Alfonso is Head of Research at Silver 8 Capital, one of the earliest and largest fund managers in the cryptoasset space. Alfonso serves as a director at Finomial Corporation (a portfolio company) and as an advisor to various fintech start-ups. He lectures at Imperial College London, where he is finalising his PhD on smart contracts, with a focus on legal and financial engineering. Alfonso previously worked as a funds lawyer and graduated with an MSc in Law and Finance from Oxford.
PhD, Computer Science, Imperial College London: 2017 – present.
MA, Legal Practice Course with Business (Distinction; Sponsored by Macfarlanes LLP), BPP University: 2017 – 2018.
MSc, Law and Finance (Distinction), University of Oxford: 2016 – 2017.
Law, LLB (First Class Honours), King’s College London: 2013 –2016.
Solicitor, SRA ID: 650362.
Member, Law Society of England and Wales.
Board Member, Finomial Corporation: 2020 – present.
Head of Research (Transitioned from part-time to full-time in 2020), Silver 8 Capital: 2018 – present.
Lawyer, Macfarlanes LLP: 2018 – 2020.
Start-Up Consultant, Self-Employed: 2017 – present.
Smart Contracts Consultant, Extropy: 2017 –2017.
DLT, blockchain, smart contracts, financial engineering, law, macroeconomics, and behavioural economics.
Credify – developing the company’s technical documentation, applying for the registration of a US patent, advising the board on business strategy & regulatory matters, and negotiating the close of $1M in VC funding: 2018 – 2021.
Sports Ledger – advising a start-up led by a premier league footballer on technical matters and business strategy: 2019.
English (native), Spanish (native), German (advanced).
Co-Author, Fintech, Regtech and Legaltech: Foundations and Regulatory Challenges (Tirant Lo Blanc, 2020).
Alfonso Delgado and Eamonn Gashier, Smart Derivatives: On-Chain Forwards for Digital Assets (Springer, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, volume 12478, 2020).
Alfonso Delgado, Smart Contracts: Taxonomy, Transaction Costs, and Design Trade-Offs (forthcoming, Journal of Law and Information Science, 2020).
Alfonso Delgado and Eamonn Gashier, Smart Derivatives: On-Chain Options for Digital Assets (Conference Paper, Crypto Valley Conference, Zug, 2019).
Professional Activity and Membership
Member, DLT Committee, British Standards Institution.
Advisory Board, Fundación para la Innovación Financiera y Economía Digital (FIFED).
Co-Founder, AI Lab (Registered Charity, Hong Kong).
Academic Member, Ibero-American Institute for Law and Finance.
Founder, Oxford Legaltech & Fintech Society.
Various performance awards at Silver 8 Capital, including “#1 Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund by Net Returns – Past 3 Years”, awarded by Preqin in 2020.
Recognised as an expert on smart contracts, having delivered talks on the subject to academics, regulators and businesspeople in multiple countries.
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