SPOT JulyJul 29 2019 08:00 - JulyJul 30 2019 19:00 Europe/MadridHKEX Connect Hall, Hong Kong



250 decision makers from the world's leading cryptocurrency exchanges are coming together at the old trading floor of the Hong Kong stock exchange to discuss collaboration, industry standards, technology and regulation. SPOT is a not-for-profit initiative by the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong.

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HKEX Connect Hall, Hong Kong


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Near of Consulate - General of Japan in Hong Kong.

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Jul 29 08:00
Hong Kong Exchange Connect Hall
8 Connaught Pl, Central
Jul 29 09:00
Talks and Pannel Discussions
Hong Kong Exchange Connect Hall
8 Connaught Pl, Central
Jul 29 11:00
Coin Tracing
Are cryptocurrencies anonymous? What obligations does a cryptocurrency exchange have to regulators and police to trace their clients’ assets as they enter and leave the exchange? How much tracing can be done on-chain, versus through (in)-formal networks between exchanges?
Jul 29 13:00
Tokens pegged to the USD are primarily used to trade cryptocurrency on exchanges with no or limited fiat support. How are these stablecoins legally structured, and how are they backed? Do stablecoins represent an innovation in finance? Are they fintech or crypto? Are they potentially useful beyond cryptocurrency trading, and how can we assess their counterparty risk?
Jul 29 14:00
Custody & Insurance
Rule #1 of a Bitcoin exchange: Don’t lose your Bitcoin. Various competing models for self-custody exist, such as hot/cold wallet solutions and multisignature with or without an external party. Additionally, external experts provide consulting, services and even fully custodial solutions. What makes cryptocurrencies so difficult to secure? Can they be insured? How do self-insurance models fare against external insurers?
Jul 29 16:00
Initial Exchange Offerings and Security Tokens
Instead of raising money directly from investors (VC) or through publicly available smart contracts (ICOs), projects increasingly turn to exchanges to facilitate fundraising (IEOs). At the same, Security Token Offerings (STOs) ignite the fantasies of regulators and lawyers. Why do projects turn to exchanges for fundraising, and what does the law think about this? What is the status of security tokens, given the lack of projects and regulatory scrutiny?
18:00 - 20:00
Jul 29 18:00
VIP reception (Invite only)
Beef & Liberty, 3/F California Tower, 30-32 D'Aguilar Street, Central
Jul 29 20:00
Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong - 5th Anniversary Party
Beef & Liberty, 3/F California Tower, 30-32 D'Aguilar Street, Central
Register here
Jul 30 16:00
Meet Nathan Kaiser, Cardano Foundation Chairperson
Dragon-i, 60 Wyndham Street, Central
Register here

Marc Bhargava

Co-Founder, President at Tagomi Bringing best price execution and transparency to the digital assets space via Tagomi, the first electronic agency prime brokerage. Backed by Founders Fund and Paradigm. Tagomi is an electronic agency brokerage for digital assets, combining institutional-grade services with proven tech infrastructure that sophisticated clients have come to expect when trading in other asset classes. Tagomi's largest backers are Founders Fund and Paradigm, as well as Pantera, Multicoin, Collaborative Fund, Galaxy Digital, Kal Vepuri, SV Angel, DCG, Elad Gil, Morgan Creek, Joe Lonsdale, Bo Feng, and Box Group.

Marissa Small

Born in New York, grew up in Jersey. Marissa is one of the first members to join the Bitcoin Center Korea after its establishment in 2015. She’s stuck with the Bitcoin and crypto community in Seoul after transitioning from teacher to entrepreneur to digital nomad. At present, her passion for community is taking her throughout APAC to better understand the distributed key drivers for current interest and future innovation. Caught at a crypto meetup, she may talk your ear off about the future intersections of crypto and A.I., or about how ‘navigability’ is a problem in the crypto space no one is talking about, or about smth. Be polite but beware.


Chief Marketing Officer Deribit Interested in Bitcoin since 2012 and soon after that he started trading on various crypto currency exchanges. Marius grew into trading cryptocurrencies on a daily basis in early 2013. Mostly market making and arbitrage. In the early days he was responsible of a decent amount of the total bitcoin trading volume worldwide. As an experienced (ex-)crypto trader Marius was closely involved in the development of the Deribit platform. Together with John he founded Deribit in 2016.

Mark Lamb

Mark is CEO of CoinFLEX and a longtime advocate for physically delivered futures over cash settlement as a way to prevent manipulation. Mark’s vision for crypto derivatives is to grow the industry beyond speculation into real commercial use for lending, borrowing, hedging and payments. Mark Lamb has been in bitcoin since 2012 and previously co-founded Coinfloor, the UK’s first cryptocurrency exchange back in 2013.

Matthew Lam

Matthew is a consistent producer and the youngest Leader at the age of 29 in both PropNex and Powerful Negotiators. Currently, he is Top 10 Producer within PropNex, Top 20 Producer within Powerful Negotiators, and CHAMPION District Director till date. Excelling in both team building and personal sales, doubling his income year on year since 2014. In 2017, he has achieved his 1 million goal, setting a role model and leading by example for his family #MattLamDivision.

Maxine Ryan

Maxine Ryan is a Hong Kong based entrepreneur who is passionate about freedom of financial services for people. In 2014, she co-founded Bitspark, the world's first cash in, cash out blockchain money transfer platform (www.bitspark.io) for Money Transfer Operators which helps business owners send money better via cryptocurrency solutions world wide. The company in 2017 launched its ICO, $ZEPH, a rewards token for Bitspark's 180+ pegged cryptocurrency network whereby users of networks are incentivised via rewards and the company contributes buybacks to the market via its profits. Maxine frequently speaks at tech and finance events, can be see on BloombergLive and was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30, 2018. Twitter : @MaxieRyan @BitsparksLtd

Michael McCarthy

President, Institutional Digital Asset Custody offices in Hong Kong and United States

Miha Grčar

A lawyer by background, Miha Grčar has played an integral role in Bitstamp’s rise to become one of the most trusted and highest volume bitcoin exchanges in the world. With a long-standing passion for bitcoin and fin tech, Miha was responsible for overseeing the scaling up of the exchange and the establishment of the company’s compliance department. As the current head of business development, Miha continues to leverage his in-depth knowledge of the exchange’s business, customer base and industry trends to consolidate and strengthen Bitstamp’s position on the market.

Mriganka Pattnaik

Co-Founder and CEO at Merkle Science

Nathan Kaiser

One of Eiger’s founders, Nathan has two decades of professional experience in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei and Beijing, advising clients in all matters pertaining to investment, corporate law, commercial trade, employment law and commercial disputes. Nathan serves as trustee on the board of companies in Switzerland, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He further provides one-to-one counseling, tax and estate planning to high-net worth individuals (HNWI). Nathan is a member of Eiger’s corporate, compliance, and tax teams. As a member of Eiger’s Greater China practice, Nathan commutes between Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei, and frequently travels to client sites in various other parts of the area. Nathan is also active in the firm’s intellectual property team for the Greater China region, assisting international clients in their corporate and commercial projects. Admitted to the Bar in 1999 Registered lawyer in Zurich, Switzerland Registered foreign lawyer in Taipei, Taiwan Registered European lawyer in Berlin, Germany Registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong SAR, China (JCYS) EDUCATION University of Lausanne University Robert Schumann, Strassburg University of St. Gallen PRACTICE Founding Partner of Eiger, 2008-2018 Of Counsel China for Bonnard Lawson, 2008-2009 Wenger & Vieli/Wenfei in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei, 2000-2008 Law firms in Lausanne, Paris, Zurich, and Beijing LANGUAGES German, English, French, Chinese PREFERRED AREAS OF PRACTICE Corporate & Investment, Digital Economy, Tax, Litigation & Arbitration, Intellectual Property, Banking & Fintech, Restructuring & Insolvency, Private Clients, Energy & Environment, Media & Entertainment OTHER Member of ITechlaw Member of the Roxin Alliance Legal Counsel to IOHK, Ltd. Chairman of xUpery TESA Ombudsman Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University Member of Digital Currency Lawyers (DFL) Member of the Board of Boötes Member of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CiArb) Member of Swiss Finance + Technology Association Member of Space Angels Network Member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Founding and Board Member of the Swedish Chamber (Swedcham) Taipei Member of The International Tax Planning Association (ITPA) Associate Member of the Law Society of Hong Kong SAR (China) Accredited Expert at Swiss OSEC Pool of Experts Member of the Swiss Chamber of Hong Kong Member of the International Bar Association (IBA) Member of the EUCCC in Shanghai Member of the German Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai Arbitrator of the Arbitration Society of Taiwan, R.O.C. Supervisor of the European Chamber of Commerce in Taipei Member of the German-Taiwanese Jurist Society (DTJV)

Neil Woodfine

Mr. Neil Woodfine has been the Chief Operating Officer of Remitsy Limited since July 2015. Mr. Woodfine is specialising in manufacturing industries. He has seen firsthand the payment and logistics issues involved in trade with China. He is excited to be solving these issues using blockchain technology. He has been Growth Manager of Asia at Wyre since April 2017. He served as Business Development Manager of OKCoin from August 2014 to May 2015; Monitoring Consultant at Whitehopleman Ltd. from May 2013 to August 2014; Sales Director at Sunspeed Group from February 2012 to April 2013; Sourcing and QC Agent at Freelance from June 2011 to April 2013; General Manager of Microtron International Ltd. from November 2009 to June 2011; Media Centre Officer at Aquaspace from August 2009 to November 2009; and Graphic Designer at Freelance June 2005 to October 2009. He holds a BA in Chinese from University of Leeds from 2005 to 2009.

Ryan Rodenbaugh

Business Development, TrustToken

Sam Bankman-Fried

CEO at Alameda Research

Syren Johnstone

Executive Director, LLM Compliance & Regulation Programme BA (Hons), MSc (Oxon.), MA (Law) (Lond.) Solicitor (England & Wales and Hong Kong) Following private practice with Linklaters (London, Tokyo and Hong Kong), and in Tokyo with Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Syren undertook senior management roles including as Regional Head (Asia) of Legal & Compliance at Banco Santander, and Regional Head (Asia) of Transaction Management with Société Générale where he was licensed with the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) as responsible officer for Equity Corporate Finance and as a Principal with The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, a Member of the Fintech Advisory Group of the SFC, and a Consultant and Examiner to the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI) for the Licensing Examinations for securities and futures intermediaries, the industry benchmark examination recognized by the SFC. As an educator at HKU he teaches courses forming part of the Master of Laws including Securities Regulation, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Compliance in the Hong Kong Securities Industry. He has published widely in recognized academic journals and co-authored "Financial Markets in Hong Kong: Law and Practice" published by Oxford University Press (2ed 2016), regarded as a cornerstone publication in this field. His academic works have been referenced in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council and the Court of Appeal. Specialized areas: regulation of the securities industry, financial services law, listed companies, compliance processes, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, Fintech, joint ventures.

Tom Pageler

Tom has 20 years of experience in security and risk management with technology and financial services companies. He joins the company from Neustar, where he served as CSO and Chief Risk Officer (CRO). Prior to this role, he was the CRO and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at DocuSign. At JPMorgan Chase, Tom was the Deputy CISO and led cyber-security, fraud prevention, and protective intelligence. At Visa, he was the Head of Risk Assessments and Director of Emerging Risk and Fraud Control and helped launch the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). But Tom’s background gets even more interesting. He served as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service and provided physical security for the President of the United States, the Vice President, their families, and foreign heads of state. As a Special Agent, he went on to establish the San Francisco Electronic Crimes Task Force where he was responsible for identifying, apprehending, and successfully extraditing leaders of a large organized crime ring in the Eastern Bloc. Tom’s security experience will play a critical role as we continue to build the world’s best digital security products for institutional investors.

Urszula McCormack

Urszula McCormack is one of Asia’s leading blockchain and financial regulatory lawyers, with a focus on emerging technologies and financial crime. In 2018, she was recognised as a Financial Times Top 10 Legal Innovator of the Year. Urszula advises global banks, custodians, regulators, multilaterals, virtual asset issuers, new DLT developers, payment providers, market makers, asset managers and other innovators on new products, compliance and licensing. Urszula’s work in this arena covers: blockchain-based virtual assets; payment technologies; financial services licensing; digital platforms, including SVFs, OTC desks and exchanges; custody solutions; and eKYC / KYC utilities and digital identity projects. Spanning these areas, she advises on privacy regulation, digital transformation and algorithmic design. Urszula is a member of the SFC Fintech Advisory Group, Co-Chair of the Fintech Association Policy & Advocacy Committee and a member of the ASIFMA Fintech Working Group and Global Digital Finance KYC Working Group. She is regularly called on to brief financial regulators and transnational bodies. Urszula is admitted in Australia, England & Wales and Hong Kong, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist with ACAMS.

Usman Ahmad

Group CIO at BC Group BC Group is one of the leading providers of trading technologies, advisory and digital asset management solutions. The vision is to move the world forward by unleashing the full potential of the digital asset ecosystem. BC Group harness today’s opportunities, to transform your tomorrow

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