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Payments Innovation and Competition in Retail Banking Services Stay High on FCA Agenda for 2018

By Stuart Davis and Brett Carr Driven by payments innovation and new regulation, 2018 is cited as the year for some of the most significant changes retail banking has seen. At the Westminster Business Forum for Digital Payments, Adoption, Innovation and Policy Priorities, Graeme McLean (Head of Banking, Lending & Distribution at the FCA) appraised … Continue Reading

UK Government Focuses on Real Estate and the Digital Economy in Autumn 2017 Budget

By Karl Mah and Sean Finn Against a stormy backdrop of government instability and Brexit uncertainty, the 2017 Budget was always unlikely to rock the boat. The Chancellor chose not to launch a sweeping attack on “tax avoiders” in light of the public outrage over the Paradise Papers, instead targeting announcements in this area at specific perceived abuses. … Continue Reading

ESMA Provides Further Clarity on Initial Coin Offerings in Europe

By James Inness and Stuart Davis Following our 7 November 2017 blog “Europe as a Hub for Initial Coin Offerings”, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published two statements on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The statements underline ESMA’s interest in ICOs as a means to raise capital for enterprises, particularly given their rapid … Continue Reading

Europe as a Hub for Initial Coin Offerings?

By James Inness and Stuart Davis Initial coin offerings (ICOs) involve issuers offering virtual coins or tokens that are created and disseminated using blockchain or distributed ledger technology. Virtual coins resemble cash in a number of ways but may also afford holders additional rights, such as the ability to access the platform or software, or participate … Continue Reading

Distributed Ledger Technology in the Financial Market Infrastructure

By Andrew Moyle and Stuart Davis The Project Stella report, a European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of Japan (BOJ) joint venture, details the applicability of distributed ledger technology for financial market infrastructure. During a one-month research project, the central banks tested whether distributed ledger technology (DLT) could sustain the liquidity saving mechanisms — a … Continue Reading

Coining it in: ICOs as the New Fundraising Paradigm?

By Andrew Moyle, Wenchi Hu, Simon Hawkins and Stuart Davis Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) involve issuers offering virtual coins or tokens that are created and disseminated using distributed ledger or blockchain technology. The capital raised from the offer will fund the development of a digital platform, software, or any other project. Holders of virtual coins or … Continue Reading

Bank of England Opens Up Access to Payment Schemes for FinTech Firms

By Andrew Moyle, Stuart Davis, Fiona Maclean, Christian McDermott and Charlotte Collins The Bank of England (BoE) announced on 19 July 2017 that it is extending direct access to its real-time gross settlement (RTGS) service to non-bank payment service providers (i.e., e-money institutions and payment service providers that do not have regulatory permissions to carry … Continue Reading

Up into the Clouds?

By Fiona Maclean, Stuart Davis and Charlotte Collins Cloud services come with the promise of many benefits for the financial services sector. Cloud computing offers large-scale and cost-effective solutions for data storage and efficient processing and is also the underlying technology for many FinTech platforms. As with a lot of new technology, however, financial institutions … Continue Reading

European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs Publishes Fintech Report

By Andrew Moyle, Fiona Maclean, Christian McDermott, Andrea Stout and Stuart Davis On April 28th, the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) published a report about Fintech and the influence of technology on the future of the financial sector. The report, prepared by Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, was adopted by ECON with 45 votes in … Continue Reading

Brexit and IP: 5 Things Brand Owners Should Do Now

By Deborah Kirk Following the Prime Minister’s triggering of Article 50 today, 29 March 2017, we have 2 years until the legislative reality of Brexit and its implications will truly impact IP owners. However, there are steps that brand owners should be taking now to position themselves for when Britain leaves the EU.  Here are our … Continue Reading

Cyber Security Issues in Arbitration

By Jennifer Archie and Hanna Roos  Cyber security breaches are now an everyday reality permeating all aspects of business and private life, including the world of international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. These breaches can relate to the subject matter of the dispute, communications between parties and their counsel or between tribunal members, or the … Continue Reading

Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks

By Jennifer C. Archie, Gail Crawford, Andrew Moyle, Serrin A. Turner, and Brian Meenagh Hacking of organisations’ systems is becoming increasingly commonplace, even with advancements in security practices. To mitigate risk, a company must have an enterprise-level, cross-functional incident response plan that is rehearsed and practiced. In the event of an incident a company with … Continue Reading

China’s search for Israeli assets is to be welcomed but it won’t change the preference for early exits

By Charles Ruck The exit outlook for Israeli M&A is especially positive, particularly in light of the ever-growing interest from the Far East. While the vast majority of inbound capital still comes from the US, China has emerged as a prolific investor in Israeli start-up and tech businesses. Shanghai Giant Network Technology’s $4.4bn acquisition of … Continue Reading

Tighter connections between the Bay Area and Israel will encourage investment flows

By Tad Freese Silicon Valley trends are often soon felt in its Israel equivalent Silicon Wadi. The two start-up ecosystems are intrinsically linked. In April this year, the connection between the two regions was further tightened when United Airlines launched a new direct flight between Tel Aviv and San Francisco. New flight routes are demand … Continue Reading
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