FinTech Europe 2019

May 23, Pullman St Pancras, London

Navigating legal risk and regulation








7.55 Registration for the breakfast briefing


8.00 - 9.00 Breakfast briefing: diversity in FinTech

This invite-only breakfast briefing will explore the topic of diversity in FinTech. In an intimate discussion with 30-40 delegates, explore the different strategies for improving diversity and inclusion in the industry.

Wincie Wong, head of innovation for supply chain services, RBS

Elizabeth Lumley, director of content & FinTech ecosystems, VC Innovations

Diana Carrasco, group head of risk for digital channels, Lloyds Banking Group


8.30 Registration


9.00 Opening comments

Elizabeth Meager, manager editor, International Financial Law Review


9.05 Assessing the impact of recent regulation in Europe

  • PSD2 & GDPR: who have the winners and losers been? How are leading firms ensuring compliance?

  • Open Banking: has it fulfilled its promise?

  • Managing liability, financial crime and the threat of ‘tech giants’ in a post-Open Banking world

  • Navigating divergence in regulation across Europe

  • What will the next wave focus on? 

Sarah Pearce, partner, Paul Hastings (moderator)

Nina Moffatt, associate, Paul Hastings 

Tom Hambrett, head of legal, Revolut

Jane Moon, head of legal, business, Transferwise

Nilixa Devlukia, head of regulatory, Open Banking 

9.55-10.10 discussions on tables


10.10 Creating a win-win partnership – factors for success

  • The importance of cooperation between startups and incumbents

  • Overcoming cultural and structural differences to find a middle ground

  • Key legal considerations

Ben Kingsley, partner, Slaughter & May (moderator)

Dragana Radojevic, head of M&A legal, BNP Paribas
Euan Towers, legal counsel, RBS 

Matthew Phillips, head of business development, Curve


11.00 Coffee and networking


11.25 Managing IP protection on a shoestring?

  • Building an effective trade mark brand

  • Assessing the most cost-efficient process

  • Protecting IP when working with third parties

Calum Smyth, global head of IP, Barclays (moderator)

James Sullivan, VP legal, Monzo

Rob Stuart, general counsel, Risk First


12.10 Making use of blockchain in financial services

  • Moving beyond experimentation – how can blockchain technology add value to financial services?

  • Defining smart contracts and identifying potential use cases

  • Analysing the legal challenges

Jelena Madir, chief counsel, EBRD

Andrew Speers, director, product & innovation, RBS

Michael Lehotzski, associate general counsel, HSBC

Lisa Biesenbach, expertise lead on distributed ledger technology, ING

Garrick Hileman, head of research, Blockchain 

12.55-1.10 discussions on tables


1.10 Lunch and networking


2.10 Breakout clinics

During these breakouts, delegates will have the opportunity to choose from 3 different sessions: one designed for early stage startups; one for financial institutions looking to invest in FinTech; and one for investors seeking an effective exit strategy.


A. Setting up for success

  • How to attract investment
  • Understanding the available financing options: crowdfunding, angel investment, venture capital, joint ventures
  • Structuring an effective business model

James Dickerson, client partner, Motive Partners
Alexandre Covello, founder and CEO, AngelsCube



B. Investing in and acquiring Fintechs

  • Traditionally slow-movers, how can banks keep up with the pace of the Fintech market?
  • Changing the culture of investment to embrace risk

Dragana Radojevic, head of M&A legal, BNP Paribas

Helene Panzarino, managing director, Rainmaking


C. Exit strategies for investors

  • Formulating an exit strategy early  
  • How to decide when it’s time to exit
  • Assessing the different options: M&A, IPO or start-up acquisition

Paddy MccGwire, managing partner, Silverpeak 



3.00 Coffee and networking


3.30 Regtech – the future of compliance?

  • How technology can help you cut down the cost of compliance
  • Challenging traditional strategies – what are the new solutions on offer?
  • Supporting the growth of RegTech
  • Assessing its future outlook

Richard Maton, executive board member, The International RegTech Association (moderator) 
Malavika Solanki, management team, The Derivatives Service Bureau

Christopher Singh, head of regulatory compliance, Revolut

Anupama Putrevu, head of compliance, Curve

Ignacio Gonzalez-Paramo, VP, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Payvision 



4.20 Unlocking the potential of AI for your business

  • Practical applications of AI for financial services – improving efficiency and profitability
  • Cybersecurity and data protection: is AI a solution or a risk?
  • Are current regulatory measures hindering the progress of AI?
  • Associated ethical and legal issues 

Julia Smithers Excell, partner, White & Case (moderator)

Abhijit Akerkar, head of applied technologies, Lloyds Banking Group

Janet Adams, head of risk and controls & head of AI, SME banking, TSB

Peter Smith, director, Seneca Investment Managers 



5.15 Closing comments

Elizabeth Meager, manager editor, International Financial Law Review






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