How big can Blockchain Technology become and what is the opportunity for Gibraltar?
Coinsilium Group, the blockchain focused investor advisor and venture builder joined the NEX Exchange in 2015 as the world's first IPO of a Blockchain Technology company. In 2019 the company launched its Gibraltar based operating subsidiary, Coinsilium (Gibraltar) Ltd.
Now firmly established in Gibraltar, Coinsilium is delighted to welcome you to this event showcasing two of their most significant partnerships and investments in the blockchain technology sector IOV Labs and Indorse.
Honourable Minister for Digital Services, Financial Services & Gaming Albert Isola MP will deliver opening remarks.
This event is hosted and designed specifically for those looking for an accessible entry point and a real understanding of Blockchain Technologies, their game-changing applications and a clear perspective of technology development opportunities and the investment landscape.
Places are strictly limited by guest list invitation only if you have received this via email.
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Date: Tuesday 28th January 2019
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Sapphire Bar, Sunborn Yacht Hotel
Participating in the discussion are Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar, RSK & IOVLabs, Gaurang Torvekar, Indorse and Malcolm Palle Coinsilium. They will be covering the opportunities and challenges facing start-ups in the blockchain technology sector and asking the important question, what advantages Gibraltar offers startups and business in the blockchain technology space and what is the scale of the opportunity for Gibraltar?
Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar CEO of IOVlabs and RSK. Diego is now a familiar face in Gibraltar with IOV Labs establishing its presence here in 2017 with RSK and IOV Labs also contributing to the Professional Certificate of Competence at the University of Gibraltar. Diego was one of the pioneers of web development in Argentina and Latin America back in the 1990’s and has played a leading role in fostering Blockchain technology and bitcoin adoption in Latin America since 2012. RSK, the first smart contract platform secured by the Bitcoin network, is transforming the way businesses are conceived, designed, and built. Its complementary platform, RSK Infrastructure Framework Open Standard (RIF OS), takes these technologies to scale, simplifying the use of decentralised infrastructure for any traditional or Blockchain developer, organisation, or innovator. With help from IOVlabs platforms, people everywhere will have the power to create digital identities, build reputations, establish and enforce agreements, and engage in commercial transactions without intermediaries.
Gaurang Torvekar Co-Founder and CEO of Indorse. Indorse is a blockchain-powered recruitment technology start-up which has built an advanced Coding Assessment Platform where businesses of all sizes use a network of renowned industry experts to evaluate tech skills of developers, engineers and data scientists. Indorse undertook its ICO in 2017 where it raised US$9.0m. It is now generating significant revenues and is on a growth trajectory with major expansion plans for 2020 and beyond. In February this year Indorse will be exhibiting at the Startup Grind San Francisco 10th Anniversary Global Conference and will be attending as part of the Startup Programme through the introduction by the Gibraltar Chapter.
Malcolm Palle Chairman of Coinsilium relocated to Gibraltar in 2019 to establish their business presence. With Coinsilium (Gibraltar) Ltd firmly established, Malcolm will be joining Diego and Gaurang on the discussion panel to give his take on the opportunities that lie ahead for the wider industry and Gibraltar in particular.
HM Government of Gibraltar
Minister for Gaming, Finance & Digital Services
The Honourable Albert Isola MP is Gibraltar’s Minister for Gaming, Finance & Digital Services with the primary responsibility of raising Gibraltar’s profile as an established onshore, mainstream & well-regulated financial services centre. He is also responsible for financial services policy, product development, and responding to international initiatives such as international tax comp…
The Honourable Albert Isola MP is Gibraltar’s Minister for Gaming, Finance & Digital Services with the primary responsibility of raising Gibraltar’s profile as an established onshore, mainstream & well-regulated financial services centre. He is also responsible for financial services policy, product development, and responding to international initiatives such as international tax compliance.
An accomplished and experienced speaker, Mr Isola has delivered keynote addresses at major financial services seminars and conferences in various countries. He is also responsible for financial services policy, product development, and responding to international initiatives such as international tax compliance. As such and supported by the Finance Centre Director and team, he works closely with the financial services regulator, the Financial Services Commission. Particularly noteworthy is his leading role in the establishment of the Gibraltar International Bank, a first for Gibraltar as a home-grown full-service credit institution that was launched in 2015.
Albert was appointed Minister for Commerce following a Government re-shuffle in October 2016. He has been a member of the GSLP/Liberal Administration since his by-election win for Gibraltar’s governing parties, the GSLP/Liberal Alliance, on 4 July 2013. Mr Isola had previously been a GSLP member of the Opposition in the then ‘House of Assembly’ (‘Parliament’ under the new constitution) from 1996 to 2000. Prior to re-entering Parliament, Albert had been a Partner at a major Gibraltar international law firm from 1985 to 2013.
During his long and successful legal career, Albert gained extensive experience in all aspects of property acquisition, development and financing, and was at the forefront of Gibraltar’s residential and commercial property development.
As part of his legal practice, Albert was at the forefront of Gibraltar’s development as a real alternative to the larger established funds jurisdictions with a wealth of experience in the financial services sector. He also regularly acted as an adviser to the Financial Services Commission.
Albert was educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire (1973 to 1980) and read Law at Kingston University (1980 to 1983).
Chairman & Co-Founder
Co-Founder & CEO
RSK/ RIF Labs
Co-Founder & CEO
Malcolm Palle is Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Coinsilium. A multi-disciplined entrepreneur with a wide-ranging career spanning over 40 years, Malcolm has hands-on business experience in the technology, mobile communications, insurance and travel industries.
Coinsilium is a focused Blockchain and Open Finance venture operator based in Gibraltar, a pre-eminent global regulatory jurisdiction and a leading hub for innovative financial technology. In 2015, Coinsilium became the first blockchain company to IPO. The Company has evolved to develop revenue-generating strategic advisory services and is a highly regarded innovator with proven technological and commercial expertise and development capabilities in the NFT arena and also within Open Finance.
Malcolm was also co-founder of MiningMaven, a well-established natural resources focused investor communications brand which he co-founded in 2009.
Gaurang Torvekar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Indorse, a Coding Assessment Platform built on the backbone of Blockchain technology. He has been working in the Blockchain space from the last 4 years, and this is his second company in the space. He started Indorse while in Singapore, and is spearheading the expansion of the company in the UK. Gaurang was the co-organizer of the Ethereum Singapore Meetup and was also involved in the ISO Blockchain standards, TC 307, and represented Singapore for one the ISO meetings. He is considered one of the thought leaders in the blockchain space in South East Asia.
Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar is one of the pioneers of web development in Argentina and Latin America back in 1995 and I have a leading role in fostering Bitcoin technology in Latin America since 2012.
In 2011 he learned about Bitcoin in 2011 and since 2012 decided to completely devote myself to the creation of the Argentinean and Latam grassroot communities, he co-founded Rootstock, the first open-source peer-to-peer smart-contract platform and payment network with a 2way peg to Bitcoin, and Koibanx, both companies aim to turn the transformative potential of Bitcoin into a reality.
One of the founders of the Argentinean Bitcoin Community with 20,000 members in its online community he organized the first bitcoin conference in Latin America (www.labitconf.com). He plays a central role in spreading the word about bitcoin in the region by contributing to the creation of grassroot communities in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Perú, Paraguay and Uruguay.
His track record also includes being part of the founding teams of Clarín Digital (main Argentina's newspaper website), Patagon.com (financial community sold to Banco Santander for 750M), Internet Argentina (first Argentinean ISP to provide ADSL), Edunexo (provider of a SaaS platform to administer public and private educational institutions in Latin America and Spain).
Diego held positions as R&D Manager for ElSitio.com leading a team of 25 developers and CTO at Trusted Translations, Inc.
Also the founder of the following endeavours:
- Xinergia (leading edge web development company)
- Cero a Cien (managing and tutoring platform for entrepreneurs)
- Arraiga (IT training and labour insertion platform)
- Restocoins (payment system to ease bitcoins acceptance on restaurants and cafes)
Joey Garcia is a Partner at ISOLAS LLP in charge of the Fintech/DLT team has been recognised by Chambers and Partners as one of only 12 (twelve) Lawyers around the world in a spotlight table of the leading global lawyers in blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
The listing highlights that Joey Garcia of ISOLAS is a pioneering distributed ledger lawyer, hailed as a “super” practitioner by market sources. He recently advised Gnosis on its ICO, the first time a ConsenSys project was run from Gibraltar, and Xapo on achieving its e-Money licence in Gibraltar. He is also deeply involved in shaping the regulatory environment in Gibraltar, co-chairing the government’s working group on distributed ledger technology.”
He has built up a strong Financial Services practice advising on a variety of structures and solutions to an international client base which includes funds, investment managers, blockchain based businesses and exchanges, e-money institutions, banks as well as family offices and larger private clients. Joey is on the forefront of developments in the digital currency, blockchain and distributed ledger technology in Gibraltar and co-chairs the Gibraltar Government working group/think tank on digital currencies.
Elected as the Chairman of the Gibraltar Funds & Investments Association (GFIA) for the years 2014-2016 and is ranked by Chambers and Partners and IFLR and acknowledged as being 'a highly acclaimed funds expert.' The Legal 500 reports that Joey is 'extremely professional, commercially aware and strongly client oriented.' He has been a speaker on various Seminar Programs and has contributed to a number of Hedge Fund publications including the Reuters European Reference series on Hedge Funds. Joey also sits on the Financial Services Commission (the Gibraltar Regulator) MiFID II working group and previously on the AIFMD working group. He was also the author of the Corporate Governance Code for Gibraltar Collective Investment Schemes and worked on a secondment within the Financial Services Commission during the latter part of 2013 in relation to AIFMD related technical issues.
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Born and brought up in Gibraltar her entrepreneurial journey started at the age of 22 launching the first company in PR and promotional work ‘DM Promotions’, since the early days her passion for running and creating her own business models was clear with a fiercely entrepreneurial family background.
Also involved in a landmark case at a young age for Gibraltar when she was denied the right to vote in the first European elections the case was taken to the European Court of Human Rights and was successful. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthews_v_United_Kingdom
After taking time out to start a family and living abroad she returned to her hometown in 2017 and soon set up a new business One Media and Events. The application to become City Chapter Director for Gibraltar for the organisation Startup Grind powered by Google for Entrepreneurs was successful and the first event which sold out with over 100 attendees was launched in March 2017. In February 2018 Denise was given the “Rookie of the Year” Award in San Francisco during the director’s retreat organised at the SuG Global Conference for being the best new chapter in a city with a population of only thirty thousand.
During this time Gibraltar Government announced the regulatory framework for Distributed Ledger Technology also known as Blockchain. Because of her work in supporting startups, tech and creating a network they became actively involved by sponsoring her events. The platform that SuG together with this development locally has opened up multiple opportunities in this new tech industry and in the past 4 months she has been appointed to represent two globally well known blockchain related groups the GSX Group’s Blockchain Innovation Centre and Coinsilium.
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