gwp Breakfast Event - Volume 06: Institutionalisation of Crypto Exchanges

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m.
at Loft Five, Europaallee 15, 8004 Zurich



Institutionalisation of Crypto Exchanges: Regulatory status, current infrastructure, product offering and accessibility for the institutional business in Switzerland?

Switzerland has the opportunity to become a leader in developing financial products and services of the digital generation. On a global scale, the key players in cryptocurrency trading are the crypto exchanges – whereas the investors are mostly private individuals.

  • What is the current status of the «institutionalisation» in crypto trading?
  • How ready is the infrastructure for accepting Swiss institutional investors?
  • What are the recent regulatory initiatives and how will they influence the dynamic development in crypto trading?



7:30   Door opening

8:00   Welcome

8:05   Legal environment in Switzerland for doing business as a Crypto Exchange

Speaker: Dr. Milan Jovanovic, Partner, gwp

8:15   Panel discussion: Global Crypto Exchanges for the Swiss Financial Sector

Richard Olsen, Founder & CEO, Lykke Exchange
David Chen, Vice President of Global Business, Huobi
Vladimir Demin, CEO, Huobi Russia
Quentin Issele, Vice President, OKEx Fintech and Digital Assets
Alicia Kao, Head of VIP Relations, KUCOIN
Lucian Aguilar, Account Management, Kraken

Moderation: Ekaterina Anthony, Senior Manager Blockchain & Crypto Compliance, gwp

9:00   Breakfast and networking

Richard Olsen, Founder & CEO, Lykke Exchange (, is a pioneer in high frequency finance with extensive entrepreneurial experience and is well known for his groundbreaking academic work. Richard founded the Swiss based blockchain company and financial product provider, Lykke. Lykke’s mission is to build a new ecosystem for the outdated finance industry by leveraging the power of the blockchain. Earlier in his career, he notably co-founded OANDA, one of the leading currency information company and market maker in foreign exchange. Throughout his career, Richard has always been committed to transforming financial markets into a seamless system without the inefficiencies that we today take for granted.

David Chen, Vice President of Global Business, Huobi (, is responcible for the development of new markets for Huobi Exchange. He is aiming to adapt the services to the local regulations around the world. David is well connected and experienced in several fields around the world with State Owned Enterprises in China, Supply Chain Industry, Financial Investment and Media.

Vladimir Demin, CEO, Huobi Russia (, has 20 years of experience in managing innovative projects and successfully launched projects based on blockchain technology on Federal level. Vladimir is «Person of the Year» 2004 according to RBC and winner of the national award «Best Marketing Director» of the national business communications award 2016 in Russia.

Quentin Issele, Vice President, OKEx Fintech and Digital Assets (, has more than 13 years of work experience in the traditional derivatives markets. He started his career in equity derivatives trading. He also worked at Singapore Exchange (SGX) in product development of listed contracts. Finally, he co-founded and excited a WealthTech startup in portfolio allocation. Quentin holds an MBA degree from INSEAD.

Alicia Kao, Head of VIP Relations, KUCOIN (, has more than 10 years of experience in digital performance marketing. She is in charge of relations between global high value clients including institutions and 3rd party trading platforms.

Lucian Aguilar, Account Management, Kraken (, has 3 years of experience as an Asset Manager and 1 year of experience as Financial Services Consultant with focus on Digitalisation, FinTech and Blockchain.

Milan Jovanovic, Partner at gwp, has many years of experience in the financial industry, he holds a doctorate degree from the law department of the University of Zurich and is a Swiss qualified attorney-at-law. Milan’s portfolio includes a senior role in Deloitte’s Regulatory, Compliance & Legal FSI team and Senior Legal Counsel at UBS AG. His main areas of expertise are Anti Money Laundering, MiFID II, FinSA, FinIA, FMIA, Data Protection, Fintech/DLT and FINMA investigations.

Ekaterina Anthony, Senior Manager for Crypto & Blockchain Compliance at gwp, is an expert in the field of supporting compliance and operating activities for fintech start-ups and digital projects. She is particularly focusing on assisting traditional financial institutions to enter into the digital space as well as establishing compliance procedures for crypto asset management companies and crypto funds. Her previous roles included Head of the London office of the Russian Stock Exchange (MOEX) and Regional Head S&P Global Platts.