EU Pushes for regional harmonization of crypto asset regulations (a podcast with yours truly)

I had a ton of fun helping Roll Call cover the release of new reports by the European Securities and Market Authority and the European Banking Authority aimed at harmonizing crypto regulations in Europe.  Part of our roll out was … Continue Reading

Experts predict record IPOs for 2019, but there’s still that pesky government shutdown…

Plenty of experts are now predicting a record was of IPOs in the new year–including in a recent Wall Street Journal report–but it’s important to note that nothing’s happening until the government shutdown ends.  On this Happy New Year, the … Continue Reading

Fintech Week 2018 site updated

We’ve updated the Fintech Week site with a gallery of the week’s events at Georgetown, IMF Headquarters and on Capitol Hill.  Thanks to all the supporters, co-hosts, sponsors and audience members who made it a truly unique event in Washington!

My conversation with CFTC Talks! (podcast)

  I had the pleasure of joining @CFTC’s podcast, #CFTCTalks, where I discussed everything from what international trade and fintech surprisingly have in common, to regulating cryptocurrencies and blockchain, to the recent Fintech Week here in DC.  The conversation can … Continue Reading

LabCFTC provides a primer on Smart Contracts

Described as an “educational tool” rather than official policy, it provides an overview of the basics of blockchain smart contracts including their history, characteristics, case studies, potential use cases and perceived risks.  The primer can be found here.  The Coindesk … Continue Reading

Conclusions from the FCA’s Cryptoassets Taskforce

Chris Woolard has released a speech outlining conclusions reached by the FCA’s crypto-asset taskforce.  It’s big news given the early activity and interest shown by the agency in terms of regulating the sector.  The report is here, but some of … Continue Reading

The EU faces a steep hill on crypto-regulation

I’ve done a piece revamping my analysis on Mifid for purposes of crypto-regulation on  Here are a couple of excerpts: Article 4.1 of MiFID contains the definition of transferable securities. This definition covers those classes of securities which are negotiable on … Continue Reading

My Brookings/C-span discussion of bank stress tests (and the future of financial regulation)

  I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel after a speech delivered by Randall Quarles, the Vice Chairman of Supervision for the Federal Reserve, which concerned a variety of recent developments concerning the future of financial regulation.  The … Continue Reading

William Hinman, Bryan Stirewalt, and Pradeep Belur to Join Fintech Week

Washington’s Fintech Week now welcomes the SEC’s Director of Corporate Finance, Bill Hinman (Monday), Bryan Stirewalt, Chief Executive of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (Tuesday), and the Small Business Authority’s Chief Operating Officer, Pradeep Belur (Wednesday), right before our Shark … Continue Reading

Traditional Banks are Adopting Digital Banking

The American Banker reports that  as they face intense deposit competition from online-only banks, many traditional banks are looking to turbocharge their deposit gathering by launching — or considering launching — digital banks of their own. The interesting question will … Continue Reading