FinTech Pulse podcast


In our ‘FinTech Pulse’ monthly podcast we explore the latest global news, regulatory developments, trends and hot topics in the Fintech sector.  Hosts Sean Murphy (Global Head of FinTech, London) and Catherine Hagerty (Partner, San Francisco) will be joined by our FinTech lawyers and leading industry experts from around the world to discuss their insights on everything FinTech from crypto assets and open banking to AI and blockchain, with special feature editions on InsurTech and the payments landscape.

How to listen

Listen and subscribe to the FinTech Pulse podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.



Special edition (June 2021): Navigating global crypto-custody legal and regulatory requirements and using crypto-assets as collateral

In this special edition of FinTech Pulse members of our global FinTech regulation team compare notes on their jurisdiction's approaches to crypto-custody and the use of crypto-assets as collateral, in particular:

  • How the law in various jurisdictions categorises crypto-assets and what does that mean for their custody?
  • Do you need a regulatory licence to hold crypto-assets and what types of licence are possible?
  • Are there any key rules that apply to crypto-custodians in the various countries?
  • What are the key issues on using crypto-assets as collateral?
  • What issues might arise when providing a crypto-custody service cross border to clients in multiple jurisdictions?

(Apple Podcast / Spotify)


Episode 3 (June 2021): China – what recent regulatory developments mean for crypto and embedded finance; tracing cryptocurrencies; German FinTech landscape; UK Law Commission’s call for evidence on digital assets 

This month we’re joined by:

  • Etelka Bogardi (Partner, Hong Kong) and Ai Tong (Counsel, Shanghai) who provide an update on the recent regulatory statements about cryptocurrency in China and Hong Kong.
  • Harriet Jones-Fenleigh (Partner, London) who interviews Tim Chapman (Vice President of Sales at Elliptic) about the tracing of cryptocurrencies, particularly in the context of disputes and investigations.
  • Adam Sanitt (Knowledge Director, Digital and Innovation, London) who provides an update on the UK Law Commission’s crypto asset consultation and its recommendations regarding the property status of cryptocurrencies.
  • Frank Henkel (Partner, Munich), Caroline Herkstroter (Partner, Frankfurt) and Ute Brunner-Reumann (Counsel, Frankfurt) who discuss the FinTech landscape in Germany.
  • Finally, we go back to China and Hong Kong for an update from Etelka Bogardi and Ai Tong on the crackdown there on so-called embedded finance.

(Apple Podcast / Spotify)


Episode 2 (May 2021): European AI regulation; SPACs in the FinTech sector; the UK and FinTech post-Brexit

This month we’re joined by:

  • Jay Modrall (Partner, Antitrust and competition, Brussels) and Peter McBurney (Co-head of Technology Consulting, London) who discuss the potential impact of the recently proposed European AI regulation;
  • Tom Vita (Partner, Corporate finance, London) and Trevor Pinkerton (Partner, Corporate, Houston) who talk about the increasing use of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) in the FinTech sector and why a SPAC might be a viable alternative to a IPO; and
  • Hannah Meakin (Partner and co-head of FinTech regulation, London), Albert Weatherill (Counsel, Financial services regulation, London) and Matthew Gregory (Counsel, Financial services regulation, London) who consider what makes the UK an attractive market for FinTechs to expand into and the related regulatory considerations.
(Apple Podcast / Spotify)


Episode 1 (April 2021): FinTech and digital strategies in the UK and US; cryptocurrencies and CBDCs

This month we’re joined by:

  • Don Tapscott, CEO of the US Blockchain Research Institute who talks about the report he co-authored making recommendations on the future digital strategy of the US for the Biden-Harris administration with Ron Smith (Partner, Dallas);
  • Philippa Martinelli, FinTech advisor to the UK Department for International Trade who discusses the Kalifa review with Hannah Meakin (Partner, London) and Clementine Hogarth (Partner, London);
  • Etelka Bogardi (Partner, Hong Kong) and Ai Tong (Senior Associate, Shanghai) who discuss the future of cryptocurrencies and Central Bank Digital Currencies in China; and
  • Lisa Lee Lewis (Head of risk consulting advisory, EMEA) and Alina Rotari (Compliance executive, London) compare regulatory trends across various jurisdictions relating to registering cryptoasset businesses.

(Apple Podcast / Spotify)