European Commission appoints AMC partner to EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum

We are delighted with the appointment of Anastasios A. Antoniou, co-founding partner of Antoniou McCollum & Co., to the Blockchain Policy and Framework Conditions Working Group of the European Commission’s EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum.

The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum is an EU initiative to accelerate blockchain innovation and the development of the blockchain ecosystem within the EU, helping to cement Europe’s position as a global leader in this transformative new technology.  Chief among the Observatory’s initiatives is the formation of two Working Groups that will explore critical themes in blockchain in Europe, as well as the announcement of its first European blockchain workshop.

The Blockchain Policy and Framework Conditions Working Group will look at cross-technology and cross-industry issues to define the policy, legal and regulatory conditions needed to promote the regulatory and legal predictability necessary for larger-scale deployment of blockchain applications. This analysis will consider issues ranging from smart contracts and protection of personal data to legal recognition of blockchains and token economics. The Working Group will also examine issues around technology and ecosystem development, including interoperability, scalability, sustainability, cybersecurity and energy efficiency.

The full members list follows:

  • Anastasios Antoniou (Antoniou McCollum & Co, Partner)
  • Dr. Roman Beck (European Blockchain Center, Professor)
  • Dr. Stefan Beyer (S2 Grupo, Head of R&D)
  • Jamie Burke (Outlier Ventures, Founder & CEO)
  • Cristina Cobos (Legal Counsel & Professor at IE Business school )
  • Savino Damico (Intesa Sanpaolo, Head of Fintech Ecosystem Monitoring)
  • Dr. Primavera De Filippi (Permanent research at CERSA/CNRS; Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard)
  • Julio Faura (Banco Santander, Head of Blockchain)
  • Nadia Filali (Caisse des Dépôts, Head of blockchain)
  • Dr. Michèle Finck (Senior Research Fellow – Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and Lecturer in EU Law, Keble College, University of Oxford)
  • Janis Graubins (Notakey, Co-Founder)
  • Dr. Dominique Guegan (University Pantheon-Sorbonne, Professor)
  • Marta Ienco (GSMA, Head of Government & Regulatory Affairs, Identity)
  • Luukas Ilves (Lisbon Council, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow)
  • Christoph Jentzsch (, Founder)
  • Dr.hab Iwona Karasek (Jagiellonian University, Associate Professor of Law)
  • Ad Kroft (Dutch Blockchain Coalition, Program manager)
  • Arnaud Le Hors (IBM, Senior Technical Staff Member)
  • Leila Nassiri Jamet (Government Blockchain Association, VP Europe)
  • Marina Niforos (Visiting Faculty HEC, Blockchain Advisor to IFC/WBG)
  • Nejc Novak (Novak Law, Founder)
  • Isabella Porchia (Latham & Watkins, Counsel)
  • Dr. Andrea Renda (CEPS, Senior Research Fellow)
  • Dr. Philipp Sandner (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Head of Blockchain Center)
  • Javier Sebastián (BBVA research, Principal Economist Digital Regulation and Trends)
  • Dr. Nina-Luisa Siedler (DWF, Partner)
  • Ivona Skultetyova (Tilburg University, Lecturer/Researcher)
  • Thibault Verbiest (DS Avocats, Partner)
  • Gilbert Verdian (Quant Network AG, CEO)
  • Jean-Luc Verhelst (Author of Bitcoin, the Blockchain and Beyond)