Round Table “Should Business Owners and Corporate Treasuries Invest in Bitcoin?” on March 23, 2021
We will host an online round table on the topic “Should Business Owners and Corporate Treasuries Invest in Bitcoin?” on March 23, 2021. The goal is to bring together a group of max. 20 experts and decision makers to discuss the opportunities of an investment in Bitcoin for the risk, cash and liquidity management of a company. In the case of a loss in purchasing power, Bitcoin and other digital assets might be an interesting hedge against recent developments and a compensation for high inflation rates. If you are interested and would like to participate, the next paragraphs will give you further information. If you want to apply as a participant in this round table, please fill out the application form (5 minutes).
What is the content of this round table?
The goal of this round table is to foster the exchange of knowledge between a small group of max. 20 experts and decision-makers from treasury and risk management in order to discuss the opportunities of an investment in Bitcoin for the risk, cash and liquidity management of a company.
Business owners and corporate treasuries are exposed to multiple risks in managing cash, and many of these risks are heightened due to the current health and economic situation. In the case of a loss in purchasing power, Bitcoin and other digital assets might be an interesting hedge against such developments and a compensation for high inflation rates. Furthermore, as businesses look for new ways to optimize their balance sheets, many are turning to Bitcoin to offset potential losses. Many of the risks business owners and corporate treasurers face both in times of economic growth and decline and have an impact on cash flows, profitability, interest rates, money printing and potential inflation. Companies such as Stone Ridge Holdings Group, Square and MicroStrategy use Bitcoin as a component of its treasury reserve strategy because real yields are increasingly negative.
One prominent example is the investment of $1.5 billion in Bitcoin by Tesla beginning of the year. On the one hand, Bitcoin is not backed by any collateral, is subject to uncertain regulation, and is highly volatile; on the other hand, it offers a range of possibilities. So why has Tesla invested in Bitcoin? In its SEC filing, the company indicated it updated its investment policy to be more flexible in further diversifying and maximizing returns on its idle cash. As a part of this plan, it said it would invest in certain “alternative reserve assets including digital assets, gold bullion, gold exchange-traded funds” and other assets. “Thereafter, we invested an aggregate $1.5 billion in Bitcoin under this policy and may acquire and hold digital assets from time to time or long-term. Moreover, we expect to begin accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment for our products in the near future, subject to applicable laws and initially on a limited basis, which we may or may not liquidate upon receipt,” the SEC filing said.
In the capacity of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center as a platform for disseminating and transferring knowledge, we would like to promote discussion in this area focussing on the investment perspective of digital assets. In particular, our aim is to discuss — in a small group of max. 20 people — how Bitcoin could be a potential investment for business owners and corporate treasuries and what concrete opportunities and threats arise. To do this, we have invited several key experts from the field that will participate in the round table.
Experts invited to the round table
- Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
- Maximilian von Wallenberg, Boerse Stuttgart Digital Exchange
- Seamus Donoghue, Metaco
- Sina Meier, 21Shares
- Carsten Hahn, CAPCO
- Philipp Schulden, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
Location, date, and application
- Location: online conference (Zoom)
- Date: March 23, 2021
- Time: 15h00 –16h00 (CET)
- Language: English
- Application required by filling out this application form (5 minutes)
- Maximum number of participants: 20
Who should participate?
- Decision-makers and employees from the field of corporate treasury and risk management
- Lawyers from the field of accounting interested in the regulatory outlook of digital assets
- Analysts who deal with treasury and controlling
- Journalists from the financial and technology department
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About the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC) is a think tank and research center primarily focusing on the implications of blockchain technology for companies and businesses. In addition to the development of blockchain prototypes, the center offers a platform for the exchange of knowledge and thought for decision-makers and startups as well as technology and industry experts. The FSBC sets new research impulses and develops education programs for students and executives. The center concentrates primarily on the areas of banking, energy, mobility, and the manufacturing industry.
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