As WFE members gather this year in Athens, the home of the original marketplace, we go back to basics. We focus on the role of markets in renewal: the continued relevance of markets-based financing; the centrality of markets in ensuring accountability and transparency; and the overarching contribution of markets to sustainable development. Exchanges and CCPs are fundamental to the economies and societies they serve.
14:00 - 15:00
Session 14: From Exchanges to Crypto Platforms
Exchanges were the first FinTech firms. Twenty years on will the new breed of FinTechs disintermediate them? Or, as the ICO crisis has shown, are the fundamental values of transparency, strong regulation, investor protection and legal certainty still vital for well functioning capital markets? Can the industry address that challenge by starting new cryptocurrency exchanges that are regulated to the same high threshold that’s needed? What should exchanges do to revitalize their capital raising mechanisms for SMEs & startups amid the digitalization that’s bringing change to their models? Exchanges & CCPs are embracing the innovation that new technology is bringing so where should they looking as they seek to reaffirm their mandate as guardians of the public markets?
Moderator Dr. Matthias Voelkel Partner, Global Leader Capital Markets Infrastructure Practice, McKinsey & Company
Panelists Socrates Lazaridis, Chief Executive Officer, Athens Stock Exchange
Joseph Gawronski, President & COO, Rosenblatt Securities
Kenneth T. Schiciano, Managing Director, TA Associates
Dr. Pinar Emirdag, Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Product Development and Innovation, State Street
Jos Dijsselhof, Chief Executive Officer, SIX-Group