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Organised by the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Commission

Session #5



 Thursday, 26 August

 10:00 – 11:00 CEST

Millennium Ballroom and online


Over the past 18 months, the exigency for financial technology and innovation have been thrown into sharp relief.  But for some institutions, the pandemic offered a welcome opportunity to approach the innovators who had already gained traction in disrupting the banking and capital markets sector through agility, technology, and light regulation. But what does this entail for existing innovators? Is there a need to re-innovate? What will be the stratagem? Can the regulators catch up, and do they even want to? Join this session held by the AIJA Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Commission to unmask these questions. 

We will discuss how new technologies have been transforming the banking and financial services sector and how incumbent players have been responding to disruptors, innovators and fintech entrepreneurs. Learn the current trends in fintech, cryptocurrency and mobile payments, question the regulatory market and inquire about the next innovations for the industry and market. Specific focus will be placed on legal challenges caused by innovation and how to balance innovation with regulatory compliance.


Valerio Scollo

GSK Stockmann, Luxembourg

Valerio Scollo is a local partner in the banking and capital markets group of GSK Stockmann in Luxembourg and specialises in securities law, capital markets regulation and international banking work. He advises banks, financial institutions and corporates and insurance companies on the issue of debt and equity securities, securitisations, repackagings, high-yield bonds, structured products and derivatives and related regulatory matters. He previously worked at law firms in Milan, London and Singapore.

Ronald Kogens

MLL, Switzerland

Ronald Kogens is a partner at MLL specialized in new technologies FinTech. He represents companies at all stages of their life cycles – from formation, business model/product structuring and fundraising through strategic transactions and public offerings. 

Liesbet Demasure

BNPP Asset Management Belgium

Liesbet Demasure is a senior legal counsel at BNPP Asset Management Belgium, specialized in IT and Financial law. She is passionate about her job, learning and running. Liesbet acts as a board member of 35Beaufort, an association of BNP Paribas Fortis employees younger than 36, where she contributes to diversity, organizing events (networking, soft skills) and giving a voice to the younger employees.

Jesse Zigmund

M-KOPA, Kenya

Jesse is the General Counsel and Director of Risk, Compliance and Audit at M-KOPA, one of the leading connected asset financing companies in Africa, where he is responsible for corporate, commercial, regulatory, data privacy, risk, governance and control matters. Jesse is a dual-qualified lawyer admitted in New York and England & Wales. He previously worked in New York and London for Weil, Gotshal & Manges and was an Executive Director, Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan where he counseled market leading businesses operating across the EMEA region. Prior to joining M-KOPA, Jesse worked for the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority.

Angela Ochumba

Standard Chartered Bank, Kenya

Angela Ochumba is a dual qualified (Kenya and New York State) lawyer based in Kenya. She is currently senior legal counsel, Africa and Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank. In this capacity, she supports the corporate finance and sustainable finance business across Africa and Middle East. Prior to this she was the legal manager Transaction Banking, Africa at Standard Chartered Bank in which role she provided support to the cash and channels, trade, securities services and corporate agency and trust businesses.  

David Roche

Aramis Law Firm, France

David Roche is counsel in French law firm Aramis. He advises on legal and litigation issues in the areas of financial services and IT, including regulatory advice and contract negotiation, especially in a cross-border context.

Bethan Waters

Farrer & Co, United Kingdom


Bethan Waters

Farrer & Co, United Kingdom