[Webinar Session] The Rise of Digital Currencies: Tech Companies vs

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Will central banks remain relevant and continue to control currencies in the future? Join us and find out more!

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This event will be in a Webinar Session format.

The Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan and others recently met to discuss the use of cryptocurrencies to create a central bank digital currency (CBDCs). In the meantime, Facebook is developing Libra, which will be integrated with the social network’s services, including Messenger and WhatsApp, to cross nations’ borders and potentially become a new currency heavyweight. How will this situation evolve? Will central banks remain relevant and continue to control currencies in the future?

In Asia, China has led the way to create its own CBDC while Singapore and Facebook are in discussion to study Libra's potential and development. What does this tell about Singapore's stance on digital currencies? Will MAS issue its own CBDC?

While digital currencies like Libra could help solve inefficiencies in cross-border payments, which are now expensive and inconvenient, there are concerns that must be considered such as cyber risks, the centralization of power and the viability of their business model.

Join us and hear from these esteemed panelists on their views and insights.


  • Hagen Rooke, Counsel, ReedSmith
  • Joe Tusin, CEO, Chynge
  • John Ho, Head, Financial Markets Legal, Standard Chartered Bank

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Panelists' Bio

Hagen Rooke is a financial regulatory counsel in the Singapore office of Reed Smith.

Leading a practice that has a particular focus on fintech and payment services, he has a wealth of experience in matters relating to digital assets, including digital securities and cryptocurrencies. Hagen works with digital asset exchanges, dealers and custodians in assessing their regulatory position, structuring their contractual relationships with customers, counterparties and suppliers, and designing their internal control frameworks. He has conducted extensive analyses into the features and legal categorisation of various digital currencies, including numerous altcoins and stablecoins. With in-depth knowledge of the broader payments landscape within which digital assets are used, Hagen also advises on banking, remittance, merchant acquisition and e-money issuance matters.

Hagen is dual-qualified to practice Singapore law and English law.

Joe Tusin is the CEO of Chynge, and has over thirty years of tech industry experience comprising management consulting, enterprise software, cloud computing and mobility, and financial technology (FinTech) across the United States and Asia Pacific.

Joe was the youngest Director of Research at University of California (UC) Berkeley and has deep experience in big data analytics in financial services, credit risk, and closed-loop analytical and operational customer relationship management (CRM).

Joe is passionate in financial inclusion for the unbanked through the digitization, democratization and socialization of payments with smart compliance, and in making the world a safer place from financial crimes through blockchain, AI/machine learning, and biometrics.

John Ho is the Head of Legal, Financial Markets for Standard Chartered Bank (“SCB”), overseeing and providing legal advisory, transactional and documentation support for Financial Markets (FM) business globally for Standard Chartered Bank.

John is the co-chair of the ISDA’s South East Asia Legal and Regulatory Committee and has been involved in financial markets and regulatory reforms initiatives.

John plays an active role in supporting digitisation and adoption of new or innovative technology initiatives such as blockchain, distributed ledger technology and smart contracts. He is an active participant in the industry’s Fintech and blockchain events and has shared insights on the legal and regulatory framework relating to development of Fintech and Digital Assets.

He is the chair of FIA Fintech and Digital Assets Study Group. He is qualified as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore and he received his law degree from the National University of Singapore.

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