Blockchain: Real World Applications in Finance

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of New York City

April 19, 2017: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us as we explore this rapidly-developing area within the FinTech space. Discussion will begin promptly at 6:45.


MSCI Offices
48th Floor
7 World Trade Center
New York, New York

Event Details

Smart contracts and blockchain technology are transforming capital markets and introducing new opportunities for efficiency and contract design. Join us as we explore this rapidly developing area within the FinTech space. The event will detail a live smart contract example – presented by Ron Papanek – Managing Director of blockchain pioneer Symbiont. Following the demonstration, Emmanuel Aidoo (Director Credit Suisse) and Joe Salerno (CEO Synaps) will discuss current block chain projects that will impact the future of finance.

Registration open at 6:00. Discussion will begin promptly at 6:45.

Questions? Contact Kirk Oldford '11 or Alia Haider Karrazzi '03


$15 (includes appetizers and drinks)


Register Online

Deadline: 4/18/2017

Speaker Profiles

Ron Papanek, AB'84 (Speaker)
Managing Director, Symbiont

Ron Papanek, Managing Director and Head of Products at Symbiont, is responsible for rolling out smart contracts and distributed ledger technology to the financial services industry. Prior to joining Symbiont, Papanek led the Americas Alternative Investments Analytics Business at RiskMetrics/MSCI after running the HedgePlatform investor risk transparency business. Papanek also spent ten years at J.P. Morgan, as Vice President responsible for market making and proprietary trading in equity derivatives, mortgage-backed securities and treasuries.

Emmanuel Aidoo (Speaker)
Director, Credit Suisse

Emmanuel Aidoo is Director at Credit Suisse within the Global Markets Division where he leads the Emerging Technology Practice. He is an Intrepreneur with over 18 years at Credit Suisse and has worked in a variety of senior roles which include Global Head of Debt Capital Markets Technology and Global Head of Leverage Finance Technology.

Joe Salerno (Speaker)
CEO, Synaps

Joe Salerno is CEO of Synaps Loans LLC, a joint venture company of Symbiont and Ipreo, which develops distributed ledger applications for syndicated loans. With more than 20 years of experience as a fin-tech vendor, he has led the design and development of several software systems that have become household names in the syndicated loan market. He is licensed professional engineer (retired status) with a BS from Princeton and a licensed attorney with a JD from Rutgers.


Kirk Oldford, '11