FinTech Forum 2017: The Global Reach of Financial Innovation

February 27, 2017

The GW Center for Law, Economics & Finance is hosting its third FinTech Forum: The Global Reach of Financial Innovation. The conference will feature global industry leaders, academic experts, government regulators, and legal scholars to discuss the future of new disruptive financial technologies and what it means for the law around the world. 


9:30 – 9:35 a.m.

Speaker: Neil Ruiz, Executive Director, GW Center for Law, Economics & Finance

9:35 – 9:40 a.m.
Dean’s Welcome

Speaker: Blake D. Morant, Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law, GW Law

9:40 – 10 a.m.
Forum Theme and Introduction

Speaker: Kevin Petrasic, Partner, White & Case

10 – 11 a.m.
Keynote Address

Speaker: Anthony Thomson, Founder and Chairman, Atom Bank
Atom Bank is the United Kingdom’s first digital-only Challenger bank.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Panel 1: Who Watches the Watchers: Using AI for Regulatory Compliance


  • Dave Curran, Global Director, Risk & Compliance, Thomson Reuters
  • Jeffrey Kupfer, Co-Founder, Starling
  • Amy Matsuo, Principal of Financial Risk Management, KPMG
  • Ben Saul, Partner, White & Case

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Presentation and Release of C-LEAF FinTech 50 State Survey


  • Neil Ruiz, Executive Director, GW Center for Law, Economics & Finance
  • Chung Kun (Kevin) Park, Junior Fellow, GW Center for Law, Economics & Finance       

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Panel 2: FinTech’s Frontier: Providing Worldwide Access to Financial Services

Moderator: Jason Oxman, Chief Executive Officer, Electronic Transactions Association


  • Usman Ahmed, Head of Global Public Policy, PayPal
  • Harish Natarajan, Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank
  • Ky Tran-Trong, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Visa Inc.
  • Helen Wong, Director, FinTech and Payments, Discover Financial Services

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Panel 3: Caveat Emptor: Opportunities and Challenges in FinTech M&A

Moderator: Nicholas Neveling, Editor, Real Deals


  • Alex Acree, General Counsel & Managing Director, Fenway Summer
  • Steve Hufford, Managing Director, Raymond James
  • Dean Rutley, Partner, Womble Carlyle
  • Gavin Weir, Partner, White & Case

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Panel 4: FinTech Abroad: Comparing International Regulatory Developments

Moderator: Alastair Mitton, Partner, Bond Dickinson


  • Kathryn Dick, Managing Director, Promontory
  • Schan Duff, Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute
  • Amy Friend, Chief Counsel, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Fredesvinda Montes, Senior Financial Specialist, World Bank

4:45 – 5 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Speaker: Neil Ruiz, Executive Director, GW Center for Law, Economics & Finance


Media interested in attending should contact Kara Tershel at 202.994.0616 or [email protected].


GW Law, long recognized as one of the top law schools in the country, pursues a distinctive research and learning mission that engages the leading law and policy questions of our time and provides students with an education that will position them to help change the world. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, GW Law was founded in 1865 and was the first law school in the District of Columbia.

The GW Center for Law, Economics & Finance brings together diverse perspectives from the academic community, Main Street, Wall Street, and Washington to address important issues affecting the economy and financial markets.

Media Contact

Kara Tershel
[email protected]



Thursday, March 2, 2017
9:30 am - 5 pm



Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052