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On January 27, 2022, Arca hosted “Finance on the Blockchain,” a digital asset securities educational events that united leaders in the blockchain and traditional finance industries. This conference showcased the transformative solutions that can be deployed by collaborating with institutional industry experts.
Curated and developed by Arca Labs, “Finance on the Blockchain”  brought together tokenization and digital asset securities leaders with incumbent financial firms for an educational event. The conference focused on the path for institutions to tokenize financial products, the steps needed to transition into the digital age, regulatory hurdles, and addressed the current roadblocks needed for firms to successfully deploy blockchain-powered financial products.
Keynotes Included: 
Hester Peirce - Commissioner of the U.S. SEC 
Gabriel Benincasa - Partner, Holland & Knight, Former U.S. SEC Chief Risk Officer
Christopher Giancarlo -  Former Chairman of the U.S. CFTC
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Keynote Address: 

Hester Peirce - Commissioner of the U.S. SEC 

Gabriel Benincasa - Partner, Holland & Knight, Former U.S. SEC Chief Risk Officer

The keynote speakers will discuss the SEC’s perspective on digital assets and digital asset securities, focusing on the influential factors shaping today’s regulatory environment for digital asset securities. 

The Future of Securities 

David Easthope - Head of Fintech, Market Structure and Technology, Coalition Greenwich

Rayne Steinberg - CEO & Co-Founder, Arca 

The speakers will present the paper, “Blockchain Transferred Funds (BTFs): The New Frontier for Investment Funds.” Written by Coalition Greenwich in conjunction with Arca, the paper explores the concept of Blockchain Transferred Funds (BTFs) and explains the future state of finance once digital enablement is realized. 

Session 1: ATS Leaders - The Future of Digital Exchange

Alan Silbert - CEO North America, INX

Pat LeVecchia - CEO, Oasis Pro Markets

Richard Johnson - CEO and Founder , Texture Capital

Scott Harrigan - CEO, Securitize Markets

Sean Bowden - CEO and CCO, Symbridge Capital

Alex Vlastakis - President, tZERO ATS

Moderated by: Damanick Dantes, CoinDesk

Experts from the leading Alternative Trading Systems (ATSs) will define ATSs, espouse their potential, examine the most pressing challenges for ATSs, and discuss creative solutions to address those challenges. 

Session 2: Why Transfer Agents are Important in Security Issuance 

Dave Hendricks - CEO & Co-Founder, Vertalo

Jay Proffitt - Chief Operating Officer, Securitize Markets

Joshua McGinn- Senior Vice President, Western Region Relationship Management, AST Financial

Paul Conn - President of Global Capital Markets, Computershare

Moderated by: William Coleman - Director of Technology Advisory Services, Cohen & Company

This panel will include Transfer Agents from the digital asset security space and traditional Transfer Agents. The panel will highlight the differences and similarities between TAs in each sphere, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of digital TAs and the blockchain. 

Session 3: Regulation and the Howey Test

Annemarie Tierney -Senior Strategic Advisor, The Chamber of Digital Commerce 

Cathy Yoon - General Counsel, INX

Gautam Gujral - General Counsel & Co-Founder, Vertalo

Moderated by: Bobby Wenner - Chief Legal Officer, Symbridge Capital

The panelists will explore the regulatory momentum surrounding the digital asset securities ecosystem. This panel will discuss the need for clarity and guidance from regulators, and will give their predictions about which regulations in particular will propel the digital asset security space forward.

Session 4: Fireside Chats on Tokenization

Fireside 1: Pioneering the BTF 

Jerald David - President, Arca Labs

Kelley Howes - Vice Chair, Investment Management Practice, Morrison & Foerster

The speakers will share their insights about launching the first tokenized shares of a ‘40 Act Fund, and what it means to bring traditional financial structures and policies into the digital asset ecosystem. 

Fireside 2: International Approach to Digital Asset Securities 

Anthony Bufinsky -  Arca Labs, Head of Growth

Christian Platzer-  Co-Founder and Managing Director, Black Manta Capital Partners 

This fireside chat will discuss security issuance from an international standpoint, address international trends, and review the year’s meaningful global digital securities headlines. 

Fireside 3: Blockchain-Enabled Insurance 

Rayne Steinberg - CEO & Co-Founder, Arca

Rocco F Mancini - Vice President, Marsh Captive Solutions at Marsh & McLennan Companies

This fireside chat examines the necessity for digital assets in insurance, and reveals the obstacles hindering adoption of innovative blockchain solutions. This discussion will illuminate the uncharted potential for and benefits of digital asset securities in insurance.

Session 5: Digital Asset Securities Adoption & Roadblocks

Moderated by Owen Lau - CFA, Executive Director, Oppenheimer & Co.

Andrew Czupek - Senior Vice President, Head of Market Advocacy & Innovation Research,  Northern Trust 

Jennifer Peve - Managing Director, Head of Strategy & Business Development, DTCC

Puneet Singhvi - Managing Director, Head of Digital Assets, Institutional Clients Group, Citi

Tom Jessop - President, Fidelity Digital Assets

This session, presented by leading blockchain executives from large financial institutions, considers the hesitancy of many institutions and incumbents to enter the digital asset ecosystem, highlighting the roadblocks to adoption and their vision for the future of the space. 

Keynote Presentation: Digital Asset Securities Market Overview  

Christopher Giancarlo -  Former Chairman of the U.S. CFTC

The keynote presentation will detail the history of digital asset securities, examine the current digital asset securities landscape, and will focalize the evolution and future outlook of securities. 

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