Blockchain in Production - Deploying for Security and Scale

    How to design and deploy blockchain applications that can meet real-life financial markets performance and security requirements, and best practices, such as DevOps, for deployment and lifecycle management. What traditional enterprise IT approaches and tools have been proven to have merit for blockchain deployment in production data centers.


    * Bob Bonomo, President, CG Blockchain (Moderator)

    * Chris Ferris, Governing Board Member & Chair, Technical Steering Committee, Hyperledger

    * Kieren James-Lubin, Co-Founder, President & COO, BlockApps

    * Justin Newton, CEO, Netki

    * Drew Rasmussen, CTO, OTC Exchange Network



    12.15pm - Panel: Doing Real Business with Smart Contracts

    An update on the smart contract state-of-the-art, with a focus on ensuring that they are suitably functional and legally fit for production system purpose, and how QA is being conducted to prevent another DAO. How to organize different disciplines - legal, business, security and integration technology - and leverage tools in order to ensure smart contract deployment success.


    * Pete Harris, Principal, Lighthouse Partners (Moderator)

    * Preston Byrne, Independent Consultant and Former COO & General Counsel, Monax Industries

    * Andrew Comas, Digital Architect, Microsoft

    * Dan Guido, Co-Founder & CEO, Trail of Bits

    * Daniel Kahan, Associate, Morrison & Foerster



    1pm - Networking Lunch

    Exclusive time in the Technology Showcase to interact with sponsors and fellow participants, and view solutions and offerings. Lunch will be served.


    Events Center and Faculty Commons.

    2pm - Panel: Legal and Regulatory Considerations for Blockchain Apps, Cryptoassets and ICOs

    Understanding the regulatory framework and maintaining legal compliance when deploying blockchain applications, working with cryptoassets and leveraging Initial Coin Offerings. Included will be a preview of a WSBA thought leadership FAQ, which will address specific questions that top U.S. legal practitioners are encountering in practice with respect to ICOs and token sales.


    * Richard Levin, Chair, FinTech & Regulation Practice, Polsinelli (Moderator)

    * Joshua Ashley Klayman, Of Counsel, Finance + Projects Group, Morrison & Foerster and Chair, WSBA Legal Working Group

    * Vincent Molinari, CEO, Liquid M Capital LLC

    * Ryan Singer, Co-Founder, Chia Network

    * Brent Tomer, Chief Trial Attorney, Commodity Futures Trading Commission



    2.45pm - Panel: The Investment Opportunity of Cryptoassets

    How financial markets institutions are embracing cryptoassets for investment and operational opportunities. Including a discussion of:

    - Types of assets available; how to invest in them; cryptoassets' position in portfolios now and in the future.
    - The difficulties in valuing cryptoassets; tools and frameworks to address this.

    - Cryptoasset volatility and arbitrage; how to understand, address, and profit from it.

    - Day-to-day operational gaps in cryptoasset investing; how to operate in this arena currently and future market needs.


    * Chris Burniske, Author, Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond (Moderator)

    * Matthew Goetz, Managing Partner & CEO, BlockTower Capital

    * Brian Kelly, Founder & CEO, BKCM LLC

    * David J. Namdar, Portfolio Manager, Galaxy Investment Partners

    * Stephen McKeon, Associate Professor of Finance, University of Oregon



    3.30pm - Networking Break

    Exclusive time in the Technology Showcase to interact with sponsors and fellow participants, and view solutions and offerings. Beverages will be served.


    Events Center.

    3.45pm - Panel: What the World of Accountancy Needs to Know About Blockchain and Cryptoassets

    Companies worldwide are embracing blockchain technology and cryptoassets, with enterprise-wide and global marketplace impact. This change will affect roles from the CFO to Auditors and beyond. This panel will discuss how blockchain technology is changing and affecting global finance and accountancy, how the role of CFOs, auditors and more need to evolve, and ultimately how blockchain and cryptoassets will impact the world of global business.


    * Ron Quaranta, Founder & Chairman, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (Moderator)

    * Erik Asgeirsson, President & CEO, CPA.com

    * Amy Pawlicki, VP, Assurance and Advisory Innovation, AICPA

    * Cari Weston, Director, Taxation, AICPA

    * Further panelists TBA



    4.30pm - Presentations: Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge

    Focused presentations covering live blockchain pilots compete in the WSBA'S 2017 Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge. Five 10-minute presentation slots are available for finalists. Projects and solutions must be in live pilot or production operation by 11/1/17 to be considered. The winner and a runner up will be announced during the networking reception and will receive significant exposure via WSBA outreach channels.


    * Houman Shadab, Professor, New York Law School (Head Judge)

    * Ron Quaranta, Founder & Chairman, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

    * Joyce Shen, Investment Director, Tenfore Holdings


    * Finalists TBA - on 11/6/17!



    5.30pm - Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge Winner & Networking Reception

    Presentation of the Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge winner and runner up awards and exclusive time in the Technology Showcase to unwind over drinks and interact with sponsors and fellow participants, and a final opportunity to view solutions and offerings.


    Events Center.

    6.30pm - Informal After Party

    For those that want to continue to network in an informal setting, there will be a gathering at a local bar.



  • Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge

    Keeping it Real ... But on the Cutting Edge

    About the Challenge

    You're Simply The Best

    2017 is the year of the blockchain pilot and the Blockchain Reality in Financial Markets Challenge will feature the best examples of pilot projects that are leading Wall Street's movement towards production blockchain systems.


    Project submissions will be considered by a panel of judges and five finalists will be chosen to outline them during the Blockchain for Wall Street education program. The judges will then choose a winner and a runner up and a awards will be presented at the end-of-day networking reception.


    Submissions will be judged on these criteria:


    1. The functionality offered by the project in its initial MVP release - how immediately useful is it and how compelling is its value proposition for implementors and the industry as a whole.


    2. The vision/roadmap for the project over the next 24 months - what additional functionality is expected and how will that improve its utility? As asssesment of how the project fits into the overall competitive landscape.


    3. The project's usage of blockchain/distributed ledger/smart contracts technology - how well does the project highlight the key attributes of these technologies, as opposed to leveraging traditional platforms, such as databases and messaging middleware.


    4. The overall technical implementation, including how vital production issues, including integration, security and scalability are addressed.


    5. The quality of the initial written submission and how clearly benefits are articulated, including its overall business case, and its use of blockchain technology is explained. Presenting finalists will also be judged on the quality of the presentation and how key messages and benefits are highlighted in a short period of time.

    Overview of Challenge Rules

    The Small Print

    To ensure fairness to all participants, pilot project submissions are subject to a number of rules and conditions, as outlined below:


    1. Submissions may be made from July 1st, 2017 and must reflect projects that are in live pilot mode by November 1st, 2017. Finalists will be informed by November 6th, 2017.

    2. Pilots should deliver a 'real-life' service or function to customers and/or partners. More limited proof-of-concepts will not be considered.

    3. There is no fee to make a submission.

    4. Companies may make more than one submission, covering different projects.

    5. Finalist projects will each receive a 10-minute presentation during a session at Blockchain for Wall Street.

    6. Two representatives of each finalist project may attend Blockchain for Wall Street free of charge,

    7. Participation as a finalist in the education program does not signify that the finalist company is a sponsor of Blockchain for Wall Street.

    8. The winner and runner up awards have no monetary value.

    9. Submissions and submitting companies will initially be kept confidential. Finalist companies agree to work with the Blockchain for Wall Street team, including its PR Partner, to ensure that news about the challenge is conveyed to the marketplace in a highly visible manner.

    10. The decision of the judges is final.


    Complete rules will be sent to those submitting to participate in the challenge.

    The Judges

    Who You Need to Impress

    A panel of 3 judges will consider all submissions, according the the criteria and rules noted above.


    The Head Judge is Houman Shadab, Professor at New York Law School. Further judges will be named in due course.

    Submit Your Pilot Project

    You Need to Be In It to Win It

    Project submissions may be made from July 1st, 2017. Email Ron Quaranta, Chairman, WSBA - ron@wsba.co - to request detailed submission information. All submissions are treated as confidential. Only submissions that are chosen as finalists will be made public.


    If your submission is deemed eligible, you will receive submission information and you will be able to make a formal submission.

  • Speakers and Participants

    Learn From and Engage With Our Expert Faculty ...

    Program Chair: Ron Quaranta

    Chairman, Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

    Ron Quaranta possesses over 25 years of experience in the financial services and technology industries. He currently serves as Chairman of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, a leading non-profit trade association promoting the education and adoption of blockchain technology across financial markets. Prior to this, Ron served as CEO of DerivaTrust Technologies, a pioneering software and communications provider of secure transaction and information platforms for financial market participants.

    Program Co-Chair: Pete Harris

    Principal, Lighthouse Partners

    Pete Harris is Principal of Lighthouse Partners, a business accelerator for disruptive and transformative technologies. He is also Co-Founder and Research Principal at Chain Business Insights, a research/advisory firm focused on blockchain applications in the supply chain space.

    Keynoter: Mark Smith

    Co-Founder & CEO, Symbiont

    Mark Smith is Co-Founder & CEO of Symbiont, a blockchain technology company based in New York City, developing products in smart contracts and distributed ledgers for use in financial markets.

    Emmanuel Aidoo

    Director, Blockchain & CryptoCurrency Strategy, Credit Suisse

    Emmanuel Aidoo is a Director at Credit Suisse within the Global Markets Division where he leads the blockchain and distributed ledger practice.

    Bob Bonomo

    President, CG Blockchain

    Bob Bonomo is President of CG Blockchain, a startup focused in the hedge fund Industry with a mandate to prevent fraud via real-time compliance monitoring. He was previously Deputy CIO for Alliance Bernstein LP, and CIO for Oppenheimer Funds. Bob chairs the WSBA's Technology & Product Working Group.

    Chris Burniske

    Author, Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

    Chris Burniske is the author of the upcoming book, Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond, and founding partner of a new firm in the cryptoasset ecosystem. While at ARK Investment Management, Chris helped ARK become the first public fund manager to invest in bitcoin, and in that process became the first buy-side analyst to focus exclusively on cryptoassets. Chris has contributed to the WSJ, NYT, Bloomberg, CNBC, USA Today, and other media outlets on topics relating to Bitcoin, Ethereum and more. He chairs the WSBA's Blockchain Assets Working Group.

    Preston Byrne

    Independent Consultant and Former COO & General Counsel, Monax Industries

    Formerly Monax Industries' COO and General Counsel, Preston Byrne now advises law firms, corporate counsel and the public sector how to think about, talk about, and deal with issues pertaining to cryptocurrencies, blockchains and distributed network technologies.

    Andrew Comas

    Digital Architect, Microsoft

    Andrew Comas has 25 years’ experience in banking and capital markets including 10 years at JP Morgan Chase in various architecture & operational roles. For the past 7 years at Microsoft, Mr. Comas has been using his operational experience to help financial companies introduce new technologies to achieve business outcomes. Mr. Comas is also an advisor on Microsoft blockchain initiative.

    Dr. Julio Faura

    Head, R&D for Innovation Initiatives, Banco Santander

    Julio heads R&D in the Innovation Division of Banco Santander, executing major innovation projects globally and leading new business incubation and venture creation efforts. He leads Santander's activities around blockchain, distributed ledgers and smart contracts, and founded Santander's crypto Lab.

    Chris Ferris

    Governing Board Member & Chair, Technical Steering Committee, Hyperledger

    Chris Ferris represents the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee (which he chairs) on the Hyperledger Governing Board, is a maintainer of the Hyperledger Fabric project. An IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO Open Technology for IBM, Chris has been involved in the architecture, design, and engineering of distributed systems for most of his 37+ year career in IT and has been actively engaged in open standards and open source development since 1999. He has technical responsibility for all of IBM's strategic open source and standards initiatives, including OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Hyperledger, Open Container Initiative, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Node.js and Docker.

    Matthew Goetz

    Managing Partner & CEO, BlockTower Capital

    Formerly with Goldman Sachs, Matthew Goetz is a Co-Founder of BlockTower Capital where he serves as Managing Partner & CEO. BlockTower is a leading cryptocurrency investment firm, bringing professional trading and portfolio management to an emerging digital asset class.

    Dan Guido

    Co-Founder & CEO, Trail of Bits

    Dan Guido is the Co-Founder and CEO of Trail of Bits, a high-end software security research firm that helps their clients reduce risk and fortify code. In 2017, Trail of Bits launched a practice to provide security audits and guidance for the blockchain community. Their tools, including the Manticore symbolic executor and Echidna testing framework, help developers create secure smart contracts.

    Kieren James-Lubin

    Co-Founder, President & COO. BlockApps

    Kieren James-Lubin is the President, COO and Co-Founder at BlockApps, the leading blockchain platform and application provider. Previously a PhD Candidate in Mathematical Physics, Kieren engaged in research in statistical physics and machine learning before founding BlockApps.

    Benjamin Jessel

    Managing Principal, Capco

    Benjamin Jessel is a Managing Principal at Capco, where he leads a variety of projects and programs across the domains of Digital, Risk and Compliance and Strategy for Financial Services clients. He is also a member of the leadership committee of Capco's Digital Practice - "Capco Digital" - which is re-inventing the future of finance through the use of digital technology.

    Tom Jessop

    President, Chain

    Tom Jessop is the President of Chain, a provider of blockchain technology to leading financial organizations including Visa and Nasdaq. In this role, Tom is responsible for leading all facets of Chain’s commercial efforts. Prior to joining Chain, Tom was global head of Technology Business Development at Goldman Sachs where he led efforts to invest in and partner with early stage technology companies across several enterprise domains including blockchain, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

    Daniel Kahan

    Associate, Morrison & Foerster

    As a member of Morrison & Foerster’s Corporate Department, Daniel Kahan’s practice focuses on venture capital and private equity investments, strategic technology transactions, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and spin-offs, public securities offerings, and corporate governance matters. Mr. Kahan is a member of Morrison & Foerster’s Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group, as well as the WSBA’s Legal Working Group and the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance’s Legal Industry Working Group.

    Brian Kelly

    Founder & CEO, BKCM LLC

    Brian Kelly is CEO at BKCM LLC and is an investor, author, and financial markets commentator. He is an expert in global financial markets, macro-economics and digital currencies. Brian has over twenty years experience in financial markets and is the author of the book The Bitcoin Big Bang - How Alternative Currencies are About to Change the World. He is a CNBC contributor and can be seen regularly on Fast Money.

    Joshua Ashley Klayman

    Of Counsel, Finance + Projects Group, Morrison & Foerster

    At Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Klayman is a Founding Member and Head of the firm's Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group, which provides a holistic, comprehensive approach to the emerging blockchain, smart contracts and distributed ledger space. She also chairs the WSBA's Legal Working Group.

    Moiz Kohari

    SVP & Chief Technology Architect, State Street

    At State Street, Moiz Kohari is responsible for enhancements to digital enterprise architecture, and the creation of the next generation digital enterprise that delivers on-demand secure computing capabilities, driven through machine learning paradigms and all pertinent fin-tech disruptive technologies. The Office of Architecture’s charter is to work closely with all business units and end user clients to provide for the most impactful information technology innovations. Until recently, Mr. Kohari served as EVP/Head of Global Technology Innovation for the London Stock Exchange Group - responsible for blockchain, cognitive computing and low-latency initiatives. Previous to joining the LSEG, Mr. Kohari served as CTO at Novell, responsible for cloud computing initiatives.

    Richard Levin

    Chair, FinTech & Regulation Team, Polsinelli

    At Polsinelli, Richard Levin is Chair of the FinTech & Regulation Practice. He is a former General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer specializing in financial services industry, representing broker/dealers, alternative trading systems, exchanges, peer to peer lenders, and digital currency platforms.

    Vijay Mayadas

    President, Global Fixed Income and Analytics, Broadridge Financial Solutions

    Vijay Mayadas is President of Global Fixed Income and Analytics at Broadridge Financial Solutions. He joined the company in April 2013 as Head of Corporate Strategy where he was responsible for strategy, acquisitions, partnerships and other growth-related activities including leading Broadridge’s blockchain initiatives. Prior to joining Broadridge, Mr. Mayadas held a variety of roles including strategy consulting where he spent six years at The Boston Consulting Group, a global consulting firm, private equity, technology entrepreneurship where he co-founded and sold a software company, and fixed income trading software development. Vijay has a BA and MA in Physics from Oxford University, and an MBA from The Wharton School.

    Stephen McKeon

    Associate Professor of Finance, University of Oregon

    Professor McKeon holds a PhD in Finance and a Masters in Economics from Purdue University. His professional experience includes six years as the CFO of a Napa winery, and co-founder of Skyward, a drone software firm that was acquired by Verizon in 2017. His research focuses on cryptoassets, security issuance, and M&A, and has been published in top academic journals as well as media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, and Financial Times. He joined the University of Oregon finance faculty in 2011 where he teaches in the PhD, MBA and undergraduate programs.


    Vincent Molinari

    CEO, Liquid M Capital LLC

    Vincent Molinari is CEO of Liquid M Capital LLC (a FINRA Registered Broker Dealer), and its ATS, LiquidityM. Mr. Molinari was previously the CEO and Co-Founder of Gate Global Impact and is a founder of the Blockchain Commission. Mr. Molinari has nearly 3 decades of experience as a licensed person in the securities industry where he began his career at Lehman Brothers and later at Janney Montgomery Scott.

    David J. Namdar

    Portfolio Manager, Galaxy Investment Partners

    David Namdar is managing digital asset investments for Galaxy Investment Partners, formerly Novofam. He has a decade of international business and financial market experience, and has been involved with a wide range of businesses from startup to large corporations. He has investment expertise in private and public equities, derivatives and foreign currencies and in using fundamental and quantitative analysis to invest on a global basis. In addition, he has significant expertise in digital currency investments, blockchain technology, and the emerging decentralized economy. David is a founder of SolidX Partners, a startup aimed at institutionalizing digital assets as an alternative asset class. He previously was with Millennium Management and served as the head trader and technology analyst for an equity relative value portfolio team.

    Justin Newton

    CEO, Netki

    Justin Newton is the founder and CEO of Netki. Netki’s products allow companies to make blockchain applications easy to use and able to meet regulatory/compliance requirements. Justin currently serves on the Industry/Law Enforcement Portal Working Group of the Blockchain Alliance and the State Legislative Working Group of the Chamber of Digital Commerce.

    Amy Pawlicki

    VP, Assurance and Advisory Innovation, AICPA

    Amy Pawlicki is VP, Assurance and Advisory Innovation for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. Ms. Pawlicki leads the efforts of the AICPA Assurance Services Executive Committee (ASEC), which is focused on providing thought leadership to identify and prioritize emerging trends and market needs for assurance and related services, and on the development of those services. ASEC works closely with the AICPA Auditing Standards Board to develop assurance services for emerging subject matter areas such as cybersecurity and sustainability, and to explore audit innovation through new techniques and approaches that leverage data analytics and technology.

    Drew Rasmussen

    CTO, OTC Exchange Network

    As the Chief Technology Officer for OTCXN, Drew Rasmussen is responsible for the architecture and implementation of the company’s proprietary, ground-up blockchain fabric and P2P trading network. Previously, he was Director of Software Development at PeerNova, a Silicon Valley blockchain firm, where he led the development of proprietary blockchain implementations for major Tier-1 institutions such as NASDAQ, State Street and Overstock.com, whose T0 platform is currently the first and only non-cryptocurrency-based trading platform in production in the world based on blockchain technology.

    Houman Shadab

    Professor, New York Law School

    Houman Shadab is an expert in financial law at New York Law School where he focuses on fintech, hedge funds, derivatives, securitization, startups, payment systems, bitcoin and distributed ledgers. He is also the cofounder of Clause, a startup building autonomous contracts for the Internet of Things.

    Ryan Singer

    Co-Founder, Chia Network​

    Ryan is a serial entrepreneur focused on fintech. After co-founding Tradehill, a major cryptocurrency exchange in 2012, Ryan co-founded CryptoCorp (Acquired by Digital Asset), Blockchain Clearing (Acquired by Neighborly), and now Chia Network. Bram Cohen and Ryan founded Chia to build a better Bitcoin.

    Brent Tomer

    Chief Trial Attorney, Commodity Futures Trading Commission

    K. Brent Tomer is a Chief Trial Attorney with the Division of Enforcement at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the New York office. Mr. Tomer represents the Division in enforcement actions that are filed in the United States District Court. Mr. Tomer regularly represents the Commission in actions and investigations related to cryptoassets. He is also the Division’s representative for the LabCFTC FinTech Liaison Group.

  • Sponsors

    Blockchain for Wall Street Thanks ...


    Using standardized Fintech solutions, BankEx, the decentralized Bank-as-a-Service exchange, aims to bridge the gap between the emerging blockchain sector and traditional finance. Deploying smart contracts and enabling tokenization, the platform powers off-balance sheet crowdfunding, chain finance and leverages external infrastructure, creating efficient and time effective solutions. BankEx’s innovative solutions have far-reaching areas of application, and are posed to have transformative effects upon traditional finance and investment; micro-financing; real estate; as well as illiquid assets, natural resources, and futures markets.


    B2Broker helps brokers build their business and offer solutions that allow them to increase efficiency and optimize workflows. Our experts have worked for many years in the retail brokerage business and know it inside out. B2BX is an aggregator of cryptocurrency liquidity for marginal trading, trading with physical delivery and distribution of liquidity to brokerage companies.

    OTC Exchange Network

    OTC Exchange Network (“OTCXN”) solves the biggest problems in the largest markets using proprietary Blockchain technologies developed from the ground-up for high-performance enterprise applications. OTCXN reduces risk, cost, friction, and eliminates the need fortraditional intermediaries by democratizing market access through the first and only P2P network supporting the trade-to-settlement lifecycle for institutional FX trading. OTCXN’s proprietary blockchain fabric is offered on a stand-alone basis for global enterprise businesses which require absolute certainty of event chronology, strict data privacy and security, and high frequency events recordation with immutability guarantees, while crossing organizational boundaries.


    Polsinelli attorneys provide practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, and business litigation.


    From creation, to issuance, to fundraising, Polymath guides issuers through the complex tech and legal process of a successful token launch.


    ULedger adds blockchain capabilities to your existing technology infrastructure. Unlike any other blockchain approach, ULedger makes it possible to prove, in an independently verifiable manner "without the need for prior consensus" the relative order of events. ULedger does not require the sharing of any data between nodes that are participating in any transactions. This is crucial for the vast majority of real world use cases.

  • Partners

    Blockchain for Wall Street Also Thanks ...

    Program and Event Partner: Lighthouse Partners

    Lighthouse Partners provides business acceleration services to transformative IT vendors, with a particular focus on blockchain technologies.

    Event PR and Media/Association Partner Liaison​: Massing PR

    Massing PR offers high-quality, personalized and cost-effective public relations, marketing director and advisory services to software engineering consulting and technology companies, particularly in financial services.

    Industry Partner: Hyperledger

    Hyperledger is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration, hosted by The Linux Foundation, including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology.

    Media Partner: Brave New Coin

    Brave New Coin (BNC) offers spot pricing for bitcoin and over 380 crypto-currencies to global financial markets and data vendors. We build industry benchmarks, crypto-currency API's and custom indices for tracking crypto-currencies and other digital assets.

    Media Partner: ICO Crowd

    ICO Crowd is the first and foremost media publication dedicated to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), covering everything from hot ICO investment opportunities to the latest news on the ICO landscape. The decentralised nature of Blockchain technology has allowed any and everyone to invest in this new phenomenon known as tokenisation, so, grab a copy or visit the website and join the revolution.

    Media Partner: Mondo Visione

    Mondo Visione is the leading source of insight and knowledge about the world’s exchanges and trading venues. Since 1991, Mondo Visione has provided those who operate and invest in the global markets with fast, reliable information, delivered in print and online.

    Media Partner: Profit & Loss

    Profit & Loss  is the premier news source for the global wholesale FX industry, with daily coverage of the latest people moves and market news. Registration to www.profit-loss.com is free and includes a subscription to the Squawkbox e-newsletter, delivering a summary of the latest news twice weekly. Profit & Loss also holds annual conferences in London, New York, Chicago, and across Asia and Latin America.

  • Venue

    Location, Location, Location ...

    New York Law School

    Blockchain for Wall Street will once again be held at New York Law School, which is located at:


    185 West Broadway
    New York, NY 10013


    Convenient. Modern. Upscale. New York Law School is located in the heart of TriBeCa in Lower Manhattan, within walking distance of Wall Street.


    Click here for a map of the area.


    Click here for a downloadable map and directions.

  • Register

    SIgn Up Today at the Lowest Rate!

    Use the form below to begin your Blockchain for Wall Street registration (via Eventbrite).


    WSBA members receive a further 25% discount by entering the members-only promotional code. Get more information and join the WSBA at www.wsba.co. All registrations received using this promotional code will be subject to validation of membership status.


    Feel free to contact us with any registration questions, including to request a group discount.


    Members of the media should contact our PR partner Jen Massing Harris to request media accreditation.

    Cancellation/Substitutions/Refunds Policy


    Cancellations will be accepted up until November 1st, 2017 subject to a $100 administration fee.


    Cancellations from November 1st, 2017 are possible but any fee paid will be forfeited.


    Substitutions are available through noon on November 13th, 2017 at no cost.


    All cancellation and substitution requests - as well as corrections and dietary requests - must be made via email.


    Anti-Harassment Policy


    Blockchain for Wall Street is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or country of origin/residence. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event, without a refund, at the discretion of the event organizer.