Archive:December 5, 2016

The post-election fintech world: are happy days (for bankers) here again?
UK Supreme Court to stream live today on future of Brexit

The post-election fintech world: are happy days (for bankers) here again?

By Judith Rinearson and Eric Love

In the days following the U.S. federal elections that resulted in the election of Donald Trump as President and Republican control of the 115th Congress, FinTech companies, banks, and other financial institutions are increasingly asking whether they still need to worry about compliance with the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) regulatory actions, and other financial services regulations.

It is true that there will likely be some significant regulatory changes, but it is a little too early for industry participants to pop the champagne corks.

To see are our thoughts about some of the top issues impacting FinTech companies, banks and other financial institutions, click here.

UK Supreme Court to stream live today on future of Brexit

By Judith Rinearson

The Fintech world is strongly impacted by Brexit, with the ability to access financial markets easily an important factor for disruptors. No doubt they, like many of us, have a keen eye on the speed in which Brexit can occur.

On 3 November 2016, the High Court in the UK ruled that the Prime Minister cannot trigger Article 50 (the notification that triggers the process of the UK leaving the EU) without the leave of Parliament. The decision was appealed, and the Supreme Court (the highest appellate court in the UK) will hear the matter starting today, 5 December. The four days of hearings will be streamed live from the Supreme Court’s website (click here).

There will be eleven justices hearing the matter, which (according to the UK’s non-profit Full Fact organization) will be the largest panel of judges to have heard a single appeal—since the Supreme Court’s predecessor was established in 1876. There are some interesting potential outcomes of this process, including the possibility that the matter will need to be referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union to interpret Article 50.

Please note that even if the Supreme Court sides with the High Court, and decides that the Article 50 notification requires an Act of Parliament, it will still be for Parliament to decide whether or not they want to confirm and continue with the referendum’s Brexit result, or attempt to impose terms on the triggering of Article 50 (which some say is not possible), or reject it altogether. These are interesting times in the UK. We will be watching these developments closely.


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