Blockchain (or Distributed Ledger Technology – DLT) has captured the attention of many in the financial sector and recently more of those active in payment, clearing and settlement, mainly because of its promise of greater efficiency and higher resiliency.But although DLT bears promise, there is still a long way to go before that promise is fully realised.

At this free to attend evening forum, a plenary presentation sets the scene and then a panel of practitioners discuss the benefits and uncertainties that still need to be resolved. Join the discussion, ask the questions that you want answeredand get a better understanding of the Blockchain market; its regulatory aspects; legal and fiscal aspects of investing in cryptocurrencies; fraud and security.

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We are inviting speakers to participate in the Panel. If you have a related topic to bring to the discussion, please complete the Response Form, giving us a Position Statement to include in the programme.

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18:00Registration. Networking & drinks

18:30Plenary scene setting: Understanding the Blockchain market / Moving DLT from proof of concept to Adoption

19:00Panel: The challenges of the Blockchain market:

Nikhil Vadgama, Deputy Executive Director, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (CBT)

Athanasios T. Ladopoulos, CIO of LAPO BLOCKCHAIN ( and founder of MOOCTORS

Blockchain technology is evolving and is destine to affect in all aspects of business as databases technology did and still do. Moreover, Blockchain is used as the backing technology for a new form of money, digital money and more specific cryptocurrences. Digital money is destined to replace paper and coin money and be part of the technological evolution of the 21st century.

Balint Penzes, Consultant and UK Blockchain COI Lead, PwC
Blockchain in construction/ supply chain management

Topics to be covered:

  • Smart contracts
  • Legal and regulatory issues in financial services
  • Fiat and Stable Coins
  • The rise of alternative payments mechanism

19:45Networking and drinks

20:15Close of Forum


Balint Penzes

Consultant and UK Blockchain COI Lead, PwC

Athanasios T. Ladopoulos


Nikhil Vadgama

Deputy Director (Acting) and a Research Associate of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies



For Forum


(subject to availability and approval)


Centre for Blockchain Technology, University College London