SEC Shares Agenda for May 31st Fintech Forum, Blockchain to be Hot Topic of Discussion

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has posted the agenda for the upcoming Fintech Forum scheduled to take place on May 31st. The event, entitled the 2019  Fintech Forum, will take place at SEC headquarters in Washington, DC. It will simultaneously be live-streamed on the SEC website.

The SEC states that blockchain or distributed ledger technology, along with the concept of digital assets, will be the focus of the Forum.

Hosted by the SEC’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub), the Forum will begin at 930AM ET, and will feature four panels.

The digital asset sector of finance has migrated away from the crazy days of initial coin offerings (ICOs) to a more subdued security token offering ecosystem. Recently, the SEC provided guidance on the issuance of security tokens yet questions from industry participants remain.

The agenda for the Forum is published below.


8 a.m.        Doors open

Morning Session

9:30 a.m.   Opening Remarks by Valerie Szczepanik, Head, FinHub

Remarks by William Hinman, Director, Division of Corporation Finance

Panel 1: Capital Formation Considerations

Moderator: Jonathan Ingram, Chief Legal Advisor, FinHub, Division of Corporation Finance


Paul Brody – Ernst & Young
Joshua Ashley Klayman – Klayman LLC
Aaron Wright – Cardozo Law School
Remarks by Brett Redfearn, Director, Division of Trading and Markets

Panel 2: Trading and Markets Considerations

Moderator:  Elizabeth Baird, Deputy Director, Division of Trading and Markets


David Forman – Fidelity Brokerage Services
Mark Wetjen – DTCC
Neha Narula – MIT Media Lab
Lunch Break – 75 minutes

Afternoon Session

Remarks by Dalia Blass, Director, Division of Investment Management

Panel 3: Investment Management Considerations

Moderator: Jennifer McHugh, Senior Special Counsel, Division of Investment Management


Jay Baris – Shearman & Sterling LLP
John D’Agostino – DMS
Amy Steele – Deloitte
Remarks by Peter Driscoll, Director, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations

Panel 4: Distributed Ledger Technology Innovations: Industry Trends and Specific Use Cases for Financial Markets

Moderator: Scott Walker, Special Counsel, FinHub


Christopher Ferris – IBM
Todd McDonald – R3
Kevin Werbach – Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
5:30 p.m.        FinTech Forum concludes

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