Posted 2 years ago | by Ben Armstrong

Vienna Hosts the First Blockchain Finance Forum

On 22 October, 2019, the Blockchain Finance Forum is scheduled in Vienna. The first of its kind, the conference will be a comprehensive one-day event focusing on the potential of blockchain in the banking and finance sectors.

The Blockchain Finance Forum is sponsored by B2B, Raiffeisen Bank International, and Lanksy, Ganzger and Partners. The conference is expected to attract 300 attendees and 20 international speakers.

Keynotes speeches and panel discussions from leading industry experts will provide significant insights into the latest blockchain trends and developments. Those renowned speakers include Marjan Delatinne - Global Head of Banking, Ripple; Michael Coletta - Head of Blockchain Technology, London Stock Exchange; Gustav Arentoft - Business Development (Europe), MakerDAO; Maximilian Marenbach- Head of Business Development, Kraken; and Ulli Spankowski - Managing Director, Stuttgart Stock Exchange Digital Ventures.

The Blockchain Finance Forum Brings Professionals Together

Billed as a “must-visit for everyone in the financial sector”, the exclusive event will appeal to experts, opinion leaders, decision-makers, bank managers, asset managers, financial advisors, insurance companies, and funds and credit institutions. To facilitate networking, plenty of breaks between sessions are planned and there will be a separate lounge designated for making contacts.

According to Daniel Lenikus, CEO & Co-Founder BlockExpo GmbH, the event brings opinion leaders from all over the world to Austria and thus establishes Vienna as the European centrer of technological progress.

Vienna has already emerged as innovative hub. In April 2019, BlockExpo organized the ANON Summit with more than 1500 guests and 100 speakers from 40 different nations. The response was incredible, even though crypto currencies were in a bear market at that time. Therefore, it is expected that the October conference will be a great success.

Cryptos Enter Mainstream Banking

Cryptos are seeing an uptick in mainstream acceptance. Sygnum crypto bank was recently granted a provisional banking licence by the Swiss government. SEBA was also given a provisional banking and securities dealer license by Switzerland’s financial regulator early last week.

While the two banks still have to complete routine regulatory processes, they are both on their way to becoming the world's first fully licensed crypto banks.

Mathias Imbach runs Sygnum's Singapore operation, and he commented to swissinfo.ch that:

“Cryptocurrencies will come out of the shadows if dealing with these assets can be done in a 100% compliant manner upholding all the rules that a strict regulator demands. That is a game changer.”

Registration for the The Blockchain Finance Forum in Vienna is currently open.