Event Detail

Fintech Part 1: Blockchains - Disruptor, Panacea, and Reality (Ended)

Date, Time, and Location:
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (add this event to your Outlook Calendar)
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Chicago Club, 81 E. Van Buren Street, Chicago, IL  60602   (Driving Directions)

Program Description:
Blockchains are simultaneously feared as a disruptor and lauded as a technological panacea, often with little understanding of how they work and their possible uses.  Further complicating matters is the failure to separate blockchains from the most visible implementation of the technology: bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies are only one possible application of this distributed ledger technology (DLT) that could have far reaching consequences in vast areas of banking and financial services, as well as elsewhere in society.  In this event CFA Society Chicago will declutter the topic with a keynote presentation on what blockchains actually are followed by an expert industry panel to explain how blockchains are used and will be used in clearing and settlement, payments, custody, and regulation.

Opening Presenter/Moderator:
Wulf Kaal: Director of the Private Investment Fund Institute (PIFI)

Biju Kulathakal –CEO, Halo Investing Inc.
Zabrina Smith – Vice President, Northern Trust
Colleen Sullivan – Co-Founder and Managing Member, Sullivan Wolf Kailus LLC

Fee*: Members - $45 or FREE with Function Ticket
Student Members - $10
Nonmembers - $65
(member pricing underwritten by CFA Society Chicago)

*Limited sponsorships available, contact Kim Augustyn at sponsorship@cfachicago.org

CFA Institute Qualified Activity: Eligible for 2 credit hours

Attire: Business Casual

Menu: Refreshments and Hors d'oeuvres

Registration: Online


3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Registration & Networking
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm: Keynote
4:50 pm - 5:00 pm: Break
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Panel and Audience Q&A

Hosted by: Education Advisory Group

Presenter/Moderator Bio: 

Wulf Kaal, director of the University of St. Thomas Private Investment Fund InstituteWulf Kaal, director of the University of St. Thomas Private Investment Fund Institute, is a tenured associate professor of law at UST School of Law and a leading expert on hedge fund regulation in the United States and the European Union. He uses empirical methods to investigate the effects of financial regulation and the strategic behavior of private fund advisers. His theoretical research focuses on the use of finance and economic theory to analyze and inform financial and regulatory policy. Before entering the academy, Kaal was associated with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York and Goldman Sachs in London. Kaal has published more than two dozen articles in the United States and Europe. His articles were published in leading peer reviewed law and finance journals and in American law reviews such as the Minnesota Law Review, the Washington & Lee Law Review, and the Wake Forest Law Review, among others. Kaal’s study on the effects of hedge fund registration requirements under Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act has gained national attention and was covered in a Business Week article and other journals. He is the author of a book chapter on "Investment Advisers in the Research Handbook on Corporate Law and Governance," published by Edward Elgar. His editorial work includes the Festschrift in Honor of Christian Kirchner, published by Mohr Siebeck. He also has been a consultant to major corporations and hedge funds regarding various aspects of financial markets and regulation.


Panelist Bios: 

Biju Kulathakal, founder of Halo Investing, Inc. Biju Kulathakal is the founder of Halo Investing, Inc. which provides investment protection. Halo offers the first independent multi-issuer technology platform for Structured Notes, connecting an investment advisors and their clients to the world’s largest banks. Kulathakal was also one of the early co-founders of Redbox. In addition, he is a founder and the past Chairman and CEO of Trading Block Holdings, an online brokerage firm specializing in option traders. Kulathakal received a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Zabrina Smith, vice president within Northern Trust’s Market Advocacy & Innovation Research (MA&IR) team Zabrina Smith is a vice president within Northern Trust’s Market Advocacy & Innovation Research (MA&IR) team. The Market Advocacy & Innovation Research group conducts research to identify industry trends and new business opportunities that leverage emerging technologies, and represent Northern Trust within the industry providing advocacy in relation to market developments and technology innovation. The team has led the development of Northern Trusts’ blockchain research and innovation strategy, and collaborated across the firm to deliver prototypes and product pilots.




Colleen Sullivan, co-founder and managing member of Sullivan Wolf Kailus LLC Colleen Sullivan is a co-founder and managing member of Sullivan Wolf Kailus LLC, a boutique law firm based in Chicago that specializes in hedge fund, private equity, venture capital, digital assets, and other alternative investment products.  Sullivan is also a partner in the CMT Group, a proprietary trading firm based in Chicago. She has advised hedge fund, proprietary trading, private equity, broker-dealer, venture capital, FinTech, digital assets, and financial trading technology clients on a broad range of domestic and international transactions and regulatory matters. Sullivan previously practiced in the Investment Funds and Derivatives group at Sidley Austin LLP and at age 25, co-founded a company called iOptions Group LLC, which advised individuals with employee stock options how to hedge them with listed options.  She is co-author of a USPTO issued patent with respect to the iOptions hedging and monetization strategies.   Sullivan currently serves as co-chair of the FinTEx Chicago Legal and Regulatory Committee, is on the Advisory Board of Bloq Inc., is an advisor to Alpha Trading Labs LLC, and participates in various working groups with the Chamber of Digital Commerce.




*Special Notes Regarding Fees:
Regular, Candidate, and Affiliate Members may apply function tickets as payment for Non-member or Student-Member. Credit card required to guarantee ALL reservations except for reservations using Function Tickets. Day-of-event registrations accepted on-site only if applicable and space available. There is a $5 surcharge for walk-ins. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club are accepted. Cancellations accepted until 5:00 pm, January 11.

Passport Program
This is a "Passport Program." Members of any CFA society may attend at the CFA Society Chicago member rate.  If you are only a member of CFA Institute, you do not qualify for the society member rate.  

CFA Institute CE Qualified Activity This program qualifies for credit under the guidelines for the CFA Institute Professional Development Program.

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