SEC headquarters in Washington D.C photo D Ramey Logan.

United States federal government agency the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced in a press release it sent to CoinReport the agenda for the financial technology (fintech) forum that its staff is hosting on May 31 to discuss digital assets and distributed ledger technology.

The SEC’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub) will host the forum, which will start at 9:30 a.m. ET. The 2019 FinTech Forum will feature four panels.

Held at the SEC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., the forum is open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. The door will open an hour early – at 8 a.m. ET.

The SEC advises the guests attending the event to bring their photo IDs with them and encourages them to arrive at a time that allows them to go through security and be at the forum from the start. Guests are not required to register for the forum.

The SEC’s website will webcast the event live, while a recorded video of the forum for later viewing will be available on the FinHub page. For live updates throughout the event, the SEC encourages the public to follow the SEC on Twitter at @SEC_NewsThe FinTech Forum hashtag is #SECfintech.

Agenda and Panelists

(All times Eastern, Panelists listed are scheduled to appear)

8 a.m.        Doors open

Morning Session

9:30 a.m.   Opening Remarks by Valerie Szczepanik, Head, FinHub

Remarks by William Hinman, Director, Division of Corporation Finance

Panel 1: Capital Formation Considerations

Moderator: Jonathan Ingram, Chief Legal Advisor, FinHub, Division of Corporation Finance


  • Joshua Ashley Klayman – Klayman LLC
  • Paul Brody – Ernst & Young
  • Aaron Wright – Cardozo Law School

Remarks by Brett Redfearn, Director, Division of Trading and Markets

Panel 2: Trading and Markets Considerations

Moderator:  Elizabeth Baird, Deputy Director, Division of Trading and Markets


  • Neha Narula – MIT Media Lab
  • David Forman – Fidelity Brokerage Services
  • Mark Wetjen – DTCC

Lunch Break – 75 minutes

Afternoon Session

Remarks by Dalia Blass, Director, Division of Investment Management

Panel 3: Investment Management Considerations

Moderator: Jennifer McHugh, Senior Special Counsel, Division of Investment Management


  • John D’Agostino – DMS
  • Amy Steele – Deloitte
  • Jay Baris – Shearman & Sterling LLP

Remarks by Peter Driscoll, Director, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations

Panel 4: Distributed Ledger Technology Innovations: Industry Trends and Specific Use Cases for Financial Markets

Moderator: Scott Walker, Special Counsel, FinHub


  • Christopher Ferris – IBM
  • Todd McDonald – R3
  • Kevin Werbach – Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

The event concludes at 5:30 p.m.

Image credit – D Ramey Logan  (CC BY 4.0)


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