Digitizing Legal Documentation and Smart Contracts

Thursday, January 28, 2021

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  • Event will be live on January 28, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM EST  |  Timezone Converter
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2.5 CLE Credit Hours Available (New York) Transitional and Non-Transitional

2.5 CPE Credit Hours Available

2.75 CPD Credit Hours Available (England and Wales)

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

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9:00 AM Introduction and Welcoming Remarks Ciarán McGonagle

Ciarán McGonagle, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA

9:05 AM Digitizing Documentation for Implementation Ian Sloyan, Nigel Cobb, Akber Datoo, Mark New

Using digital models, such as ISDA CDM, to express the structure and operational aspects of documentation, will allow better connectivity between legal contract references and the systems which maintain the performance of those contracts, as well as providing libraries of components which can be used to build smart contracts. This presentation will provide an introduction on how ISDA is doing this today.

Moderator: Ian Sloyan, Director, Market Infrastructure and Technology, ISDA
Nigel Cobb, Senior Data Modeller, REGnosys
Akber Datoo, Founder & CEO, D2 Legal Technology (D2LT)
Mark New, Senior Counsel, Americas, ISDA

9:50 AM Break

10:00 AM Smart Derivatives Contracts – Opportunities for Implementation in the Derivatives Market Ciarán McGonagle, Shruti Ajitsaria, Richard Hay, Harry Jho

Market participants are developing and implementing technology solutions aimed at increasing automation within derivatives markets. There are opportunities to build on this further by harnessing new technologies, such as smart contracts and DLT. This panel will explore some of these opportunities, focusing on specific derivatives products and processes.

Moderator: Ciarán McGonagle, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA
Shruti Ajitsaria, Partner, Head of Fuse, Allen & Overy LLP
Richard Hay, UK Head of Fintech, Linklaters LLP
Harry Jho, Partner, Harry Jho LLC

10:50 AM Break

11:00 AM The Legal and Regulatory Framework – An International Perspective Megan O’Flynn, David Felsenthal, Philippe Goutay, Judith Lawless

DLT and smart contracts have the potential to significantly increase efficiency and automation in the derivatives market. However, the perceived lack of legal certainty when trading derivatives on a DLT platform could hamper broad-scale adoption. This panel will discuss some of these issues from an international perspective, including potential conflict of law issues that could arise when trading derivatives in using distributed, borderless technology and digital, dematerialized assets.

Moderator: Megan O’Flynn, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA
David Felsenthal, Partner, Clifford Chance US LLP
Philippe Goutay, Partner, Jones Day
Judith Lawless, Irish Counsel to ISDA, Partner, McCann Fitzgerald

11:45 AM Conference Concludes

Agenda is subject to change.

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Shruti Ajitsaria

Partner, Head of Fuse

Allen & Overy LLP


Nigel Cobb

Senior Data Modeller



Akber Datoo

Founder & CEO

D2 Legal Technology (D2LT)


David Felsenthal


Clifford Chance US LLP


Philippe Goutay


Jones Day


Richard Hay

UK Head of Fintech

Linklaters LLP


Harry Jho


Harry Jho LLC

Judith Lawless

Irish Counsel to ISDA, Partner

McCann Fitzgerald


Ciarán McGonagle

Assistant General Counsel



Mark New

Senior Counsel, Americas



Megan O’Flynn

Assistant General Counsel



Ian Sloyan

Director, Market Infrastructure and Technology



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