Regulatory Landscape for Web3 & Digital Assets – a Global & GCC Perspective


Charltons is delighted to be a part of, and to present to you, the second part of the Commonwealth Chamber of Hong Kong’s series on the leading crypto hubs, focussing on the trends and developments in crypto regulation across the globe with a special perspective on the Gulf countries.

This event will showcase illuminating presentations by distinguished experts hailing from Dubai, the UAE, and Hong Kong. Jahanzeb Awan of J. Awan & Partners and Julia Charlton of Charltons will provide an in-depth examination of the intricate blockchain landscape, the nuances within the realm of digital assets, and the dynamic regulatory framework that is in a constant state of evolution across the the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the broader Gulf Cooperation region, and Hong Kong. Following this, Patricia Ho of Scroll will share captivating insights about pivotal regulatory advancements in Web3, blockchain technology, and open-source platforms that impact digital asset enterprises on a global scale.

Join us for an exciting conversation as our esteemed speakers, share their unique perspectives, followed by networking in the bar.

Secure your attendance with a ticket priced at HK$100 (including one drink). Kindly note that tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Date: 5 September 2023

Time: 6.30 pm to 9:00 pm

Venue: CLUB DAO, 21/F, Gold Union Commercial Building, 60-72 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan

Ticket Price: HK$100 (including one drink)

Jehanzeb Awan; Founder & CEO, J.Awan & Partners

Jehanzeb is the Founding Partner and Chief Executive of J. Awan & partners, as well as the Chief Client Officer overseeing the firm’s client portfolio. He also serves as the Board Chairman of the MEA & Asia Crypto & Blockchain Association (MEAACBA), a non-profit organisation focused on education, coordination, and innovation within the crypto and blockchain ecosystem.

Before establishing J. Awan & partners, Jehanzeb held the role of Regional Head of Compliance for Morgan Stanley’s MENA business. Prior to that, he was the Head of Compliance for the National Bank of Dubai (now Emirates NBD). He initiated his career with Hornblower & Weeks in New York and later collaborated with Raymond James & Associates in Philadelphia. Jehanzeb frequently speaks at risk management and compliance events and maintains strong relationships with key regulators in the region.

Jehanzeb holds a BSC degree and received Magna Cum Laude honours from the University of Arizona. He is a member of the International Compliance Association and the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

Patricia Ho; General Counsel, Scroll

Patricia is the General Counsel of Scroll, a blockchain project to develop layer 2 zero-knowledge rollup solution to scale Ethereum, by providing high throughput at low cost, while maintaining the security of the Ethereum blockchain.

She has versatile experience across blockchain, digital assets, fintech, banking and capital markets. Previously, Patricia was at OKX, a leading global crypto exchange, where she led strategic research on global web3 regulatory developments and advised on DeFi product development. Prior to that, Patricia was the Group Head of Corporate Development & Investor Relations at WeLab, a fintech and digital banking platform. During her tenure, she successfully raised US$360 million growth equity, completed the largest digital bank M&A transaction in Southeast Asia in 2022, as well as obtained the Hong Kong virtual bank licence in 2019.

She started her career in traditional finance and held senior roles at HSBC and Linklaters, as a capital markets and derivatives specialist. Patricia has an international background and worked in London, Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Julia Charlton; Chairman, Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce HK

Julia is the founding and managing partner of Charltons, an award winning Hong Kong corporate finance Hong Kong law firm. Julia is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales and the BVI. She practises in the field of corporate finance, including M&A, private equity, securities, virtual assets and funds.

Julia is a member of the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council (CWEIC)’s Global Advisory Council. She is also a member of several Hong Kong boards and committees, most notably The Takeovers and Mergers Panel and the Takeovers Appeals Committee of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and the Listing Review Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Julia is also a Senior Fellow of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute.

Terms and Conditions

Kindly adhere to the dress code; shorts, T-shirts, Polo shirts, sandals and sport shoes are not considered acceptable.

No animals other than a guide dog may be brought onto Club premises

No shows will be charged.

The event will be cancelled if a Black Rain Storm warning is in force.

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