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Law and FinTech: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Regulatory Sandboxes

16 May 2018
Round table

Event Description

On May 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. during the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum International and Comparative Law Research Center held the round table on Law and FinTech: blockchain, artificial intelligence, regulatory sandboxes.

In order to unleash the potential of technologies the key elements of legal framework, which hinder the development of innovative finance, shall be worked out as well as domains, in which financial technologies can be efficiently applied. In that way, advantages of distributed ledger technologies (blockchain) are widely applied and broadcasted in the numerous spheres of economic and government control. Distributed ledger technologies can be efficiently applied to activity registers, cloud computing, financial markets and trading, digitalization of data, collective investment schemes (crowdfunding, crowdinvesting) and settlement of accounts. Nevertheless, up-to-date use of financial technologies might increase costs for business and instigate vulnerability of consumers. Creation of task-designed infrastructure with the aim of implementation of financial technologies is deemed to be the strategic solution. Namely, regulatory sandboxes with self-contained legal regimes can be established providing incentives for cutting-edge businesses along with reasonable adjustments, checks and balances for the consumers’ protection.

In particular, legal frameworks worldwide provide diversified adaption of innovative technologies, that worth of being reviewed for the high-quality breakthrough.

The leading Russian and foreign experts discussed the use cases and peculiarities of FinTech-favoring legal framework.

The photos are available on the Forum's website.

Presentations were made by

Maxim Bashkatov
Research director, International and Comparative Law Research Center, lecturer, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) – moderator
Michèle Finck
Senior Research Fellow on Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Germany)
Helena Haapio
Associate Professor, University of Vaasa
Alevtina Kamelkova
Partner, Head of FinTech & IT, Ivanyan & Partners (Russia)
Alexander Smirnov
Head of legal, joint-stock corporation Moscow Exchange (Russia)
Oliver Völkel
Partner, Stadler Völkel Attorneys at Law (Austria)

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