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"Crypto: The Most Exciting Alternative Asset"



The FCS New York is proud to partner with CoinDesk as our exclusive programming sponsor on the creation of a very special luncheon panel discussion. On August 16th, we meet at the Harvard Club to learn about "Crypto: The Most Exciting Alternative Asset."

In the beginning of the year, the FCS held a national survey, with one of the questions asking about topics of interest for our events.  "Cryptocurrencies" was a top 3 response.

Well, there's more to Crypto than bitcoin and other currencies... it's a whole new asset category.

CoinDesk's Director of Research Nolan Bauerle will lead the discussion with four clientside execs whose companies are deeply engaged in crypto.

Join us for a dynamic discussion that will be as instructive and inspirational as it is provocative.


Justin SchmidtPanelist

VP, Head of Digital Asset Markets

Goldman Sachs

Justin Schmidt joined Goldman Sachs as VP, Head of Digital Asset Markets in April of this year.  Prior, Justin was a quantitative equities portfolio manager for hedge funds in NY and London.  Justin’s a graduate of MIT with degrees in Computer Science specializing in artificial intelligence and distributed systems engineering.

John TornatorePanelist

Global Head of Cryptocurrencies


John Tornatore joined Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) in 2013 as Director, Business Development. In this role, he pursues U.S. and international strategic marketing initiatives to grow the CBOE and CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) outreach. He is also a member of the team responsible for developing futures and options business outside of the U.S. during the exchanges’ extended trading hours. Additionally, John is heading the exchanges efforts to develop new business for Cboe's Cryptocurrency products globally. 

Bart SmithPanelist

Head of Digital Asset

Susquehanna International Group

Bart Smith is co-Head of the ETF Group at Susquehanna International Group (SIG). As such, he is jointly responsible for several ETF-related activities including oversight of the Firm’s ETF client trading (through SIG affiliate Susquehanna Financial Group, or SFG), global equity portfolio trading (also SFG) and ETF issuer relationships. Since 2014, Mr. Smith has also been leading SIG’s cryptocurrency and digital asset efforts. In this function, he helps to steer the continued growth of the Firm’s footprint in the space and provides input to a variety of market participants, listing exchanges and regulatory bodies on matters related to liquidity and product construction. Prior to his current role, he helped Emerging Global Advisors launch its EGShares lineup of ETFs. Mr. Smith has also worked at AllianceBernstein and UBS Wealth Management in variety of sales and consulting roles. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Human & Organizational Development.

Michael SonnensheinPanelist

Managing Director

Grayscale Investments

Michael Sonnenshein joined Grayscale Investments in January 2014.  As Managing Director, he is responsible for overseeing the daily operations and growth of the Grayscale business, spanning sales, operations, product development, and investor relations. With $2+ Billion in assets under management, Michael is responsible for maintaining many of the firms’ key client relationships including family offices, hedge funds, and other institutions as well as forming strategic partnerships and evaluating service providers. Prior to joining Grayscale, Michael was a financial advisor at JP Morgan Securities, covering HNW individuals and institutions. He also worked in a similar capacity at Barclays Wealth, providing coverage to middle‐market hedge funds and institutions. Michael earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and his Master of Business Administration from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

Nolan BauerleModerator

Director of Research

Nolan is the Director of Research at CoinDesk. He once got the Canadian Senate to hash its cryptocurrency report into bitcoin's blockchain (block #361625 ) while it was simultaneously tabled in Parliament. Since then, he became a student of cryptography, decentralized systems, cryptoeconomics and the theory of the firm.


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Harvard Club of New York City, 35 W 44th Street
  • The Harvard Club requires proper attire: jackets for men, NO JEANS.
  • No refunds after August 13.