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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, will lead 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 include 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. More information can be found here

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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UK FINTECH WEEK 2020

April 14 – May 1 – Virtual
Shearman & Sterling was a headline sponsor for Innovate Finance’s first-ever all-digital UK FinTech Week. Our attorneys participated in three sessions throughout the virtual conference, including those on scaling a FinTech to the US, global FinTech regulation and the future of FinTech in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entering the US Market: What to Know  
 
Speakers:
Alan Bickerstaff, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Sean Hunter, CIO, OakNorth
Sunny Parikh, Senior Vice President & Head of FinTech Innovation Lab New York, Partnership Fund for New York City
Reena Agrawal Sahni, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Sameer Gulati, Fintech Specialist, UK Department for International Trade
Multimedia:
Webinar: FinTechs Entering the US Market: What to Know
Thought Leadership: Seizing Opportunities in the US Fintech Market: Shearman & Sterling’s Guide to Successful Scaling

International Regulatory Panel
 
Speakers:
Nelson Chow, Chief Fintech Officer, Fintech Facilitation Office, Hong Kong Monetary Authority
Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Gareth Ramsay, Executive Director for Data, Bank of England
Barney Reynolds, Global Head of Financial Services, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Iana Vidal, Head of Policy and Government Affairs, Innovate Finance
Multimedia:
Webinar: International Regulatory Panel

COVID-19 Impact on FinTech: What Does the Future Hold?
 
Speakers:
Simon Dodds, Of Counsel, Shearman & Sterling
Matthew Jones, Principal, Anthemis
Magdalena Krön, Global Rise Platform Director, Barclays
Pawel Szaja, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Janine Hirt, COO & Board Member, Innovate Finance
Multimedia:
Webinar: COVID-19 Impact On FinTech: What Does the Future Hold?

International Women's Day 2020 with NYC FinTech Women

March 6, 2020 – New York
Shearman & Sterling and NYC FinTech Women celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday, March 6. The event took place in Shearman & Sterling’s New York office and featured a fireside chat with Anita Bhatia, the Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, and a panel discussion on how new and innovative technologies are ushering in the next wave of FinTechs.
 
Speakers:
Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women
Nicky Goulimis, Co-Founder and COO, Nova Credit
Catherine Martin, Director, OakNorth
Annelise Osbourne, Head of Strategy, Metechi
Tejal Mody, Managing Director, Rabobank
Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
PaymentsSource, ’Crossover Hiring’ Can Address the Gender Gap in FinTech
Video: International Women’s Day 2020 with NYC FinTech Women

Waves of Consolidation with Rebank

February 11, 2020 – London
In collaboration with the Rebank Podcast, the firm convened a panel discussion focused on M&A, IPOs and competitive dynamics within the FinTech industry.
 
Speakers:
Noel Monro, Director, Rothschild & Co.
Tim Levene, CEO, Augmentum Fintech
Ian Sutherland, CFO, Tide
Pawel Szaja, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Will Beeson, Host, Rebank Podcast
Multimedia:
Podcast: M&A, IPOs and Competitive Dynamics in a Maturing FinTech Industry

Rise of Stablecoins with the GBBC

November 4, 2019 – New York
Shearman & Sterling and the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) convened a panel on Monday, November 4, to discuss the world’s most talked about digital assets – stablecoins, and their proliferation on a global scale. The evening’s dialogue focused on the impetus for companies launching enterprise digital assets, including factors such as the fast settlement of cost-efficient transactions without incurring the risk of price volatility, as well as questions raised around the regulations of such coins.
 
Speakers:
Jeffrey Bandman, Founder & CEO, BlockAgent
Michael Moro, CEO, Genesis Global Trading
Reena Agrawal Sahni, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Eric Winer, VP of Engineering, Gemini
Moderator: Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Blog Post: Shearman & Sterling and the Global Blockchain Business Council Convene a Panel on Stablecoins

Launch of US FinTech Market Entry Guide

October 22, 2019 – Washington, DC
Shearman & Sterling, the UK Department for International Trade and HM Treasury were delighted to host the launch of their new guide, “Entering the US Market: A Guide for FinTech Firms,” during DC FinTech Week 2019. Our guide outlines the likely legal and regulatory considerations, as well as potential pitfalls, for a FinTech firm looking to scale its business to the US.
 
Speakers:
Sameer Gulati, FinTech Specialist, UK Department for International Trade
Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Thought Leadership: Entering the US Market: A Guide for FinTech Firms

Building a Data Business Roundtable

October 7, 2019 – London
Shearman & Sterling convened a roundtable in London to discuss the business-planning considerations around building a data business. Topics included business structure, data sourcing and protection, regulatory factors to consider, data customer contracts, intellectual property considerations and tax considerations, among other things.
 
Speakers:
Emma Maconick, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Barney Reynolds, Global Head of Financial Services, Shearman & Sterling
Sara Ashall, Counsel, Shearman & Sterling
Simon Dodds, Of Counsel, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Blog Post: Building a Data Business

Angel Investing: How Angel Investing Platforms and Angel Investors Are Essential to Broadening the Funding Cycle with NYC FinTech Women

September 25, 2019 – New York
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the FinTech Foundry program, Shearman & Sterling joined NYC FinTech Women at Finovate to host a breakfast panel on angel investing. Among other things, the panel discussed the vital role that angel investors can play in getting a company off the ground and the relationship between angel investors and their portfolio companies.
 
Speakers:
Rishwie Cauvery, Investor, Pipeline Angels
Marie Chevrier, Founder & CEO, Sampler
LeAnn Darland, Co-Founder and CEO, TALEA Beer Co.
Angela Lee, Founder & CEO, 37 Angels
Moderator: Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services & FinTech, Shearman & Sterling
Multimedia:
Thought Leadership: Celebrating Our One-Year Anniversary

Open Banking: Regulation Challenges & Race for Change

September 6, 2019 – New York
Shearman & Sterling hosted a delegation from the Danish Consulate to discuss open banking and how regulatory factors are affecting the transformation of the financial services industry.
 
Speakers:
Emma Maconick, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Reena Agrawal Sahni, Partner, Shearman & Sterling

Risk vs. Reward: AI and Cybersecurity with Quesnay

June 26, 2019 – New York
In collaboration with Quesnay, Shearman & Sterling hosted a panel discussion on the intersection of AI and cybersecurity. The discussion touched on how AI may disrupt the financial services industry, potential cybersecurity risks firms should monitor when rolling out AI capabilities and how firms can implement effective AI and cybersecurity infrastructures within their businesses.
 
Speakers:
Jennifer Campbell, Vice President, Enterprise Security Architecture and Cyber Risk Management, Deutsche Bank
Vivek Dhayagude, Chief Technology Officer, Skybridge
Lindsey Guinn, Senior Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank Emma Maconick, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Moderator: Donna Parisi, Global Head of Financial Services and FinTech, Shearman & Sterling