To CBDC Or Not To CBDC? That Is The Question!

A debate-style event, with our two teams (CBDC Enthusiasts & CBDC Sceptics) having the opportunity to consider and respond to questions from the moderator as well as live questions from our audience!

Digital currencies present themselves in many forms, ranging from native cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether, through to stablecoins such as Tether and Facebook's Libra, and the emerging Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). They have a variety of use cases, from providing new means of exchange and facilitating better and cheaper cross-border payments, to enabling the development of digital asset markets.

Against this backdrop, our panellists will be discussing the pros and cons of CBDCs.

  • Where can they add benefits?

  • Where do they introduce risks?

  • Are they an insidious threat to the privacy of individual citizens, or a means of enabling a more effective relationship between individuals and the state?

  • Are these mutually exclusive?

  • And is there even a need for CBDC's - or can cryptocurrencies and stablecoins suffice in the digital currency landscape?

Lee Schneider, General Counsel at Block.One, and Olaf Ransome, "The Bankers' Plumber" (and former Chief Commercial Officer at Fnality International) advancing the case for CBDC's.

Adi Ben-Ari, CEO of Applied Blockchain, and Pietro Grassano, Business Development Director (Europe) at Algorand focussing on the risks, challenges and shortcomings of CBDC in the context of the wider digital money, stablecoin and cryptocurrency landscape.

Our two teams are moderated by Dr Nina-Luisa Siedler, a Partner at DWF law firm and an active contributor to European and global DLT / blockchain policy.


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