Blockchain and financial markets technology: Perspectives from Law, Finance and Computer Science


June 10th 2016

Time: 8:50am - 5:30pm  

VenueConference Suite, 9th floor, Tower 2, London School of Economics

Speakers: Tomaso Aste (University College London), Tatiana Cutts (University of Birmingham), Jon Danielsson (LSE), Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe (LSE), Luke von der Heyde (ENSafrica),  Eva Micheler (LSE), Philipp Paech (LSE) and Matteo Solinas (Victoria University of Wellington)

OrganisersJon Danielsson (SRC, LSE) and Eva Micheler (Law and Financial Markets Project and SRC, LSE) 

The conference analyses financial innovation with a particular focus on blockchain technology.    


Blockchain technology was first invented to facilitate Bitcoin. A blockchain is an electronic record. Similar to a land register it contains all transactions that are entered into between market participants. There is, however, no central authority or other intermediary. The blockchain is updated on the basis of a consensus of the majority of the participants in the system. Once entered the information cannot be erased. A blockchain thus creates a certain and verifiable digital record.

Materials available for download:


Photo gallery

Tomaso Aste (University College London): Blockchain technology from the perspective of computer science

Jon Danielsson (London School of Economics): Cyber risk as systemic risk

Luke von der Heyde  (ENSafrica): Are bitcoins property? - presentation and paper

Tatiana Cutts (University of Birmingham): Tracing bitcoins

Eva Micheler (LFMP and SRC, LSE) and Luke von der Heyde (ENSafrica): Holding, Clearing and Settling Securities Through Blockchain Technology Creating an Efficient System by Empowering Asset Owners - presentation and paper

Matteo Solinas  (Victoria University of Wellington): The regulation of distributed ledgers

The suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users is: #LSEFintech

The event is jointly organised with the Law and Financial Markets Project.