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Monday, 5 December 2016


Mutual Distributed Ledgers (MDLs) have the potential to transform the way people and organisations handle identity, transaction, and debt information.  The ability to have a globally available, verifiable, and untamperable source of data provides anyone wishing to provide trusted third party services, i.e. most financial services firms, the ability to do so cheaply and robustly.

Blockchain technology is a form of MDL. The technical success and excitement surrounding Bitcoin’s distributed ledger, ‘the blockchain’, has convinced doubters that distributed ledgers can work securely in harsh environments and, while a bit complicated, can work commercially.  People are now exploring in earnest applications for traditional financial markets – transforming custody products, helping in wholesale insurance deal rooms, providing consolidated tapes or price reporting, reducing systemically important financial institution (SIFI) “too big to fail” risk, reducing pricing monopolies, providing greater data persistence, improving transparency, collateral management, etc.

With hands on exercises using Blockchains in business scenarios, these courses offer a unique opportunity to grasp the theory and practice of MDLs/Blockchains.  You will leave the course with

  • A basic appreciation of the technologies that underpin MDLs
  • Understanding of the different types of MDLs and how they can be used
  • Chance to see and use live MDLs with business data
  • Discussion with industry leaders of how the technology could be used for your business or industry

This course is for senior professionals from business, financial services, law, regulators and any other sector who want to "Get a big picture grip on the details".  

This course will give you a realistic understanding of the ways you can use MDLs or BlockChains in your business.

Z/Yen has already built applications for insurance, Know Your Customer/AML and Corporate Credit.  Unlike many others we have real life business experience of using MDLs, and the knowledge that can help your organisation make the right choices. 

Course Agenda:

Establish Endeavour: Welcome, Introductions & Objectives

Assess and Appraise:
  • Ledgers
  • Distributed Databases
  • Cryptography & Hashes
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Types of MDL

Lookaheads & Likelihoods

  • Validate – Trusted Third Parties
  • Safeguard – Ledger Tech & Smart Contracts
  • Preserve – Identity, Transaction, Content & Archives
Options & Outcomes: Mutual Distributed Ledgers in Action

Hands-on Exercise using InterChainZ

Understanding & Undertaking: Possibilities for Your Organisations

Further Reading
IntereXchainZ is the home of Z/Yen's ongoing research and development of Mutual Distributed Ledgers



Registration 08.30
Course 09.00 to 12.30
Break/Sandwich Lunch 12.30 to 13.00
Optional Discussion 13.00 to 15.00


Professor Michael Mainelli, Z/Yen

Professor Mike Smith, Z/Yen


Z/Yen Group, 41 Lothbury, London EC2R 7HG


Please contact Linda on (020) 7562 9562 or for further information.

Course Terms and Conditions


IntereXchainZ - Research consortium building a markeplace and exchange with MDLs

Distributed Futures - Dining Club for those interested in all things to do with MDLs and Distributed Futures.