Fintech has been hailed as a breakthrough in democratizing financial services. The new technology can substantially reduce the cost of providing retail banking, small business financing and insurance, as well as allow easier access to savings options and opportunities for investment.

After the initial wave of enthusiasm of what fintech can deliver, questions have arisen as to evaluating the impact of fintech on the real economy. Related, fintech companies have started raising money on public markets, attracting valuations far in excess of their brick-and-mortar competitors.

Are such valuations credible?

The panel brings professionals from the four corners of fintech – entrepreneurial, legal, business advisory and academic – to share their views on these questions.

Speakers: Julian Cunningham-Day, TMT Partner, Global Co-head of Fintech, Linklaters, London Zhaoli Meng, Dean, JD Digits Research Institute Irina Velkova, Senior Manager, Fintech, Grant Thornton Chair: Simeon Djankov, FMG and World Bank


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