July 26, 2018 Alert

Hi all,

Below are this week’s alerts for the Investment Network.  Enjoy!

This Issue’s Topics:

  • Aegon Asset Management – Senior Counsel, Mutual Funds
  • FinTank Monthly Blockchain/Crypto Meetup
  • FREE: Annual NIBA & DePaul University Symposium
  • 2nd International Blockchain Congress Special Registrations
  • Voice of Blockchain
  • Hedge Funds Care: Help for Children (“HFC”) Chicago Bags Tournament

Job Opportunities

Aegon Asset Management – Senior Counsel, Mutual Funds
Chicago, IL

Aegon is looking for someone with 5-10 years’ experience with 40 Act issues. Tax would be a huge bonus. Responsible for overseeing compliance with the Investment Company Act, Investment Advisers Act, Securities Act and other relevant laws related to open-end mutual fund disclosures, operations and governance matters.

This position will be with AEGON Asset Management, the organization which oversees asset management for many of Transamerica’s insurance and operating companies as well as third party clients. The global AEGON Asset Management organization has operations in Europe, the United States and Asia. Primary offices in the United States are located in Cedar Rapids, IA, Chicago, IL and Baltimore, MD.  AEGON Asset Management and Transamerica are both part of the AEGON NV group of companies. The legal entities that comprise AEGON Asset Management US are AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC and AEGON USA Investment Management, LLC. AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC manages commercial real estate, commercial mortgage loans and other real estate related investments. AEGON USA Investment Management, LLC, is a registered investment adviser that manages fixed income assets, including public bonds, private placements, derivatives and alternative investments.

For more information or to apply, click here.


FinTank Monthly Blockchain/Crypto Meetup
Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:00-8:00 PM
Illinois Tech (IIT) Downtown Campus, 565 W. Adams, Chicago, IL

Come meet and network with traders, investors, and other Bitcoin enthusiasts who are building the crypto community in Chicago. With major derivative exchanges Cboe and CME trading Bitcoin futures and the recent announcements that Kraken and Coinbase are either moving their headquarters to or opening an office in Chicago, the Windy City is on the verge of becoming the crypto capital of the world!

Our special guest speaker will be Sean Ristau, Director of Exchange Integration & Education at Bcause. Bcause is building the world’s first full-stack cryptocurrency ecosystem which will include a digital mining facility, spot market, regulated derivatives exchange, and clearing house. Currently, Bcause operates the largest digital mining facility in North America.

Prior to working at Bcause, Sean served as VP of Technology & Institutional Solutions at Raptor Trading Systems.

For more information, contact Alan Savage: alan@fintank.org or 630-881-5737. To register, click here.

FREE: Annual NIBA & DePaul University Symposium
August 8, 2018, 2:00-5:00 PM
DePaul University, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

Join the NIBA and DePaul University for their 5th Annual Symposium. This afternoon event will tackle some hot topics to the futures industry and includes a cocktail networking reception on the rooftop of DePaul University’s downtown Chicago campus


Registration Opens 1:30 pm

  • Tom Sandy, NIBA Board Member, Event Chairman
  • Dr. Carl Luft, DePaul University, Event Co-Chairman
2:00 pm
Armchair Discussion “Then, Now, the Future”

  • Leo Melamed & Dr. Carl Luft
2:05 pm
Cryptocurrency & Block Chain

  • Dr. Lamont Black is an Assistant Professor in DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business & Kellstadt
    Graduate School of Business.
  • Nicole Kalajian, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
  • Zack Ziliak, Ziliak Law
2:45 pm
Break 3:15 pm
NFA Audit Risk

  • Dorothy Zielinski, NFA
3:25 pm
Break 3:55 pm
Issue Briefing – Compliance & Regulatory

  • Valerie O’Malley, NFA
    Topics: New AML Requirements, Coming Changes to Cyber Security Regulations
  • Michael Sorrell, FIA
    Topic: Implementation of GDPR
  • Ansley Schrimpf, Baker McKenzie
    Topic: Regulatory Forecast from DC
4:05 pm
Closing Remarks 4:50 pm
Networking Reception 5:00 pm

To register, click here.

2nd International Blockchain Congress Special Registrations
Friday, August 17, 2018, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
Aon Center, The Auditorium, 200 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL


Morning Reception and Registration 

 Networking Breakfast

8:00 am
2nd IBC Opening

 Welcome remarks

9:00 am
3 Keynote Presentations with Q&A 

 The ultimate disrupter

9:10 am
Coffee Break 


10:30 am
3 Panel Discussions 

 Smart contracts in healthcare, insurance, real estate, supply chain & private markets

10:45 am
Lunch Break 


12:45 pm
6 Lightning Talks 

 FinTech, blockchain innovation & use cases

1:15 pm
4 Fireside Chats 

 Case studies

1:45 pm
Coffee Break 


2:45 pm
ICO Workshop 

Supply Chain & tokenisation of things. ICO Pitches. Innovations in value transfer

3:00 pm
The Future of Cryptocurrencies 

Decentralized exchanges. Trading, derivatives, futures & options

3:00 pm
DAO Workshop 

Decentralized autonomous organizations. Building direct & liquid democracies

3:00 pm
Coffee Break 


4:30 pm
2 Panel Discussions

  Regulatory compliance.
  Decentralized apps transforming enterprise business models

4:45 pm
Plenary Session 

 Closing remarks

6:05 pm
Networking Party 


6:15 pm
VIP After-Party

21st Century art of deal making.

8:00 pm

For more information, click here.

Voice of Blockchain
Friday-Saturday, August 24-25 2018
Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL

We are building a high quality, curated, fun, and creative event to show the effects blockchain will have on our future. Separated by four major tracks we have exhibitors, speakers, and tons of extra value adds including our BUIDL Academy and career fair for developers, a special Voice of Blockchain edition of the Bitcoin Comic Handbook, an after party in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier with fireworks, and our Lambo Lounge for youtube live streams and podcasting interviews.


Blockchain doesn’t just help social movements, it is a social movement. Let’s build the world in which we wish to live. Where diversity is not an afterthought and competition is replaced by collaboration.


Voice of Blockchain is built from the bottom up. Build the best quality event possible, then figure out what we need to execute. Too many events in blockchain are overpriced, lacking of quality, and dominated by paid content.


Diversity includes ideas and geographies. Find out what places like Dubai, Singapore, Malta, and Zug are doing to be competitive in a global economy, reduce costs of services, and expel corruption.

 Members of the Investment Network can get a discount by using the code: Investmentnetwork.

 For more information, click here.

Hedge Funds Care: Help for Children Chicago Bags Tournament
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:30-9:30 PM
Old Crow Smokehouse, 149 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL

Since 1998, Help For Children (HFC), has worked to prevent and treat child abuse both at home and abroad.  A global foundation, historically supported by the alternative asset management industry, Help For Children provides grants to effective child abuse prevention and treatment interventions across three continents, in seven countries and 13 cities, making the world a safer place for children.


Help For Children supports proven methods that are effective in preventing and treating child abuse; we also act as venture philanthropists in supporting promising practices that have shown a strong track record as well as providing seed money to launch larger public investments.  In all our grant making, HFC tracks outcomes and illustrates the broader social impact of our grants

To register, click here.

Best regards,

Nicole, Hank, Jennifer, Conor, Andy and Tom

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