Future of Crypto Innovation and Regulation

Over the past year, as one crypto organization after another has been beset by fraud or declared bankruptcy, countless headlines have surfaced warning of the death of the crypto industry. Yet the damage has been largely contained.

The developments have raised many questions about digital assets, cryptocurrency and blockchain technology as well as regulation and other factors that may help the industry evolve toward a sustainable business model.

In this podcast, Mike Brauneis from Protiviti interviews Lata Varghese and Maryann Kennedy from Protiviti and Liz Mathew from ConsenSys for their insights on the steps crypto exchanges can take to rebuild market confidence, the product innovation and technology use cases that may have been drowned out by the media echo chamber, and forthcoming regulation.

Mike is a Managing Director with Protiviti and global leader of the firm’s Financial Services Industry practice. Lata is a Managing Director with Protiviti and leader of the firm’s Digital Assets and Blockchain practice. Maryann is a Managing Director in Protiviti’s Risk and Compliance practice. Liz is an executive at blockchain technology provider ConsenSys. She manages growth and partnerships for MetaMask Institutional, the firm’s Web3 wallet platform for organizations.


Michael Brauneis
Mike has more than 20 years of experience focused on financial services, regulatory risk and compliance matters.  Prior to joining Protiviti in January of 2004, Mike was a Regulatory Relationship Manager for a Top 10 U.S. bank holding company, where he was the ...
Lata Varghese
Lata is a managing director in Protiviti’s Technology Consulting practice and Protiviti’s Digital Assets and Blockchain practice leader. Lata is a seasoned executive with over 24 years of experience in helping clients successfully navigate multiple business and ...
Maryann Kennedy
Maryann Kennedy has 30 years experience as a bank regulator working with financial institutions of various​ size and risk profiles and also exposed to fintech firms that were seeking bank charters.