Legal Technology and the Future of Derivatives

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
ISDA Conference Center
New York

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Non-Member $975 U.S.

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Educational Credits

6 CLE Credit Hours Available (New York)
Transitional and Nontransitional

6 CPE Credit Hours Available

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8:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM Introduction and Welcoming Remarks Ciarán McGonagle

Ciarán McGonagle, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA

9:15 AM Lawyers, Technology and Derivatives Market: What does the future hold? Ciarán McGonagle, Joshua Ashley Klayman, Artem Korenyuk, Jason Rozovksy

The use of technology such as blockchain in the financial markets may result in a fundamental reshaping of financial services infrastructure, reducing operational risks, streamlining increasingly cumbersome and time-consuming processes, and cutting costs. But how will these new technologies be used? What role will lawyers play?

Moderator: Ciarán McGonagle, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA
Joshua Ashley Klayman, U.S. Head of FinTech and Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets, Linklaters LLP
Artem Korenyuk, Executive Director, Business Innovation and Fintech Strategy, DTCC
Jason Rozovksy, Assistant General Counsel, R3

Additional Speakers to be Announced.

10:15 AM Morning Break

10:30 AM Keynote Address Melissa Netram

Melissa Netram, Chief Innovation Officer and Director of LabCFTC, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

10:55 AM The Legal & Regulatory Framework – An International Perspective Megan O’Flynn, Isabelle Corbett, Philip W. Raimondi, Jeffrey L. Steiner

The use of new technology in the financial markets introduces novel concepts which might challenge existing legal and regulatory frameworks. The development of new legal, regulatory and supervisory frameworks will require global cooperation across a number of areas. This panel will identify some of the key issues and discuss the current status of international law reform efforts.

Moderator: Megan O’Flynn, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA
Isabelle Corbett, Head of Regulatory Affairs & GovTech, R3
Philip W. Raimondi, Special Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, Division of Market Oversight, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Jeffrey L. Steiner, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

11:45 AM Future of Derivatives Documentation Megan O’Flynn, Akber Datoo, Ilene K. Froom, Harry Jho, Charles Post

New technologies are being developed and implemented. Documentation is being digitized. Standardization is driving greater automation. But how do these trends link together? What does this mean for derivatives documentation, and what are the costs and potential benefits? IM documentation negotiation

Moderator: Megan O’Flynn, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA
Akber Datoo, Founder & Managing Director, D2 Legal Technology (D2LT)
Ilene K. Froom, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Harry Jho, Partner, Harry Jho LLC
Charles Post, Head of US Consulting Services - Delivery & Sales, JDX Consulting

12:35 PM Luncheon

1:30 PM Smart Derivatives Contracts – From Concept to Construction Douglas J. Donahue, Karl Fey, Ciarán McGonagle

ISDA’s documentation framework provides a robust foundation for the development of smart derivatives contracts. But which contractual terms should be automated? This presentation will provide an overview of some of the key legal and regulatory considerations that technology developers and other market participants will need to consider when developing smart derivatives contracts.

Douglas J. Donahue, Partner, Linklaters LLP
Karl Fey, Director and Senior Analyst, Harry Jho LLC
Ciarán McGonagle, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA

2:15 PM Demonstration: Implementing Smart Derivatives Contracts Priyanka Desai, Beth Sendra

Smart Contracts are currently being developed and implemented across a range of industries, including trade finance and capital markets. This session will provide practical demonstrations of different smart contract implementations, including discussion of how smart derivatives contracts might be implemented across different asset classes.

Priyanka Desai, Senior Vice President of Operations and Business Development, OpenLaw
Beth Sendra, Product Manager, Digital Asset
Additional Speakers to be Announced.

3:00 PM Afternoon Break

3:15 PM Digital assets in derivatives markets Amy Caruso, Sean W. Anderson, Dickson C. Chin, David Felsenthal, Christine T. Parker, Yvette Valdez

A variety of digital coins, tokens and other assets have emerged, but what impact might they have in derivatives and broader capital markets? How do these assets fit into the existing legal and regulatory framework? Could they ultimately be used for transaction settlements or collateral transfers?

Moderator: Amy Caruso, Head of Collateral Initiatives, ISDA
Sean W. Anderson, Associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP
Dickson C. Chin, Partner, Jones Day
David Felsenthal, Partner, Clifford Chance US LLP
Christine T. Parker, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Yvette Valdez, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

4:00 PM Conference Concludes

Agenda is subject to change.


Venue Location:

ISDA Conference Center, 10 East 53rd Street (entrance on 52nd and 53rd Street), 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022, Phone: +1 (212) 901-6000. Please find a map to the venue here.

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