16. Juni 2020, von Internetredaktion
On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Professor Douglas W. Arner will present the topic "Digital Finance and Globalisation after COVID-19" at the LFT Lunchtime Workshop. The event will take place via Zoom from 12:30 to 13:30 (CEST). Please register here.
Global finance and its regulation in the 2020s will be defined by three major issues: technology, sustainability, and tensions between globalisation and fragmentation. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted these with extreme clarity: at the heart of a health crisis, there is a sustainability crisis. Unfortunately, it is not likely to be the last. From the standpoint of technology, one of the biggest impacts of COVID-19 has been through its acceleration of digitisation, necessary in the response but bringing with it many issues from competition to privacy and the role of data. It is also furthering pre-existing tensions between globalisation and fragmentation, particularly in major economy relations.
Douglas W. Arner is one of the world’s leading experts on financial regulation, particularly the intersection between law, finance and technology. He is the Kerry Holdings Professor in Law and Director of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law at the University of Hong Kong, where he is also Faculty Director of the Faculty of Law’s LLM in Compliance and Regulation, LLM in Corporate and Financial Law and Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LITE) Programmes. Douglas served as Head of the HKU Department of Law from 2011 to 2014 and as Co-Director of the Duke University-HKU Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law from 2005 to 2016. He has published seventeen books and more than 150 articles, chapters and reports on international financial law and regulation, including most recently Reconceptualising Global Finance and its Regulation (Cambridge 2016) (with Ross Buckley and Emilios Avgouleas) and The RegTech Book (Wiley 2019, with Janos Barberis and Ross Buckley). His recent papers are available on SSRN, where he is among the top 110 authors in the world. Douglas is a Senior Visiting Fellow of Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, an independent non-executive director of the Nasdaq-listed Aptorum Group, and an Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE). He was an inaugural member of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council, of which he was a member from 2013-2019. Douglas has served as a consultant with, among others, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, APEC, Alliance for Financial Inclusion, and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and has lectured, co-organised conferences and seminars and been involved with financial sector reform projects around the world. He led the development of the world’s largest massive open online course (MOOC): Introduction to FinTech, launched on edX in May 2018, now with over 50,000 learners spanning every country in the world. From 2012 to 2018, Douglas led a major research project on Hong Kong’s future as a leading international financial centre. He has been a visiting professor or fellow at Duke, Harvard, the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research, IDC Herzliya, McGill, Melbourne, National University of Singapore, University of New South Wales, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Zurich, among others.
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