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This event will explore digital assets and crypto and also take a look at regulation within the space.

The roundtable will look at the below themes and will then open to Q&A:

– What do we mean by digital assets?
– What does current regulation look like, and how do we see the future of regulation around crypto investing?
– How does regulation in the UK compare globally?
– What are CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currencies) and how are these different to Stablecoins?

Global Digital Finance looks to promote and underpin the greater adoption of market standards for the use of crypto and digital assets,
through the development of best practices and governance standards in a shared engagement forum with industry, policymakers and regulators.
There is limited capacity for this event so early booking is recommended. If you have any questions please email events@pimfa.co.uk.

Speakers include:

Bryony Widdup, Partner, DLA Piper

Bryony Widdup has 15 years’ experience in the financial markets sector and has spent time working in-house at a major European bank as well as in private practice. Bryony has lived and worked in London and the Cayman Islands and advises on alternative credit, including structured finance, fund finance, tech-enabled finance and funding platforms.

Bryony advises a range of investment managers and sponsors on matters including secured loans, capital call facilities, hybrid facilities, asset-backed facilities, whole-fund facilities, levered/unlevered portfolio segregation and security, securitisation-structured asset backed facilities, managed account leverage arrangements, management company and GP facilities and co-invest structuring and leverage. In her work with lending institutions and alternative credit providers, she advises on lending to funds and fintechs using vanilla products and more structured solutions, including NAV-based facilities, structured note products, repurchase transactions and derivatives, as well as fund credit support matters including fund guarantee arrangements and equity commitments.

Bryony’s background combines experience in fundraising from multiple equity and debt angles, which has supported more recent expansion into fintech advisory work, in particular from an alternative credit perspective, including advising sponsors on platform based crowdfunding, advising issuers and investors on token offerings, the structuring and issuance of stablecoins and establishment of other asset-backed products including real estate backed. She is also on the Advisory Council for Global Digital Finance, working with industry and regulators on the development of industry driven codes of conduct in the digital assets market covering security tokens, stablecoin, digital assets custody, crypto funds and exchanges, amongst other topics.

Lavan Thasarathakumar, Regulatory Affairs Director – EMEA, Global Digital Finance

Lavan is the Regulatory Affairs Director – EMEA at GDF. He is a Director at Thasa Consulting, an emerging technology advisory firm specialising in cryptoassets and Blockchain.

Lavan was formerly an Advisor at the European Parliament and advised on a number of files including; FinTech, Virtual Currencies and Distributed Ledger Technologies. He was also the rapporteur on the European Crowdfunding Service Providers Regulation and the Comprehensive European Industrial Policy on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

In September 2017, Lavan helped establish the European Parliament All-Party Innovation group to promote discussions on matters concerning emerging technology and what policy responses the Parliament should be promoting.


Bryony Widdup
DLA Piper
Lavan Thasarathakumar
Regulatory Affairs Director
EMEA Global Digital Finance


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PIMFA Roundatable Series: Digital Assets and Crypto (FM)Free

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7th September
10:00 - 11:30
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0207 448 7100


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