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E-Finance & Payments Law & Policy

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About E-Finance and Payments Law and Policy

The monthly law journal covering legal issues in banking, e-finance, e-money and online payments including, mobile payments (m-payments), micropayments, pre-paid cards and other payment cards, online banking, NFC (near field communication) and other contactless payments, digital currencies such as Bitcoin, mobile wallets and virtual money, e-invoicing, e-billing and e-payments, card fraud and other cybercrime, as well as regulatory regimes such as the E-Money Directive (EMD and 2EMD), the Payment Services Directive (PSD), SEPA, the US Electronic Money Regulations 2011, and the UK Bribery Act 2010. / read more

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We're pleased to announce that on 30 April, we'll be hosting a free webinar on 'Bitcoin & the Law'. The webinar will explore the evolving regulation of Bitcoin, and will feature expert insight from Robert Courtneidge, Global Head of Cards and Payments at Locke Lord LLP, US payments lawyer Adam Atlas, and Ashley Winton, Partner and Chair of the Global Privacy Group at White & Case. 

Despite continuing fluctuating prices and the bankruptcy of major exchange Mt. Gox, Bitcoin continues to attract interest – last week, three Bitcoin start-ups publicised a total of $23.5 million in funding. And commentators continue to discuss Bitcoin’s potential for everything from online gambling payments to disrupting global industries.

While some may label this interest in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as little more than a fad, the fact remains that jurisdictions around the world are taking notice of it – and law and regulations are developing on a monthly basis that affect Bitcoin. The People’s Bank of China spelled out where Bitcoin falls within China’s regulatory framework last December; in New York, consultation around Bitcoin has led to the suggestion of ‘BitLicences’ being issued for Bitcoin businesses; and in the UK, HMRC clarified earlier this month tax rules around the cryptocurrency.

Join us for this one-hour webinar, ‘Bitcoin and the Law,’ which will explore how Bitcoin and the law interact, question how regulators should react to Bitcoin, and ask what the impact will be of moves by governments around the world to get a handle on cryptocurrencies. We hope that you can join us. Register here.

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