Archive: April 13, 2017

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RegTech Association launches in Australia
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FCA discussion paper on distributed ledger technology

RegTech Association launches in Australia

By Claire de Koeyer and Jim Bulling

Launching in March 2017 the RegTech Association is focused on “promoting the achievements, partnerships, collaborations, incubations and seeding of RegTech in Australia” through advocating, educating and supporting businesses in the sector. This is likely to involve facilitating engagement with industry stakeholders, advancing the use of technology and improving regulatory compliance outcomes.

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FCA discussion paper on distributed ledger technology

By Jacob Ghanty 

The FCA has published a discussion paper (DP) on the potential uses of distributed ledger technology (DLT) in financial services.  The purpose of the DP is to start a dialogue on the risks and opportunities in relation to DLT.  The FCA has gained exposure to DLT through its Regulatory Sandbox initiative.

The FCA describes DLT as “a set of technological solutions that enables a single, sequenced, standardised and cryptographically-secured record of activity to be safely distributed to, and acted upon by, a network of varied participants.”  It states that industry efforts to investigate DLT have become especially concentrated over the past 24 months and, in the second half of 2017 into 2018, it expects to see firms moving on from “Proof of Concept” to “real-world” deployment of this kind of technology.

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