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Paying by the Rules: The evolving regulatory frameworks for data and digital assets

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Digital Assets and Data Assets exist within an evolving regulatory framework. Hear from regulatory and compliance experts on current approaches in different markets—the US, UK, EU, and beyond— and the key regulatory requirements for Digital and Data Assets. What are the key challenges for compliance when designing, issuing, and trading Digital and Data Assets? How could the regulatory framework evolve to better suit the needs of Digital and Data Asset owners? What are the key steps to be aware of in terms of compliance for Digital and Data Assets?

Session Host

James Nicholls, Managing Director, Braithwate

James is a risk management and regulatory strategy consultant who specializes in helping global financial services businesses to analyze and respond to changing markets and regulatory requirements. Following 16 years’ experience leading advisory practices in both London and New York, James founded Braithwate to bring a new level of applied risk management and regulatory compliance expertise to the financial services sector.

Session Participants

Pat McCarty, JD, former CFTC General Counsel

McCarty is an attorney and has had significant roles with the CFTC, SEC and Managed Funds Association (MFA). Most recently, he was the senior professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee working on Dodd-Frank financial reform issues. He served as general counsel of the CFTC from 2002 to 2005. He joined the CFTC from the Managed Funds Association, where he was the general counsel and executive vice president for legislative and regulatory affairs. He has also held senior position with the U.S. House of Representatives Banking and Financial Services Committee, as well as four federal banking agencies and other private sector organizations.


Nancy Girouard, MBA, CPA, CFO, The Data Economics Company

Chief Financial Officer with 20+ years experience in change management projects such as systems implementations and integrations, first audits, due diligence, exit and post-acquisition operations. CPA with a keen focus on fiduciary duty, and fiscal responsibility and bringing organizations to profitability and maintaining sustainable growth. NetSuite expert with ERP. CRM and Subscription billing.


Jennifer Hinkel, The Data Economics Company

Jennifer Hinkel is a researcher and business leader in oncology outcomes, data, and health economics. She is a Managing Director of The Data Economics Company. She also mentors a number of health and technology early-stage companies and founders. Her past roles include as a Senior Partner in a boutique market access consultancy as well as strategic, analytic, and commercial roles at Roche and Genentech in the US, Latin America, and Europe. Prior to entering the life sciences industry, Hinkel held roles in the non-profit and public sector including at National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and as a researcher for a member of the House of Lords, UK Parliament. Ms. Hinkel holds degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology (BS International Affairs) and the London School of Economics (MSc International Health Policy). She has lectured in Health Systems and Health Economics at Penn State University and Arcadia University, holds patents in health care technology, and has published numerous articles and abstracts related to market access and oncology health services research. As a survivor of Stage III Hodgkin Lymphoma, Ms. Hinkel has a special interest in oncology innovation. To support the broader survivor and oncology community, Ms. Hinkel founded Resilience Racing, the first all-cancer-survivor sailing team, and also launched the 40 Under 40 in Cancer annual awards program.