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THE BLOCKCHAIN AND DIGITAL ASSETS CONFERENCE THE BLOCKCHAIN AND DIGITAL ASSETS CONFERENCE

Center on the Future of Money and Digital Assets

Inaugural Event of the HEC Paris 'Centre on the Future of Money and Digital Assets' on November 30 and December 1st

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Inaugural Event of the HEC Paris 'Centre on the Future of Money and Digital Assets'.

Organized by :

  • Bruno Biais, HEC Paris Professor of Finance and expert on cryptocurrencies
  • Gaetano Gaballo, HEC Paris Associate Professor of Economics and CEPR research fellow

The Blockchain and Digital Assets Conference aims to bring together speakers from multiple disciplines as well as relevant industry actors and regulators, to discuss fundamental issues about blockchain and DLTs and current application for the tokenization of assets.

The conference will hold plenary sessions on issues related to blockchain technology, economics, finance, and law, and will organize dedicated workshops to present research papers in the fields of economics and finance, and law.
 

Registration

The conference will be livestreamed. Register to attend this event online here
(day 1: streaming all day, day 2: keynotes only) 

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM


DAY 1
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2023

Building S, Room S-218


12:30 Lunch for speakers

14:00 Registration

14:30 Welcome and Introduction: The Future of Payments and Digital Assets by David Restrepo Amariles (HEC Paris)

15:00 – 16:45 – Engineering the Future of Digital Payments

Chair: Anastasia Buyalskaya (HEC Paris)

Participants:

The role of credit card schemes in the future of digital payments, Christian Rau, Mastercard 

Lessons from prototyping the digital Euro for retail payments, Thibault Pelé, Worldline 

DLT Platforms in Our Future Payments Landscape, Courtney Williams, Accenture

The value proposition of stablecoins, Julien Le Goc, Circle 

Q&A 

16:45-17:15 – Coffee break

17:15 – 18:00 – Blockchain Technology Tomorrow

Keynote: Blockchain Consensus Protocols, from Bitcoin to Ethereum 2.0, Sara Tucci, University Paris-Saclay, CEA List 

Q&A 

18:00 – 18:15 – Pause

18:15 – 19:30 – Roundtable on Policy Issues

Chair: Gaetano Gaballo (HEC Paris) 

Participants:

Rok Svelc, European Commission

Adeline Bachellerie, Banque de France

Q&A 

20:00 Cocktail Buffet

 

DAY 2

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2023


9:00 – 10:00 – Opening Keynote for Second Day
Building S, Amphi Bellon

Marianne Verdier, University Paris II (Economics/Finance)

10:00 – 12:00 – WORKSHOPS – First session (Simultaneously happening)
 

WORKSHOP 1: ECONOMICS/FINANCE 
Room S-121

1)  Paper: “Automated Exchange Economies”, Ariel Zetlin Jones (Carnegie Mellon) (joint with Bryan Routledge and Yikang Shen) 

Discussant: Julien Prat (ENSAE) 

2) Paper: "Lending and monitoring: Big Tech vs Banks", Catherine Casamatta (Toulouse School of Economics) 

Discussant: Vincent Maurin (HEC Paris) 

3) Paper: “CBDC and financial stability”, Agnese Leonello (ECB) (co-authored with T. Ahnert, P. Hoffmann and D. Porcellacchia) 

Discussant: Dirk Niepelt (Bern) 

 

WORKSHOP 2: LAW/REGULATION 
Room S-122


1) Paper: "Regulating On-chain CeFi and DeFi: Analysing options for regulation of selected centralization vectors", Ann Sofie Cloots (University of Cambridge) 

Discussant: Philipp Paech (LSE) 

2) Paper “Tokenization of rights and assets: legal obstacles to transfers of tokens and the solution in the Liechtenstein Blockchain Act”, Jasper Verstappen (University of Groningen) 

Discussant: Joseph Lee (Manchester) 

3) Paper: “The Social Cost of Blockchain. Externalities, Allocation of Property Rights, and the Role of the Law”, Edoardo D. Martino (University of Amsterdam) / Wolf-Georg Ringe (University of Hamburg) 

Discussant: Gregory Lewkowicz (ULB) 

4) Paper: “Unraveling the Conundrum: Regulating the Potential of Future Organizations in the Realm of Decentralized Autonomous Organisations”, Ali Mert Gurkan (University of Bologna) 

Discussant: Michael Schillig (King’s College London) 

Q&A 

12:00 – 13:00 – LUNCH

13:00 – 13:30 – Closing Keynote for Second Day

KEYNOTE: A Critical Review of the Crypto Industry and the Need for Regulation, Emilios Avgouleas, University of Edinburgh
Building S, Amphi Bellon

Q&A 

13:30 – 15:00 – WORKSHOPS – Continuation (Simultaneously happening)
 

WORKSHOP 1: ECONOMICS/FINANCE
 

1) Paper: "Private currency vs public currency", Bruno Biais (HEC Paris) (co-authored with Jean Charles Rochet and Stéphane Villeneuve)

Discussant: Jerome Dugast (Paris Dauphine) 

2) Paper: “Truth with no authority: an impossibility theorem and experimental evidence”, Cyril Monnet (University of Bern) (joint with Rod Garatt and Gabriele Camera) 

Discussant: Jean Barthelemy (Banque de France) 
 

WORKSHOP 2: LAW/REGULATION

1) Paper: “Crypto-Asset Market Abuse Under EU MiCA”, Mikolaj Barczentewicz (University of Surrey), André de Gândara Gomes (Uría Menendez – Proença de Carvalho) 

Discussant: Joseph Lee (Manchester) 

2) Paper: “Tokenisation of financial assets”, Xavier Lavayssière (University Paris I) 

Discussant: Michael Schillig (King's College London)

3) Paper: Christina Lemke (University of Hamburg): “The Legal Nature of CBDC - Function follows Form or Form follows Function?” 

Discussant: Philipp Paech (LSE) 
 

Q&A 

15:00 Closing of the event

Contact

HEC Paris

1 Rue de la Libération, Jouy-en-Josas, France

One of the world's best business schools, HEC Paris is a leader in research and education in management. The school is located in a 340-acre wooded campus on the Paris-Saclay plateau, which hosts one of the world’s largest research-education-technology hubs.