In collaboration with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the Center for Financial Studies (CFS), the Institute for Law and Finance held the 3rd Digital Financial Services Forum on regulating the tech in fintech on 28 April 2022.
The virtual conference focused on the legal and economic issues involved in the advancement of technology into the financial markets. Various legislative proposals and regulatory initiatives in the field of Digital Finance have recently been launched at a European level – including BigTech and Mixed Activity Groups. At the same time, Decentralised Finance (DeFI), NFTs and the Metaverse present new challenges to financial regulation. These developments will have important implications for all actors related to the financial services industry and will be active across the entire value chain, including banks, payment services providers, large technology companies, investment firms, asset managers and fintechs.
In their presentations and contributions to the discussions, the following speakers and panellists examined the above-mentioned developments from different angles and attempted to propose solutions:
• Mr. Andres Lehtmets, EIOPA
• Mr. Mattias Levin, European Commission
• Mr. Thomas Richter, Deutsche Bank AG
• Mr. Ilja Gafarov, German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin)
• Mr. Christian Hecker, Trade Republic Bank GmbH
• Ms. Nicole Sandler, Barclays
• Prof. Dr. Andreas Hackethal, Center for Financial Studies (CFS)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Cahn, Executive Director of the Institute for Law and Finance (ILF), as well as Dr. Markus Benzing and Dr. Theresa Kreft, both from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, led the virtual conference.