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Crypto assets: new frontiers for digital currencies and NFTs

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Alfonso Delgado De Molina Rius, Faculty member, LIBF
Helen Thomas, CEO, BlondeMoney

This event is now fully booked. We've arranged for it to be livestreamed on YouTube. Please register your free place here to watch it.

With the global market for crypto assets now thought to be worth in excess of US$2.5 trillion, they're not just a bubble. At least not all of them, we hope.

Some believe that crypto-currencies and NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) are essential means of creating, storing, protecting and transferring value online. Others see them as the 'wild west' of finance, unregulated, volatile and sometimes little more than a Ponzi scheme. The rest of us are left wondering what on earth an NFT actually is and how the CEO of Twitter could sell a tweet, which anyone can look at online, for US$2.9 million.

In this latest webinar from our Centre for Digital Banking & Finance, we are delighted to be joined by Helen Thomas, esteemed market commentator and CEO of Blonde Money, and by LIBF faculty member Alfonso Delgado de Molina Rius.

We'll be asking Helen and Alfonso to give their views on the growth of the crypto-asset market and what really matters in it. Is this even really a market as professionals understand it?
We'll explore what these new assets might mean in the future for traditional financial intermediaries, for financial markets and for financial regulation.

Who will be speaking?
Alfonso Delgado De Molina Rius, Faculty member, LIBF
Helen Thomas, CEO, BlondeMoney

Alfonso Delgado De Molina Rius, Faculty member, LIBF
Alfonso lectures on blockchain & entrepreneurship at various academic institutions and actively works with start-ups in the cryptoasset space.

Alfonso is completing his PhD on smart contracts at Imperial College London, with a focus on legal and financial engineering. Alfonso previously worked as a financial services lawyer and as a smart contract developer.

Alfonso is a member of the DLT Committee of the British Standards Institution.

He holds an MSc in Law and Finance from the University of Oxford and an LLB from King's College London.

Helen Thomas, CEO, BlondeMoney
Helen founded BlondeMoney in 2017 which focuses on analysing risks to financial markets that cannot easily be quantified.

Previously she was head of currency alpha at SSGA and a Partner in a global macro fund.

She has also been an advisor to the former Chancellor George Osborne and is a board member of CFA UK.

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