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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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New fintech blog

FintechPolicy.org, an online portal for news and analysis of global regulatory developments in financial technology, officially launched in the latter days of December 2018.  FintechPolicy.org will be the first website of its kind to focus on policy across an increasingly expansive fintech ecosystem. A … Continue Reading

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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Monetary Policy and Financial Regulation

Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles delivered keynote remarks at a Brookings Institutionevent on monetary policy and financial regulation. He outlined the core elements and proposed changes to the central bank’s stress testing program, which measures whether financial firms have enough money … Continue Reading

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