[WEBINAR] Centralised vs. Decentralised

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

Extending financial services to poor populations is an ongoing critical challenge. Products such as savings or credit and these being tied with customer verification remain complex requiring regulatory guidance.


At the same time, the battle against money laundering and finance terrorism continues globally in an increasing manner. Because of this, financial inclusion requires an adaptable and commensurate approach to account for the needs of the population that remains unbanked.


In this heated and insightful conversation with Timo Lehes, Managing Director of Swarm Markets, Alexander Royle, Chief Compliance Officer & Head of Regulation at Archax, and Rodney Prescott, CTO of GlobalBlock, they talk about taking these into account, answering the question, is it possible to foster financial innovation while complying with AML/KYC regulations? And when it comes to trading/lending, which weighs heavier — DeFi or CeFi?


  • How do we reach the ideal balance between AML/KYC checks to not stifle innovation?

[00:02:10] Timo Lehes

[00:05:16] Rodney Prescott

[00:08:10] Alex Royle


  • Trading Strategies: What are the benefits of going for a decentralised vs centralised market structure for lending and trading between equities and other securities?

[00:16:58] Timo Lehes

[00:19:48] Alex Royle

[00:22:05] Rodney Prescott



 

Meet Timo Lehes

Timo Lehes is an entrepreneur and FinTech and Blockchain Investor. Selected exits include AdTech company, Admetam virtualisation management software business, Witsbits, and online surveillance tech solution, MindMancer. Lehes also has experience as a fund manager, running the US arm of Chalmers Innovation Capital, and worked as an M&A advisor at Logan-Orviss/Azure. He holds a Master's degree in computer science and data communication from Chalmers University of technology.


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Meet Alexander Royle

Alex is an expert in Fintech, innovation, disintermediation of financial services, breaking hegemony, and promoting better regulatory thinking. He is an experienced, solutions-focused compliance and regulatory specialist particularly focused on legitimising innovation within incumbent frameworks. Alex has a proven track record of achieving positive, complex regulatory outcomes and engaging effectively with paradigm-shifting structures. He is able to consider the bigger picture and quickly identify pain points for strategic mitigation. He has also successfully steered the authorisation and registration of the UK's first crypto asset trading venue and VASP before scaling operations into launch.


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Meet Rodney Prescott

For the last 35 years Rodney has helped companies grow their technology teams and deliver business value. It's a passion of Rodney's, as he obtained a degree in Information Technology and explored technology since high school. He loves the challenges technology gives rise to, because it brings out the opportunity for innovation and exciting solutions. He has also grew teams that led the way in different companies to deliver innovative solutions.


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