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Digital Innovation in Financial Services: Legal Challenges and Regulatory Policy Issues

By Phoebus Athanassiou


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Digital Innovation in Financial Services is a comprehensive legal assessment of FinTech or digital financial innovation covering its potential applications to payments, securities clearing and settlement, crowd-funding, and central banking. It is the first systematic attempt at proposing a conceptual framework against which to consider the most advisable regulatory policy approach vis-à-vis this incipient phenomenon. Consumer behaviour is rapidly trending towards the use of digital devices as instruments through which to transact day-to-day business. This timely book shows how the global digitisation trend and the steadily rising consumer demand for innovation in the field of financial services create new opportunities not only for retail consumers but also for financial service providers, regulators, and central banks. The author offers a comprehensive overview of these opportunities and their countervailing legal and regulatory challenges.

What’s in this book:

The author describes and analyses in unprecedented detail some of the headline legal and regulatory policy implications of the application of FinTech and some of its core manifestations, including virtual currencies, Blockchain, and distributed ledger technologies in the delivery of financial services, in areas such as:

  • payments;
  • securities clearing and settlement;
  • central banking;
  • access to financial information;
  • instant completion of core financial transactions;
  • data validation and reconciliation processes; and
  • digital contracting (smart contracts).

The aim of this book is to bring some clarity on a number of much-used but not always well-understood concepts, to distinguish between the fanciful and the more realistic applications of digital innovations in the financial services field, and to shed light on their legal and regulatory implications, less by way of an academic exercise and more by way of a practical endeavour, taking into account the current financial markets’ regulatory architecture, and how this is likely to be impacted by the eventual proliferation and use of digital innovations for the delivery of financial services. The book also clarifies the legal and other barriers to be overcome – including cybersecurity and risks to privacy – before any widespread adoption of digital innovation in the highly regulated financial sector context can occur.

How this will help you:

As an informed assessment of the legal merits and risks of technological innovation for financial service providers and central banks, and as a contribution to establishing a conceptual framework within which to analyse and better understand the applications of digital innovation to the financial sector, this practical work is bound to be welcomed by legal practitioners and legal scholars alike with an interest in financial services. Policymakers and regulators will also appreciate its guidance on how to temper the less benevolent aspects of FinTech with targeted, risk-focused regulation, so as to promote innovation and preserve the potential benefits for financial markets and their participants alike.

Pages 288
Last Updated 02/19/2018
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041187819
SKU 10058994-0001
Table of Contents

About the Author


List of Abbreviations and Acronyms


Chapter 1

Introduction: Digital Innovation in Financial Services – An Overview of Risks, Benefits and Use Cases

Chapter 2

DLTs, Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers: Scope, Definitions and Headline Legal and Regulatory Issues

Chapter 3

Cash and Cash Alternatives as Retail Payment Media: State of Play and Scope for Digital Innovation-Driven Alternatives

Chapter 4

Virtual Currencies as Retail Payment Media: Core Legal Issues

Chapter 5

Use Cases of Digital Innovation in the Financial Services Field: DLT-Enabled Smart Contracts, Instant Payments and Their Legal Aspects

Chapter 6

DLTs and Their Application in Securities Issuance, Clearing and Settlement: Risks, Benefits and Legal Challenges

Chapter 7

Digital Innovation, Central Banks and Monetary Policy: The Case of Central Bank-Issued Digital Currencies

Chapter 8

Epilogue: Financial Services in the Twenty-First Century – What Future for DLTs, Blockchain and Virtual Currencies?

Glossary of Key Terms


Table of Cases

Table of Legal Acts