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How fintech deals are reshaping financial services

As fintech takes a prominent role in the financial services industry, major institutions are looking to capitalise on innovation by working with the most ambitious and brightest startups. In much the same way that...more

China Adopts Tough and Sweeping Cybersecurity Law

On November 7, 2016, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress promulgated the Cybersecurity Law of the People’s Republic of China, a law James Zimmerman, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in...more

US Comptroller of the Currency Will Offer Limited Purpose National Bank Charters to Fintech Companies

The Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas Curry, announced on December 2, 2016, that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) intends to move forward with issuing limited purpose national bank charters to financial...more

OCC Moves Forward With Special Purpose Fintech Charter

On December 2nd at the Georgetown University Law Center Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry announced that the OCC had made the determination to consider applications for special purpose national bank charters filed...more

OCC Announces Special Purpose Charters for Fintech Firms

On Friday December 2nd, the Officer of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced that it would consider granting financial technology (fintech) firms special purpose national bank charters. The OCC’s proposal...more

E-Discovery Moneyball: Brad Blickstein and the Ninth Annual Law Department Operations Survey

In Michael Lewis’s book, Moneyball, he discusses Oakland Athletics’ General Manager Billy Beane’s use of rigorous statistical analysis to find baseball players who added the most value to their team’s success for the least...more

FTC Report on Sharing Economy Cautions Regulators Not to Impede Innovation

In 1942, economist Joseph Schumpeter observed that the "creative destruction" of innovation often drives economic growth in market economies as companies continuously introduce new products or services, or new ways to produce...more

Innovate or stagnate: the race to regulate fintech in Asia Pacific

Financial technology (“fintech”) has exploded in recent years, with innovations like blockchain, artificial intelligence and cloud-based software promising to disrupt every financial service from banking and payments to...more

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

It’s that time of the quarter again and Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first (and last) Autumn Statement. It’s also the first Statement ‘post-Brexit’. The focus of the Statement has, as predicted, been on austerity versus...more

US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Issues Responsible Innovation Framework

The OCC announced it will establish an office dedicated to responsible innovation and implement a formal framework to improve the agency’s ability to identify, understand and respond to financial innovation affecting the...more

Leveraging the Blockchain to Provide an Unalterable, Distributed Ledger for Transactions, Supply Chains and Other Corporate...

On Monday, November 14, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hosted a forum to discuss financial technology (FinTech) innovation in the financial services industry. The summit discussed several topics, but the...more

US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Project Catalyst Report Highlighting Consumer Innovation

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report highlighting market innovations with the potential for consumer benefits as part of its Project Catalyst, a collaborative effort for the CFPB to research and...more

US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Discusses Financial Innovation

CFPB Director Richard Cordray delivered a speech at Money 20/20, focused on how financial innovation can better serve consumers. Cordray noted that CFPB, as a new agency, feels an affinity towards innovators in finance....more

Regulators and Innovation – an Update on Key Developments

Innovation in the delivery of financial products and services continues at a rapid rate. We discuss below some recent developments at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency...more

What Now for the OCC's Fintech Proposal?

On October 26, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") announced plans to open an Office of Innovation in the first quarter of 2017. The new office is intended to provide innovators with a central point of...more

Highlights from McDermott’s 2016 Pharmaceutical/Medtech Dealmaking Symposium

On October 25, 2016, McDermott Will & Emery held its fifth annual Pharmaceutical/Medtech Dealmaking Symposium in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The day consisted of a series of thought-provoking panels with leading dealmakers in...more

Basics of the BPCIA

The FDA broadly defines biologics as medical products derived from living sources (human, animal, plant, or microorganism) intended to treat or prevent diseases. Biologics thus include such varied vehicles of medical...more

OCC Embraces "Responsible Innovation" With New Office, Framework

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced plans to establish an office dedicated to responsible innovation, accompanied by a formal framework to "improve the agency's ability to identify, understand, and...more

I diritti particolari dei soci nelle società a responsabilità limitata e la creazione di “categorie di quote”

The company law reform of 2003, completely overhauling the limited company model, finds its foundation in the enhancement of the social role. The eminently personalist nature of the srl is expressed in the recognition of a...more

White House Urges States to Reform Non-Competition Laws

On October 25, 2016, the White House published a State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements urging states to reform their non-competition laws. The call to action follows an earlier report from the White House which...more

It's Time to Change the Mindset of Your In-House Legal Team

Innovative legal teams believe they can help create competitive advantage for their business and have a true "seat at the table." They do not simply solve the problems that their internal clients bring them – they anticipate...more

Looking Ahead: Top Issues Impacting the Tech Industry in 2017

As technology continues to reshape how business gets done and the way people live their lives, there are many reasons to be excited about the tech industry’s prospects heading into 2017. The more than 300 executives,...more

OCC to Create New “Office of Innovation”

At the end of October, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) released its Recommendations and Decisions for Implementing a Responsible Innovation Framework (the “Recommendations”). The Recommendations are the...more

It's Time to Innovate in Legal

We are entering a new era in Legal, one in which tradition and complacency will no longer be tenable. In-house perspective from NetApp GC, Matt Fawcett....more

CFPB Makes FinTech Headlines

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or “Bureau”) made headlines in FinTech on October 24, 2016. First, the Bureau released its first-ever Project Catalyst report on promoting consumer-friendly innovation...more

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