Long Finance Autumn Conference 2018: Smart Ledgers (MDLs, aka Blockchains) & Risk

The Long Finance Autumn Conference 2018 took place in the impressive auditorium of Willis Building. Delegates from across the industry joined us for a glimpse of what the future looks like and guidance on how to get ready for it.

Smart Ledgers are mutual distributed ledgers (MDLs, aka blockchains: multi-organisational databases with a super audit trail, used in cryptocurrencies) combined with embedded programming and sensing. But how do they work and what are the risks?

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Cyber-Catastrophe Insurance-Linked Securities On Smart Ledgers

Hurricane season is now well under way in the Atlantic. Florida, the Carolinas, and the Caribbean have been mercilessly battered. Over the last 30 years, the insurance industry has evolved a sophisticated set of strategies to deal with the cost of rebuilding after natural catastrophes, by offloading some of their catastrophe risk on to the financial markets.

Today, computer systems are as integral to our lives as the buildings we live and work in. We depend on them as never before, for both our health and wealth. And these vital systems are at risk. As networked systems get bigger, they become more susceptible to cyber-catastrophe. It is only a matter of time before a massive failure strikes. And the insurance industry is not ready. No war chest of cash exists.

This talk will explore how Cyber risk can be pooled with the capital markets in similar ways to other catastrophe insurance, such as wind and earthquakes.

Smart Jurisdictions Index

How have different parts of the world been responding to the growth of distributed ledgers and smart technology? Is this reflected in their regulatory and legal systems? What are the implications for investors?

The Smart Jurisdictions Index (SJI) looks to score differing jurisdictions in terms of their readiness to engage with distributed ledger technology and applications, alongside their general competitiveness. It will be looking at identity, documentation and agreements, regulation, payments and currencies. A guide for both investment and regulatory decisions, the Index will provide a snapshot of developing trends in a space that affects everyone.

Information Rules: Smart Ledger Architectures & Distributed Permissions (Or How Not To Give Keys To Strangers)

One of the big challenges of modern markets is permission. For example, permission to access a computer system, whilst ensuring hackers don't, or use an asset, whilst preventing thieves from doing so. Permission rules that involve concepts of "may" and "should" are hard to apply to computer systems, as they use 'bits' that are either true (1) or false (0). This creates a dangerous minefield for the future Internet and global economy. But Smart Ledgers could provide at least part of the solution. This report explores the interactions among markets, permissions, and computation to light a path towards solving this problem.

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8:30 - 9:00

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome, Introduction, & Background

Professor Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group

9:15 - 9:30

Initial Coin Offerings - The Search For The Final Function

Ian Dowson, Principal, William Garrity Associates

9:30 - 10:00

Cyber-Catastrophe Insurance Linked Securities – Pilot

Sam Carter, Financial Sector Researcher and Quant Developer

  • How did we get here? A history of insurance and catastrophe
  • What are Insurance-linked Securities and how are they applied?
  • Can we define Cyber Risk? How well does the current insurance market cater for it?
  • Cyber Catastrophe. This is a looming problem. Insurance-Linked Securities are the solution
  • A suggested architecture; polling, bespoke indices, and Smart Ledgers
  • Further applications: reporting, regulation, data anonymisation, advertising
10:00 - 10:30

Coffee Break & Networking

10:30 - 11:00

Smart Jurisdictions Index

Mike Wardle, Head of Long Finance Financial Centre Futures; Greg Williams, Z/Yen Group

  • Areas of development in smart ledgers: Identity, Documentation, Legal, Payments
  • Key factors distinguishing jurisdictions and their approaches
  • Measuring readiness to engage with smart ledgers
  • Measuring general competitiveness
  • Developing the methodology
11:00 - 11:30

Information Rules: Smart Ledger Architectures & Distributed Permissions

Maury Shenk, Managing Director, Lily Innovation; Professor Michael Mainelli, Z/Yen Group

  • Permissions in physical, virtual, and information markets
  • Examples in classical and modern markets - Rothschilds, algorithmic trading, Uber
  • Role of Smart Ledgers in a future permissions framework
  • Technical challenges - APIs, handling permissions logic on computers
  • Legal challenges - GDPR, and related issues in US, China, and India
11:30 - 12:00

Panel Discussion & Questions

12:00 - 12:15

Summing Up & Next Steps

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

8:30 - 12:15 GMT

£ 10


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  • Sam Carter
    Financial Sector Researcher and Quant Developer
  • Michael Mainelli
    Michael Mainelli
    Executive Chairman
    Z/Yen Group
  • Maury Shenk
    Maury Shenk
    Managing Director
    Lily Innovation
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    Mike Wardle
    Head of Long Finance Financial Centre Futures
  • Greg Williams
    Z/Yen Group

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