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Can crypto and DeFi technologies significantly transform financial services?

Day 1 Afternoon

Wednesday 26 April

Room :



Pierre Chabrol
Head of the Savings and Financial Market Office - Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, France
Public Authorities
Léonard Bôle
Member of the Executive Board & Head, Markets Division - Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA)
Richard Knox
Director, Financial Services International - HM Treasury
Cecilia Skingsley
Head, Innovation Hub - Bank for International Settlements
Industry Representatives
Philippe Bordenave
Senior Executive Advisor to General Management and the Chair of the Board - BNP Paribas
Jochen Durr
Chief Risk Officer & Member of the Executive Board - SIX Group
Daniel Kapffer
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer - DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale
Richard Teng
Regional Head of Europe and MENA - Binance


This session will assess the current use cases of crypto and DeFi technologies (blockchain, tokenisation, smart contracts…) in the financial services sector, the longer term prospects of the usage of these technologies, and the related benefits, opportunities and challenges.
The panel will also discuss the policy implications of the development of these new technologies in the financial sector and whether existing financial and digital regulations and supervisory approaches are fit-for-purpose for addressing the opportunities and challenges from their use.

Points of discussion

  1. What are the main use cases of crypto and DeFi technologies in the financial sector? Can they be the basis of a new wave of digital innovation in the financial sector? What are the main expected impacts of these technologies? Do these technologies create new risks or challenges? To what extent is the development of these technologies dependent on vibrant crypto markets?
  2. What are the main policy implications of the use of crypto and DeFi technologies in traditional finance? Are they appropriately addressed in EU financial and digital regulations and how does the EU approach compare with other jurisdictions? What improvements may be needed in terms of standardization and interoperability to support the uptake of these new technologies? How may the payment leg of transactions be facilitated most effectively in a blockchain-based environment and should standards be developed to support this? Do these technologies require changes in the way supervision in conducted?