Finserv Experts establishes build capability, establihses an office in Hong Kong

Finserv Experts has provided advisory, solution architecture, and program leadership capabilities to help enterprises enable world-changing business models that could not have existed before.  To date though, we have always done this on behalf of our clients, using their own delivery resources or those of their business partners, and for some of our clients, this will continue to be their preferred way of engaging with us.  But we have now grown to the point where we are also able to provide actual solution delivery capaiblity ourselves, in addition to the advisory and leadership capabilities we already provide.

On 14 November 2019, Finserv Experts incorporated in Hong Kong.  Our Hong Kong office will directly support our Asian Clients, but it will also serve as the HQ of a solution dleivery capability based in mainland China.  This capability will be on line in February 2020, and is already planned to support two of our existing clients.

This represents a major milestone in our firm’s three year history. We are very proud to have come this far, and look forward to delivering even greater success for our clients going forward.



Areiel takes part in the launch of Pynk Tank Live

Pynk Tank — the social engagement platform that accompanies the wildly successful Pynk colloaborate investment platform — launched their live streamed show on Thursday 13 June, and invited Finserv Experts managing director Areiel Wolanow to take part in the festivities.

The inaugural show focused on blockchain for social good, and went out to over 4,000 viewers.  You can find a recording of the show on Pynk Tank’s Facebook page:

Emma McClarkin shines at EU election debates

Finserv Experts congratulates its Digital Transformation Ambassador @Emma McClarkin MEP for an outstanding performance in today’s debates. The ability to select your own leaders is a right denied most people in the world. Don’t take it for granted; we urge everyone living in the EU, regardless of which party they support, to go to the polls this Thursday and make your voice heard.

(photo from BBC)


Areiel Wolanow named LBCF Ambassador

Finserv Experts is  very pleased to announce that managing director Areiel Wolanow has been named as the Solutions and Business Models ambassador for the London Blockchain Foundation (LBCF). There are of course many blockchain groups in London, but in a very short few months LBCF has become the most influential and eminent. Like many such groups, LBCF hosts a regular series of events featuring key thought leaders. The LBCF events have been excellent, but this represents only a fraction of what the group is working on. LCBF members advise on DLT-related regulations, are active in Parliament’s working group on blockchain, and are working on partnerships with several notable blockchain-focused accelerators. Most exciting of all, Finserv Experts will be partnering with LBCF to facilitate full-bore blockchain solutioning workshops, in which the collective capability of the LBCF members is made available to people and companies who are looking to use blockchain to address not only business problems but social issues as well.  We are very excited to be working with LBCF to make a difference.

Finserv Experts welcomes Emma McClarkin MEP

Greetings all. I am delighted to announce that. Emma McClarkin MEP has agreed to join Finserv Experts as our Digital Transformation Ambassador. Emma has served for the past ten years as a U.K. representative in the European Parliament representing East Midlands. In this time she has earned a reputation for expertise in trade finance and intellectual property, and established herself as the Parlaiment’s leading expert on Blockchain. Emma and I have a fair bit in both serve on APPG Blockchain, and she delivered opening comments at the Parliamentary Blockchain Showcase where Charles Ayorinde, Vikas Kumar, and I demonstrated the DLT prototype commissioned by Lloyd’s of London on behalf of the LMTOM program. Finally, Emma and I have both authored chapters in Antony Welfare’s book on commercialising commercialising blockchain. Finserv Experts is a small firm, so we all wear a lot of hats, but Emma’s main role will be bringing the value that we can add to a completely new group of stakeholders and experts, which she will be doing this week at the Blockchain Summit in Dubai. We are thrilled to have Emma on board, and look forward to a successful and enjoyable partnership.

Areiel Wolanow to deliver keynote at Blockchain for Insurance Europe 2019

Greetings all,
I am pleased to announce that I have been invited to deliver the Day 2 Keynote for the Blockchain for Insurance Europe conference, 18-19 June in London. I will be discussing what the UK Government is doing to secure the UK’s global thought leadership in blockchain and DLT.
With its focus on real world solutions, this is going to be a thought-provoking and directly useful two days. The line-up of speakers that @Amy Radley and the rest of the team at Hanson-Wade have put together is truly impressive. See for yourselves: download a copy of the programme at
I hope you can join us, and look forward to seeing you there! 

Blockchain and Discrete Process Manufacturing

I just arrived home from this evening from the first week working with my new client, the Digital Trust team at T-Systems, and my mind is spinning with ideas.

Over the coming months, I am going to be working with this team to define a set of product offerings that make the most of the investment and capabilities that T-Systems has already developed in the DLT space. Naturally, a good portion of my time this first week was spent beginning to get an understanding of what the team had already accomplished. The quality of thought that this team has displayed in its solutioning impressed me in a number of ways, but what I find myself thinking about the most is the work they’ve put into a DLT use case I have not spent any time exploring until now: discrete manufacturing process control.

I have to admit that the idea of driving a manufacturing assembly line with real-time decisions made by blockchain smart contracts did not strike me as intuitively obvious. Assembly lines might manufacture goods for different clients, but typically on behalf of a single manufacturing enterprise; I failed to understand how having DLT drive assembly decisions would add value. Could you accomplish the same thing less expensively with a single, non-distributed application? Where was the potential for world-changing transformation that we see with other DLT use cases?

The way that the Digital Trust team chose to illustrate that potential was nothing short of brilliant. Being part of Deutsche Telekom affords access to a wide variety of capabilities, and in this instance the team really made the most of that: they constructed a working model assembly line which actually took instructions in real time from a blockchain smart contract.

This is the model assembly line they built. It is a mini manufacturing rig that assembles and packages model widgets with embedded RFID tags. There are several assembly options, and the configuration of those options is driven by an Ethereum smart contract.

This working model illustrated — in a way that PowerPoint slides never could, how truly revolutionary the potential is. When we think of disintermediation, we tend to think of brokerages, professional services like accountancy or law, and other facilitators of the information economy. Until I saw this machine, it never occurred to me that manufacturing itself could be disintermediated. Startups and medium enterprises would be able to share expensive and specialized equipment they could otherwise never afford. Smaller medical facilities could do likewise with the most modern diagnostic and imaging tools. Entire factories could tool themselves to meet the needs of separate, small-batch units of demand in real time.

I will need to think about this some more, do some research, and validate ideas with people who have a lot more experience in this area than I do. But the possibility for change here is vast, and my intuition says its full potential won’t be realized until someone can articulate a business and process model that could never have existed without this breakthrough.

That someone is may be the Digital Trust team at T-Systems. They certainly have a head start, and this is only one of several really interesting ideas they have cooking. This team is looking way beyond the standard payment, token, or supply chain solutions that everyone else is building. I am really excited about working with them on this.

Finserv Experts signs DLT Solutioning agreement with T-Systems

We are pleased to announce that Finserv Experts has reached an agreement to work with T-Systems in developing DLT solutions. T-Systems is a global ICT provider and is part of the Deutsche Telekom global enterprise.  The development team within T-Systems has made significant investments in blockchain, and have developed an impressive set of capabilities.  Finserv Experts will be working with this team and with the T-Systems product marketing team to develop a set of targeted product offerings that deliver measurable business benefits to T-Systems customers.

We are honored and thrilled to have T-Systems as our newest client!