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Reality Behind Buzzwords Series: Blockchain


Gabriel Edelman, Managing Director, Foreside and Ben Keeler, Managing Director, Citisoft partnered with NICSA on their Reality Behind Buzzwords Series, a spotlight on Blockchain. This panel provided a brief review of the blockchain landscape and an overview of various digital asset financial products with a focus on intricacies related to the due diligence of these products. This included identification of fund-structure questions unique to these products, a review of service providers in the crypto asset field, and long-term complexities worth further consideration.


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Nicsa is a not-for-profit trade association striving to connect all facets of the global asset management industry in order to develop, share, implement, and advance leading practices. Nicsa member firms include asset managers, broker dealers, custodian banks, transfer agents, and other professional service firms including audit, tax, law, technology, marketing, and compliance. With broad industry participation, Nicsa serves a diverse set of industry professionals focused on a wide array of business lines including product, distribution, technology innovation, data, operations, risk management, and accounting. Nicsa aims to help firms operating in all segments of the global asset management industry meet the changing needs of their clients by aligning and educating industry participants through formal education programs, interactive forums, networking opportunities, and initiatives such as the Diversity Project North America. Nicsa provides industry executives the tools to gain insights and make informed decisions about strategic business development and best practice implementation. In addition, Nicsa allows the opportunity for individuals to develop professional leadership skills and make a meaningful impact on the industry we serve via committee volunteer work. Nicsa was founded in 1962 as an informal forum for operations and shareholder service professionals in the mutual fund industry, under the name National Investment Company Service Association. Richard L. Casey of State Street Bank & Trust Company in Boston was its founder and first president. Edward D. Windsor of Fidelity Fund (now Fidelity Investments) served as its first secretary, while John R. Vaughn, Jr. of Old Colony Trust Company (now part of the Columbia Management family of funds) was its first Treasurer.