Professor David W Mills
Professor of Practice of Law, Stanford Law School and Partner and Advisor to Chairman of Fortress Investment Group
Professor David Mills has a distinguished career in law and investments. Mr Mills is a Professor of Practice of Law at Stanford Law School. He is the Founder and the first director of the Stanford Law School clinical program which provides legal services to people who cannot afford traditional representation. Professor Mills is also the Co-chair of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, America's premiere legal organization fighting for racial justice. It is a leadership position he has held for over ten years. Professor Mills has had a life-long dedication to social justice issues. Three years ago Professor Mills received the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor Mills has also had a lengthy legal career representing a range of well-known white-collar crime defendants as well as driving the strategy for a number of well-known investment firms in various civil and regulatory matters. In addition, he has had a successful career in the business and investment realm. He is currently a partner at Fortress Investment Group and advisor to its chairman and a partner at Divco West ( a real estate investment and development firm) and other high profile investment-related organizations.
Professor Mills graduated Rutgers Law School in 1973 magna cum laude. Following Law School, he joined the law firm of Lowenstein, Sandler, a major law firm where he eventually became a senior tax partner. He was also Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers University, Chairman of the Partnership Tax Section of the American Bar Association and Chairman of the Tax Section of the New Jersey Bar Association. In 1986 Professor Mills moved to Los Angeles to work at Cambrent Financial Group, in association with the firm of Victor, Sandler and Cogut. In 1988 he founded Mills & Lynn enterprises for the purposes of undertaking personal financial transactions. He still holds that position but the name has changed to Mills Family Enterprises. In 1991 he became the chief executive and sole shareholder of Harbourton General Corporation, the General Partner of Harbourton Holdings, LP. He resigned from Harbourton in 2016.
Prior to Law School, Professor Mills went to Rutgers University where he graduated in 1969. Following graduation from University, Professor Mills undertook Rabbinical Studies, first at the Jewish Theological Seminary and then at the Reconstructionist Rabbical College in Jerusalem. David resides in the San Francisco Bay area.
Founder, Parlay House
Anne Devereux-Mills spent the first half of her career building and running advertising agencies in NYC as Chairman and CEO. When hit with the triple threat of progressing cancer, an empty nest and an unexpected job loss, she took time to reassess her career trajectory and hierarchy of needs. In 2012, long before the #MeToo movement, she founded Parlay House, a salon-style series of gatherings which now includes over 5,000 women across the US, Europe and the Middle East. Parlay House’s objective is to provide thought-provoking content and a safe space for women to have intimate and authentic conversations that don’t happen in other aspects of their lives, and to connect with women outside their traditional social, demographic and career-influenced circles.
Her commitment to issues related to inclusion and empowerment run deep. Beyond Parlay House, Anne is a mentor for SHE-CAN, an organization supporting and grooming the next generation of female world leaders coming from post-genocide countries. An activist on issues related to social justice, Anne was a key member of the team that helped pass California's Proposition 36, which brought fair sentencing to thousands of non-violent inmates as part of California's Three Strikes reform. Following that victory, she was the Executive Director for the Emmy-nominated documentary film entitled, The Return and is currently Executive Directing two additional films, Mississippi Red and The Green Dress. Anne supported Stanford University by serving as the Executive Director of Healthy Body Image Programs.
Prior to her philanthropic ventures, Anne was Chief Integration Officer at BBDO and Managing Director of their highly successful healthcare unit. She then became Chairman and CEO of LLNS and TBWA/WorldHealth. She also served as CEO of Consumer Healthworks, a division of Merkley and Partners, as well as President of Harrison & Star. Anne also helped launch the iHUG Foundation, a not-for-profit school in Uganda supporting some of that nation's most needy children.
A 2003 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, Anne has been honored by a range of organizations including SHE-CAN, Advertising Women of New York, The All-Stars Foundation, Project Kesher and Worldwide Women.
Matthew C. Le Merle
Matthew Le Merle is co-founder and Managing Partner of Fifth Era and of Keiretsu Capital - the most active early stage venture investors backing almost 200 companies a year. Matthew is a manager of Blockchain Coinvestors, the world’s leading blockchain venture fund of funds. He is also Chairman of CAH and Securitize (Europe), Vice Chairman SFOX and an advisor at Warburg Pincus.
Blockchain Coinvestors has a strategy of being an investor in the leading Blockchain venture firms including 1Confirmation, 1kx, Blockchain.com Ventures, Blockchain Capital, Castle Island, Digital Currency Group, Fabric, Future\Perfect, IDEO and Pantera.
Matthew is an advisor and/or investor at a number of Blockchain projects including BitBull, Bitwise, Codex, Hadron, Liquineq, and Spark.
Matthew’s career has spanned being a global strategy advisor, professional services firm leader, corporate operating executive, private equity and venture capital investor, and board director. He spent 21 years as a strategy, operations and corporate finance advisor with McKinsey & Company, and as a practice leader with A.T. Kearney and Monitor Group where he led both firms’ West Coast practices and at Booz & Company. He was also a corporate executive at Gap Inc. where he was SVP strategy and corporate development and SVP global marketing.
Matthew is an adjunct professor at Singularity University, bestselling author (Blockchain Competitive Advantage, Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era, Build your Fortune in the Fifth Era and Second Chance) and keynote speaker. He received a B.A. (Double First) and Master’s from Christ Church, Oxford, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was born in London, UK, and is now a dual US/UK citizen and lives in San Francisco and London, UK with his wife, Alison Davis. They have five adult children.
Lord (JD) Waverley
Lord (JD) Waverley is an independent member of the House of Lords, entering the United Kingdom Parliament in 1993. He contributes regularly to proceedings on international issues, addressing many challenging issues of the day.
He sits as Vice Chair to the Fintech & Blockchain All-Party Parliamentary Groups. Key activities undertaken at these groups range from: improving financial inclusion to the potential applications of transformative technologies such as the ‘blockchain’ and enabling a sound regulatory framework to underpin the UK to become a world leader in FinTech. Lord Waverley is also the founder of SUPPLYFINDER.COM a platform that is focused on providing a Trade ecosystem platform to all Emerging markets with a range of services in both the public and key private sector space.
Lord Waverley has received State decorations from Colombia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, been honoured with a Yoruba Chieftaincy in Nigeria and is the recipient of the CEO Club BURJ award as Ambassador for British Business.
Kyle is head of the EMEA Corporate, Finance and Consumer Banking Legal Group within the Legal Department. He is a member of the Structured Investment Products Committee and the Deposit Pricing and Acquisition Subcommittee, and serves as counsel to the Goldman Sachs International (GSI) Asset and Liability Committee and the GSI Bank Asset and Liability Committee. Kyle is also co-chair of the Firmwide Black Network in Europe. Prior to moving to London, he worked in Treasury Legal in New York for four years. Kyle joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2013.
Prior to joining the firm, Kyle worked for the law firm Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York City in the capital markets and structured products practice groups.
Kyle is a member of the National Council for Washington University School of Law and serves on the Advisory Board for the New Silk Road Forum in London.
Kyle earned a BA in Finance from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1996 and a JD from Washington University Law School in 2001.
Michael has founded several businesses all centred on enabling the growth of digital business, and invested and acted on advisory boards with particular focus on helping companies achieve international growth within the area of complex B2B and digital enablement.
Michael had his initial career in IBM, which culminated in growing and running a $200m business until focused on software solutions within the telecom sector. This experience formed the basis for the businesses he has subsequently been a founder in.
Businesses where Michael has a significant investment and active role include Juliet Media, MBR Partners, WeCode, and Tokeny. Juliet Media is a full service B2B marketing company, and includes Juliet Summits which runs events focused on the leading edge areas of Fintech and Telecoms. MBR Partners is one of the best-known executive search names in telecom and complex B2B solutions. WeCode provides high growth tech businesses with a way to rapidly extend their agile development teams working from a base in Poland. Tokeny is the leading FinTech platform for digitization of securities and assets.
Although currently resident in London, Michael was born and educated in New Zealand where he initially studied engineering as well as a business and marketing degree at Victoria University.
Sara de la Torre
Director, Digital Transformation, Financial Services, Hitachi Vantara
Sara de la Torre is a digital leader with over 20 years’ experience in business development and business transformation in investment, retail banking and financial services, responsible for the commercial engagements amongst Hitachi Vantara's top financial services’ customers in the UK. Sara has strong expertise in risk and regulatory compliance, financial crime, data management, cloud and exponential technologies. As part of her role, she is also responsible for the fintech strategy in the UK and has specifically launched a Greentech hub to accommodate the rapid shift of the financial system to responsible finance.
Director, Banking, Financial Services & Insurance, Hitachi Vantara
With over 30 years experience, Phil is a highly experienced, passionate and positive business leader, who thrives when creating business value for organisations by delivering transformational products, software, services and consultancy.
Since joining Hitachi Vantara in August 2019, Phil has quickly established a business stream that helps multi-national banks, insurance and financial institutions enterprises take significant cost and risk out of their businesses whilst providing data management solutions and capabilities that significantly reduce operational risk whilst providing an environment and capabilities that improving the productivity of both their businesses and employees.
This is driven out of a detailed understanding across the key technologies and solution agendas providing a clear insight into how to address the more compelling needs and customer insights within the financial services market; mitigating risk, managing effective compliance, providing platforms for growth, productivity and transformation.
Vice President, Head of Financial Services, Digital Solutions, Hitachi Vantara
With over 23 years experience within the software and consulting industry, Suranjan is responsible for the Financial Services industry within the Hitachi Vantara Solutions Business in Europe. Suranjan has been both a delivery and sales leader in this space and has produced innovation and RegTech solutions for some of the largest banks and asset managers in the world.
Suranjan is a technology and industry thought leader, assisting some of the largest financial institutions in their agenda across business optimisation, value maximisation and regulatory compliance. He is a regular speaker and blogger in RegTech circles. At this point, he is focussed building an extended ecosystem of capabilities both within and outside of Hitachi’s wider group companies, with a view to serving the industry in new and innovative ways. The Ashurst relationship should help accelerate this process even further.
Cedric Bouche is part of the Global Finance Incubator at Societe Generale, a business development team which focuses on developing innovative business solutions for the Corporate & Structured Finance division. The team develops new financing solutions through the incubation of internal startups or by partnering with promising companies.
Cedric is a seasoned technology manager who spent 10+ years in New-York, Paris and London managing the design and delivery of IT solutions dedicated to the Structured Finance and Securities Services divisions. Embracing the values of innovation and growth, Cedric has managed multiple initiatives leveraging emerging technologies. Cedric holds two French Master of Science from EM-Lyon Business School and EPF Engineering School.
Chairman and CEO of US Capital Global
Jeffrey is a lifelong entrepreneur with extensive experience in leading firms with a forward-thinking approach. Currently Chairman and CEO of US Capital Global, a full-service private financial services group headquartered in San Francisco, Jeffrey is a keen supporter of technological innovations that can help to improve and grow the finance sector.
Now in its twentieth year, US Capital Global has established itself as a FinTech investment bank through deploying a successful strategy that leverages technological innovation (FinTech) and regulatory developments (RegTech). The group is a leading provider of sophisticated financing solutions and investment opportunities for lower middle market businesses. Under Jeffrey’s leadership, the group consistently fulfils its commitment to doing well by doing good through facilitating profitable economic development that also has a positive social and environmental impact.
Prior to being a financier, Jeffrey served as a principal and CEO of Machine Works Corporation, a lower middle market aerospace manufacturing company. His experience leading a business in the highly-regulated aerospace manufacturing industry has led to his appreciation of the need to work closely with regulators while adopting technological solutions to innovate in the sector. This successful approach has been brought over to US Capital Global, where leveraging innovation and regulatory developments has been a key driver in the firm’s growth as a FinTech investment bank.
Partner Strategy& at PWC
Peter is a Partner with Strategy& at PWC, as part of their Retail Banking and Payments practice. His 25 year career has seen him support retail banks and payment firms from around the world with major digital transformations. As an advisor, Peter has supported the launch of two new banks into the UK market and so learned many of the lessons as to how to be successful, and sometimes how not to be, when attempting to disrupt an incumbent market.
Prior to consulting, Peter worked with Barclays Bank, launching their first online banking proposition, way back in 2001. He spent many years building, developing and streamlining the customer experience at Barclays, as consumers started their own journey to the digitally led market that we see today.
Today, Peter spends much of his time working with the large banks and payment firms as they look to transform their legacy businesses - often through building partnerships with the FinTech community; with payments firms who are looking to take advantage of the changing landscape to build new business models and relationships; and with the FinTechs themselves to support their drive to scale and engagement with the incumbent players.
City A.M.’s Crypto Insider
Best known as a leading commentator, connector and influencer in the U.K. Blockchain space, James founded Crypto A.M. in partnership with London’s City AM newspaper launching on 18th June 2018 as a double page spread. City A.M. to date are the only mainstream publisher to have such a dedicated regular section covering AI, Blockchain, Crypto and DLT.
The COVID-19 crisis has meant that the newspaper is not being produced and as such the focus is digital and CryptoAM.io was launched on 31st March 2020.
Crypto AM is supplemented by a number of very active WhatsApp Groups, a Telegram Group and numerous networking events. James, in association with City A.M., organised the inaugural Crypto AM Awards that took place on the 11th March in London’s Canary Wharf where 12 awards were handed out in front of a packed audience including Alderman William Russell, the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of London.
James is also the founder of the London Blockchain Forum the leading cross-community platform (Telegram and Meetup) for the UK AI, Blockchain, Crypto and DLT industries.
With all of this fully established James also serves as an advisor to a number of projects and is equally known for connecting people and companies together.
Lawrence is a globally recognised digital financial advocate and has over 25 years’ experience as an advisor, executive and board member working with companies from start-ups to global brands in the financial services, TMT and energy sectors. He is the former CEO of Innovate Finance, the UK FinTech members association, and a Co-founder of Global Digital Finance, a not for-profit promoting fair and transparent markets for digital and crypto assets.
He is experienced in the alternative asset management sector with a focus on systematic investment management strategies, big data analytics, machine learning, and distributed ledger technologies. Based in London, he is the Principal of Elipses, a digital advisory and investment management firm, has an MBA, and sits on several commercial, not-for-profit and charity boards. Lawrence promotes ethical and sustainable finance policies for a transparent, secure and quality digital future for everyone, and is a regular Forbes contributor.
Accenture and FinTech Innovation Labs
Tom Graham is a Managing Director in Accenture’s UK Banking consulting practice, helping clients deliver change and innovate. He also sponsors the successful FinTech Innovation Labs in London, which, partnered with 30+ banks and insurers, takes 20 startups a year through a rapid accelerator for growth and partnership.
Anthony is an entrepreneurial banking and financial services technology executive with expertise in Capital Markets, Investment Banking, Trade Finance and Wealth Management. He has a particular interest in Fintech, Digital Securities and the transformation of Wholesale Banking.
Having collaborated with a multitude of FinTechs and high growth companies in his capacity as a Banking CIO, Anthony recently took the opportunity to work independently with a small number of high potential companies that he really believes in. These business have some common characteristics - Highly credible leadership teams; a strong vision; disruptive business models and the ability to deliver.
Anthony joined Schroders Investment Bank in 1994 where he led their Corporate Finance technology department. Subsequent mergers with Salomon Smith Barney and Citibank saw him progress in various front office technology leadership roles. He managed the CitiFX e-commerce and pricing technology programme in London during a period of dramatic transformation of the high frequency trading and auto-hedging of Foreign Exchange products. He left Citi in 2009 to lead the FX e-trading programme at HSBC before joining Societe Generale where he headed the UK Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities technology department. He was appointed the UK Chief Information Officer in 2013 and in 2017 he was given the opportunity to set-up a new innovation function working at a Group Level.
Anthony is a regular presenter at industry conferences and has become a recognised thought leader on the application of blockchain technology to the regulated financial services industry.
Shelley Bays is a founding partner at SAYJ Global Partners, an international firm committed to supporting startups to achieve their investment / strategic growth goals and to provide investors with customized investment opportunities. Shelley also founded the Paris chapter of Keiretsu Forum, a global angel investing network, and is now President of both the Paris and London chapters. These groups have funded and supported companies from multiple countries within Europe.
Prior to these activities, Shelley held senior and executive management positions in a variety of industries (consulting, food and beverage, paper manufacturing). Her primary concentration, however, was in financial services where she focused on starting up and growing businesses, both within the US and overseas.
Her specific financial services experience includes Manufacturers Hanover Trust, Bank of America and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. She was SVP/Chief Administrative Officer for the Retail Division of Schwab during a time of rapid growth and had responsibility for branch and call center expansion, finance, technology and customer service quality. Later as head of the Exchange Trading Division of Schwab Capital Markets, Shelley was responsible for all listed equity and options trading in the US and led an organization of over 250 people. She then moved on to be CEO of Schwab’s and TD Waterhouse’s joint venture in London. Shelley has held Director positions on the Boards of the Boston and Pacific Stock Exchanges, as well as advisory roles for pan-European financial services initiatives. She was also named a winner of the Women in Private Equity Award.
Shelley has a BA from Warwick University (UK) and an MSc from University College London. She also has an MBA from Fordham University in New York.
Business Development Officer
Craig is Co-Founder and CDO of Concirrus, an enterprise software platform for Insurance, using machine learning and AI to disrupt underwriting for Marine and Motor lines, leveraging his years of experience as a mobile and Internet of Things specialist.
With over 20 years of experience, having held senior board positions in O2, Telefonica, France Telecom and Masternaut. Craig also founded Red Squirrel, a consultancy practice that handles mergers and acquisitions within the IOT and technology space.
More recently, he has been a lead advisor to a number of large corporations, private equity firms, venture capitalists and emerging technology companies, which have benefitted from his technology know-how and strategic acumen. Working with clients such as Securitas, Cloudview and Trimble, he advised them and many other high-profile clients on strategic growth acquisitions.
He is passionate about using his innovative and business focused acumen. For Craig, Concirrus is the epitome of his years of knowledge, experience and hard work.
Nicks career has been in the financial services sector and has included being on the Board of a large multi-disciplined securities broker/dealer, head of credit at the UK banking subsidiary of Japanese securities house and many years in senior credit and compliance roles.
Nick is the founder and Managing Director of MPAC Limited, one of the preeminent compliance and regulatory companies in London, the CEO of EddieUK Ltd., a digital investment bank, director of Supermoney Ltd, a blockchain tech company, co-founder of a crypto trading entity and an Independent Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Audit and Chair of the Nominations Committees at the UK subsidiary of one of the largest banks in America (Wells Fargo).
He speaks at various conferences and panels and is an occasional guest lecturer at two universities on topical financial sector issues. With a keen interest in history and the City of London, Nick was the Master of The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers in the year 2015 to 2016
Ehsan Haque has spent nearly 20 years working as in house counsel for a variety of institutions ranging from top tier investment banks, broker dealers and Fintech start ups. He has spent the last ten years in leadership and senior leadership roles.
After a career in advertising Ehsan trained at Slaughter and May in London before working as a global markets/equities sales and trading lawyer for Deutsche Bank, RBS Global Banking and Markets and Nomura where he was part of the senior management team of the EMEA Legal department and led the Equities legal product coverage in EMEA supporting Nomura’s equities sales and trading businesses.
More recently Ehsan was the first General Counsel at Lendingblock , an institutional crypto currency borrowing and lending platform and is currently Global Head , Legal & Compliance, Hamilton Capital Holding Ltd.
Natasha joined the Future of Money team at Octopus Ventures in 2020 bringing with her a keen interest in financial services, insurance, blockchain and climate risk.
Natasha worked as an algorithmic trader at Credit Suisse where she gained a deep understanding of the trading infrastructure involved in capital markets equity trading as well as the various data, regulatory and administrative systems used in large financial institutions. Natasha also previously worked in two fintech startups in London and Paris and set up her own sustainable retail business whilst at university.
Natasha graduated from UCL with a MSc in political economics focusing on green energy entrepreneurship and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages from Oxford.
Martin has been practicing corporate law in a global context for over 20 years. He is active in financial markets, digital assets and private equity. He advises companies namely in the area of blockchain technology and FinTech.
In addition to his boutique law practice, he is a partner at DALAW, a firm focused on providing legal and financial advice to tokenization projects. He also serves as Chairman of the Investor Group of the Crypto Valley Association (CVA) in Switzerland. He serves as a member of the board of directors of selected companies."
Banking Lawyer, Economics Nerd & Impact Finance Enthusiast
Vardaan has been practicing finance law in India for more than a decade. As a partner at a leading Indian law firm, he has deep transactional experience in banking, structured finance and special situations, and frequently advises banks, non-banking financial institutions and fintech companies on regulatory compliance as well. He has also worked on various notable Indian insolvency & distressed acquisitions.
Acting as a legal advisor to financial service companies, Vardaan saw how fintech solutions democratized financial access. Early in his career, he joined a start-up law firm where he gained insights into the workings of small businesses and how technology can help them scale. This inspired him to mentor a legal tech and legal education consultation start-up.
Vardaan graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India, where he is a visiting lecturer of Insolvency & Finance Law. He is currently pursuing an MSc in Law and Finance at the Said Business School (Oxford) and is the President of the Oxford Fintech & Legaltech Society. He regularly publishes at leading business law blogs and academic journals. A true Oxonian, for Vardaan, an evening well spent involves examining current affairs through the prism of economics, law and technology at a pub.