March 3 Friday

Weil, Gotshal & Manges Roundtable: "Blockchain: The Future of Finance and Capital Markets?"

  • Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Registration: Room 122 Roundtable: Room 127
  • Open To The Yale Community
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The complete agenda for Blockchain: The Future of Finance and Capital Markets? is below.

Please RSVP by Friday, February 24, 2017.

  • YLS Alums: Please register using Cvent.  If you are outside of the NY/NJ/CT area, please email for registration instructions.
  • YLS Faculty:  Please register using this Google Form or by emailing
  • YLS Students and Other Yale Community Members:  Please register using this Google Form.

Morning Schedule

8:15 am to 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am to 9:05 am


9:05 am to 9:20 am

A Brief Introduction to Blockchain, by Nancy Liao ’05, John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell Executive Director, YLS Center for the Study of Corporate Law and YLS Associate Research Scholar in Law

9:20 am to 10:35 am

Panel Discussion I:  Increasing Payment Efficiency

Panelists: Jessie Cheng, Deputy General Counsel, Ripple; Rob Hunter, Executive Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel, The Clearing House; Jonathan Macey ‘82, YLS Sam Harris Professor of Corporate Law, Corporate Finance, and Securities Law; Joseph Torregrossa, Counsel and Assistant Vice President, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; and moderator, Nancy Liao ’05, John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell Executive Director, YLS Center for the Study of Corporate Law and YLS Associate Research Scholar in Law

10:35 am to 10:50 am

Coffee Break

10:50 am to 12:05 pm

Panel Discussion II:  Post-Trade Clearing and Settlement

Panelists:  Chris Church​, Chief Business Development Officer, Digital Asset Holdings; Maureen O’Hara, Robert W. Purcell Professor of Finance at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; Rebecca Simmons​, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Mark Wetjen, Head of Global Public Policy, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation; and moderator Roberta Romano ’80, YLS Sterling Professor of Law and Director, YLS Center for the Study of Corporate Law


Afternoon Schedule


12:05 pm to 12:15 pm


12:15 pm to 1:05 pm

Lunch and Keynote Address by Jerome Powell, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

1:05 pm to 1:15 pm


1:15 pm to 2:30 pm

Panel Discussion III:  Smart Contracts

Panelists: Christian Catalini, Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, MIT Sloan School of Management; Charley Cooper, Managing Director, R3; Nina Kilbride, Head of Legal Engineering, Monax Industries, Ltd.; Scott O’Malia, Chief Executive Officer, International Swaps and Derivatives Association; and moderator, Alexander Dyck, Professor in Corporate Governance and Professor of Finance and Business Economics, the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, Academic Director of the Director’s Education Program, and YLS Visiting Senior Research Scholar

2:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Coffee Break

2:45 pm to 4:00 pm

Panel Discussion IV: The Central Bank Perspective

Panelists: William Goetzmann, Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Finance and Management Studies, Yale School of Management and Director, the International Center for Finance; Andrew Hauser, Executive Director, Banking, Payments and Financial Resilience, the Bank of England; Ross Leckow, Deputy General Counsel, the International Monetary Fund; Carolyn Wilkins, Senior Deputy Governor, the Bank of Canada; and moderator, Gregory Fleming ‘88, YLS Senior Research Scholar in Law, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, YLS Center for the Study of Corporate Law, and YLS Visiting Lecturer in Law


Sponsoring Organization(s)

Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law