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Capital Markets Revolution

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  • The market for Initial Coin Offerings has been on a hot streak over the past year.
  • The number of issuances and buyers has increased. As evidence for this growth, the combined market capitalization of tokens has developed exponentially.
  • This unprecedented rate of growth of token offerings has alarmed governments and their respective regulatory authorities.
  • Join us to dive deep into the disruptive power of a new Security Token asset class.

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Meet our hand selected experts that will share their knowledge with you.

The initial hype will give way to a more realistic view and many Utility Token ICOs will realize their use case isn’t working and will pivot.
Interoperability will put pressure on special-purpose tokens and demand opportunities for new challenges with real use cases and better reliability.
However trillions of dollars of assets will shift from traditional markets and trading platforms and will move into the security tokens market by 2023.

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Agenda - providing more dialogue and debate

  • Once Security Tokens are better understood, the coming of the Capital Markets Revolution will become obvious. While security tokens have come into this world through a rather unpredictable path, their impact will be felt on a global scale.
The Fundamentals
  • Opening Remarks - The dangers of complacency in the face of unprecedented opportunity

    We live in exponential times, and the blockchain/cryptocurrency industry is itself one of the best examples of this. We have been given the tools to build anything and we cannot afford to copy the exact systems we set out to remake.

    From the pace of chip development in the asic race, to the growth of capital moving into ICOs, to the development of technologies, frameworks and tools that build upon each other, we see example after example of innovation moving at record speed.

    • Dr. Michael Gebert Dr. Michael Gebert
    12:00 - 12:15
  • Is a US or Swiss approach suitable for an EU crypto regulation?

    The EU has provided little guidance and is yet to establish a regulatory framework, but other jurisdictions could provide direction. The European Central Bank (ECB) recently said cryptocurrency regulation is outside their mandate. This has led to questions as to which body would provide a regulatory framework when it is inevitably introduced.

    As it stands it is unclear what approach European regulators will take; while European regulatory bodies have not been shy to insist that cryptocurrencies are not a wise investment, there has been a dearth of guidance provided to offer clues on their approach going forward.

    The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (Finma) is one of the few European regulators that has offered wide guidelines for initial coin offerings (ICOs), which could shape crypto regulation for the entire continent.

    12:20 - 12:45
  • Are ICOs the New “Gold Rush”? The Role of "Security Tokens" and What makes Them Successful

    In 2017, the implied market capitalization of blockchain-based coins and tokens rose from $2.4 billion to $373 billion, excluding bitcoins. To fully put this into context, in the space of only one year, the value created would rank thirty-second as a country measured in GDP, and it would be considered the tenth most valuable corporation in the world.

    At the root of this growth are two transformational effects that blockchain technology offers our understanding of existing business models: First, it enables radical new business models, such as "decentralized/ownerless" and "better than free," and, second, it replaces the need for trusted intermediaries.

    Currently, crypto assets develop into an own small asset class with funds, analysts, index providers etc. - all known from traditional capital markets. This also includes the emergence of new crypto funds and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to finance startups and small companies.

    • Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner
    12:50 - 13:10
  • Evaluation of a Dual Token Structure of Utility and Security Tokens

    In 2017, ICOs took the world by storm. These ICOs have been predominantly tokens with utilitarian value and have raised over $4 Billion with an estimated market potential of $524 Billion. In the process, they have disrupted the entrenched Venture Capital industry. However, in just one short year, we have seen the sun-setting of the ICO as we came to know them.

    We are now experiencing the dawn of new era for funding Blockchain startups via a more stable, regulated vehicle known as the Security Token. This new vehicle is already attracting the kind of institutional capital required for the transformational change that Blockchain companies today are poised to deliver. While the security token sets a higher bar for both companies and investors seeking to invest in our technology future, it also mitigates the speculative mania and get rich quick “pump and dump” schemes that have hurt industry growth over the short term.

    13:15 - 13:35
  • ICO Pitching Session One - 5 Minutes - 5 ICOs - 5 Investments

    Hear all about our selected ICOs and join us for a unique opportunity to hear from the founders about their projects and vision.
    Each team will have 5 minutes of the main stage prime time to present their ICO, moderated and challenged by our
    Master of Pitching Ceremony: Robert Kitson, Director Founder Institute

    13:40 - 14:20
  • Token regulation and the lack of investment protection – ICOs as a legal black box for token issuers and buyers?

    The present uncertainty concerning ICOs mainly stems from the lack of legal guidance available to both token issuers and buyers. How does the existing legal framework relate to token sales? To what extent are national and supranational banking and financial regulations on securities and financial instruments applicable to ICOs? Do token issuers have to publish a prospectus to avoid criminal and civil liability?

    Moreover, on the buyer’s side, there is an increasing demand for investment protection. What is a fair ICO? Can protection mechanisms commonly used in venture capital financings be applied to token sales?

    The panelists will shed some light on these topics and illustrate their views by means of real life examples.

    14:25 - 14:45
  • ICO 2.0 - State of Projects and Technologies for the German Mittelstand

    The state of the projects and technologies in the crypto space exercises considerable influence in two distinct ways. One is the relative lack of “completed” or functioning projects amongst those having already completed token sales. This is neither surprising nor disappointing in itself, for projects take time to build. However, the reality of more than $14 billion having been raised with few projects actually completed and operating does represent a bit of headwind for the new projects looking to complete their own sales.

    ICOs and the tokenisation movement have shown promising ways of solving these issues. However, utility tokenization is neither the right fit for most SMEs and Start-ups nor retail investors. Tokens will hence more and more embed security features as participation elements. Combining the financial system with what we have learned from ICOs will create a new investment ecosystem.

    • Tobias Seidl Tobias Seidl
    14:50 - 15:15
  • Improvements: sketching ICO´s with DAICO enhancements

    ICOs use various concepts implementing the underlying tokens on the Blockchain. In 2017 we saw many different mechanisms of defining the actual price of a token during its sale. We will present the most used pricing mechanisms (auction, fixed price, dutch auction).

    After the token sale a smart contract can act as an escrow that allows withdrawals of the invested capital based on different triggers and conditions. One proposal is the DAICO, which combines concepts from ICO and decentralized, autonomous organizations (DAO) in a smart contract. We will present this improvement of a traditional ICO to sketch ICOs' potential enhancements.

    • Dr. Christoph Niemann Dr. Christoph Niemann
    15:20 - 15:45
  • Legal issues + KYC / AML / Regulation / Exchanges and Beyond

    Investing Conducting in a legally compliant ICO/TGE is more challenging than ever and government regulators are watching every move. Issues of Overliquidation, Scams and lacks of prefunding as well as unaudited token contracts marked many ICO fails last year.
    Yet, confidently complying with the global patchwork of laws and regulations, and exploiting the vast opportunities provided by certain legal structures, can produce both peace of mind and also enhanced access to capital and customers.

    • Maximilian Lautenschläger Maximilian Lautenschläger
    15:50 - 16:20
  • ICO Pitching Session Two - 5 Minutes - 5 ICOs - 5 Investments

    Hear all about our selected ICOs and join us for a unique opportunity to hear from the founders about their projects and vision.
    Each team will have 5 minutes of the main stage prime time to present their ICO, moderated and challenged by our
    Master of Pitching Ceremony: Robert Kitson, Director Founder Institute

    16:30 - 16:55
  • Auditing Smart Contracts - in demand for a toolset of challenges and rules

    Ensure you take the correct security measures to protect your funds. 10% of money raised in ICOs has been stolen from hackers and almost all unaudited contracts contain security vulnerabilities.
    Learn about the importance of smart contract auditing and how to account for it properly in the ICO planning process.

    • Eduard Kotysh Eduard Kotysh
    17:00 - 17:20
  • Market activity analysis and the secret Ocean Protocol mechanics of a successful Token launch

    To describe market conditions as challenging during Q1 2018 would be a considerable understatement. It is a powerful indication of the token sale market’s continued strength that projects were able to raise such substantial amounts amidst the turbulent conditions and with markets generally declining throughout the quarter.

    In terms of market activity, what is particularly striking was the high degree of correlation amongst market performance between various cryptoassets. The chart below illustrates this by looking at the network value of a handful of the largest cryptocurrencies, but the correlation extends across much of the entire sector, where relative outperformance was rather exceptional.

    What parts do you need to conduct your token launch and make it successful?
    The talk will offer an entrepreneurial look at the modules involved and gives practical insights from his experience with the Ocean Protocol launch.

    • Julian Leitloff Julian Leitloff
    17:25 - 17:45
  • How to deal with tokens – a corporate VC perspective

    Record amounts raised through token sales in early 2018 suggest a simple trend of uninterrupted growth and expansion for the industry. Despite more than $6.5 billion being raised during Q1 2018 several more subtle observations suggest a number of new trends could be emerging, and their progression will likely be critical in shaping how 2018 unfolds for the sector.

    As one of the leading corporate VCs dealing with token investment Jochen Wolf and Moritz Jungmann will give an introduction in the Innogy innovation hubs strategy and vision and open the discussion on the challenges facing token investment.

    • Jochen Wolf Jochen Wolf
    • Moritz Jungmann Moritz Jungmann
    17:55 - 18:30
  • Cryptoasset Investing – a Professional Investor’s Perspective

    Initial Coin Offerings are means to an end, not an end in itself: Their purpose is to raise capital for promising projects that create value for the project’s stakeholders, including its investors. We look at the various aspects that make crypto investing an attractive addition to professional investors’ portfolios.

    We believe that a sound understanding of these factors is not only beneficial for portfolio managers and financial sponsors, but also for teams considering ICOs as a financing vehicle. With cryptoassets emerging as a new asset class, ICOs are entering the mainstream. Understanding the investor perspective is essential for anyone involved in the ICO ecosystem.

    • Nicolas Biagosch Nicolas Biagosch
    18:40 - 19:00
MasterClass Sessions - getting deeper - focussed knowledge
  • RAAY - The New Operating System For Banking - stress-testing real-life financial used cases

    The ICO 2.0 is a compliant and absolutely secure form of financing that attracts not only retail investors, but also hedge funds, investment funds, banks and other professional financial institutions.

    In order to close the gap between „wild-west“ ICOs with project teams on the run and a serious investment alternative for big money, both, technical and regulatory aspects have to be synchronized. In this masterclass, Michael Reuter will present and discuss RAAY - the new blockchain-based operating system that serves as backbone open for new financial products to be built on top of it. RAAY is based on the experiences Michael‘s company Datarella has made with developing and operating one of the best-known blockchain payment and accounting solutions, Building Blocks, for the United Nation’s World Food Programme.

    • Michael Reuter Michael Reuter
    13:00 - 14:00
    Master Room
  • Applying Value Investing Principles in Token Economies - What makes a token a security (or NOT)?

    What are the fundamental principles of value investing and how should you interpret them?
    The world of investing can be a complicated place to navigate. Where do you start? For beginners, the sheer volume of information available to them on the internet has only served to make the process more complex and increase confusion.

    Moreover, it appears that most investment strategies are now called value strategies, even though they have little in common with the traditional value strategies.

    • Thorsten Weigl Thorsten Weigl
    15:00 - 16:00
    Master Room
  • ICO Investing for family offices, asset managers und private investors

    Since 2016 more than 2.000 ICOs have been presented to the public. svs Capital Partners has performed an in-depth analysis of most of the top 50 ICOs by volume.

    Based on this analysis we defined 12 key success factors. The masterclass will show the application of these KSF for investment decisions by case study. There will be ample room for discussion and q&a.

    • Ruben Bach Ruben Bach
    16:00 - 17:00
    Master Room
  • The Benefits of a Security Token Structure – Opportunities and Challenges

    Security tokens give the holder an ownership rights, while utility ones have certain function inside the company’s platform. No surprise, that cryptocurrency, that has a decade-history and billions capitalization, becomes the subject of government’s interest. Involvement of regulation is just another proof that crypto is equal partner in financial world and has come here for long. It is just the initial stage of regulation, and more is to be expected, but despite attempts to control crypto sphere, it gives people financial freedom never witnessed before.

    Switzerland is a leading jurisdiction for ICOs in the EU– however a diligent planning of a ICO launch is mandatory for a successful fundraising.

    18:00 - 19:00
    Master Room
Meet these Security Token ICOs - behind the scenes - Pitching Sessions
  • Cashlink - making payments as simple as possible

    CASHLINK is a financial technology start-up based at the FinTech Hub of Deutsche Börse in Frankfurt am Main, which makes payments between private individuals and small businesses as easy as possible. With CASHLINK, SMEs can offer their customers extremely easy payments by direct debit, credit card or PayPal to pay their bills digitally. The product is currently being extended with the blockchain technology, for example by providing frameworks for companies to issue equity tokens for Virtual Stock Options and by providing crypto payments for SMEs.

    Website: cashlink.de

    Company contact:

    Benedikt Scheungraber
    Head of Marketing

    Cashlink - making payments as simple as possible
  • BitBond - first globally operated business lending

    Bitbond is the first business lending platform that operates globally. Bitbond leverages blockchain technology and machine learning to connect creditworthy borrowers with lenders worldwide. We use business activity data from online sales, bank accounts, reviews and other sources for our machine learning powered underwriting. This enables us to deliver fast and flexible working capital financing for business owners.

    To process payments efficiently across borders, we use blockchain based digital currencies. Headquartered in Berlin (Germany), Bitbond is a BaFin licensed financial institution and one of the few regulated companies in the blockchain space.

    Website: bitbond.com

    Company contact:

    Radoslav Albrecht
    CEO and Founder

    BitBond - first globally operated business lending

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