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4th Digital Financial Services Forum

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In co-operation with the Institute for Law and Finance at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and the Center for Financial Studies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer invites you to join our 4th Digital Financial Services Forum. This year's topic is:

"Are Digital Assets the Future of Financial Market Infrastructure?".

The conference will take place on Thursday, 27 April 2023 between 10am and 1.30pm CEST in a virtual format. Attendance is free of charge.

The forum will feature industry leaders, legislators and experts discussing the opportunities and challenges of digital assets as part of the financial market infrastructure as digital assets are becoming increasingly relevant in various financial services, including trading, custody, collateral and liquidity management, fund administration, and payments. The adoption of the Markets in Cryptoassets Regulation (MiCA) and the DLT Pilot Regime aims to support the potential of digital finance, while the evolving regulatory environment raises important implications for actors in the value chain of financial market infrastructure.

The 4th Digital Financial Services Forum will discuss the impact of digital asset solutions on existing financial markets infrastructure, the legal implications associated with the move to digitisation of financial markets infrastructure and the future roles of different market participants and infrastructure providers.

Please find the full agenda below. You are welcome to participate and send your questions via the chat function.

Agenda (all times CEST)

10am - 10.10am


Dr. Markus Benzing, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Prof. Dr. Andreas Cahn, Institute for Law and Finance

10.10am - 10.20am Introduction to the conference
Prof. Dr. Volker Brühl, Managing Director for the Center for Financial Studies
10.20-11.00am Building a regulatory playground that embraces the potential of digital assets
Ivan Keller, Policy Officer at DG FISMA, European Commission

11am - 11.20am

Digital Debt issuance – a case study

Abeetha Pitigala, Global Banking & Markets, Digital Assets, Goldman Sachs International

11.20am - 11.30am

Short break

11.30am - 11.50am

Digital assets and tokenisation – impact on depositaries

Ines Cieslok, Global Legal Head of Recovery & Resolution, State Street Corporation

11.50am - 12.10pm

Tokenisation and regulatory developments in the Digital Asset Industry

Dorette Daume, CFO/COO, Cashlink

12.10pm - 12.15pm

Short break


The shape of things to come? The place of digital assets in financial market infrastructure

  • Ivan Keller, Policy Officer at DG FISMA, European Commission
  • Abeetha Pitigala, Global Banking & Markets, Digital Assets, Goldman Sachs International
  • Dorette Daume, CFO/COO, Cashlink
  • Patrick Kast, Vice President, State Street Digital, State Street Bank International GmbH
  • Sascha Dölker, Head of Digitization Management, Deutsche WertpapierService Bank AG


  • Alicia Hildner, Marius Raetz, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Attendance is free of charge, and registration is still open.

We look forward to your participation.