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We are today with Charlie Meraud, CEO and Co-Founder of Woorton, Co-Foundeur of the AFGC, Organizer and host of cryptomondayfr, Paris Blockchain Week & Paris Blockchain Week Summit.

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Charlie Meraud

1. Can you present your background and activities?

I graduate from Paris Dauphine University with a MSc in Applied Economics and Financial Engineering.

From 2014 to 2016, I worked on a Credit and Forex Solutions Sales desk where I traded mainly in repo, forex and interest rates with CEEMEA clients ranging from banks to asset managers and insurers.

After that, I took part of the launch team of a Venture fund which raised €180M to invest in European fintech startups from early stage seed to Series B.

In June 2017, I left my position in one of the fastest growing startups in Singapore to dedicate myself to cryptocurrencies in France.

Joined by Karim Sabba and Zahreddine Touag in 2017, I have been working full time in the cryptoasset space first by launching a non-profit in June 2017 that quickly grew to become one of the most influential in Europe, helping regulators and policymakers draft the first regulatory framework for the industry, and Woorton in March 2018 which is the biggest liquidity provider in France and one of the few players in this field in Europe.

2. What is Woorton?

Woorton has 2 business lines :

1. Broker-Dealer We buy and sell cryptocurrencies to professional investors all around the world with upfront prices and post-trade settlement via trading chat, trading interface or API.

2. Market-Making as a Service (MMaaS) : We manage our clients’ native assets on trading platforms and increase liquidity organically by providing the best trading conditions (time presence, spread reduction, etc.)

3. Can you present us the Paris Blockchain Week?

Through the AFGC and through Woorton, I will be co-organizing the Paris blockchain Week. The idea is to gather all of the key international players of the crypto-space in the same place; this place being Paris. We have seen Blockchain Weeks in Asia, in the US, in the Middle East. But Europe has a lack of huge events like this. So the idea is to have such a big event in France to show that we have the regulatory frameworks allowing us to host any kind of event or crypto business.

I personally believe that France is the right place to launch a crypto business right now, but no one knows it. The idea is therefore to raise awareness and maybe demolish stereotypes with having the biggest European event on crypto taking place in Paris.

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