Not Just a Sandbox: the CFPB’s Proposed Innovation Agenda

The CFPB’s Innovation Agenda is Much More than Meets the Eye  Eric Goldberg is a Partner at Akerman LLP and former Managing Counsel for Regulations at the CFPB. *This story was originally published for Fintech Policy in January 2019 On December 13th, the CFPB took a substantial step towards improving the regulatory climate for fintech innovation … Read more

A Franco-German Regulatory Strategy for Crypto Assets Is Starting to Emerge—and ahead of the EU

A Regulatory Approach for Crypto is Congealing with the Efforts by the EU’s Most Powerful Member-States  Jennifer D’hoir is Senior Advisor, Innovation & FinTech at Gide 255, and Katja Langenbucher is a law professor at Sciences Po, in Paris, France Financial innovation has been put under increased regulatory scrutiny, in particular at the EU level since the publication of … Read more

A New World: Crypto-Exchanges and the EU’s Sixth Money Laundering Directive

A Paradigm Shift is Coming to Europe’s Oversight of Virtual Currencies  Gabriel “Gabe” Hidalgo is a managing director at K2 Intelligence.  His bio can be found here. With recent announcements from the Financial Action Task Force about upcoming cryptocurrency regulation in 2019, increased money laundering penalties laid out in the EU’s Sixth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, and the … Read more

Artificial Financial Intelligence and the Future of Finance

William J. Magnuson is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law Recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence have revived long-standing debates about what happens when robots become smarter than humans.  Will they destroy us?  Will they put us all out of work?  Will they lead to a world of techno-savvy haves and techno-ignorant … Read more

Financial Health for the Future of Work

The Future of Work Needs Sound Retail Financial Services to Support it, and the Numbers Back it Up Usman Ahmed is the Head of Global Public Policy, PayPal.  Ivy K. Lau is the Social Innovation Manager, PayPal The future of work debate has sparked a set of important conversations about how to change fundamental institutions like health … Read more

Book Review: Blockchain Regulation and Governance in Europe

Elizabeth Jacobs is an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission  Distributed ledger technology (DLT) has become something of a trope. It has been proposed as a currency, as a tool for “smart contracts,” for cheaper clearing and settlement, and as a governance mechanism for everything from data identifiers to actual human voting. Michele Finck’s new book, … Read more

What’s the Matter with Regtech?

Amias Gerety is a Partner with QED Investors Regtech has been more promise than reality so far, but success is possible for startups that appreciate complexity of banks and financial services—and the interplay of rules to which they are subject.    Every large financial institution, and most small ones too, are committed to a digital … Read more

The Cryptocurrency Hole in SIPC Insurance

Patrick J. McCarty is the President of McCarty Financial LLC For all the talk that identifying virtual currencies as “securities” adds greater comfort and stability to financial rules, there is a very (very!) big problem, and one overlooked by market participants and scholars alike:  Security Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) insurance coverage does not cover virtual currency … Read more