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IRELAND’S FIRST CRYPTO, METAVERSE & NFT CONFERENCE

Titanic Hotel, Belfast, 6th October 2022

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What is DeFi?

DeFi is a new wave of innovation that encompasses the fastest growing areas of finance and blockchain, cryptocurrencies & NFTs

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DeFi refers to digital platforms and applications that allow peer-to-peer transactions through software without reliance on an intermediary like a bank. The most popular uses are lending, borrowing and trading across a range of new digital assets.

DEFI CONF 2022 SPEAKERS

Niels Juul
Niels Juul
CEO, No Fat Ego
Dotun Rominiyi
Dotun Rominiyi
Director of Emerging Technology & Blockchain Architecture, London Stock Exchange Group
Kam Dylan
Kam Dylan
Founder & Lawyer, Dylan Law
Dr. Alireza Dorfard
Dr. Alireza Dorfard
Head of Market Data + Services, Deutsche Börse
Meike Krautscheid
Meike Krautscheid
Founder & CEO, BlockXSpace
Andrew Mulvenny
Andrew Mulvenny
Crypto Market Operations Lead - EMEA, Coinbase
Brian McGleenon
Brian McGleenon
Anchor/ Journalist at Yahoo Finance, host of The Crypto Mile - long-reads The Independent, Yahoo Finance
Paula Marie Kilgarriff
Paula Marie Kilgarriff
Retail Innovation Lecturer, Technological University Dublin
Amor Sexton
Amor Sexton
Head of International Operations, Blockdaemon
Pete Townsend
Pete Townsend
Managing Director, Techstars
Oonagh Van Den Berg
Oonagh Van Den Berg
CEO, Virtual Risk Solutions
Shane Kehoe
Shane Kehoe
Managing Partner, Swissborg Ventures
Adam Morgan McCarthy
Adam Morgan McCarthy
Reporter, The Block
Dinny Collins
Dinny Collins
Crypto Consultant, Bitcoin with Dinny
Johnny McCamley
Johnny McCamley
CEO and Founder, CryptoClear
Jillian Godsil
Jillian Godsil
Editor in Chief and Founder, BlockLeaders
Aidan Larkin
Aidan Larkin
Founder & CEO , Asset Reality
Lisa Gibbons
Lisa Gibbons
Web3 Communications Advisor, Blockleaders
Kevin Traynor
Kevin Traynor
Founder & CEO, Grow Consultancy
Mark Curran
Mark Curran
Corporate Finance Specialist, Department of Finance (Ireland)
Niamh Aughney
Niamh Aughney
NFT Artist & Marketeer, Entrepreneur
Kevin Murcko
Kevin Murcko
Founder & CEO, Coinmetro
Owen O’Driscoll
Owen O’Driscoll
Founder & CEO, Plandail Limited
David Carlisle
David Carlisle
Vice President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Elliptic
Dr Jamie Allsop
Dr Jamie Allsop
CEO , Clearpool
Adam Bouktila
Adam Bouktila
CPO , Zaisan
Fergal Downey
Fergal Downey
VP Engineering, Rakuten Blockchain Lab
Audrey O’Regan
Audrey O’Regan
Research Operations & GTM, Blockworks
David Mc Govern
David Mc Govern
Chainlink Evangelist, Chainlink
Alejandro Gutierrez
Alejandro Gutierrez
Co Founder-Ops Lead, Defactor
Matt Hookings
Matt Hookings
Actor/Producer , Camelot Films
Rob Cumiskey
Rob Cumiskey
Country Lead and Head of Marketing - Ireland, Bitpanda
Kurt Pittman
Kurt Pittman
Co-Founder & CEO, BigFan.io
Matt Green
Matt Green
Blockchain Litigation Lead, Shoosmiths
Joe David
Joe David
Founder and Global CEO, Nephos Group

DeFi Conf 2022 is an international conference for those shaping the future of the blockchain, digital currencies and digital assets.

1 Iconic Venue
Our conference takes place in the iconic and historic Titanic Hotel in Belfast.

30+ World Class Speakers
Hear from some of UK & Ireland’s brightest minds in Decentralised Finance, Crypto & Blockchain.

20+ Talks, Panels & Workshops
We’ll be presenting a superb mix of talks, panels and workshops with content for everyone interested in De-Fi, from private to institutional investors.

200 Places Only
Numbers are strictly limited to 200 tickets – with 100 already sold. Book yours today!

Sponsors

Thanks to our 2022 Sponsors

We're delighted to launch DeFi Conf 2022 – and to bring global experts in digital currencies, the metaverse and the new wave of digital assets such as NFTs to an iconic venue in one of Europe's best cities for conferences.
Kevin Traynor
Founder, DeFi Conf 2022
Schedule logo

Titanic Hotel
Belfast

Thursday 6th October 2022

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09.00 - 17.00

Multi-track conference

Our main conference with 3 tracks covering:
Track 1 - financial services, innovation & regulation;
Track 2 - education; and,
Track 3 - web3, NFTs and the creator economy.

Open to all ticket holders.

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17.30-19.00

Irish Whiskey Tasting Networking Session

Network with our speakers, sponsors & VIPs and enjoy a Titanic Whiskey experience.

VIP Ticket holders and Invited guests only.

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19.00-21.00

VIP Dinner

Join our speakers, sponsors & VIPs for a 3 course meal at one of Belfast's finest restaurants.

VIP ticket holders & invited guests only.

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21.00-23.59

Closing Party

Let your hair down with some drinks and entertainment at our conference Closing Party. Free drink and canapes for all attendees.

Open to all ticket holders.

Companies attending

Network with global speakers and delegates from

DEFI CONF 2022 TICKETS

General Admission

  • Full Conference & Workshop Programme
  • All Conference Materials
  • Complimentary Lunch
  • Complimentary Tea, Coffee and Refreshments
£199 +VAT
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Recommended

VIP Conference & Networking Pass

  • Full Conference & Workshop Programme
  • All Conference Materials & Recordings
  • Complimentary Tea, Coffee and Refreshments
  • Complimentary Lunch
  • Irish Whiskey Tasting Networking Session
  • VIP Dinner
  • Entrance to Closing Party
£599 +VAT
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Standard Conference Pass

  • Full Conference & Workshop Programme
  • All Conference Materials & Recordings
  • Complimentary Tea, Coffee and Refreshments
  • Complimentary Lunch
  • Entrance to Closing Party with Complimentary Drink
£399 +VAT
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Niels Juul

CEO, No Fat Ego

Originating from Copenhagen ad agencies, Niels Juul became one of the founding partners of Von Dutch – a global fashion phenomenon of the 2000’s.

He since became a senior executive in the film business and has produced the last three Martin Scorsese movies (“Silence”, “The Irishman” and “Killers of the flower moon”) and is currently producing “Ferrari” by Michael Mann, starring Adam Driver and Penelope Cruz. Juul sits on the advisory board of a number of brands and owns No Fat Ego, an independent production company in “Hollywood”.

Niels is also a partner in NFT Studios, which will use NFTs and DAO governance to finance independent movies. It’s first movie “A Wing and a Prayer”, starring Hugh Bonneville, will start filming in March 2023.
He is also a co-owner of Metabrands, a WEB3 agency that launches wearables for “real-life” clothing brands in the metaverse, using avatars and NFTs.

Dotun Rominiyi

Director of Emerging Technology & Blockchain Architecture, London Stock Exchange Group

Dotun is a Product & Technology expert leader with over 15 years combined experience across the blockchain, FinTech and video gaming sectors. Specialising in executive management, product leadership, with expert skills in blockchain development, games and high performance real-time applications. I have proven commercially focused product leadership as well as technical expertise in Solidity, C/C++, C#, Python, R, Rust, full-stack JavaScript (Node.js) and Java development across a variety of platforms.

He speaks at conferences regularly with a focus on either blockchain & DLT, video games, FinTech or other emerging technologies.

Kam Dylan

Founder & Lawyer, Dylan Law

Kam started her career working for an in-house legal team of a private equity firm headquartered in London, U.K. She went onto work for several financial institutions advising on a variety of banking and finance transactions including certain regulatory matters. Taking her experience from the traditional finance industry, in recent years, Kam has focused her practice on advising blockchain based companies on legal contractual, structuring and regulatory matters including layer-2 projects, exchange, NFT platform and investors. Kam also runs the London hub of the Blockchain Lawyers Forum, a network of lawyers specialising in blockchain laws across the world. She also speaks and attends conferences around the globe.

Dr. Alireza Dorfard

Head of Market Data + Services, Deutsche Börse

Alireza Dorfard is Head of Market Data + Services and part of the Deutsche Börse Trading & Clearing Management Team. Market Data + Services encompasses Deutsche Börse Group’s data dissemination business and focuses on continuous development and enhancement of the group’s data products.

Before Alireza Dorfard joined Deutsche Börse Group, he was responsible for Mastercard’s Data & Services business as part of the management team in Germany and Switzerland.

He started his career at the Boston Consulting Group, consulting clients in the financial services and capital markets industry.

Alireza Dorfard studied mathematics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and received his PhD in economics from the University of Trier.

Meike Krautscheid

Founder & CEO, BlockXSpace

Meike Krautscheid is an entrepreneur and a leading global specialist in blockchain-based use cases and business transformation. She is the Founder and CEO of blockXspace, a company that is bringing blockchain solutions to the public and private sector. Meike Krautscheid is analyzing the problem areas of different industries and companies, highlighting how blockchain technology, as well as Smart and Ricardian Contracts help to solve these problems and lead to massively improved business efficiencies. Originally Meike Krautscheid comes from the events industry, but several years ago, during her studies of business economics, she heard about blockchain technology instantly understood the incredible innovations the tech is capable of. She was one of the first people in Germany to get involved with blockchain and is now making rounds at global blockchain and technology events and conferences, where she is sharing her knowledge about the opportunities in different sectors.

Andrew Mulvenny

Crypto Market Operations Lead - EMEA, Coinbase

Andrew is a senior risk & compliance professional with a passion for Innovation and challenging the norm. With over ten years of global financial services experience in Risk Management. A track record of establishing new banking entities, implementing enterprise risk frameworks, and defining risk appetite. Skilled in derivatives, financial regulation, and risk management.
Andrew’s current role is leading the establishment of the Counterparty Credit Risk Function in Dublin and delivering ICAAP as part of Barclays European expansion. Additionally Andrew’s current research is base on the evolution of Risk Management in the advent of Digital Currencies.

Brian McGleenon

Anchor/ Journalist at Yahoo Finance, host of The Crypto Mile - long-reads The Independent, Yahoo Finance

Brian is the host of Yahoo Finance’s new cryptocurrency show ‘The Crypto Mile’ and works as a features writer for Yahoo! Finance.

He has created multiple episodes of the series where he has conducted Yahoo Finance video interviews with significant protagonists in the cryptocurrency and fintech sector, such as former Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Cardano co-founder Charles Hoskinson, digital artist Emily Yang, former Reagan administration senior economic advisor Steve Hanke and world renown economist Richard D Wolff.

He also writes long-read articles for The Independent on geopolitics and cryptocurrencies.

Brian has reported on finance and cryptocurrencies for the City Desk of The Evening Standard and the Daily Express and worked as a UK news presenter for Fuji Television’s Goody! News and Viking More.

Paula Marie Kilgarriff

Retail Innovation Lecturer, Technological University Dublin

Paula Marie is a Web3 Brand Activation & Retail innovation lecturer & consultant with 20 years of international experience in the Luxury & Fashion Industries.

She is developing Web 3 and Metaverse ecosystem for luxury fashion brands to create omniversal fashion experiences using IOTs, AR/VR/XR AI/ML & Blockchain Development in building new and sustainable innovative solutions with circularity and entrepreneurism as the focus.

Brands include Sephora, Nike and Ferarri. Paula lectures Retail Innovation & Emerging Technologies at London College of Fashion, & Technological Univerity Dublin, Nottingham Trent University.

She is head for creative partnerships at Clout. art/SwaySocial, an NFT powered Social Media and monetisation platform for Metacreators & Head of Fashion and Retail at Threedium 3D Immersive Retail Solutions.

Amor Sexton

Head of International Operations, Blockdaemon

Amor is Head of International Operations for Blockdaemon, the world’s largest Web3 infrastructure provider. Her diverse background includes operations, strategy, communications, marketing, regulatory engagement, commercial law, and development of enterprise grade solutions. A qualified lawyer, Amor launched a pioneering digital currency legal practice and was a founding member of COALA, a global blockchain R&D collaboration between academics, lawyers, technologists and entrepreneurs. In addition to active involvement with many startups, Amor was also Head of Operations for Coinbase’s European crypto business, Head of Blockchain for Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions Group, and she helped lead Digital Transformation Strategy at BNP Paribas Securities Services.

Pete Townsend

Managing Director, Techstars

Pete Townsend is an early-stage startup advisor and investor, non-executive director, mentor and podcaster. He is based in Dublin, Ireland and is currently investing in and accelerating web3 startups as a Managing Director with Techstars. Pete has 27 years of global experience at the startup and enterprise level with companies such as Coinbase, BNP Paribas, Fidelity Investments and 25+ startups across Ireland, the UK and USA. Pete is also the co-host of MoneyNeverSleeps, an Ireland top 20 weekly podcast that looks inside the minds of entrepreneurs and at the crossover of startups, enterprise, technology, finance and life as we know it.

Oonagh Van Den Berg

CEO, Virtual Risk Solutions

Over 20 years experience in compliance and regulation, with key focus on Web 3.0 FinTech Crypto Compliance and Risk framework development.

Financial Crime detection and Regulatory risk control development Subject Matter Expert, with focus on Automation and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning implementation.

Shane Kehoe

Managing Partner, Swissborg Ventures

SwissBorg is democratising wealth management by making it fun, fair, and community-centric. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, SwissBorg has an international team of over 250 people and holds two licenses to provide Virtual Currency Exchange and Virtual Currency Wallets internationally. We believe that blockchain technology can empower everyone to control their wealth and that this is the next step towards a world of decentralised nations, where every individual is welcome and is fairly rewarded for their contributions.

Adam Morgan McCarthy

Reporter, The Block

Adam has been based in London for the past year, initially freelancing and working for a start-up there before beginning a fellowship at Business Insider. He covers general crypto news and markets.

Dinny Collins

Crypto Consultant, Bitcoin with Dinny

Growing up facing a variety of financial hardships and struggles throughout his childhood. Dinny has always had a passion for building wealth and providing powerful financial education to help others build a prosperous future for themselves and their family. Prioritising investment strategy, financial growth, and entrepreneurialism early in his life. Dinny was able to achieve financial freedom early in his career, and as such, has dedicated his life to helping others do the same.

Johnny McCamley

CEO and Founder, CryptoClear

Johnny McCamley first got involved in the Digital Asset space back in December 2015 buying bitcoin. Johnny is Founder and CEO of CryptoClear. CryptoClear is a one stop shop for all things Digital Assets.

Jillian Godsil

Editor in Chief and Founder, BlockLeaders

Jillian is a co founder and journalist in the Blockleaders.io. She freelances for Irish Tech News, Irish Central, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times. She has her own radio shows on DublinCityFM and EastCoastFM. Jillians first job after graduating from Trinity College was as a systems analyst with JP Morgan. She is advisor to a number of ICOs, has been named a Crypto Queen by In Zero Conferences as well as listed in the 50 most influential women in the global blockchain rollcall. She is a board member of EOS Dublin. She keynotes and chairs blockchain events around the world – including Kiev, Austin, Muscat, Columbo, Dublin, Dubai, Amsterdam, Malta and London

Jillian has been featured in Al Jazeera, Russia Today, BBC2 Newsnight, UK Telegraph, RTE, TV3, Huffington Post, New York Times The Irish Times, Vogue Italia and the Irish Independent amongst other publications.

Aidan Larkin

Founder & CEO , Asset Reality

Aidan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Asset Reality (a Techstars portfolio company). The fintech startup has developed the world’s first end-to-end solution for crypto asset recovery. A former criminal tax inspector for HM Revenue & Customs in the UK and experienced Seized Asset Manager, Aidan was the world’s first seized crypto auctioneer. Aidan was appointed a RUSI Associate Fellow and is a regular guest speaker at international conferences on seized assets and crypto asset recovery, he also acts as a lecturer and consultant for the United Nations, law enforcement agencies, public sector bodies and NGO’s to increase effectiveness in Asset Recovery. In his spare time he sits on the Board of Directors for Sport Changes Life, a US/Irish charity that helps create opportunities for young people as well as acting as advisor to various Fraud Forums and Anti Financial Crime Boards in the UK & Ireland.

Lisa Gibbons

Web3 Communications Advisor, Blockleaders

Lisa is a passionate communications professional with over 12 years of experience and a love for all things blockchain, education, and sustainability. Lisa writes for numerous publications, including Blockleaders, Euronews, Cryptoslate, Blocktelegraph and GritDaily. In 2019 Lisa founded Orchardsnearme.com, a platform dedicated to wild food foraging and sustainable food distribution, and is aiming to use blockchain technology for food traceability. She currently works with numerous fintech service providers and blockchain projects to devise creative content strategies. Lisa has minted her own NFTs and is fascinated by the technology that brings NFTs to life.

Kevin Traynor

Founder & CEO, Grow Consultancy

Kevin is the founder of DeFi Conf 2022, eComm Live and Grow Consultancy.

He previously worked for the FSA (now FCA) in the City of London as a monitoring officer on a high profile Team assembled to sort the pensions mis-selling scandal in the late 1990s.

During this time, he became a  qualified (but now lapsed) financial adviser, before working as a consultant for KPMG working in the City of London on projects for clients such as (amongst others) Prudential & Credit Suisse.

He is an ex-VP of Digital for Blackrock & iShares for EMEA – as well as being their first Head of Social Media.

He is an avid self-directed investor dabbling in crypto, NFTs, alt investments and all things new and shiny in the world of finance.

Mark Curran

Corporate Finance Specialist, Department of Finance (Ireland)

Mark Curran is a member of the Financial Advisory team at the Irish Department of Finance, focusing on policy and strategy for digital assets, sustainable finance and fintech.

Niamh Aughney

NFT Artist & Marketeer, Entrepreneur

Niamh consults NFT projects and artists onboarding them into the NFT space and educating them on Web 3.

Kevin Murcko

Founder & CEO, Coinmetro

A thought leader in FX, Crypto, Blockchain and Financial Regulation focusing on removing barriers and bringing real substantive change to capital markets globally, Kevin does not just talk the talk, he actually walks the walk. He frequently advises regulators and government bodies on matters relating to applying current regulations to new financial markets and instruments, regulatory sandboxes, and related topics. As the founder of Coinmetro and a co-founder of Ignium, he is now looking to help shape a tokenized future and advance access to all people rather than the chosen few.

Owen O’Driscoll

Founder & CEO, Plandail Limited

Beginning his career as multi-location franchise owner, Owen built his knowledge of business development and operations. The last few years he has been focusing his attention in the blockchain industry. Using in depth experience to identify crossovers between traditional and contemporary business ,making real world solutions . Owens natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge has always attracted him to industry in general, finding new and exciting innovations is what drives him .

David Carlisle

Vice President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Elliptic

David Carlisle is Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Before joining Elliptic, David worked for the US Department of the Treasury, including in the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), where he was involved in the design and implementation of US financial and economic sanctions programmes involving countries such as Myanmar and Iran.

In subsequent roles, David worked in the Treasury’s Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes (TFFC) and advised senior Treasury officials on a wide range of topics related to sanctions, money laundering and terrorist financing. He is an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, a UK think tank.

Dr Jamie Allsop

CEO , Clearpool

Experienced capital markets practitioner with a world-class technology background spanning over 20 years. Former architect at NYSE for their next gen exchange technology and previously Head of Technology at TP ICAP. Highly knowledgeable of both US (acted as a technical witness to the SEC for the 2010 Flash Crash) and European regulatory frameworks including MiFID II and an expert in market microstructure. He is a speaker, author and international standards contributor. As a member of ISO/TC68, the ISO Technical Committee for Financial Services, he contributes to the future of finance and is part of the Digital Assets working group.

Adam Bouktila

CPO , Zaisan

As a member of the founding team for Zaisan, Adam has played a key role in strategy, product development/management, marketing, and business development for the project. His previous experience in business consulting and enterprise sales has allowed Adam to work effectively with new partners and customers and help businesses get the most from new emerging technologies such as blockchain and new business models involving digital assets, data security/custody, and identity management.

Fergal Downey

VP Engineering, Rakuten Blockchain Lab

Fergal is been working on the blockchain space since 2014 after joining the cryptocurrency payment startup Bitnet to lead the engineering team. He is currently Vice President of Engineering in Rakuten Blockchain Lab, and as such is at the forefront of growing Blockchain technology by exploring its application in the Fintech, e-commerce and digital content sectors. Fergal is an energetic leader with a track record of delivering High Availability, Enterprise, Banking and Payment solutions.

Audrey O’Regan

Research Operations & GTM, Blockworks

Based in New York, Audrey leads Operations at Blockworks Research. Audrey is passionate about financial inclusion and interested in the societal implications of crypto and blockchain technologies.

David Mc Govern

Chainlink Evangelist, Chainlink

David Started as a hobbyist in Crypto in 2014. He took the plunge to go full-time in 2020 and started working on building at Chainlink a year and a half ago. David specialises in hybrid smart contracts usage within the largest DeFi Protocols in the industry.

Alejandro Gutierrez

Co Founder-Ops Lead, Defactor

Alejandro is bringing more than 15+ Supply Chain Management and Supply Chain Finance experience. He is an early adopter of Real World Assets in the DeFi space. He has been working with the likes of Maker and Centrifuge for the last 3 years, and currently he is leading Defactor, a project focused on bridging Traditional Finance and Defi using blockchain and Real World Assets as vehicle for inclusion.

Matt Hookings

Actor/Producer , Camelot Films

Rising Star Matt Hookings is an Actor, Producer, Writer and Founder of Camelot Films. Matt wrote and plays Jem Belcher in Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher, starring Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, Jodhi May and Marton Csokas. Matt is an avid boxing fan. His father was British Heavyweight Champion David ‘bomber’ Pearce. Matt is one of the founders of The Boredman Podcast which recently launched as the fastest growing podcast in the UK.

Rob Cumiskey

Country Lead and Head of Marketing - Ireland, Bitpanda

Rob is the Country Lead and Head of Marketing for Ireland at Bitpanda. With over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship and marketing, Rob is directing the marketing and expansion efforts of Bitpanda in the Irish market. Previously Rob was the Chief Marketing Officer at MyWallSt, where he led all worldwide marketing activities. He has also worked at Hailo, Google McCann and Deloitte. Rob holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin, specialising in Marketing and General Management.

Kurt Pittman

Co-Founder & CEO, BigFan.io

Kurt is Co-Founder & CEO of BigFan (Techstars Alumni), an experienced C-Suite executive and entrepreneur with 23+ years international experience in the sports and esports industries. Kurt also co-founded Nativz Gaming, a Web3 enabled esports business, and he is a highly respected member of the UK&I sports marketing sectors.

Matt Green

Blockchain Litigation Lead, Shoosmiths

Matt is the Blockchain Litigation Lead at Shoosmiths and is a lawyer specialising in Crypto, Technology, Blockchain and Intellectual Property.

His practice is designed to service businesses utilising blockchain technology, recovering crypto assets and advising on copyright, trade marks and data.

Having set the precedent in common law jurisdictions worldwide that crypto assets are property in 2019 following payment of a ransom in Bitcoin (see AA v Persons Unknown Re. Bitcoin), Matt has developed proven best practices in tracing and recovering stolen or misappropriated crypto assets across multiple jurisdictions for businesses and individuals. He has built a catalogue of successful High Court decisions, freezing crypto assets via interim injunctions and securing their return.

Matt’s background is in intellectual property and technology and he has advised on creation of NFTs considering copyright/ trade mark issues, for record labels to members clubs and beyond. He has also advised on trade mark disputes including against Amazon in the Court of Appeal and for Sky in the High Court, and works with clients in the technology, fast moving consumer goods, fashion, entertainment and music sectors, on commercial, intellectual property and litigation matters.

Advising on regulation, Matt has worked with Premier League football clubs, leaders in the world of boxing, and from fintech firm to start ups, on adoption of tokenisation, FSMA and FCA issues and implementation of stable coins.

He is featured advisor on THE CAKE, a directory for trusted Blockchain, De-Fi and NFT experts, and is a contributor to several publishers, writing on digital asset recovery, including for Bitcoin Magazine and Blockchain Industry Review. He has also co-written an academic paper entitled “Decentralised Autonomous Organisations: The Future of Corporate Governance or an Illusion

Joe David

Founder and Global CEO, Nephos Group

Starting something new is always difficult. I should know — I left the corporate standards of accounting, to go out on my own and create something that was a little different to the traditional accounting pathway. As soon as I took that first risk towards creating what I had envisioned, I learned more about myself and the way in which I wanted to lead my business and life than I ever had before. Since founding Nephos eight years ago, we have since grown into a multi-layered business, offering a range of offerings backed by highly driven and experienced individuals. Nephos is now known as Nephos Group, which holds; Nephos Mortgages, Nephos Wealth Management, Nephos Accountants, Nephos Corporate Services and my pride and joy which is MYNA — a specialised crypto accounting firm. I now support entrepreneurs and business owners navigate the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain, believing that there is no limit to people’s potential and on a mission to instil this within all my clients. To ensure they are free to live a life that they enjoy whilst gaining financial success and business growth, especially within the realm of crypto. Traditional is out of the window & I’m here to lead both market and industry in the fight to understand crypto on a cellular level. I spend a lot of time on Twitter, whilst also posting here — I’m also in the process of launching the first of its kind NFT membership within the crypto accounting space. If you’d like to know more, feel free to reach out or book a 1:1 call with me.