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FinTech & Blockchain Masterclass

FinTech & Blockchain Masterclass

Do you feel the need to stay up-to-date on Blockchain and FinTech? This course will give you a clear understanding of both topics. One of the world's foremost professors in this field of study, David Yermack will return to the Amsterdam Business School in the Spring of 2020, to lecture the two-day masterclass FinTech & Blockchain. After this masterclass you will not only be able to understand, but also develop a well-defined opinion on this revolution.

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  • What's in it for me?

    In this two-day masterclass professor David Yermack will talk about the technological capabilities of blockchain and how these will impact business and society. Additionally, this masterclass introduces participants to digital currencies and emerging mobile payment systems.

    You will critically discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of these rising technologies. The underlying distributed ledger technology has many other potential applications in diverse areas, such as property registration, auditing, regulation, tax, law and financial derivatives.

    During this two-day programme you will:

    • Acquire an overview of the history, growth, strengths, and weaknesses of digital currencies, blockchains, and distributed ledger technology.

    • Learn about potential applications of distributed ledger technology to new products and services.

    • Understand the regulatory challenges posed by new payment systems, and the responses of governments in the U.S., Europe and around the world.

    • Utilise existing financial benchmarks to evaluate the success of Bitcoin and other digital currencies as forms of money and as investments.

    • Explore blockchain technology and its potential to provide faster, cheaper, and more secure financial transactions.

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  • Who should attend?

    This masterclass is specifically designed for:

    • Entrepreneurs or emerging growth companies, for example in the digital currency and mobile payments fields.

    • Online retailers who are considering the use of these technologies in their business.

    • Investment managers developing products related to digital currencies and other cryptographic assets.

    • IT managers or IT consultants who seek to understand the business applications of digital currency technologies;

    • Managers in financial organisations who need to understand the challenges and opportunities that blockchains and distributed ledgers provide.

    • Accountants, controllers and financial advisors who need to get acquainted with digital developments and technologies in order to be a good advisor to their clients or management.

    • Legal professionals who need to understand the regulatory landscape surrounding digital currencies.

    • Government professionals who need to understand macroeconomic benefits and risks.


  • Dates and fees
    • The fee for this masterclass is €1,950*

    • The masterclass will be held in the Spring of 2020, exact dates to be announced

    • Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the University of Amsterdam

    • 14 PE hours for Accountants and Auditors (please let us know if you require these PE hours)

    *UvA alumni receive a 10% discount. Fees are VAT-free.


  • About David Yermack
    ABS Open Programme
    (photo: courtesy NYU)

    David L. Yermack is Professor of Finance and Business Transformation at New York University Stern School of Business.

    He serves as Chairman of the Finance Department and Director of the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business, teaches courses in Restructuring Firms & Industries and Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies, as well as PhD research courses in corporate governance, executive compensation, and distress and restructuring.

    He is guest lecturer of the MBA Big Data & Business Analytics and the Executive Master in International Finance at the Amsterdam Business School where he will teach the course FinTech: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies.


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  • What people are saying

    95% of the people who attended an earlier masterclass of David Yermack would recommend it.

    ‘This masterclass covers all relevant aspects of the blockchain technology and its uses in the financial sector.’

    ‘Great teacher, very relevant topics and well-explained. Enjoyable 2 days!’

    ‘A totally new concept you are required to understand, because - one way or another - everybody will use it eventually.’

    ‘A broad overview of what blockchain is, of recent developments that will impact the world, and much more.’

    ‘A mind-opening ‘helicopter view’ on blockchain use cases, with special attention paid to cryptocurrencies. Everything presented in an easy to understand way. Outstanding!’


  • Contact

    Do you have questions about this Executive Masterclass? Please send them to:

    Susan Nuijten
    T:  +31 (0)20 525 6134

    For questions about finance-related executive masterclasses, courses (MIF Modules) or the post-experience Master in International Finance, please contact:

    Gosia Herudzinska
    Whatsapp: +31 611 652 044
    T: +31 (0)20 525 4056

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FinTech & Blockchain Masterclass
Type Contract teaching
Mode Short-term, open uva courses
Credits 14 PE, 0 ECTS, 2 days
Language of instruction English
Starts in April