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Fintech Part 1: Blockchains - Disruptor, Panacea, and Reality
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CFA Institute Qualified Activity: Eligible for 2 credit hours
Attire: Business Casual
Menu: Refreshments and Hors d'oeuvres
Hosted by: Education Advisory Group
Wulf 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.
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 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 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.
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