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Understanding FinTech & Cryptocurrencies Training Course

Demystifying the next paradigm shift in global financial services

18 - 19 October 2018

London, UK, Venue TBC

The course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview for people either working in or interested in innovating in this space creating products and access to services supported by technology. Critical thinking is encouraged whilst the latest developments are shared and discussed.

The course will also cover blockchain, digital signatures and cryptocurrencies and the underlying mechanisms.  In order to understand the workings, we breakdown the digital ledger technology into its hashes and blocks before chaining them together to the block chain. Comparing Bitcoin to other cryptocurrencies is also addressed.

After the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of FinTech in the wider industry
  • Identify areas where FinTech will revolutionise banking and finance industry
  • Spot processes that can be enabled by digitalisation
  • Identify the threats FinTech poses to the incumbent banking and financial industries
  • Appreciate the changes required in trading and sales operations
  • Spot business development opportunities
  • Explain blockchains, digital signatures and cryptocurrencies and the future of currency
  • Explain the possibility of currencies existing without the involvement of a central bank
  • Appreciate how a cryptographic hash works (SHA-256)
  • Identify the risks and limitations of Digital Ledger Technology (DLT)
  • Understand the different cryptocurrencies
  • Identify already existing threats from non-banks

Read the full agenda for the Understanding FinTech course

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Dates: 18-19 October 2018
Venue: Central London
Course Leader: Petros Geroulanos

View the Understanding FinTech course agenda

In-depth discussions and practical sessions involving specific transactions

You will cover:

Retail banking; Credit assessment; Payments and correspondent banking; Commercial and corporate banking; Trading and investment banking; Corporate finance and M&A; Asset and investment management; Private banking and wealth management; Research and analysis; Insurance (InsurTech); Regulation and compliance (RegTech)

With practical exercises including How FinTech Disrupts Banking and Financial Services; plus testing some of FinTech’s new technologies in a real-life scenario

petros geroulanos

Petros Geroulanos has over 25 years of professional experience in trading, sales and product development.

He has trained tens of thousands of participants originating from more than 100 countries working at 400 different companies. He has conducted workshops in more than 30 countries in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

As former head of VEGA Structured Finance GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany, he introduced default-free ABS, ABCP as well as NPL transactions to medium-sized corporates.

His professional experience commenced with Swiss Bank Corporation and Union Discount PLC in Zurich and London. There, he was engaged in trading, selling and structuring FX, Equity Exotic and Fixed Income Derivative Products as well as their underlying cash instruments.

In 2014, he recognised the revolutionary character of FinTech and Cryptocurrencies. He researched the impact that the technological progress will bring. He can explain the changes that have already taken place, analyse the status quo of a business and innovate business models to make them future-proof.

Most recently, he has been conducting tailored FinTech trainings for commercial and universals banks in Scandinavia and Southeast Asia. He also trains and advises FinTech banks and technology companies in Europe and the Middle East.

Now, he is working with some banks, credit card companies, IT and Telco companies to innovate their business model by adding FinTech components.

Petros is also a visiting lecturer at SKEMA Business School in Paris, ranked 6th world-wide by the Financial Times in 2018 for its M.Sc. Programme running the successful FinTech programme. There, Petros is also supervising students in their FinTech research. Previously, he has been a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School in London and EMLV in Paris. He has published more than 400 articles in the Swiss media and co-authored two books and an interactive training programme on financial markets and bonds.

He speaks four languages fluently including English, German, Swiss German, Greek and French.  

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