Linklaters speaks at Blockchain for Finance Conference in Singapore

Linklaters was delighted to take part in the recent inaugural Asia Pacific Blockchain for Finance Conference. The two day conference ran from 20th – 21st June and took place at the Hilton Hotel, Singapore. The purpose of the conference was to examine the latest blockchain use cases and proofs of concept to assess the viability of blockchain adoption within organisations. It was an engaging event with real-life demonstrations of the great strides many organisations, both institutional and start-up, are making in relation to the use of blockchain.

Linklaters involvement included two speaker sessions with Peiying Chua (FRG Counsel, Singapore) presenting on Blockchain and Innovation: Navigating the Legal and Regulatory Landscape and Adrian Fisher (TMT Counsel, Singapore) taking part in a panel discussion on Data Ownership & Anonymity on the Blockchain. Linklaters was the exclusive legal sponsor with the associated branding and booth.

Delegates included representatives from across the financial services sector including MUFG, Allianz, Metlife, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, UBS, Monetary Authority of Singapore and London stock Exchange to name but a few. Practical real-life examples of blockchain use in securities trading, digitalisation of cheques, coin creation and smart contracts worked well to engage a high-end audience. The potential impact of blockchain was clear to see but contradicted a statistic from PwC that although it’s impact will soon be felt, nearly 45% of people working in the financial services sector had yet heard of it. It appears this well-known disruptor is still the sleeping giant to many.

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