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Basel Committee Issues New Crypto Asset Warning

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) issued a statement on “crypto-assets,” highlighting that new financial products related to crypto have the potential to increase the risks to banks who engage in digital or crypto assets. This is, notably, at the least, … Continue Reading

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Looking forward to assisting ESMA working group

I’m delighted to join the Consultative Working Group for ESMA’s Financial Innovation Standing Committee.  Later this week I’ll be giving a presentation on the policy tradeoffs arising between innovation, regulatory clarity and market integrity. 

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Cecilia Malmström to deliver Memorial Lecture for Georgetown’s International Trade Update

I’m absolutely delighted and looking forward to introducing the European’s Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmströmfor Georgetown’s 2019 John J. Greenwald memorial lecture.  Commissioner Malmström will discuss transatlantic trade relations and the EU’s upcoming trade agenda for the law school’s International … Continue Reading

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Looking forward to Co-Hosting the Congressional Black Caucus for Black History Month

I’m delighted to partner up once again with FSP tomorrow night to cohost incoming members of the Congressional Black Caucus in celebration of Black History Month. My welcome remarks on behalf of Georgetown’s IIEL will focus on fintech–and financial inclusion.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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