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Project Helvetia - Settling tokenised assets in central bank money

The Swiss National Bank, The Bank for International Settlements’ Innovation Hub (BISIH) Swiss Centre, and SIX Digital Exchange have published the Helvetia report, a two proofs-of-concepts experiment using “near-live” systems to settle digital assets on a distributed ledger with central bank money.  

The initiative demonstrated the feasibility and legal robustness of issuing a wholesale CBDC onto a distributed digital asset platform and linking the digital asset platform to the existing wholesale payment system. The collaboration sets the stage for further joint experimentation and policy work to assess the impact of digital innovation on the future of the financial system.   

Meet the Team

We're a global community of inventive minds and skilled experts.
Here are eight of them who are leading the company.

Tim Grant
Head of Business
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Tim Grant joined SDX in March 2020 as Head of Business. He brings more than 20 years of deep technology and management expertise across institutional capital markets and enterprise blockchain businesses to the company. Prior to SIX Digital Exchange, Tim worked for UBS O’Connor, UBS Investment Bank, R3 Lab and Research Centre and DrumG Technologies. In his previous role as CEO of DrumG, he was responsible for the delivery and operations of enterprise-grade distributed ledger solutions for financial services.

Dr. Peter T. Golder
Chief Commercial Officer
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Peter T. Golder joined SDX in June 2020 and serves as its Chief Commercial Officer. He has over 25 years of capital markets and investment banking experience as a senior executive, founder and investor. Prior to SDX, Peter held executive leadership positions at Deutsche Bank/ Dar Al Istithmar [DB’s award-winning Islamic structuring boutique], Euroclear, Booz & Company, Prosdocimi and was the founder of Addaura and 776 Capital. Peter has been an adviser to venture capital / private equity firms and numerous award winning financial services distributed ledger solution providers and crypto startups. 

Pete Stephens
Chief Information Officer
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Pete Stephens joined SDX in April 2020 and serves as its Chief Information Officer. Pete is a technologist with over two decades experience within the global financial services industry. Prior to joining SDX, Pete worked at DrumG Technologies, UBS AG, IBM and PwC. Recent roles include APAC CTO for UBS based in Hong Kong, UBS blockchain lead based at the Level39 technology accelerator in London and CIO for DrumG Technologies. His early career had a deep focus on capital markets post-trade technology.

Paul Burd
Chief Operating Officer
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Paul Burd joined SDX in October 2019 as Global Head of Operations. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry and in Investment Banking, Asset Management and Private wealth management operations and is a strong business development and change professional.

Prior to SIX Digital Exchange, Paul worked for Fidelity International, Barclays, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. In his previous role as Head Global Business Operations at Fidelity, he was responsible for operations across 19 locations including 1,800 people, as well as the introduction of intelligent automation capabilities such as robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

Mathias Studach
Chief Financial Officer / Chief Risk Officer
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Mathias Studach joined SDX in July 2018 as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer. He has a wealth of experience in financial markets, especially in the management and implementation of enabling-technologies, strategy and controlling. In his previous role as Head Technology at a Swiss private bank in Zurich, he was responsible for the digital transformation of the company and the technological implementation of their Blockchain Asset Management Solution.  

Nathan Kaiser
General Counsel
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Nathan Kaiser joined SDX in October 2020 as General Counsel. He is a lawyer by conviction, specializing in digital economy from Fintech to AI, with most of his practice in Asia, between Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing and Taipei. Prior to spending two decades in Asia, he had worked in Zurich, Lausanne, and Paris, gaining his experience at UBS and Swiss Re. He was founding partner of Eiger and Junior Partner at Wenger & Vieli. He is an advisor and angel investor to various start-ups worldwide, with a focus on technology that promises to make the world just a bit better.

Stafford Lowe
Chief of Staff
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Stafford joined SDX in April 2020. He brings 20 years of experience working within the Capital Markets industry and has significant early stage experience with several high profile, fast growing fintech start-ups including Benchmark Solutions, R3 and DrumG. He has managed the full gamut of global business operations across legal, finance and HR and has experience in developing and improving organizational structure and working culture to result in high performance teams.

Thomas Zeeb
Chairman
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Thomas Zeeb took up his role as Head Securities & Exchanges at Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX) in April 2018. He has been responsible for the Securities Services business unit since 2008 and has also been in charge of Swiss Exchange since February 2018. He joined SIX in 2008 having previously worked for Clearstream Banking in London and Luxembourg. As Executive Director of Client Relations, he was a member of the company’s executive management and a member of the Board of Directors of Clearstream Banking Frankfurt. Placed in charge of sales, relationship management and client services, Thomas Zeeb was responsible for the development of the European and US businesses. He previously held positions in companies such as the Bank of New York in London, Sim & Fed SpA in Florence and Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt. Over the course of his career, Thomas Zeeb has gained a wealth of experience in the post-trading sector.

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