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03 December 2020

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.  


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

Tim Grant
Head of SDX
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Tim Grant joined as Head of SDX in March 2020. 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
Global Head of Commercial & Head of Products ad interim
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Peter T. Golder joined SDX in June 2020 and serves as its Global Head of Commercial. 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. 

Mathias Studach
Head of Finance & Risk
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Mathias Studach joined SDX in July 2018 as Head of Finance & Risk. 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.  

Paul Burd
Global Head of Operations
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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.

Pete Stephens
Head of Technology
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Pete Stephens joined SDX in April 2020 and serves as Head of Technology. 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.

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.

Thomas Zeeb
Chairman SDX, Head Securities & Exchanges SIX Group AG
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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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