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Can AI help compliance teams work smarter?

As cognitive computing continues to make great strides, how can compliance professionals harness the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to help solve the regulatory challenges they encounter on a daily...more

Eikon App Studio: New apps for February

Eikon App Studio has dozens of great apps to try, including these two for gaining financial insight on U.S. companies and for proactively managing your investment portfolio....more

WSGR Fintech Update - February 2018

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the February 2018 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition features an article discussing a letter recently issued by the SEC’s Division of Investment...more

EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum Launched

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The European Commission has announced the launch of the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum. The Commission intends the new Forum to build on existing initiatives and to ensure the feasibility of Blockchain use...more

State Regulators Take First Step to Standardize Licensing Practices for Fintech Payments

Earlier this week, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) announced that seven states have agreed to a multi-state compact that standardizes key elements of the licensing process for money services businesses (MSB). ...more

States Launch Standardized Licensing Pilot Program for Money Services Businesses

Seven states have agreed to a multi-state compact standardizing key aspects of money services business (MSB) licensing. As of today, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington have joined into...more

Open Session of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Hears Joint Testimony from Heads of the SEC,...

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On February 6, 2018, the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs conducted a hearing entitled “Virtual Currencies: The Oversight Role of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S....more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2018 #3

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Venture Debt Funding for Startups Venture debt may be a timely tool to finance an acquisition or to raise growth capital, all while...more

House Financial Services Committee Holds Hearing on Fintech Marketplace

On January 30, 2018, the House Financial Services Committee’s Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee held a hearing entitled “Examining Opportunities and Challenges in the Financial Technology (“Fintech”)...more

Fintech Deal Landscape to Remain Active in 2018

A wide range of players participated in hundreds of financial technology (fintech) transactions in 2017, and the high level of global M&A and investment activity in fintech is expected to continue this year. Deals included...more

A round-up of some of the most interesting developments to look out for in 2018 for disputes lawyers

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Brexit - It is impossible not to mention Brexit which will be defined by the politics. 2018 is also likely to bring a significant increase in UK policymaking and related legislative change. We expect to see the publication...more

Tried and trusted: US M&A in 2017: Insurance deals power financial services M&A

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Insurance assets are attracting dealmakers due to low capital requirements and steady cash flows. Established fintech providers are using M&A to expand geographically....more

OCC’s Proposed Charter for Fintech Companies in Limbo

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Late last year, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) announced that a proposed national charter for fintech companies is currently on hold as the OCC’s new Comptroller of the Currency, Joseph Otting, needs...more

Blockchain Week in Review – January 2018

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U.S. Developments - Regulatory Updates - CFTC and SEC Enforcement Directors Issue Joint Statement Regarding Virtual Currency Enforcement Actions - This morning, the Enforcement Director of the U.S. Commodity...more

Nutter Bank Report, January 2018

Attorney General Rescinds Federal Marijuana Enforcement Priorities - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded all nationwide guidance previously issued by the Department of Justice ("DOJ") to federal prosecutors...more

House Financial Services Committee to hold Jan. 30 hearing on fintech marketplace

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On January 30, 2018 at 10 a.m., the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing, “Examining Opportunities and Challenges in the Financial Technology...more

As President Xi’s Power Grows, So Does China’s Presence on World Stage

In October 2017 at the Chinese Communist Party National Congress, President Xi Jinping consolidated his hold on power and cemented himself as what many commentators are calling the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao...more

Law of Astana International Financial Centre

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Kazakhstan has sought to position itself as the “Dubai of Central Asia” since the advent of the so-called “Dubai model” over a decade ago, with its capital Astana figuring as a global financial hub connecting Western Europe...more

Innovation summit separates AI hype from reality

Artificial intelligence (AI) and other disruptive technologies came under the spotlight in a series of thought-provoking sessions at our annual Financial & Risk Summit in Toronto....more

RegTech Q&A: Our risk influencers tackle the big issues

RegTech is changing the risk ecosystem, but also increasing pressure on compliance teams. To answer their questions on the march of regulatory innovation, we asked our #TRRiskUK30 influencers to join the conversation....more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2018 #2

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Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it would take another pass at the “Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans” (Payday Rule); the Financial...more

The platform revolution changing the financial industry

Platform technology is revolutionizing the financial industry in the same way Airbnb has changed the rental market. How is co-innovation helping our clients address regulation, technology trends and other challenges?...more

Regulators Continue to Scrutinize Initial Coin Offerings

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As reported in the most recent issue of Expect Focus, the SEC issued an investigative report in July cautioning market participants that distributed ledger (blockchain) technology-based offers and sales of digital "tokens" or...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2018

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

European Banking Authority Publishes Recommendations on Outsourcing by Financial Institutions to Cloud Service Providers

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Banking Authority has published its final report on Recommendations on outsourcing by financial institutions to cloud service providers. The EBA has developed the Recommendations on its own initiative as part of...more

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