Blockchain Invulnerability Under Scrutiny

Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked.  More and more security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms, and some are fundamental to the way they were built.  The story from MIT’s Technology review is here. … Continue Reading

Georgetown’s Global Trade Academy Gears Up February 11

Trade law and policy is front and center in today’s business climate, on the news and in election debates around the globe.  Each year, Global Trade Academy (GTA) cohorts meet in a seminar-like atmosphere on the Georgetown Law campus to … Continue Reading

Now that the shutdown is over….

….I’m happy to be pitching in as the newest member of the CFTC’s Virtual Currency Subcommittee.  It’s interesting and important work, and I look forward to dialoguing with the so many of our nation’s experts on such forward-looking work.

Who Should Tax International Income? (Upcoming Georgetown Event)

Who Should Tax International Income? Featuring Keynote Remarks by Lafayette “Chip” Harter  Deputy Assistant Secretary (International Tax Affairs) U.S. Treasury (invited) Friday, February 1st, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Join Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) and … Continue Reading

Whose Fintech is Hurt by the Shutdown?

The consequences of the government shutdown for the poor, the environment, federal employees, and those relying on government services or benefits have become painfully evident, and are getting worse. But the shutdown is also starting to create serious problems for … Continue Reading

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