Crypto assets and digital securities, based on digital ledger technology, have faced a lot of hype and scrutiny in recent years. Are they the future of financial markets, or a solution in search of a problem? In these seminars, you will learn what makes web3 and the metaverse so interesting, why crypto assets and tokenised securities are considered by some to be such important components of financial infrastructure and what else decentralised ledger technology has to offer.
This seminar series is organised in collaboration with the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC). The FSBC is a think tank and research centre focused primarily on investigating the implications of blockchain technology. In addition to general research and prototype development, the FSBC serves as a networking hub for managers, start-ups, and experts to exchange knowledge and best practices.
Crypto assets like Bitcoin, Ethereum and many others use public ledgers shared over the internet to prove ownership of digital assets. They can be transferred in seconds without the need for intermediaries or permission from any centralised authority, making them an important component of financial infrastructure. While some might argue there is a cloud of hype obscuring potential use cases of such assets, they provide an indisputable potential for innovation. This is for example proven by 40 million European citizens (according to the European Central Bank) and 40 million US citizens (according to the White House) that already now own crypto assets. Based on smart contract platforms like Ethereum, assets such as traditional currencies (i.e., stablecoins) or financial instruments (e.g., shares, debt) can be tokenised. Even more so, decentralised finance (DeFi) protocols can form the future capital market and non-fungible tokens (NFT) will be used in many domains (e.g. intellectual property, art, digital twins).
This programme aims to introduce participants to the underlying technical mechanics of crypto assets, their potential use cases for finance and businesses, as well as aspects of web3 and the metaverse. Furthermore, this seminar will deepen participants' understanding of the two top-tier crypto assets, Bitcoin and Ethereum, selected DeFi protocols and their underlying protocols from a technical, economical, political, and social perspective.
Digital Securities on Blockchain Systems
Digital securities such as tokenised funds, tokenised debt, or tokenised shares take the concept of crypto assets a step further. Not only are they a form of ownership represented on a digital ledger, but much like traditional securities, they typically provide voting rights, are tied to a share of profits, or something similar - and they have to be issued in compliance with various regulatory requirements (e.g., securities prospectus). Digital securities are superior to conventional securities since they can be traded 24/7, globally, and they can technically be issued without legacy financial infrastructure. They give investors greater control and allow for a higher degree of portfolio diversification while allowing companies more flexibility with regard to fundraising approaches and business model innovation. With the introduction of the digital euro, further significant efficiency gains can be expected since trading (i.e., delivery vs. payment) of such assets can potentially take place without clearing houses. Digital securities are an important component of the future of financial markets.
This programme introduces participants to the underlying concept and technological basics of digital securities, covers a variety of potential use cases, and discusses legal considerations and challenges related to the issuance of digital securities (i.e., Elektronisches Wertpapiergesetz, eWPG).
Asset Management and Investing in Crypto Assets
Crypto assets are a new asset class which has grown to hundreds of billion US dollars. This starts with Bitcoin and Ethereum, which are the top 2 crypto assets. Such tokens can be purchased directly via crypto exchanges or indirectly with exchange traded products (ETPs). Additionally, hundreds of crypto funds and crypto indices have emerged with various investment strategies. Lastly, decentralised finance (DeFi) applications provide further investment possibilities. All these opportunities represent many new investment opportunities which require solid asset management approaches. Some of these investment opportunities are correlated with others, some are not.
Furthermore, thousands of tokens exist in various domains. Therefore, understanding and assessing the various types of tokens is paramount. Once having purchased these tokens, they can be stored on crypto exchanges. Or, alternatively, private custody can be maintained at the discretion of the investor. Using the words of the European Commission, these are unhosted wallets.
This programme introduces participants to the entire universe of investment opportunities in the domain of crypto assets. It also sets the context for various investment tactics, for example directly via the purchases of tokens or indirectly via wrapping crypto assets in publicly listed or private investment vehicles. Finally, it also discusses selected legal considerations and challenges related to crypto assets.
Interactive learning approach with individual support and opportunities to ask specific questions
A concise course structure designed to rapidly bring you up to speed with in-depth knowledge of the topics mentioned above
Experienced lecturers having worked with crypto assets, web3, and smart contracts for many years
Valuable networking opportunities with other participants
Employees and decision-makers from the financial sector who are interested in blockchain technology or who want to enter the market of crypto assets. Innovation managers, CIOs and CDOs, IT strategists, executive managers and experts in business administration, as well as individuals who would like to learn more about crypto assets and blockchain systems. Employees of startups with digital business models. Lawyers and consultants with a focus on capital market law and digitisation.
Participants should have heard about blockchain and crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. All participants should bring laptops with them.
Online or on campus
|9 am - 6 pm
Online or on campus
|9 am - 6 pm
Online or on campus
|9 am - 6 pm
Discount of 10% when booking all three modules: EUR 3,550 in total, including registration fee (EUR 100).
When booking modules 1, 2 and 3 individually: EUR 1,350 each, including registration fee (EUR 100).
The amounts are VAT-free.
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