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ISDA Morning Briefing: Smart Contracts and Distributed Ledger

Opportunities for increasing efficiency in Derivatives Markets and legal implications


1.75 CPD Credit Hours Available (England and Wales) 

 2 CLE Credit Hours Available (New York)
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
One Bishops Square


The debate around the role of smart contracts and distributed ledger technology in the derivatives industry receives ever increasing airtime. There are those who believe that deployment of these technologies is imminent, those who think it is some way off and those who are yet to be convinced. However, regardless of your view some fundamental questions remain, what are they and in what format could they be used in our markets? ISDA recently published a whitepaper that attempts to answer some of these questions and highlight some of the associated legal considerations. This event will provide an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts who will share their thoughts on the foundational work that ISDA is doing to facilitate the application of these technologies and explore in greater depth the legal implications.

8:00 AM


Registration and Continental Breakfast




8:30 AM


Welcoming Remarks
Ian Sloyan,
Director, Data and Reporting, ISDA




8:45 AM


Smart Contracts and Distributed Ledger - Opportunities for increasing efficiency in Derivatives Markets and legal implications

  • The ISDA CDM - Creating the foundations for the application of emerging technologies.
  • Smart Contracts – what are they, contract or code?
  • More on the DLT – how does it work and what are the challenges for a global wholesale market?
  • The future – a new way of drafting legal documents.

Moderator: Ian Sloyan, Director, Data and Reporting, ISDA
Dr. Christopher Clack, Senior Lecturer, University College London
Ayaz Haji, Head of MiFID II Technical Architecture and Data Strategy, Goldman Sachs
Paul Lewis, Partner, Linklaters LLP
Dr. Peter Werner, Senior Counsel, ISDA




10:30 AM


Discussion Concludes


Agenda is subject to change

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Allen & Overy LLP, One Bishops Square, London, E1 6AD. Phone +44 (0) 203 808 9700
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