Crypto Meets Banking: How to Blockchain-Enable the Financial Sector?

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Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Adickesallee 32-34

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Crypto Meets Banking: How to Blockchain-Enable the Financial Sector?

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The event is jointly organized by the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center and the Business Engineering Institute St. Gallen (BEI). It will take place on Monday, January 20, 2020 at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

In the future, digital assets will play an increasingly important role in the financial sector. Retail investors, but also financial institutions, will gain access to traditional and completely new asset classes in the form of tokens. The opportunities are great — the market potential for blockchain-based assets is immense. However, one thing must be clear: Anyone, who waits or hesitates, will be left behind by the rapid technological development of blockchain technology — perhaps forever.

For us, the future is now. At this event we have several landmark companies presenting themselves in Frankfurt:

  • d-fine enabling pioneering companies to design, build and ship blockchain-based solutions (e.g. issuance platforms, custody solutions)
  • Swisscom, a major Swiss telecommunication provider, driving forward the developments of blockchains in Switzerland,
  • Innovo Cloud launching a new node-as-a-service to allow anybody participate in DLT and crypto networks
  • Plutoneo offering a fully customizable custody solution for digital assets
  • Kapilendo providing companies with individual forms of financing for each phase of corporate development, including digital securities
  • Blocksize Capital offering a software for asset management for crypto assets and soon launching their broker business

In the light of these developments, this conference aims to discuss the driving forces of decentralized financial products and their impact on the financial sector. We are looking forward to meeting you to join our conference!


  • Thomas Zerndt, BEI St. Gallen
  • Dr. Matthias Hirtschulz, d-fine
  • Benjamin Müller, Innovo Cloud
  • Henning Gebert, Swisscom
  • Benjamin Schaub, Plutoneo
  • Jens Siebert, Kapilendo
  • Christian Labetzsch, Blocksize Capital

PANEL DISCUSSION: How to Blockchain- and Crypto-Enable Financial Institutions?

  • Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC)
  • Tim Kreutzmann, Bundesverband Investment und Asset Management (BVI)
  • Tobias Frey, Bundesverband deutscher Banken (BdB)
  • Stefan Schmitt, International Token Standardization Association (ITSA)


In the last three years, the blockchain and especially the crypto assets ecosystem acted like a roller-coaster. At first, there was a massive rise with a lot of new projects coming up picking up terms like “blockchain” and “ICOs” to get attention. Along with the subsequent downfall, a lot of dubious projects went away. The subject of this conference are opportunities and risks for financial institutions arising from the advent of digital assets. We present and discuss the challenges resulting of a digitized financial system and the opportunities arising from new business models.

Following questions will be answered:

  • How will the custody for digital assets work in the future?
  • What are the advantages against the financial industry we know today?
  • Which business models are able to survive a major change in the financial industry?
  • How can institutional investors benefit from these developments?
  • How can crypto-assets contribute to portfolio diversification?
  • How can the expected regulatory framework influence the market environment?
  • Which new business models exist for asset managers and brokers?
  • Should investment funds consider such digital assets? How can crypto assets be assessed?
  • Which blockchain startups should be watched?


  • Location: Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Room: Audimax
  • Date: Monday, January 20, 2020, 13h30 – 21h00 with a networking and drinks afterwards
  • Language: English/German
  • Registration required via Eventbrite; maximum number of participants: 300



  • 13:00 Doors open
  • 13:30 Bitcoin's Architecture, Energy Consumption and Green Mining (Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center)
  • 13:45 How Ecosystems accelerate the Crypto Economy (Thomas Zerndt & Roger Heines, BEI St. Gallen)
  • 14:00 Current challenges preventing Digital Asset mass adoption – and how to tackle them (Christian Labetzsch, Blocksize Capital)
  • 14:25 Coffee break
  • 14:50 Opening the Digital Securities Market for SMEs (Jens Siebert, Kapilendo)
  • 15:15 Handling crime-related digital asset transactions (Dr. Matthias Hirtschulz, d-fine)
  • 15:40 Reality Check: Blockchain in Financial Services (Henning Gebert, Swisscom)
  • 16:05 Coffee break
  • 16:30 Node-as-a-Service (Benjamin Müller, Innovo Cloud)
  • 16:55 Fully Customizable Custody for Digital Assets (Benjamin Schaub, Plutoneo)
  • 17:20 Panel discussion (see above for participants)
  • 18:00 Networking and drinks


This conference is free of charge. Registration required using Eventbrite.


Blockchain technology has the potential to fundamentally alter the way business processes are conducted across a multitude of industries around the globe. So far, banks and FinTechs are the biggest sectors affected by blockchain technology and crypto currencies in specific. However, it is also necessary to understand how the blockchain technology will change other relevant sectors such as the IoT, mobility, and energy sector, and thus improving our daily lives. It is believed that current profit pools will be disrupted and redistributed toward the owners of new, highly efficient blockchain platforms. Therefore, understanding the fundamental concepts and the implications of this technology is essential not just for decision-makers in banks and industries, but for everyone.

We think the event is best suited for:

  • Employees and decision makers from the financial sector interested in blockchain technology
  • Employees and decision makers from the industry interested in blockchain technology
  • Developers and architects from central banks and regulators as well as IoT companies
  • Consultants and lawyers interested in the implications of blockchain technology
  • Analysts confronted with the application of these technologies
  • Startup founders and startup enthusiasts interested in blockchain technology
  • People who are interested in alternative ways of digital fundraising
  • Investors interested in the cryptocurrency-market


  • Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
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  • Phone: +49 69 154 008-790
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About the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center

The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is a think tank and research center which investigates the implications of blockchain technology for companies and their business models. Apart from the development of prototypes, it serves as a platform for managers, startups, technology and industry experts to share knowledge and best practices. The Blockchain Center also provides new research impulses and develops training for students and executives. It focuses on banking, mobility, “Industry 4.0” and the energy sector.

Further information can be found on the Website, on Facebook, or via Twitter.

About Business Engineering Institute St. Gallen

The Business Engineering Institute St. Gallen has been conducting application and design oriented research at the interface between business and IT for over 20 years. In addition, it offers part-time Executive Masters in Business Engineering (EMBE) and IT Business Manager (ITBM) degrees.

Further information can be found on the Website.

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