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New regulatory trial grounds for fintech firms in Hong Kong – Regulators announce additional fintech sandboxes

New regulatory trial grounds for fintech firms in Hong Kong – Regulators announce additional fintech sandboxes

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Regulators around the world become more vocal regarding the potential risks associated with ICOs

On 4 September 2017, seven major regulators governing the finance and technology sectors in China (collectively, the Chinese Regulators), jointly published an announcement prohibiting initial coin offerings (ICOs) in China. The following day, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission … Continue reading

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MAS CONSULTS ON REGULATIONS FOR THE PROVISION OF DIGITAL ADVISORY SERVICES

In line with its recognition of the rapid expansion of and new products within the fintech sphere, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a consultation paper on 7 June 2017 on the provision of digital advisory services (ie advice … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding – regulatory headwinds on the horizon?

Crowdfunding has the potential to be one of the most positive developments on the financial scene in years, with the potential to ‘democratise’ finance and outflank conventional approaches to raising capital in some spheres.

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Fintechs and Regulators adapt to each other

Companies specialising in internet and new technologies (so-called Fintechs) continue to play a key role in the French economy (for example in developing credit activities, targeting in particular the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through lending platforms and … Continue reading

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Thinking two moves ahead – how to get the best out of a fintech fundraising

Thinking two moves ahead – how to get the best out of a fintech fundraising. Rich Woods and Emily Naylor from the fintech team at Herbert Smith Freehills provide some tips on planning a successful fundraise.

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Bank of England launches fintech community and FCA publishes discussion paper on distributed ledger technology

In March 2017, the Bank of England FinTech Accelerator launched a new fintech community. The new community has three main objectives: to share developments, trends and insights to facilitate learning within the Bank and across the sector; to ensure the … Continue reading

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HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS LEADS ASIFMA MEMBER WORKING GROUP TO FORMULATE BEST PRACTICES FOR EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT OF FINTECH

The Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) released on Friday afternoon its guide, Best Practices for Effective Development of Fintech. Its press release can be accessed here.

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Digital Economy Act 2017: The pick ‘n’ mix assortment of provisions receives Royal Assent

The Digital Economy Act (the “Act“) finally received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and the final text has recently been published. First introduced in the House of Commons in July 2016, it has been the subject of much scrutiny and … Continue reading

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Fintech and competition law

As the surge of Fintech continues to gather speed, authorities around the world are watching with keen interest to see how fintech can change the competitive landscape across various sectors and markets. Mark Jephcott and Adelaide Luke from the competition team … Continue reading

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