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DC Fintech Week Brings Together Regulators, Innovators and Disruptors

Washington, DC, June 26, 2019 — Fintech Week is a unique, global policy forum where thought-leaders can discover, seriously discuss and debate rapidly evolving changes to the financial ecosystem that drive policy and regulation — and what they mean to markets and investors. This year, Fintech Week … Continue Reading

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Non-Banks aren’t the Same Banks in the Mortgage Market….

….Which I thought was pretty obvious after 2008.  But it was worth highlighting in a recent appearance on CNBC.  Many thanks to the network for the privilege of the appearance for this law professor.

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Georgetown-Geneva Institute Conference on international economic law a wild success

A sincere thanks to the hundreds of diplomats, students and lawyers who showed up at our G2 Conference on international economic law.  Few forums offer the opportunity for serious, sustained discussions on the international trading system–and its impact on services, … Continue Reading

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Amazon and Facebook aren’t Playing the Same Cryptocurrency Game

Though experts had speculated for over a year that Facebook was considering launching a cryptocurrency, this month’s news reports confirming the rumors still sent shockwaves through the industry.  For the first time, a U.S. tech behemoth is attempting to go … Continue Reading

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Congratulations Class of 2019

Congratulations to the graduating class of Hoya Lawyers for 2019!!   I look so forward to seeing your adventures and exploits as you make history!  Very best of luck.

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Cryptocurrencies, State Law–and State Attorney Generals

State attorney generals–and state law in general–tends to get a short shrift in crypto law, with most of the emphasis being on when a crypto asset is a security.  But state law can play an important role–especially when it comes … Continue Reading

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Looking forward to speaking at Consensus this week

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to participate in Consensus this year, the annual gathering of the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology world.  It should be one heck of a conference–and the agenda can be found here.

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Jawboning as regulatory technique–for the SEC

The act of regulation through informal methods such as speeches and letters — also known as jawboning — is used often in creating policy.  And though it’s often been associated with the Federal Reserve, it hasn’t been sufficiently explored as … Continue Reading

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Authors of 2019 Geneva Report on the World Economy seek market participant input

The Geneva Report on the World Economy will consider how advances in information technology are changing the landscape of financial services provision and how those advances may be changing the optimal scale of banks. The authors of the report (Kathryn Petralia, Kabbage; … Continue Reading

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Starting up a New Fintech Beat

Whether you’re paying a friend for drinks on Venmo or logging in to your online banking, you’ve probably engaged with fintech.  And I’m delighted to get to talk about it, break down this rapidly evolving field, and explain how Congress … Continue Reading

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