Academics, business leaders and regulators will discuss how decentralized finance — or “DeFi” — works, how it should be regulated and insights into DeFi’s current purpose and future plans at a symposium Feb. 11 at the University of Virginia School of Law.

The Virginia Law & Business Review 2022 Symposium, “Power to the People: DeFi’s Impact on the American Financial System,” will be held at the Law School’s Caplin Pavilion and livestreamed. The event is sponsored by the Virginia Law & Business Review; John W. Glynn, Jr. Law & Business Program; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Weil Gotshal & Manges; and Venable.

Decentralized finance is an emerging financial technology based on secure distributed ledgers similar to those used by cryptocurrencies. The system removes the control banks and institutions have on money, financial products and financial services.

The keynote event, at 11:30 a.m., features a fireside chat with Bitfury Group CEO Brian Brooks and Hester Pierce, a commissioner with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Patomak Global Partners CEO Paul Atkins will moderate.

Panelists include UVA Law professors Paul G. Mahoney and George S. Geis, director of the John W. Glynn, Jr. Law & Business Program. 

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