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QuanTech Conference - Distributed Ledger Technology Stream


Distributed Ledger Technology

This video is the recorded version from the Distributed Ledger Technology stream at QuanTech and includes all the presentation material. There is also a discussion forum included when you purchase this video to continue the debate. 

Chair: Dr Massimo Morini: Head of Interest Rates, Credit and Inflation Models, Banca IMI Intesa San Paolo

The market is now pursuing more radical solutions to lower the burden of counterparty risk and regulatory capital costs, increasing at the time the speed and convenience of collateralization. Technology promises to be able to recreate an efficient framework where market values come back to be the main drivers, rather than credit and regulatory costs. Distributed Ledgers promise to make modelling an inner part of the contract, shared by counterparties on a common implementation which is the contract itself. The old laborious legal work surrounding execution, the tragic uncertainty that still surrounds closeout in case of default or early termination appear an unbearable inefficiency in a world where derivatives can revalued in the same moment and in the same way by different parties (as it happens for example with CCPs).

This is a growing reality that quants cannot overlook, and that will make application of quant skill in the future even more far-ranging than it is now, involving IT, scripting, accounting, legal framework, revaluation engines.

Keynote speaker: Massimo Morini: Head of Interest Rates, Credit and Inflation Models, Gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo

Blockchain: The New Collateral And Risk Management Paradigm

  • Beware of the buzz: what does Blockchain mean?
  • Difference between BB (Bitcoin Blockchain) and Permissioned Distributed Ledgers
  • Sharing Clearing/Accounting first. Sharing to be fast and automatic
  • Financial contracts as pieces of code: an example of a Smart Contract
  • What else can be shared and decentralized? Execution, Settlement? Even the Order Book?
  • Moving imagination a bit further: Shared but Decentralized Valuation Models
  • Difficulties and Opportunities when Quant models are part of contract code
  • What room is left for Credit, Funding and Capital problems? A race against Time
  • Kill Margin Period of Risk and Redefine Default without risks of market disruption

Panel: The Future of Money & Finance


  • Massimo Morini: Head of Interest Rates, Credit and Inflation Models, Gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo


  • Michele Curtoni: Strategy Manager, Global Technology Innovation, London Stock Exchange
  • Vitalik Buterin: Ethereum founder
  • Garrick Hileman: Economic Historian, University of Cambridge and London School of Economics – Founder,
  • Tomaso Aste: Head Financial Computing & Analytics Group, University College London


  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing the finance industry due to the growing influence of new technologies?
  • What are the likely disruptive impact of these financial technology?
  • Discuss the impact of big data analytics in the financial world
  • Is distributed ledgers technology the embryo of a bankless world or the real end of the crisis for banks?
  • How banks can win this battle. Winning together or finish first?

Settlement Chain Architecture Using Permissioned Distributed Ledgers

Presenter: Michele Curtoni: Strategy Manager, Global Technology Innovation, London Stock Exchange

“The Decentralised Clearing Network (DCN): A Compelling Alternative to CCP Clearing” 

Presenter: Robert Sams: CEO, Founder, Clearmatics

State of Cryptocurrencies and Distributed Ledger Technology

Presenter: Garrick Hileman: Economic Historian, University of Cambridge and London School of Economics – Founder,

Privacy and Scalability in Private and Public Blockchain Systems

Presenter: Vitalik Buterin: Ethereum founder

Shared Ledgers: An R3 Perspective

Presenter: Todd McDonald: Co-Founder, R3 CEV 

Smart Contract Development

Presenter: Joseph Goulden: Software Engineer, UBS Crypto 2.0

Smart Contract Templates

Presenter: Lee Braine: Investment Bank CTO Office, Barclays

Investment Banking Panel: The latest Innovations in Distributed Ledgers for Collateral Management


  • Robert Sams: CEO, Founder, Clearmatics


  • Lee Braine: Investment Bank CTO Office, Barclays
  • Alex Batlin: Head of UBS FinTech Innovation Lab, UBS
  • Todd McDonald: Co-Founder, R3 CEV 
  • Massimo Morini: Head of Interest Rates, Credit and Inflation Models, Gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo


  • How are banks currently using, experimenting and assessing
    distributed ledger technology in the world of digital “crypto currencies”
  • What are the potential operational, legal and regulatory implications of distributed ledgers technology?
  • In the ever changing regulatory and compliance environment what do we expect from the regulators regarding cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain?
  • Should regulators agree or not? DCN as the perfect Trade Repository
  • What Kind of Coin? FedCoin? ECBitCoin? BitcoinOfEngland? Or just a Token?
  • What are the pain points for collateral management that distributed ledgers could potentially address?
  • Do you see value in smart contracts to improve call processes?
  • Discuss the various types of potential smart contracts and smart contract platforms.
  • Can a Decentralized Clearing Network be better than a Centralized Counterparty?




Published date

23 May 2016



Presenter Bio

Massimo Morini

Massimo Morini is Head of Interest Rate and Credit Models at IMI Bank of Intesa San Paolo, where he also coordinates modelling research. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and other supranational institutions. Massimo is Professor at Bocconi University and MSc Director at Milan Polytechnic, and he was Research Fellow at Cass Business School, London. He delivers advanced training worldwide and is regularly an invited speaker at main derivatives conferences. He has published papers in journals including Risk Magazine, Mathematical Finance, and the Journal of Derivatives, and is the author of "Understanding and Managing Model Risk: A Practical Guide for Quants, Traders and Validators" and other books on credit, funding and interest rate modelling. Massimo holds a PhD in Mathematics and an MSc in Economics.