2 October 2020: Virtual Conference "A new EU framework for crypto-assets: implications for Europe’s financial services industry" with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


In co-operation with the Institute for Law and Finance at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, the Center for Financial Studies and the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE (Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer invites you to join our virtual conference on the new EU framework for crypto-assets.

The conference will take place on Friday, 2 October 2020 between 10.00h CEST and 13.30h CEST and focus on the
Commission’s proposals for an EU framework for crypto-assets (including the Digital Finance Strategy, the Regulation on markets in crypto-assets (MiCA) and the Regulation on a pilot regime for DLT-based market infrastructures) as well as related issues such as Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) and national developments such as the German draft law for electronic securities. We will discuss how best to ensure that the EU regulatory framework can contribute to a safe and reliable digital infrastructure while at the same time being as innovation-friendly as possible. Attendance is free of charge.

A detailed agenda can be found below:








11.30 –11.50






Matthias Goldmann, Junior Professor for International Public Law and Financial Law, Goethe-University of Frankfurt am Main
Markus Benzing, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Keynote speech:
A new EU framework for crypto-assets – the European Commission perspective
Jan Ceyssens, Head of Unit for Digital Finance, Directorate‑General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (FISMA), European Commission 

Spotlight on European and German legislative proposals to advance a market in crypto assets
Georg Ringe, Professor and Director of the Institute of Law & Economics at the University of Hamburg, Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Law

Short break

A central bank perspective on crypto assets
Fiona van Echelpoel, Deputy Director General, Market Infrastructure and Payments, European Central Bank

New level playing field and asset safety in a digital asset world
Ines Cieslok, Managing Director & Global Head of Recovery & Resolution Legal, State Street Bank International GmbH

Short break

Panel discussion
Moderators: Mark Wahrenburg (Professor and Chair of Banking and Finance) and Matthias Goldmann, Goethe-University of Frankfurt am Main
Jan Ceyssens, European Commission
Fiona van Echelpoel, European Central Bank
Swen Werner, State Street Bank International GmbH
Georg Ringe, University of Hamburg
Janina Heinz and Markus Benzing, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP