Bank of England and HMT announce CBDC Taskforce amid new plans to accelerate digitalisation of UK financial services

Yesterday the Bank of England (BoE) and HM Treasury (HMT) released a statement announcing the joint creation of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Taskforce. The Chancellor has also announced ambitious and complementary plans to encourage growth of UK fintechs and “cement the UK’s position as the world’s pre-eminent financial centre.

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Fintech: Latest UK Legal and Regulatory Trends

We are pleased to share our publication on Fintech: Latest UK Legal and Regulatory Trends.

As the UK finally starts to emerge from Brexit, it is seeking to capitalise on its new-found freedom. Covid-19 continues to act as a catalyst for the rapid development of innovative financial solutions. And the UK remains one of the most receptive markets for Fintech – with record levels of
investment and a consumer adoption rate that exceeds the global average. Continue reading

HM Treasury consults on UK regulatory approach to cryptoassets and stablecoins

On 7 January 2021, HM Treasury (“HMT”) published a consultation and call for evidence on the UK’s regulatory approach to cryptoassets and stablecoins, which sets out HMT’s proposals for a new regulatory regime covering stablecoins and its approach to regulating cryptoassets more generally. The proposals follow HMT’s July 2020 consultation on bringing certain cryptoassets within the scope of the financial promotions regime (see our blog post here).

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