Martijn Hoogeveen PhD is involved in Icecat as CEO and founder since 2001. He got the idea for Icecat's services while creating and managing earlier retail and e-business enterprises, for which high-quality and consumer-oriented product data was required. The former professor multimedia/ecommerce is a driving force of the innovation and global expansion of Icecat. Via investment vehicles Netvalue and iMerge, he has 20 years of experience in the management of fast-growth tech ventures, mergers & acquisitions, including an investment in blockchain cloud provider Ledgable, what is useful for the continued fast-growth of Icecat and the ICURY Ecosystem.
Marcin Cebula - The experienced professional in the field of cashless payments. Co-creator of new and innovative methods of acceptance. In the past years, he has gained experience with several projects in cashless industry working for major PSP and acquirers (First Data, PolCard, Dotpay). Enthusiast of practical use of virtual currencies and blockchain technology frequently invited as a speaker at Crypto/Blockchain and Finance conferences. For over a year, Marcin has been proud member of BitBay.net  Team responsible for the development and commercialization of BitBayPay.com  (the largest payment platform for virtual currency payments in Central Europe) and supports high value exchange transactions in crypto (1000 BTC+).
Philip is a founding team member and the Marketing Director of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX), which was successfully launched in 2014.
He has been instrumental in GSX's latest initiative the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX), an institutional grade digital asset exchange and token sale platform. Philip has over 25 years experience in the capital markets, including 10 years working as an analyst at a global hedge fund and as an investment committee member of an emerging market private equity firm.
Philip is a CFA Charterholder.
Serial entrepreneur, visionary, strategist, co-founder, and investor in over 30 companies.
Member of many Management and Supervisory Boards.
Competences in new business and investment development.
Involved in 10 IPOs.
Sven von Schilling is founder and Managing Partner of svs Capital Partners. He advises German and international SMEs, start-ups, entrepreneurs and financial investors, foremost on strategy, finance and M&A.
Sven started his professional career in the early 90-ies as a management consultant at McKinsey and CSC Index, both in Europe and the US. From 2000 until 2010 he was the CFO of a number of PE-owned (syzygy, Petrotec, Leybold Optics) as well as listed tech companies (Gauss Interprise, FJH). In 2010 Sven founded and was the CEO of European CleanTech I, Germany's second SPAC.
Sven was always at the forefront of capital raising, he prepared and managed 4 Prime Standard IPOs (syzygy, Petrotec, ECT I, deSPACing of ECT I) and advised Helicoentris on a segment change from the General Standard to the Prime Standard. He structured and coordinated two of Germany's largest 6 crowdfundings (Volocopter, Freygeist) and currently advises a dozen of companies on preparing ICOs.
Sven holds a MBA of Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) as well as a Diplom-Betriebswirt/BBA of DHBW Mannheim (Baden Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University).
Head of Partnerships – Europe at ThinkCoin & ThinkMarkets
Prior to joining ThinkMarkets Ryan was based in Hong Kong as Global Head of Institutional Sales for ABX. He also has broad market experience from his macro trading background at a boutique Australian hedge fund. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business (Finance Major) from Queensland University of Technology.
Dean has been in finance for over 20 years having studied accounting & finance in Ireland before moving to London to work as an Equity Salestrader in the “the City”. In 2000 his group acquired
Frankfurt based börsenmakler Oppenberg Capital Markets, which evolved into a Wertpapierhandelsbank focused on capital and liquidity solutions for large listed European corporates such as Allianz, Munich RE, TUI, Cap Gemini etc. as well as a host of hedge funds and insurance companies.
Following the sale of the investment bank in 2007, Dean has primarily focused Equity Finance & Real Estate finance whilst retaining more than a passing interest in Fintech & peer-to-peer payments.
Having first been exposed to Bitcoin in 2011, Dean is now exclusively involved in blockchain & crypto related projects with a particular focus on implementing Tontine Trust, a patent-pending solution, based on an idea originating out of academia, which brings Amazon levels of disruption to the retirement funding industry.
Markus Dold (51) is now the investor and founder of echarge.work AG, the smart eCharging solution for electric cars set to install 50,000 eCharging Stations in 2018 worldwide.
Previously, Markus Dold was the CEO of meXchange AG, a full-service provider for operational procurement for large corporate customers, municipal utilities, utilities and clinics that use consulting services, e-procurement solutions and invoice management. As part of his role as a member of the Executive Board, Markus Dold and his team have developed the smartgrid.work initiative as a joint solution by Stadtwerke GmbH for tailor-made Smartgrid Services.
Markus Dold studied Business Informatics at the University of Mannheim and has already founded several start-ups, developed software and IT-based solutions for a wide variety of industries.
Markus Dold, born in Haslach in the Kinzig Valley, worked for the hotel and tourism industry for several years and is regarded as a first-mover in the industry, since he was still in the 90's Internet-based reservation systems, virtual hotel tours. For example, for the Maritim hotel group and e-commerce platforms, content management systems and booking tools developed, which was then ultimately implemented in booking.com as an electronic hotel booking engine.
Karsten Seidel is a partner and tax advisor in the firm’s Frankfurt office and member of the Tax practice group. He advises on the legal and tax aspects of private wealth and estate planning, including trusts and foundations and related international tax issues. In addition, he has broad experience in property reorganizations, real estate transactions and tax-efficient structuring of real estate. One of his fields of activity is the taxation of the income from investment of capital. He also advises clients in penal proceedings for tax fraud and other tax offenses. Furthermore, he regularly works in tax audits and tax litigation procedures.
Mr. Seidel is frequently recommended for tax law by JUVE Handbuch 2015/16–2017/18, a leading German legal publication.
Mr. Seidel started his career in a local law firm in the north of Germany. Subsequently, he worked in the Tax department of Ernst & Young and, from 2005, at an English law firm based in Frankfurt before joining K&L Gates in March 2015.
He was admitted to the Bar in 1998 and has been a German Certified Tax Advisor (Steuerberater) since 2005. In 2001 he qualified as a Specialist Lawyer in Administrative Law and in 2002 he qualified for Tax Law
Till Fock is a partner in the Berlin office. He focuses his practice on tax and regulatory issues in connection with the structuring of various types of collective investment schemes that invest in private equity, real estate, renewable energy, leasing contracts, and other asset classes. He also advises the initiators of and investors in these schemes as well as other market participants on transactions for such asset classes.
Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt lists him among the leading lawyers for providing legal advice on private equity law and private funds.
Till Fock was admitted to the Bar in 1998 and has been a German Certified Tax Advisor (Steuerberater) since 2002. Mr. Fock joined K&L Gates from an English law firm based in Berlin, where he was a partner and head of the financial markets team.
New German Fund Taxation Rules, K&L Gates Investment Management Alert, 5 August 2016
Private Debt– Regulatory and Tax: General Conditions for Institutional Investors (Private Debt – Regulatorische und steuerliche Rahmenbedingungen für institutionelle Investoren), co-author: Dr. Hilger von Livonius, Absolut Report 04 2016, p. 60 et seq.
Dr. Thilo Winkeler advises clients comprehensively on general corporate and M&A matters. He has broad experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and advises various national and international clients in connection with acquisitions and disposals in Germany and other European countries.
Additionally, Mr. Winkeler focuses on venture capital and new digital media transactions as well as on structuring management participation programs, among others. For several years he has advised various ventures and incubators on corporate structure set up.
Having worked on a number of large-scale transactions in the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors in recent years, Mr. Winkeler holds substantial experience in these industries.
Mr. Winkeler joined K&L Gates in October 2016. Prior to joining, he was partner in the Frankfurt office of a U.S. law firm, where he focused on corporate law, private equity, venture capital, and M&A since 2007. He began his legal career in 2001 with a global law firm in Frankfurt. He completed a bank apprenticeship at Commerzbank in Hamburg in 1993 and worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Greifswald and in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
Stefan C. Heilmann
Co-founder of Ethernal Heroes and Cryptome.me. Investor in blockchain and crypto-gaiming projects. Past experience: Rusnano (Russian state-owned multi-billion venture fund),
Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche.
Olivier Forgues – CEO at EUROPEAN CRYPTO BANK and FORGUES GESTION France and UK.Olivier has started to invest on financial market at 16, with a strong experience in equities, bonds and derivatives. He survived to financial crisis in October 1987, the Gulf crisis in 1990, the Asian crisis in 1998, the internet bubble in 2001, the sub primes crisis in 2007 and the euro zone crisis in 2011. Also, he founded the AFIDEM, a French association specialized in research on new financial markets places such as, Nasdaq, Easdaq and The Nouveau Marché in Europe from 1995 to 1996.Olivier found Eurostock International Ltd in UK, a platform dedicated to all Ipos in Europe from 1996 to 2001. He was an Associate Director for UBS France (UBS Wealth Management in Paris and for UBS Wealth Management in London for 8 years), Recognized by the French Senate as a principal whistle-blower concerning the UBS scandal of tax evasion in France between 2008 to 2011. Olivier was interviewed by the French Senate. Olivier is very aware and sensitive about AML and clean business practices for the benefit of his clients (while considering the risk of the reputation of his companies). When he left UBS in 2008, he created La Nouvelle Gestion Sarl and La Nouvelle Finance SAS, a full regulated Asset Management company in France, which became Forgues Gestion SAS; Olivier speaks French, English and Italian.
As an independently thinking business leader with a can-do attitude, possessing a dynamic
strategic mindset coupled with a creative spark, he provides effective integrated communication
solutions. A change agent with a proven track record of success - distinguished as a Young Gun. In his spare time, he's addicted to traveling and fascinated by martial arts.