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JIEL’s John H. Jackson Prize Awarded

Congratulations to the new winners of the 2018 John H. Jackson Prize for their article The IMF’s Jurisdiction Over The Capital Account—Reviewing the Role of Surveillance in Managing Cross-Border Capital Flows. The article has now appeared in the Journal of International … Continue Reading

Banks vs. Telcoms

You can learn lots of interesting things at conferences, and one of the most interesting observations I’ve come across in the last several weeks came from Jaco Grobler, Chief Risk Officer (CRO) for FirstRand Group, the largest financial services institution by market … Continue Reading

Revamping the Sec Reg Curriculum

I took a bit of time during the break to revamp my syllabus for my Intro to Securities Regulation course. (Which for law profs is a big deal!) And I think it’s interesting to see just how much the field … Continue Reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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