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FCA Discusses Future of Cryptocurrency Regulation, Speakers Announced

As cryptocurrencies begin to move into the mainstream, debate intensifies on how far they should be regulated.

The Cryptocurrency Task Force was set up by the Chancellor in April and is led by HM Treasury, the FCA and the Bank of England. Its deliberations will result in proposals as to how the UK should regulate this dynamic but highly controversial new medium of exchange. Meanwhile, the Treasury Select Committee has been probing into cryptocurrencies and, worldwide, they have become a major focus of speculation and rapidly rising and falling fortunes from China to Venezuela.

Findings from both will be presented on Saturday in London at a conference which aims to provide a forum for the discussion of all related issues. The following panel sessions will give stakeholders the opportunity to assert and debate their points of view:

  • Cryptocurrencies: current state of development
  • Cryptocurrencies: exchanges, payments and derivatives
  • The Treasury Committee and cryptocurrencies
  • Global cryptocurrency regulation – where are we?
  • A Code of Conduct for cryptocurrencies
  • Risks and regulation of Initial Coin Offerings
  • The technological challenge of regulating cryptocurrencies
  • The impact of cryptocurrencies on financial crime regulation

In a recently published a report, the House of Commons Treasury Committee urged the Government to regulate the market. But it also stated that: “Regulation could lead to positive outcomes for the crypto-asset market, including … a more mature business and increased liquidity”

Speakers listed to attend the event include:

Christopher Woolard, Executive Director, Strategy and Competition, FCA

Fred Ellis, Financial Intelligence Analyst, City of London Police

Jacob Ghanty, Partner and Head of Financial Regulation, Kemp Little

Richard Hay, UK Head of Fintech, Linklaters LLP

Sameer Ismail, Chief Compliance Officer, Luno

Dave Jevans, CEO, CipherTrace

Dan McCrum, Editor, FT Alphaville

Obi Nwosu, CEO, Coinfloor

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