The Present and Future of Financial Technology – AI in financial services, a case study with Equity X
13 September 2017 London
We increasingly hear references to ‘FinTech’ in our everyday. No longer solely a topic of interest to the financial or computing media, it is frequently the subject of lifestyle and news stories. But how many of us understand what we mean by the term? What exactly does financial technology encompass?
Through a series of linked seminars, the Japan Society is celebrating this new phase in the UK-Japan relationship, which sees many Japanese individuals and companies active within London’s technology hubs. Our objective is to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the new technology in many different spheres of activity. We have invited guest speakers, working under the broad umbrella of FinTech, who will each share their vision of its impact on our future lives.
The second seminar will feature Akio Kurata, Founder of Equity X, a UK based company, who will discuss the use of AI in financial services.
Not a day passes without some kind of reference being made in newspapers or magazines to subjects such as AI and big data analytics. The financial services markets are at the cutting edge of developments and practical implementation of new information technologies. Given that financial services depend heavily on data processing, this is perhaps not a surprise.
Each of us as individuals will struggle to assess all the possible risks and likely returns on a project – in today’s complex world, they are many and varied. In financial markets, risks and returns are assessed by countless people and shared publicly in the form of a ‘market price’. Thus the markets are built on collective valuations contributed by their constituent members.
In being able to process huge volumes of data at high speed, AI and big data analytics have the potential to create added value and take the fundamental data processing function of finance up a gear, with increased efficiency and speed.
Akio Kurata will speak from his own experience as an innovator and entrepreneur and discuss in practical terms the potential application of AI within financial services. In this seminar, we will also have the opportunity to discuss the impact of AI on financial markets and working practices in general. The conversation will address subjects including common fears and concerns about our ability to control AI in practical situations, or whether robots are more dependable than humans.
Following an open session for questions and discussion, the evening will conclude with an informal networking reception.
We are extremely grateful to Mitsubishi Corporation for generously hosting this seminar.
Akio Kurata is Founder & CEO at EQUITY X LTD., an award-winning FinTech start-up based in London. He was raised by his grandparents who were business owners and individual investors. As he grew, he became interested in business and investment and was curious about what is a fair value of shares and how to calculate.
To answer to these questions, he started his career at Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. and Rothschild & Co. as an investment banker where he was personally engaged in 16 disclosed M&A transactions totaling c.£30 billion for 5 years. He found that equity valuation is expensive and time-consuming. He established EQUITY X LTD. to make it possible to evaluate values of shares in a smart and intuitive way.
EQUITY X LTD. was selected as one of the three finalists in the AI & Machine Learning category for PITCH360 at Innovate Finance Global Summit 2017 on 10 and 11 April 2017 and was selected as a qualified exhibitor at International FinTech Conference 2017 held by HM government on 12 April 2017. Also, EQUITY X LTD. was invited to a private pitch event hosted by one of the largest financial institutions in the world as one of the five finalists and pitched to the top executive on 13 June 2017.
Furthermore, EQUITY X LTD. won the first prize (2017 Startup of the Year) at Startup Grind Europe 2017 on 14 June 2017 while there were thousands of startups as candidates. He graduated from University of Tokyo with a B.A. in Economics in 2010 (last year’s GPA: 4.0/4.0).
The series will continue this autumn with further seminars led by Ali Adnan co-founder of Authlete, Makoto Fukuhara, Managing Director of Skwile. Each seminar will focus on a different application of financial technology.
To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.