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Fintech & Blockchain

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Do you want to stay up-to-date on fintech and blockchain? Join our online masterclass Fintech & Blockchain. This interactive masterclass is given by David Yermack, one of the world's foremost professors in this field of study. You will not only gain a better understanding of the revolution of fintech and blockchain, but also develop a well-defined opinion on it. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions, and to discuss with fellow participants. For now we do not have set dates planned for this course in 2022. Please fill out the below 'keep me informed' form if you want to stay updated on this programme.

Why join the online masterclass Fintech & Blockchain?

  • What will you learn?

    During this 4-half day online masterclass, professor David Yermack talks about the technological capabilities of blockchain and how these impact business and society. Additionally, you will be introduced to digital currencies and emerging mobile payment systems. You will have a critical discussion about the opportunities and pitfalls of these rising technologies. The underlying distributed ledger technology has many other potential applications in diverse areas, such as property registration, auditing, regulation, tax, law and financial derivatives.

    During this 4-half day programme you will:

    • acquire an overview of the history, growth, strengths and weaknesses of digital currencies, blockchains, and distributed ledger technology.
    • learn about potential applications of distributed ledger technology to new products and services.
    • understand the regulatory challenges posed by new payment systems, and the responses of governments in the US, Europe and around the world.
    • utilise existing financial benchmarks to evaluate the success of bitcoin and other digital currencies as forms of money and as investments.
    • explore blockchain technology and its potential to provide faster, cheaper and more secure financial transactions.
  • For whom

    This masterclass is specifically designed for:

    • entrepreneurs or emerging companies, for example in the digital currency and mobile payments fields.
    • online retailers who are considering the use of these technologies in their business.
    • investment managers who are developing products related to digital currencies and other cryptographic assets.
    • IT managers or IT consultants who seek to understand the business applications of digital currency technologies.
    • managers in financial organisations who need to understand the challenges and opportunities that blockchains and distributed ledgers provide.
    • accountants, controllers and financial advisors who need to get acquainted with digital developments and technologies in order to be a good consultant to their clients or management.
    • legal professionals who need to understand the regulatory landscape surrounding digital currencies.
    • government professionals who need to understand the macroeconomic benefits and risks.
  • Dates and fees
    Dates:   To be announced
    Times: 14:00 - 18:00 CEST
    Fee: €1,950* 

    *UvA alumni receive a 10% discount. Fees are VAT-exempt.

  • Practical information
    Location: Online
    Mode of study: Online masterclass (via Zoom)
    Language: English
    Certification: You will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the University of Amsterdam


  • About David Yermack
    ABS Open Programme
    (photo: courtesy NYU)

    David L. Yermack is Professor of Finance and Business Transformation at New York University Stern School of Business.

    He serves as Chairman of the Finance Department and Director of the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business, teaches courses in Restructuring Firms & Industries and Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies, as well as PhD research courses in corporate governance, executive compensation, and distress and restructuring.

    Yermack is guest lecturer of the MBA Big Data & Business Analytics and the Executive Master in International Finance at the Amsterdam Business School where he will teach the course FinTech: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies.

  • Reviews

    95% of the people who attended an earlier masterclass of David Yermack recommend it.

    ‘This masterclass covers all relevant aspects of the blockchain technology and its uses in the financial sector.’

    ‘Great teacher, very relevant topics and well-explained. Enjoyable 2 days!’

    ‘A totally new concept you are required to understand, because - one way or another - everybody will use it eventually.’

    ‘A broad overview of what blockchain is, of recent developments that will impact the world, and much more.’

    ‘A mind-opening ‘helicopter view’ on blockchain cases, with special attention paid to cryptocurrencies. Everything presented in an easy to understand way. Outstanding!’


Do you have questions about this or our other open programmes? Please contact:

drs. Vanessa Rijkeboer
Manager Executive Education
T: +31 (0)20 525 7146

For questions about finance-related executive masterclasses, courses (MIF Modules) or the Executive MSc in International Finance, please contact:

Gosia Herudzinska
Sales and Recruitment Manager
Whatsapp: +31 611 652 044
T: +31 20 525 4056

Facts & Figures
Type Contract teaching
Mode Short-term, open uva courses, online
Language of instruction English