AIMWA UWA Business School Executive Education: Fintech and Blockchain Masterclass

Event Date: 
09 August 2018
Australian Institute of Management WA
76 Birkdale Street

Program Overview:
Global expert, New York University Professor David Yermack, will lead this seminar and explore digital currencies, distributed ledgers and blockchains. Based on new applications of information technology, virtual currencies attempt to remove money and banking from the control of sovereign governments. The underlying distributed ledger technology has many other potential applications in diverse areas such as property registration, auditing, regulation, tax, law and financial derivatives.

Who Will Benefit?
• Investment and financial managers, entrepreneurs and online retailers developing products related to digital currencies and other cryptographic assets
• Managers in financial, pension, accounting or insurance firms who need to understand the challenges and potential that blockchains and distributed ledgers provide
• Legal professionals who need to understand the regulatory landscape surrounding digital currencies
• Government professionals who need to understand the emerging regulatory debates surrounding cryptographic assets
• IT managers and consultants seeking to understand the business applications of digital currency technologies.

Program Content:
An introduction to Bitcoin and digital currencies
• Trust and payment systems
• The creation and spread of Bitcoin and other digital currencies
• Initial coin offerings
• Governance and oversight, or lack thereof

Distributed ledgers and other innovations that make digital currencies work:
• The blockchain technology
• The role of mining and verification

The Bitcoin experiences of merchants and consumers:
• Why do people use digital currency?
• What problems does it solve, and what problems does it create?

Evaluating digital currency as a form of money and as an investment:
• How well have digital currencies performed as a medium of exchange?
• The experiences of Bitcoin investors

Regulatory and government problems with digital currency:
• Taxation, accounting, money laundering and other compliance issues
• Implications for government if they could not control money
• The rise of initial coin offerings and their disruptive effects on securities markets.

Learning Outcomes
During the seminar you will:
• acquire an overview of the history, growth, strengths and weaknesses of digital currencies, blockchains and distributed ledger technology
• learn about potential applications of distributed ledger technology to new products and services
• understand some of the regulatory challenges posed by new payment systems, and the responses of governments in the USA, Europe and around the world
• utilise existing financial benchmarks to evaluate the success of Bitcoin and other digital currencies as forms of money and as investments
• explore blockchain technology and its potential to provide

Speaker Profile:
David L. Yermack is Professor of Finance and Business Transformation at New York University Stern School of Business. He serves as Chairman of the Finance Department and Director of the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business, teaches courses in Restructuring Firms and Industries and Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies, as well as PhD research courses in corporate governance, executive compensation, and distress and restructuring. In addition to his teaching at NYU, he is guest lecturer of the MBA Big Data & Business Analytics and the Executive Master in International Finance programs of the University of Amsterdam Business School.

AIM WA UWA Business School Executive Education
08 9383 8090
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