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The Road to Central Bank Digital Currencies

November 23, 2021
Shearman partner Donna Parisi moderated a panel of experts discussing the outlook for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), as well as key opportunities, challenges, and design choices. The event took place on November 23rd at 4pm PT. This panel was a follow up to a July 2021 conversation that Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) hosted on CBDCs and how they fit into the future of money and financial services. This virtual panel discussion was co-hosted by GBBC and Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group, and is open to the public. Click here to view the webinar

 Speakers:
Alan Lim, Head of FinTech Infrastructure Office, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
Wee Kee Toh, Advisor, BIS Innovation Hub
Simon Chantry, Co-Founder & CIO, Bitt
Ashley Lannquist, Project Lead for Blockchain and Digital Currency, World Economic Forum
Donna Parisi, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Webinar: The Road to Central Bank Digital Currencies
 

What A FinTech Needs To Know About Becoming A Bank

November 17, 2021
Recently, there has been a significant increase in applications for new bank charters, particularly from FinTechs and payment-related companies that are interested in becoming a bank. In this webinar, What A FinTech Needs To Know About Becoming A Bank, Shearman partner Mark Chorazak speaks with Jonah Crane and Michele Alt from Klaros Group and Marina Gracias at Varo Bank, who share their perspectives on the current regulatory climate for bank charters, and the many legal, business and technical issues that FinTechs must consider when seeking a new bank charter. Click here to view the webinar. 

 Speakers:
Jonah Crane, Partner, Klaros Group
Michele Alt, Partner, Klaros Group
Marina Gracias, General Counsel, Varo Bank
Mark Chorazak, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Webinar: What A Fintech Needs To Know About Becoming A Bank

Banking and FinTech Innovation Roundtable at New York FinTech Week 

October 21, 2021
Mark Chorazak participated in an invitation-only Banking and FinTech Innovation Roundtable discussion hosted by Rise New York as part of New York FinTech Week. This event featured a curated group discussion covering everything from data privacy and innovation, to diversity and the regulatory landscape. For more information about the event, visit the Roundtable website


What to Expect in the Next Crypto Boom at New York FinTech Week

October 19, 2021
Donna Parisi hosted a fireside chat with Monica Long, General Manager of RippleX at Ripple, at the Empire FinTech Conference on October 19th. The discussion focused on the current state of crypto, including regulatory changes and the evolving business landscape, and "What to Expect in the Next Crypto Boom". More information is available on the Empire FinTech Conference website


Global Blockchain Business Council's 4th Annual Blockchain Central

September 16-17, 2021
The Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC), the leading industry association for the blockchain technology ecosystem, hosted its 4th Annual Blockchain Central alongside the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as an official partner of the UN Foundation’s Global Goals Week. Blockchain Central UNGA convened leaders in technology, government, academia, and policy for a variety of programming focused on the role of technology and community in accelerating progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Shearman is proud to support GBBC, and we hosted the in-person portion of this summit at our offices in New York City on September 17. 

Speakers:
Donna Parisi, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Reena Agrawal Sahni, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Brendon Howe, Vice President & General Manager for Blockchain, VMware
Patrick Leary, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo 
Michael Moro, CEO, Genesis Global Trading  Jim Toffey, CEO, LiquidX
Multimedia:
Donna Parisi's keynote speech: The Potential of Blockchain Technology to Advance the UN's Sustainabel Development Goals
Panel Discussion: The Future of Capital Markets

FinovateFall session on SME & Consumer Lending

September 15, 2021

Shearman partner Mark Chorazak chaired a session on SME & Consumer Lending at FinovateFall on Wednesday, September 15, from 2:55–4:00 pm ET. The session featured a panel discussion on “Lending 2.0 - What Are The Problems That Need To Be Solved For Consumers & SMEs In The New COVID 19 World?” with speakers from SoFi, Backbase, Edison Partners, Ahead Financials, Antler and Citizens Bank of Edmond, among others.


Scaling to International Markets

August 2, 2021
This interactive session with Innovate Finance focused on what the cooperation between the UK and US concretely means for startups and scale ups. This 75 mins session is broken down in 3 blocks with key experts sharing their perspectives, experience and tips for scaling a FinTech business to international markets. The three main topics of discussion are fundraising, legal issues and partnerships. 

Speakers:
Peter Cunnane, Director of International & National Initiatives, Innovate Finance
Cassandra Cuellar, Counsel in the Emerging Growth practice, Shearman & Sterling 
Valentina Kristensen, Director – Growth & Communications, OakNorth
Todd Latham, Chief Growth Officer, Currencycloud
Zach Lambert, International Product Manager, Plaid
Raji Behal, Head of Merchant Success, US Retail, Klarna

The Changing Fintech Landscape: A Snapshot of M&A Themes and Trends

July 29, 2021
Financial Technology is redefining the manner and pace in which financial products and services are delivered. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated demand for digital products and services and put in sharp relief the extent to which FinTech presents challenges and opportunities for virtually every kind of financial institution.

As the FinTech industry rapidly matures, our forecast for the remainder of 2021 and 2022 sees a wave of consolidation on the horizon. Changes in consumer behavior are leaving traditional banks—particularly smaller regional and community banks—racing to improve their mobile banking platforms and apps. Similar trends are emerging in the insurance sector, where we have seen a proliferation of apps and platforms that allow individuals to apply and shop for policies online, and in consumer investment platforms, which allow individual consumers to access sophisticated investment products such as options and derivatives. This panel of FinTech experts in the legal and investment banking industries gave their insights on the key trends, market forces and deal players that are shaping the consolidation of the US FinTech industry. They also highlighted findings from a new report published by Shearman & Sterling, S&P Global Market Intelligence and Rise, Created by Barclays, discussing the rapid convergence taking place in the FinTech sector.

Click here to view the webinar
 
Speakers:
Henry Pinnell, Managing Director, Barclays 
Mark Chorazak, Partner, Global Financial Institutions, Shearman & Sterling
Nimayi Dixit, Research Analyst, S&P Global Market Intelligence
Roger Morscheiser, Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions, Shearman & Sterling
David Treat, Senior Managing Director & Head of Blockchain and Multi-Party Systems, Accenture
Moderator: Yizhu Wang, Senior Reporter, Financial Technology, S&P Global Market Intelligence

NFTS – Investment Opportunities in Emerging Digital Assets

July 28, 2021

Shearman & Sterling held the next installment of its Family Office Webinar Series on Wednesday, July 28, “NFTs – Investment Opportunities in Emerging Digital Assets.” The discussion was led by Donna Parisi, Global Head of Finance and Head of the Family Office Group at Shearman & Sterling, with Vanessa Grellet, Head of Portfolio Growth at Coinfund. Coinfund is an investment firm focused on venture and liquid opportunities within the blockchain sector with an emphasis on digital assets and decentralization technologies.
 
This was the fourth installment of our family office webinar series focusing on digital asset investing. During this program, we discuss how non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are being used to commodify a broad range of unique tangible and intangible items in art, music, sports, gaming and virtual real estate, key drivers for the rapid growth of the NFT marketplace, potential legal concerns that NFTs raise and their role in ushering in the next era of the digital economy.
Speakers:
Donna Parisi, Partner, Shearman & Sterling  
Vanessa Grellet, Head of Portfolio Growth, Coinfund

Digital Infrastructure and the Digital Economy at GBBC Virtual Members' Summit: Americas

April 30, 2021
Donna Parisi, Head of Financial Services and FinTech at Shearman, led a panel discussion on the state of digital infrastructure and the digital economy across the Americas region, the role of blockchain technology in accelerating digitization, central bank digital currency (CBDC), and how the Americas region can collaborate to capitalize on next-generation digital infrastructure and the digital economy. Panelists included U.S. House Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Member, U.S. House Task Force on Financial Technology, Caio Mario Paes de Andrade, Special Secretary for Debureaucratization, Management and Digital Governance, Ministry of Economy, Brazil, and David Treat, Senior Managing Director & Head of Blockchain and Multi-Party Systems at Accenture. 

Speakers:
Donna Parisi, Partner, Shearman & Sterling  
Josh Gottheimer, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Caio Mario Paes de Andrade, Special Secretary for Debureaucratization, Management and Digital Governance, Ministry of Economy, Brazil
David Treat, Senior Managing Director & Head of Blockchain and Multi-Party Systems, Accenture

UK FinTech Week 2021 - Trust vs Innovation: Finding the Regulatory Balance for a Strong FinTech Sector

April 20, 2021
Shearman & Sterling is proud to partner with Innovate Finance on UK FinTech Week 2021, which brings together FinTech founders, bankers, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, regulators, policy-makers, politicians, academics and media from around the world. In connection with UKFW21, partner Barney Reynolds spoke on a panel titled “Trust vs Innovation: Finding the Regulatory Balance for a Strong FinTech Sector.” 
 

Speakers:
Alex Roy, Head of Department – Consumer Distribution Policy area, FCA
Barney Reynolds, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Clara Chiu, Head of Fintech Unit Intermediaries, Securities and Futures Commission
Mark Adams, Senior Executive Leader, Strategic Intelligence, ASIC
Luciano Brincat, Senior Manager – Strategy Policy & Innovation, Malta Financial Services Authority
Moderator: Kay Swinburne, Vice Chair of Financial Services, KPMG
Multimedia:
Webinar: Trust vs Innovation: Finding the Regulatory Balance for a Strong FinTech Sector
 


Digital Assets: The Regulatory Landscape and the Evolution of Current Market Practices

March 29, 2021
Digital assets present myriad opportunities but are not without their fair share of challenges. Shearman & Sterling's global head of financial services and FinTech, Donna Parisi, shared her insight into the nature of digital assets and the current state of digital asset regulation in the United States as a keynote speaker at the 27th Annual Virtual Securities Operations Summit hosted by ISITC. In addition to recent developments in the trading and custody spheres, Donna also provided an introduction to the various regulatory topics that will be addressed over the course of the Virtual Summit.


Innovate Finance Panel on Capital Markets Technology

January 28, 2021
Partner Pawel Szaja moderated a panel discussion hosted by Innovate Finance focused on capital markets technology and FinTech. A group of experts from across the FinTech sector discussed technology trends, disruption of capital markets and finance, and the state of play of capital markets-focused FinTech companies. This panel was hosted by Innovate Finance, the independent industry body that represents and advances the global FinTech community in the UK. Their mission is to accelerate the UK’s leading role in the financial services sector by directly supporting the next generation of technology-led innovators. Click here to read more about Innovate Finance.

Speakers:
Pawel Szaja, Partner, Shearman & Sterling  
Daniel Shepherd, CEO, Bton Financial
Dr Simone Bohnenberger-Rich, VP Product, Eigen Technologies
Damien Fontanille, UK Director of Business Development, Tokeny
Charlotte Wood, Head of Innovation & Fintech Alliances, Schroders

NYC Fintech Women Features Donna Parisi on Panel of Leaders in Blockchain

January 21, 2021
Partner Donna Parisi, the Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech at Shearman & Sterling, moderated a panel discussion hosted by NYC Fintech Women covering the basics of crypto and digital currencies, and what FinTech professionals need to know to stay digitally savvy. The panel was hosted by NYC Fintech Women, a group that connects, promotes and empowers women in their professional advancement in FinTech. Click here to read more about NYC Fintech Women.

Speakers:
Donna Parisi, Partner, Shearman & Sterling  
Rayhaneh Sharif-Askary, Grayscale Investments
Jennifer Mitrenga, Figure Technologies
Melissa Laci, banq

FTT Virtual Open Finance 2020

December 9, 2020 - Virtual
Shearman & Sterling was the sole legal Sponsor of the 2020 FTT Open Finance Virtual Festival. The event was focused on open finance and open banking, and the ways in which regulatory demands and market driven forces are impacting the sector. FTT Open Finance featured a series of panels that evaluated new business models and a fast-changing competitive landscape, and covered the issues and trends most likely to impact open banking in 2021. 

Speakers:
Barney Reynolds, Partner, Shearman & Sterling 
Emma Maconick, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Pawel Szaja, Partner, Shearman & Sterling 

Multimedia:
Webinar: Regulation and Trust panel featuring Barney Reynolds 
Webinar: Guardians of the Data Galaxy panel featuring Emma Maconick 
Webinar: Financing in 2020 panel featuring Pawel Szaja
 


1st Annual Shearman & Sterling Corporate Venture Investor Summit

Novermber 12 and 19, 2020 - Virtual
Shearman & Sterling held the 1st Annual Shearman & Sterling Corporate Venture Investor Summit, co-chaired by Kevin Jacques, Global Head of Visa Ventures; Patrick Eggen, General Partner & Founder of Counterpart Ventures; and Neff Hudson, Vice President of Corporate Development of USAA. The virtual summit offered insights and strategies from leading corporate venture investors, provided ample opportunity to engage in small group discussion via breakout sessions, speeches from keynote speakers, and thought provoking entertainment.

IPO Alternatives: What You Should Know about SPACs and Direct Listings

November 5, 2020 – Virtual
Shearman & Sterling is co-hosting the Finance Leadership Summit series throughout this Fall. The third webinar on IPO alternatives was held on November 5, 2020 and brought together CFOs, financial executives and their teams for an educational and interactive discussions on emerging trends and current challenges. 

Speakers:
Alain Dermarkar, Partner, Shearman & Sterling 
Andy Rabin, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Chase
Moderator: Matthew Lyons, Partner, Shearman & Sterling 
 

Getting Ready to Raise Capital: What Founders Need to Know and Shouldn't Be Afraid to Ask

October 13 and 15, 2020 – Virtual
Partners Gillian Emmett Moldowan (New York-Compensation, Governance & ERISA) and Kristina Trauger (New York-Capital Markets) and associate Cassandra Cuellar (Austin-Emerging Growth) provided startup founders with a legal perspective on raising capital and negotiating equity compensation in a recent two-part webinar series, co-hosted with Quesnay.

Part 1 of the webinar took place on October 13 at 12:00 pm ET and provided an overview of raising capital in private settings. Part 2 took place on October 15 at 12:00 pm ET and highlighted key considerations in accessing the public markets and equity compensation practices relevant to public companies.

Speakers:
Gillian Emmett Moldowan, Partner, Shearman & Sterling 
Kristina Trauger, Partner, Shearman & Sterling 
Cassandra Cuellar, Associate, Shearman & Sterling 
Multimedia:
Webinar: Getting Ready to Raise Capital: What Founders Need to Know and Shouldn't Be Afraid to Ask Part - 1
Webinar: Getting Ready to Raise Capital: What Founders Need to Know and Shouldn't Be Afraid to Ask Part - 2
 


The Future of Capital Markets at GBBC Blockchain Central UNGA

September 18, 2020 – Virtual
Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech Donna Parisi moderated a panel titled "The Future of Capital Markets" during GBBC Blockchain Central UNGA on Friday, September 18. The GBBC’s Blockchain Central UNGA, official partner of the UN Foundation’s Global Goals Week, brought together leading voices in technology, policy and business to discuss the role of technology and community in accelerating progress toward achieving the goals United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Speakers:
Michael Moro, CEO, Genesis Global Trading
Andre Portilho, Partner and Head of Volatility Desk, BTG Pactual
Ambre Soubiran, CEO, Kaiko
Michele Curtoni, Vice President, Digital Product Development & DLT, State Street
Yves Longchamp, Head of Research, SEBA Bank AG
Moderator: Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Webinar: The Future of Capital Markets at GBBC Blockchain Central UNGA
 
 

Return of the Down Round: Financing Amidst a Pandemic

July 28, 2020 – Virtual
Shearman & Sterling hosted the second installment of the FinTech Salon Series: Digital Edition 2020 with a webinar discussing the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on different verticals and valuations within the FinTech industry, advice for companies looking to raise funds at this time and available government support programs. The webinar also touched on FinTech investment trends, predictions for the second half of the year, investing in diverse founding teams, executive compensation issues and more. 
 
Speakers:
Kirsty Grant, Chief Investment Officer, Seedrs
Ryan Gilbert, General Partner, Propel Venture Partners
Pawel Szaja, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Cassandra Cuellar, Associate, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Matthew Lyons, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Webinar: Return of the Down Round: Financing Amidst a Pandemic

Rethinking the Workplace: Designing Return-to-Work Plans

July 21, 2020 – Virtual
Shearman & Sterling hosted the first installment of the FinTech Salon Series: Digital Edition 2020 with a webinar highlighting considerations and pitfalls when designing return-to-work plans for FinTechs and early-stage companies and discussing how companies can balance the well-being of employees with business operations. The webinar also touched on the role of remote working going forward, what kind of flexibility employees can expect from their employers and legal and compliance challenges that should be considered when designing return-to-work plans. 
 
Speakers:
Aneta Waberska, Head of Compliance, Ocrolus
Jai Garg, Associate, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Gillian Emmett Moldowan, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Webinar: Rethinking the Workplace: Designing Return to Work Plans

Main Street Lending Program Webinar Series with OakNorth

April 10 – May 1, 2020 – Virtual
Shearman & Sterling & OakNorth together have held a series of webinars on the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program and other COVID-19 funding programs. The webinars discussed the Federal Reserve’s requirements, the ability to review and process existing clients to selectively underwrite new business and understanding other business requirements.
 
Speakers:
Michael Chernick, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Russ Denton, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Brian Dillavou, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Sean Hunter, CIO, OakNorth
Neil Kahrim, Director, OakNorth
Reena Agrawal Sahni, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Webinar: Revised Terms for the Main Street Lending Program
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Webinar: Main Street Fed Funding: Get Ahead of the Curve
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