Digital Assets
Asia 2023

Hosted by Regulation Asia

Thursday 23 February 2023 - Singapore


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Event Open

08:30 AM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

Registration and Networking

Opening Remarks

08:55 AM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

Nick Wakefield, Co-Founder, Regulation Asia

Panel 1: Risk, Resilience and Integrity: The Role of Regulation in a Post-FTX World

09:00 - 10:00 AM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

With the developments in the crypto regulatory space in Singapore and Hong Kong to mitigate AML/CFT risks through the adoption of the FATF guidelines, and the recent collapse of FTX, how are regulators stepping in to improve industry best practices, market integrity and resilience? By dissecting cross border market abuse, and the use of trade surveillance, this panel will look at how legislative measures potentially impact existing licensing and enforcement trends of crypto markets in the APAC region.

Samson Leo, Co-founder, Chief Legal Officer, Fazz Financial
Julian Tehan, Chief Compliance Officer, BitMEX
Ben Bowden, Global Head of Compliance, OKX
Monica Sah, Partner, Clifford Chance
Ding Chen , Director & Senior Regulatory Counsel, Bullish

Moderated by Bradley Maclean, Co-Founder, Regulation Asia

Fireside Chat: Exchange Wars: Detecting and Disrupting Future Cross-Market Abuses

10:00 - 10:20 AM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

A push for increasing regulation could potentially prevent cross-market abuse in crypto markets, including for trading between fiat and virtual assets, while also increasing investor protection and helping to legitimise crypto as an asset class. In this session, we look at the evolution of market abuse and the data sources available to regulators to assess this risk while they consider what the future of regulation and enforcement may look like.

Vince Turcotte, Director, Digital Assets APAC, Eventus

Hosted by Nick Wakefield, Co-Founder, Regulation Asia

Networking Break

10:20 - 10:40 AM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

Rest, relax and visit the sponsors booths!

Panel 2: Risk, Reporting and Hedging: Risk Management for Crypto Assets

10:40 - 11:25 AM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

FTX, Terra and Three Arrows contagion effects have signalled the need for increased regulation and transparency in crypto markets. With the recent proposals aiming to set global standards for jurisdictions to consider in their local frameworks, we assess how existing stress testing practices and risk models can mitigate risk and consider the need for future reporting requirements for crypto assets.

Henry Loh, Head of Risk & Internal Control, Cake DeFi
Rutao Fan, Chief Financial Officer, Pythagoras Investments
Rahul Advani, Policy Director, APAC, Ripple 

Moderated by Adrian Chng, Founder & CEO, Fintonia Group

Panel 3: What’s Next for Digital Assets? Institutional DeFi and Project Guardian

11:25 AM - 12:10 PM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

Initiatives like MAS’ Project Guardian has prompted extensive discussions on the future applications of blockchain technology in financial markets. In this session, we explore the future of Institutional DeFi, peer to peer lending, automated market makers, and broader developments in the digital asset space to promote innovation and improve efficiency in financial markets.

Lena Ng, Partner, Clifford Chance
Alvin Chia, Head of Digital Assets Innovation Asia Pacific, Northern Trust
Steven Hu, Head of Digital Assets, Trade & Working Capital, Standard Chartered Bank

Moderated by Manuel Jaeger, Co-Founder and Head of Digital Assets, ADDX

Lunch & Networking Break

12:10 - 1:10 PM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

Grab lunch whilst meeting our sponsors and networking.

Keynote Address: Perspectives from FSB: A Global Framework for the Regulation, Supervision and Oversight of Digital Assets

1:15 - 1:30 PM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

Global regulation for crypto assets is needed not only to protect consumers and investors, ensure market integrity, combat money laundering and terrorist financing, but also to ensure the stability and proper functioning of the global financial system. In this session, a senior official from the Financial Stability Board (FSB) Secretariat discusses the work underway to develop a global regulatory framework for crypto assets, stablecoins, and DeFi.

Eva Hüpkes, Head of Regulatory and Supervisory Policy, Financial Stability Board

Panel 4: Shades of Grey: Balancing the Risks and Rewards of Dealing with Grey List Jurisdictions and Nascent Emerging Regulatory Frameworks

1:30 - 2:15 PM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

Across the globe, higher risk customers continue to operate using OTC desks, shell VASPs and nested exchanges, particularly in unregulated and under-regulated jurisdictions. While several jurisdictions, including Pakistan and the Philippines, have exited the grey list, a high number of jurisdictions with strategic AML/CFT deficiencies remain on the FATF grey list. In this session, we will explore how firms manage these risks and stay compliant with more developed regulatory frameworks and best practices in the crypto space.

Keira Kwek, Global Compliance Lead, Coda Payments
Azman Hamid, Chief Compliance Officer, Upbit
Anu Phanse, Chief Compliance Officer and MLRO, Coinbase

Moderated by Ave King, Global Deputy Head of Compliance, FalconX

Fireside Chat: From Freeze to Seize: Asset Recovery for Digital Assets in Asia

2:15 - 2:45 PM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

To fully address issues such as cybercrime, fraud and market abuse issues in crypto, mechanisms and processes need to be in place to recover assets. In this session, we explore how law enforcement agencies, exchanges and regulators are addressing the issue of asset recovery, including seizure success rates across different jurisdictions.

Rose Kehoe, Managing Director, Kroll
Jarek Jakubcek, Head of Law Enforcement Training, Binance

Hosted by Bradley Maclean, Co-Founder, Regulation Asia

Networking Break

2:45 - 3:05 PM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

Rest, relax and visit the sponsors booths!

Fireside Chat: Emerging Typologies: The Nexus between NFTs, Fraud, ML and Terrorism Financing

3:05 - 3:25 PM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

According to reports, terrorist groups and other illicit actors have been leveraging NFT sales to raise funds to further their causes. Combined with copy-mints, rug-pulls and money laundering, how are law enforcement agencies and financial institutions tapping on technology and data to tackle this issue?

Michael Brevetta, Head of Compliance, Conduct and Regulatory Risk, Pragma

Hosted by Chris Holland, Partner, HM

Panel 5: State-Backed Bad Actors: Trends in Sanctions Busting and Cybercrime

3:25 - 4:10 PM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

Private blockchains have proven to be a lucrative realm for sanction-hit nation states and kleptocracies to use cryptocurrencies to fuel their activities. For instance, mixers like Tornado Cash have enabled North Korea to launder proceeds obtained through crypto exchange hacks, ransomware attacks and other illicit activities. This session will look at the typologies state-backed bad actors have been applying to bypass sanctions, as well as the emerging technologies that can help to mitigate such risks.

Samuel Yim, Head of APAC & Deputy General Counsel, 1inch Network
Esme Hodson, Chief Compliance Officer, SC Ventures
Jessica Houghton, Sanctions Compliance Officer, U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control

Moderated by Manesh Samtani, Editor, Regulation Asia

Closing Remarks

4:10 - 4:15 PM SGT The Glasshouse, Andaz

Nick Wakefield & Bradley Maclean, Co-Founders, Regulation Asia


Interested in sponsorship, speaking or moderating opportunities? 

Please reach out to Nick Wakefield to find out more.

Eva Hüpkes
Ben Bowden
Henry Loh
Keira Kwek
Samson Leo
Rose Kehoe
Rutao Fan
Rahul Advani
Monica Sah
Alvin Chia
Lena Ng
Anu Phanse
Julian Tehan
Michael Brevetta
Steven Hu
Jarek Jakubcek
Samuel Yim
Vince Turcotte
Chris Holland
Manuel Jaeger
Azman Hamid
Esme Hodson
Jessica Houghton
Ding Chen
Adrian Chng
Ave King


Financial Services Professionals

Trading firms, exchanges, financial institutions, regulators, policymakers, market infrastructure, industry bodies, academia

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