FinTech: Law and regulation

LWM85

This course aims to help you understand what FinTech is. It will also introduce you to blockchain, which is often presented as a sign of innovation and is regarded by many as the doorway to a distributed, decentralised internet.

Module A: Payments, alternative financing and cryptoassets

LWM85A

  • Introduction: what exactly is FinTech and what problems does it solve?
  • New payments landscape
  • Alternative financing: crowdfunding platforms
  • Cryptoassets and initial coin offerings.

Module B: Blockchain and distributed ledgers

LWM85B

  • Blockchain in financial services
  • Smart contracts
  • Allocation of liability on distributed ledgers
  • Governing the blockchain: how to determine applicable law?

Module C: Regulatory issues

LWM85C

Data privacy
Cybersecurity
FinTech to TechFin: regulation of data-driven finance
Regulating robo advice

Module D: RegTech, SupTech and LegalTech

LWM85D

  • RegTech, SupTech and the future of compliance
  • Regulatory sandboxes
  • Technological innovation in legal services.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam.

Sequence

It is strongly recommended you attempt Module A first.

How to apply

You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification. (In either scenario, Module A must be studied first.)

These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:

  • Banking and finance law
  • Commercial and corporate law
  • Computer and communications law
  • Financial services law.

Apply via Postgraduate Laws.

Academic Co-ordinator

Dr Jelena Madir

Dr Jelena Madir

Dr Jelena Madir is the course convenor for FinTech: Law and Regulation, Corporate Governance and Compliance and International Project Finance. Jelena is the General Counsel of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance in Geneva. Previously, she spent 11 years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, where she headed the Financial Law Unit - a dedicated unit focused on legal reform in the areas of corporate governance, FinTech, insolvency and access to finance. She also served as the Secretary to EBRD's Sanctions Board, whose role is to assess whether allegations by the Chief Compliance Officer that EBRD's counterparties have engaged in corrupt practices are adequately substantiated and justify the imposition of sanctions against the accused counterparties.

Prior to joining EBRD, Jelena worked as a finance and capital markets lawyer at US law firms in Washington, DC, Frankfurt and Zagreb. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College (BA Government and Asian Studies), Columbia University School of Law (JD) and University of Westminster (PhD, Law).