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Evolving Technologies in Financial Services and Markets

Legal and Governance Issues




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Evolving Technologies in Financial Services and Markets

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Classroom - In Person at 1 Paya Lebar Link, PLQ2, Unit 06-08, Singapore 408533

Course Duration

2 Days



Mode of Delivery

Classroom - In Person at 1 Paya Lebar Link, PLQ2, Unit 06-08, Singapore 408533

Course schedule

9.30AM to 1.00PM

Course Overview

The Fourth Industrial Revolution. DeFi. Web 3.0. Life 3.0. These are some labels describing life in this era of rapid technology developments. The increased digital interconnectedness and smart automation are fast changing the world of finance, the ways businesses are done and creating new social and economic models. The developments in blockchain technology have been attributed to the growth of “Decentralised Finance” (DeFi), Web 3.0 and digital token economies. This seminar examines the key concepts and legal issues associated with blockchain, certain aspects of artificial intelligence in transactions and regulating digital life in Web 3.0.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the elements of a blockchain and how transactions on blockchain are executed.

  • Discuss the legal issues and implications relating to smart contracts.

  • Discuss the pros and cons relating to DAO as a new digital governance structure.

  • Analyse the legal nature of different digital assets and transactions on digital platforms.

  • Discuss the risks and opportunities of DeFi. 

  • Discuss the challenges to the enforcement of laws and of rights in the digital space.

  • Identify and analyse legal issues relating to property and nature of ownership rights in digital assets.

  • Understand the concepts and types of artificial intelligence and their application in financial services and markets.

This Course Is Designed For

Highly recommended for professionals, financiers, technologists, lawyers, aspiring entrepreneurs &

business owners.

Course outline

  • "Digital Trust” - concept and elements of a blockchain

  • How is a transaction carried out on blockchain

  • Lex Cryptographica – “code as law”

  • What are “smart contracts” and the role of “oracles” in smart contracts

  • Elements of a “smart contract” and the laws of contract

  • What is a DAO (decentralised autonomous organisation)

  • Legal implications of DAO as a new governance structure

  • What is DeFi – legal issues and challenges - personal rights and responsibilities, social relationships, payment and financial transactions on digital platforms

  • "Token economy” – the legal nature of different types of digital tokens (security, payment, utility) and of transactions involving such tokens on digital platforms

The Trainers

Chng Li Ling



The Head of our Financial Services (Regulatory) Practice where she specialises in matters including corporate and securities laws, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, securities and financial services regulatory compliance, and corporate governance. She is also adjunct lecturer at institutes of higher learning.

Chng Li Ling


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Contact: +65 6381 6373


1 Paya Lebar Link #06-08
PLQ 2 Paya Lebar Quarter
Singapore 408533


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