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Digital Asset Opportunities for Traditional Institutional Investors

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Full-service Crypto Prime Brokerage will leverage blockchain technology to connect investors with a growing range of digital assets

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Digital assets are morphing from speculative novelties to a global asset class. Consequently, what was once the domain of small, specialized crypto investors is expanding to legacy financial institutions such as banks, hedge funds, family offices, and endowments.

Until now, institutions seeking to invest in digital assets have lacked the traditional tools and processes they require. Thus, an exciting opportunity to provide these services are at hand to build out such infrastructure and to take digital asset investing mainstream. This technology is at the crossroads of traditional finance and the Digital Age, so those who can best translate the legacy trading experience will be the biggest winners.

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Institutional allocators, such as Family Offices and Endowments

Global Macro fund managers

Digital Asset fund managers

About the Speakers:

James Runnels

Co-Founder & CEO at Digital Lending Capital Corp (DLCC)

Over a 23-year career, James developed deep expertise in legacy finance; securities trading and lending; Prime Brokerage, and cryptocurrency; which is why, in January 2019, he had the foresight to commence the arduous process of building an all-in-one crypto Prime Brokerage platform, to capitalize on the anticipated entrance of institutional and high net worth investors into the crypto space. After 14 years of institutional sales in numerous asset classes at Salomon Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, and WJB Capital, he shifted his focus to trading, as VP of Business Development at Knight Capital Group. Then, to institutional business development at BNP Paribas, before spending three years as Managing Director of Prime Services at Cantor Fitzgerald, one of Wall Street’s largest prime brokers – and finally Head of Securities Lending at tZero, a Digital Asset trading platform.

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Jeanine Hightower Sellitto

CEO at Atomyze LLC

Jeanine's background in finance, operations, and cryptocurrency is unique in the global business community. Currently, she is CEO of Atomyze LLC, which focuses on modernizing the commodities markets using blockchain technology – and before that, was Managing Director of Operations at Gemini, one of the world's largest most respected cryptocurrency exchanges. Previously, she served as Chief Operating Officer at the NASDAQ-owned International Securities Exchange (ISE), following leadership roles in business development, operations and product management over a 13-year period; this, after starting her career as a Financial Analyst in the Investment Banking group of Wachovia Securities. Aside from her roles with Atomyze and DLCC, Jeanine serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Digital Asset & Cryptocurrency Association (GDAC).

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Kevin Kang

Founding Principal at BK Coin Capital LP

Kevin is a founding principal of BKCoin Capital LP. He shares the daily management and trading responsibilities for the fund. Prior to founding BKCoin Capital, Kevin was the portfolio manager and trader at an NYC-based fund, managing over $4 billion in multi-asset portfolios specializing in US equities and fixed income. His experience includes being Associate Portfolio Manager at AllianceBernstein in NYC. During his tenure at AllianceBernstein, he effectively collaborated with multiple portfolio managers in managing the largest US equities’ product by AUM. Additionally, he successfully implemented investment decisions and efficiently oversaw the firm’s daily positioning of its $40 billion portfolios. Kevin is a CFA® charter holder and earned his B.A. in Finance from Stetson University. He is fluent in English and Korean.

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Darsh Singh

Co-Founder at Hazoor Partners

Darsh Singh is the co-founder and the Chief Investment Officer of Hazoor Partners, a platform for Texas-based family offices to strategically invest alongside his family in niche alternatives. Previously, he served as Portfolio Manager and Investment Committee Member at Satori Capital, a specialized alternative investment firm based in Texas. There, Mr. Singh’s primary role was to build the Satori Alpha platform, where he was responsible for sourcing, diligence, and structuring seed and acceleration investments with emerging managers in niche markets. Prior to that, he served as a civilian and contract worker for the National Security Agency, where he worked in signals intelligence, developing and testing various tools.

Mr. Singh received an M.S. in Financial Mathematics from John Hopkins University and a B.S. in Engineering Science from Trinity University, where he was also captain of the NCAA basketball team. His jersey has been featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of National History. He is currently a board member for JUST, a microlending program for low-income female entrepreneurs.

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About the Moderator:

Dean Somes

Vice President and Wealth Manager at Bank of New York Mellon

Dean Somes is successfully navigating the stock and financial markets as Vice President and Wealth Manager at Bank of New York Mellon. Formerly, Dean was President of Anadromous Research, LLC and Senior Portfolio Manager for Cross Capital Partners, LP in Dallas, Texas. Dean now serves as VP and Senior Wealth Manager at BNY Mellon where he oversees client investment accounts, utilizing tax-advantaged planning and coordinating complicated estate plans. Dean’s clients range from ultra high-net -worth individuals to pensions and endowments. In addition, he serves on the fixed income investment committee for BNY Wealth Management.

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About Aves Lair

Nestled in the SoHo district of Manhattan, Aves Lair is a carefully crafted collaboration between Lair East and N&T Labs. Together, the two companies strategically fused their unique and complementary qualities to create a potent, resource-filled environment that will empower startups and tech founders to organically scale their businesses by applying cutting-edge technologies at the intersection of A.I. and blockchain technology.

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