A recent program presented by Women in Derivatives featured opening remarks by CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo that focused on the CFTC’s use of market data to gauge the impact of algorithmic trading on market stability, as well as a panel discussion that discussed cutting edge business and regulatory issues concerning blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and artificial intelligence. Petal Walker, special counsel at WilmerHale, moderated the panel, which featured Chris Brummer, professor at Georgetown Law; Isabelle S. Corbett, senior counsel and director of regulatory affairs at software firm R3; Amy Davine Kim, global policy director and general counsel at Chamber of Digital Commerce; and Sigrid Seibold, principal at KPMG US. This article summarizes the key takeaways from Giancarlo’s remarks, his responses to audience questions and the panelists’ insights. For more from Giancarlo, see “As Cryptocurrencies Advance, CFTC Commissioner Encourages Formation of an SRO to Oversee Customer Protection
” (May 31, 2018); and
“Virtual Currencies Present Significant Risk and Opportunity, Demanding Focus From Regulators, According to CFTC Chair
” (Feb. 8, 2018).