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Blockchain Technology Seminar

About the event

DMCC Energy Club hosted an exclusive seminar on the topic of
“Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain in the Energy Sector”.

The event was organised in collaboration with CMS, EPC, Thomson Reuters and DGCX.

Blockchain technology is an innovation with the potential to revolutionise existing business models and enable new transaction efficiency, with its application and potential being explored by a wide variety of market participants.

This session explored how blockchain may be applied across the Energy Sector and key legal and practical considerations. There will also be the chance to ask questions and a panel discussion on how “use-cases” are developing and the opportunities and hurdles currently in the market.

The speakers include:

  • Rob Flaws – Head of TMT, CMS
  • Iqbal AliKhan – MPhil, MDM – Program Director, Blockchains & Innovations, IBM Global Markets - Enterprise
  • Chris Gant – Partner-Advisory Services-MENA Technology Consulting Leader, EY MENA
  • John Geddes- Senior Associate, CMS (Panel Moderator)


Event details


Almas Conference Centre, Almas Tower, JLT


9:00 am – 11:00 am , 16 Apr 2018


AED 158 including VAT

Free for energy club members + DMCC Energy companies only


9:00 am – 9:05 am     Welcome Remarks
James Bernard, DMCC Director of Sales
9:05 am – 9:10 am     Introduction
Rob Flaws, Head of Technology, Media and Telecoms for global law firm, CMS
9:10 am – 9:25 am    Potential Technical Applications of the Blockchain and Use Cases in the Energy Sector
Iqbal AliKhan–MPhil, MDM-Program Director, Blockchains & Innovations-IBM Global Markets, Enterprise
9:25 am – 9:40 am    Financial and Tax Implications of utilising the Blockchain for Value Transactions
Chris Gant – Partner, Advisory Services, MENA Technology Consulting Leader, EY MENA
9:40 am – 9:55 am    Overview of Blockchain and Legal Considerations when Transacting on the Blockchain
Rob Flaws, Head of Technology, Media and Telecoms for global law firm, CMS
9:55 am – 10:15 am    Coffee Break
10:15 am – 11:00 am    Panel Discussion and Q & A

  • John Geddes - Senior Associate - CMS (Moderator)
  • Rob Flaws –Head of TMT– CMS
  • Iqbal AliKhan, MPhil, MDM -Program Director, Blockchains & Innovations IBM Global Markets, Enterprise
  • Chris Gant – Partner-Advisory Services, EY Mena



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