Executive Education


This course goes beyond the hype, delving into the nuts and bolts of digital assets, and into the business potential of the underlying DLT/blockchain technology. Taking Bitcoin and Ethereum as examples, we explore DLT/blockchain technology as an innovation in information registration and distribution, the potential of digital assets and DLT/blockchain technology to transform our central bank-based monetary system, investment management, venture finance and core banking (e.g., payments, trade finance) and capital markets services (e.g., securitization, clearing and settlement).

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Articulate the fundamental concepts of DLT/blockchain technology, using Bitcoin as an example, and smart contracts, using Ethereum as an example
  • Assess the merit of approaches to regulating blockchain technology and digital assets and the arguments for and against central bank digital currencies (CBDC)
  • Understand the benefits and risks of investing and trading in digital assets and comprehensively evaluate cryptocurrencies and tokens
  • Compare initial coin offerings (ICOs), security token offerings (STOs), and simple agreements for future tokens (SAFTs) with traditional venture capital financing and follow recent developments in decentralized finance (DeFi)
  • Understand the disruptive potential of DLT/blockchain technology in banking and discuss the broader impact of digital assets and blockchain technology on the future of finance and beyond.

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Ludmila Ketterer

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Key Concepts
  • Distributed ledger and blockchain technology
  • Smart Contracts
  • Central Bank Digital Currencies
  • Digital Assets
  • Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and Security Tokens (STOs)
Course Format

This course is offered in the part-time Master in Finance program and may be attended on a “no credit” basis by individuals not enrolled in the program. Course participants are visitors who are not responsible for assignments and do not take an exam or earn academic credits. As the number of seats in the course is limited, we recommend to register online early.


Radoslav Albrecht

Radoslav Albrecht is an experienced finance professional and entrepreneur. He is the Founder & CEO of Bitbond – a leading company for asset tokenization technology. Bitbond also issued Germany’s first tokenized bond via a Security Token Offering in 2019. Prior to founding Bitbond, he was a senior consultant at Roland Berger and primarily advised banks in Europe and Western Africa. Radoslav began his career at Deutsche Bank London in sales & trading of structured equity products in the institutional clients group. Radoslav is member of the supervisory board of Witten/Herdecke University as well as head of the supervisory board of Erl Immobilienkonto I AG.

Key Facts

Course materials

Course materials will be provided in electronic form.




Campus Westend of Goethe University Frankfurt.

Certificate of participation

A GBS certificate of participation is awarded upon completion of the course.

Course Fee

€ 950 (fee is exempt from VAT). The fee for GBS students or alumni amounts to € 400.

Course Schedule
Date Session
Fri., April 19, 2024 13:00-15:00, 15:30-17:30
Sat., May 4, 2024 11:30-13:30, 14:30-16:30
Fri., May 17, 2024 13:00-15:00, 15:30-17:30

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Stephan KieneDuke-Goethe Executive MBA Class of 2009

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