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Great time thinking about DLT with IHS

Few topics are more interesting nowadays than how distributed ledger technologies are impacting market infrastructures, and few events tackle the topic in such an interesting way as was the case  2nd Annual Loans Conference.  Many thanks for the opportunity to … Continue Reading

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Georgetown now accepting Salzburg Fellow applications!

The Georgetown University Law Center is now accepting applications for the 2020 Salzburg Lloyd N. Cutler Fellows Program.  Four students will be selected to participate from the 2L, 3L and LLM classes.  The deadline for applications is December 13, 2019. The Salzburg Cutler … Continue Reading

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Thinking about the Future of Money

The IIF’s recent panel on the Future of Money is now out, and I really enjoyed the back and forth.  But for my part, I make a couple of basic points about digitization.  First, I observe that the latest (but … Continue Reading

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Wonderful Dinner with Fintech Weak Speakers (and Italy’s US Ambassador)

Just great fun at the private residence of Italy’s US ambassador, Armando Varricchio, celebrating 3 years of Georgetown’s fintech week with our speakers, including a fireside with Former Deputy Secretary Sarah Raskin and Superintendent of New York State’s DFS Linda … Continue Reading

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New CFTC, SEC, FinCen Guidance is Great–But Doesn’t Appear to Be “New” Policy

Leaders of not one, but three regulatory agencies– Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Heath Tarbert, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Director Kenneth Blanco and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton–all signed a joint statement reminding actors in the … Continue Reading

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Pros and Cons of Digital Wallet Infrastructures…

…from a talk I gave at the CFTC’s Technical Advisory Committee meeting.  All in a neat power point slides for the curious. CFTC Digital Slides Here

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Digital Asset Forks, and Custodians

When people think about the challenges of custodianship of digital assets, cybersecurity is always top of mind.  But it isn’t the only big challenge.  The other is ‘forking,’ which is understood, as an event whereby a new piece of software … Continue Reading

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ECB Cuts Rates…Prompting Criticism of the Fed

From the WSJ: The European Central Bank cut its key interest rate and launched a sweeping package of bond purchases Thursday that commits the bank to ultraloose monetary policy for a long period, jolting European financial markets and triggering an … Continue Reading

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Legal Internship on Fintech Law with New America

New America is offering a Short-Term Legal Research Fellowships with Blockchain Trust Accelerator (BTA). Blockchain technology is emerging at a time when broken systems, a lack of trust, and bureaucratic dysfunction are preventing civil society leaders from achieving their objectives. … Continue Reading

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Law and Macro Conference coming to Georgetown

Georgetown Law and the Georgetown Institute for International Economic Law will host a conference on Law and Macroeconomics  on September 27-28, 2019. Papers and roundtable discussions at the conference will engage diverse perspectives on the relationship between law and macroeconomics, and consider … Continue Reading

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