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Decoding DeFi regulation: Challenges and opportunities

July 26, 2022

Technological innovation has continued unabated over the course of the past few years, and financial services has fared no differently. Replicating the core Web3 principle of shifting control and ownership away from a centralised operator, decentralised finance (DeFi) has created a new model for financial services that threatens to disrupt the existing order. In this article, we will explore the core characteristics of DeFi: how it works; what the key use cases are; and what regulatory challenges it creates.

Research shows huge increase in use of DeFi protocols for money laundering

April 12, 2022

Posted in DeFi
Blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis have recently published the results of research showing that there has been a huge increase in the use of decentralised finance (DeFi) protocols to launder money over the last year. DeFi is an emerging financial technology based on secure distributed ledgers similar to those used by cryptocurrencies.

Spotting and managing litigation risk in DeFi

April 12, 2022

Our New York and London Commercial Disputes teams have collaborated to consider how you can spot and manage litigation risk in DeFi. Robert Schwinger, Harriet Jones-Fenleigh and Jonathan Hawkins’s thoughts are available in the latest volume of Global Blockchain Business Council's “International Journal of Blockchain Law”:

Financial Stability in Focus: Cryptoassets and decentralised finance

April 12, 2022

On 24 March 2022, the Bank of England (BoE) published, ‘Financial Stability in Focus: Cryptoassets and decentralised finance (DeFi)’ which sets out the Financial Policy Committee’s (FPCs) view on specific topics which relate to financial stability. The publication focuses on:

DeFi Academy: Managing regulatory and litigation risks in DeFi

February 08, 2022

There is now nearly $150 billion of value locked into Decentralised Finance (DeFi) protocols and applications. DeFi provides incredible opportunities for the democratisation of financial services and could serve as the future of the financial services ecosystem, but it also comes with legal and regulatory uncertainty due to its novel structure.

DeFi: Insurance / Alternative Risk Coverage

February 08, 2022

Posted in DeFi
In this series of blogposts, we explore some of the main types of decentralised finance (DeFi) applications (dApps), and key areas of legal risk that may be of particular relevance for that type of application or product.

DeFi Academy - Session 2 Global regulatory reactions to DeFi

November 11, 2021

There is now nearly $150 billion of value locked into Decentralised Finance (DeFi) protocols and applications. DeFi provides incredible opportunities for the democratisation of financial services and could serve as the future of the financial services ecosystem, but it also comes with legal and regulatory uncertainty due to its novel structure.

DeFi Academy | Register for session 1: An intro to DeFi @ 3pm on Tuesday 21 September

September 16, 2021

To demystify DeFi and explore the various associated legal and regulatory issues, over the next few months, we will be running a “DeFi Academy" comprising a series of discussions – including live Q&A sessions.

DeFi: Insurance / Alternative Risk Coverage

December 08, 2020

Posted in DeFi InsurTech
In this series of blogposts, we explore some of the main types of decentralised finance (DeFi) applications (dApps), and key areas of legal risk that may be of particular relevance for that type of application or product.

What is DeFi?

October 07, 2020

Posted in DeFi
In this series of blogposts, we explore some of the main types of decentralised finance applications and key areas of legal risk that may be of particular relevance for that type of application or product.