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Fintech, Crypto, and Web3 Outlook
Dante Disparte, Circle
Greg Lisa, Element Finance, Inc
Anthony Tu-Sekine, Seward & Kissel LLC
Anthony Tuths, KPMG
Chase White, Compass Point Research & Trading LLC

March 28, 2023
Tuesday 06:00 PM
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Washington Association of Money Managers
is pleased to present an in-person program on
Tuesday, March 28th for a panel discussion

"Fintech, Crypto, and Web3 Outlook"

National Press Club, the Zenger Room

Reception will begin at 6:00 PM ET
Panel discussion will begin at 6:30 PM ET

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: We require all registrants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attending WAMM events.

If there’s one constant in the world of crypto, it must be that it’s never boring. After reaching an all-time high in 2021, Bitcoin was hailed as the future of money, and Ethereum as the world’s most important developer tool. Then, 2022 ushered in a crypto bear market, bankrupting several crypto platforms with the two largest digital currencies losing three-quarters of their value. However, the continued interest in the blockchain technology as a means of payment, smart contracts, and trading remains strong. Although the 2022 bloodbath exposed the industry’s many flaws, investors are cautiously optimistic about the long-term direction of digital assets and the value creation in the fintech sector.

To guide us through this disruptive technology and the ever-important asset class, we are fortunate to have a distinguished panel of seasoned industry experts to walk us through the digital assets outlook for 2023 and beyond. Dante Disparte is Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy at Circle. Greg Lisa is the Chief Legal Officer of Element Finance, Inc. Anthony Tu-Sekine is Head of Seward & Kissel’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Group. Anthony Tuths is a Principal in KPMG’s Alternative Investment Tax practice. Chase White, CFA is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst covering Blockchain & Cryptocurrency and Tech, Media, & Telecom Policy at Compass Point Research & Trading LLC.

Please note that the Chatham House Rule applies – neither the comments of the speakers nor those of other participants are for attribution.

Please register below by 6:00 PM ET on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. The event is $35 for WAMM members, $55 for non-members, $20 for student members, and $25 for student non-members. Please try to register early, as the space is limited!

Anthony Tu-Sekine
Head of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Group
Seward & Kissel LLP

Anthony Tu-Sekine is Head of Seward & Kissel’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Group. He also is a member of the Firm’s Capital Markets and Securities and Investment Management Groups, and is located in Seward & Kissel’s Washington, D.C. office. As member of S&K’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Group, Anthony has advised clients on a wide range of topics, including how to structure, issue and register tokens in ICOs, custody of both utility tokens and tokens that are securities, transfer and liquidity issues, and investments in crypto assets by funds and other investors. He has practiced in the capital markets area for more than 20 years, and he can draw on his skills in securities laws and regulations, financial services regulations and corporate governance to advise his clients on transactions from early-stage formation to going public. Anthony has advised clients in both public and private capital markets deals, and his clients include corporations, funds and other entities. He is one of the leading experts on physical precious metals funds. Anthony also has represented issuers and underwriters in filings with FINRA in connection with public offerings. He received his B.A. from California State University, Fullerton, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Anthony has served as President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area and as Secretary of the District of Columbia Bar. He is fluent in German.

Anthony is also a contributor to Seward & Kissel’s Cryptocurrency and Blockchain blog, SKrypto. Anthony was also named a 2022 Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, and Fintech Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, being one of only 24 attorneys recognized nationally.

Anthony Tuths
Principal Alternative Investment Tax practice

Anthony Tuths is a Principal in KPMG’s Alternative Investment Tax practice and leader of the firm’s digital asset tax practice. He has more than 20 years of experience in tax structuring and advisory of alternative investment clients. Tony is responsible for tax structuring and tax advisory services for a broad range of asset management clients including hedge funds, crypto funds, fund of funds, private equity and venture capital funds. Tony has worked extensively with the formation and operation of funds trading a multitude of asset classes and various strategies. He has expertise in structuring hybrid funds and non-U.S. funds investing into the U.S. markets. His proficiency extends to the operation of management companies and the design of myriad compensation arrangements.

Tony also has expertise in the taxation of financial products, digital assets and complex capital markets transactions. Prior to joining KPMG, he was the leader of the financial services practice at a national public accounting firm. He also served as the global head of tax structuring at Deutsche Bank.

Chase White
Senior Research and Policy Analyst
Compass Point Research & Trading LLC

Chase White is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst covering Blockchain & Cryptocurrency and Tech, Media, & Telecom Policy at Compass Point Research & Trading LLC. Prior to joining Compass Point, Mr. White was Senior Vice President of Tech, Media, & Telecom Policy Research at Height Capital Markets in Washington, DC. Prior to Height, Mr. White was Assistant Vice President of Equity Research at FBR & Co., first covering companies in the Metals & Mining industry before transitioning to Media & Entertainment coverage. Between FBR and Height, Mr. White also had a short stint as an investment analyst with a startup equity long-short hedge fund, focusing on Metals & Mining. Mr. White received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a CFA charterholder.

Dante Disparte
Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy

Dante Disparte is Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy at Circle, responsible for overseeing company strategy, communications, policy and public affairs. Since joining Circle in 2021, his leadership in driving market expansion, regulatory engagement, and more have been integral in furthering the company’s mission to raise global economic prosperity through the frictionless exchange of financial value.

Prior to joining Circle, Dante served as a founding executive of the Diem Association, leading policy, communications, membership and social impact. He also brings two decades of experience as an entrepreneur, business leader and global risk expert, most recently as founder and CEO of Risk Cooperative. He also served as an appointee on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Advisory Council. Currently, he is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Digital Currency Governance Consortium and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, he is co-author of “Global Risk Agility and Decision Making” (Macmillan 2016).

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College, is a PLD graduate of Harvard Business School, and has an MSc in risk management from NYU Stern School of Business. Outside of work, Dante enjoys speaking and commentating, such as in media outlets including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, BBC, Forbes and Diplomatic Courier.

Greg Lisa
Chief Legal Officer
Element Finance, Inc.

Greg Lisa is the Chief Legal Officer of Element Finance, Inc. ( Prior to joining Element, Greg was a partner at Hogan Lovells, where he specialized in anti-money laundering and other forms of illicit finance, especially focusing on the FinTech sector and emerging payments companies, virtual currency companies, and gaming institutions.

Before joining Hogan Lovells, Greg served in the U.S. government for more than 17 years in a variety of roles. He served as the Interim Director of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Treasury Department’s lead regulator for overseeing and enforcing the anti-money laundering laws.

Prior to FinCEN, Greg served in the Office of Enforcement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. As one of its earliest members, he helped to “stand up” the Bureau’s enforcement program. Before joining the Bureau, he served for twelve years in the U.S. Department of Justice, first in the Civil Division as a Trial Attorney, and then for almost ten years as a federal prosecutor in the Organized Crime Section, investigating and prosecuting RICO and illicit finance cases.