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Blockchain, Crypto Assets and their Markets: A Challenge or Opportunity for Banks?

Start Date:7/22/2021

Start Time:2:00 PM EDT

Duration:60 minutes


Bitcoins, Ether, Dogecoin, blockchain, dapps, Smart Contracts, NFTs….a new world full of strange names and acronyms is quickly dominating the financial landscape.  This webinar provides a basic introduction to the world of blockchain and digital assets.  The webinar will also discuss the markets in which they trade, the players which comprise the market, the principal risks, the regulatory setting and….how this new world intersects with traditional banking. 

• Introduce the concept of Distributed Ledgers and the Blockchains; 
• Breakdown different types of Digital Assets; 
• Discuss the Market Segments and Players and how they relate to traditional banking;
• Obtain an overview of the current international, federal and state regulatory environments; 
• Explain the key elements in understanding the new risks and internal program and control requirements; 
• Discuss the future of digital assets within traditional banking: a threat or opportunity? 
• Discuss considerations relating to internal audit and financial reporting

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Justin Gaul

Sr. Director


Tom Lazard

Principal, Financial Services Consulting

Crowe LLP

Tom Lazard is a Principal in the firm’s Financial Services Consulting practice with 15+ years of experience working and solutioning for entities operating in the financial services ecosystem. He focuses on the development of compliant and responsive programs to align and support an organizations growth strategy while maintaining sound regulatory compliance needs. Tom leads the Consulting Crypto solutions area focusing on advisory and remediation services for Anti-Money Laundering / Bank Secrecy Act, Sanctions, Fraud, and Cybersecurity programs.

Professional Qualifications

Under Tom’s direction, his teams formulate regulatory compliant risk management frameworks across the financial services landscapes including; AML/BSA, Sanctions, Fraud and Cybersecurity. This includes the development, implementation, and execution of; risk assessment programs, high risk customer management programs, transaction monitoring programs, new initiative strategies, technology solutions to support risk management, regulatory response, and develop to support new regulation. Tom also has significant experience working with his clients to advise and assist in the identification and remediation of issues of regulatory compliance including, corporate governance, sustainability, investigations and reporting, staffing and training.

Education and Certifications

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Matthew Schell

Partner, Assurance Professional Practice

Crowe LLP

Matthew Schell is a partner in the national office of Crowe LLP and located in Washington, DC. Within the national office, his responsibilities include directly supporting the audit practice on complex technical accounting and regulatory issues. He serves as a designated liaison to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the federal financial institution regulators on practice matters related accounting, financial reporting and regulatory issues. Matthew is a member of the CAQ’s Emerging Technology Taskforce and the co-chair of the AICPA’s Digital Assets Working Group.

Professional Qualifications

Prior to becoming a partner with Crowe, he spent two years in the Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA) of the SEC as a Professional Accounting Fellow (PAF). During his two years with the SEC, he was responsible for participating in the oversight of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and monitoring the activities of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). In addition, he was responsible for consulting with registrants on accounting and reporting matters, and participating in the development of the SEC’s rule proposals.

Prior to joining the SEC, Matthew was a senior manager at Crowe LLP in the New York office where he served clients within the financial services industry, including banks, savings institutions, broker / dealers, and investment companies.

Education and Certifications

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. He is a CFA® charterholder and is a certified public accountant, licensed in the District of Columbia and New York. Matthew is a member of the AICPA and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs.

Rob Morgan

Senior Vice President – Innovation and Strategy

American Bankers Association

Rob Morgan leads the ABA’s Office of Innovation. Since joining the ABA in 2011, Rob has worked to ensure that banks have the tools to innovate and partner as well as a policy environment that facilitates innovation. Rob led ABA’s fintech task force which developed ABA’s fintech playbook and other resources available at

Rob studied economics at Connecticut College and received his MBA from The Wharton School.

Justin Steffen


Barack Ferrazzano

Justin is a partner in Barack Ferrazzano’s Financial Institutions Group. His practice focuses on providing his clients with strategies and solutions for minimizing risk in the digital economy. A National Law Journal FinTech Trailblazer, banks, lenders, payments companies, and brick-and-mortar clients seek out Justin for his deep understanding of FinTech and emerging technologies. In addition to his technology practice, Justin is an experienced litigator who has led dozens of matters, ranging from consumer class actions to complex commercial disputes. In his free time, Justin teaches aspiring FinTech lawyers at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Debbie Whiteside

SVP, Endorsed Solutions


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