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ABOUT CRYPTOFINANCE LAW

STAHL LAW provides intelligence on CRYPTOFINANCE.LAW through its research unit at STAHL LAW in London headed by Professor Joseph Tanega. We aspire to be the leader in cryptofinance.law.

STAHL LAW also supports European Companies and your business on your way to the USA. We advise with business minds on legal matters concerning the market entry and successful operation of the U.S. subsidiary of your company. And we can help you structuring your Emerging Growth Company to get ready with a U.S. entity to be financed and grow in the United States.

STAHL LAW advises its clients at every stage of their life cycle in the United States on numerous federal matters from the immigration of their personnel, the protection of their intellectual property, import regulation and international trade issues to securities law issues like a potential initial public offering, an initial coin offering, the regulation of crowdfunding or a private placement. Wherever we advise across the United States on matters of local law or litigation, the lawyers we engage for our clients are either admitted to the respective local State Bar or associated with local counsel.

STAHL LAW has been founded by its Managing Attorney Dr. Lukas M. Stahl. Dr. Stahl is admitted to the State Bar of California, the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC. He is also licensed as a corporate and investment adviser pursuant to Austrian and European Law.

Lukas M. Stahl

The New Legal Landscape for Crowdfunding, Cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offerings in the United States

Some say: Crypto, Crowd and Coins are the new secret keys to get rich quick. Some say: This is the New Wild West. Some say: Finally free from fancy funds. And Regulation. Some say: Fraud and Buyer Beware! At Moving Forward we will tell you what we know for sure, the key concepts to stay out of trouble and take full advantage of the real opportunities Crypto, Crowd and Coins present.

Moving Forward Vienna

Moving Forward London

Joseph Tanega

Risks and Regulation in Global Crypto Finance Law

Chuanman You

Fin Tech Innovation and Crypto Finance Law in China. Challenges, Chances and Concerns.

Maria Inês Mendes

Data protection and Compliance: how do we balance GDPR with KYC profiling?

Following the recent scandals regarding breach of personal data and wrongful use of personal data by big digital corporations, the European Union has approved the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR is automatically entering into force on 25th May 2018 and it provides several constrains to data controllers whenever personal data is used for profiling and monitoring activities, i.e. data processing techniques which consist of study a natural person, particularly in order to take decisions concerning her or him. Therefore, in a time where obliged entities, as provided in the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, are getting ready for the GDPR, it is important to clarify how those entities shall ensure rights of the data subjects at the same time they comply with the ever-growing due diligence and Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements. Starting with the GDPR innovative obligations, this talk aims to raise discussion about inconsistencies between the European Union policy makers regarding data protection, on the one hand, and enhanced anti-money laundering obligations, on the other hand.

Giuseppe Torluccio

Monitoring, analyzing and tracking cryptocurrency flows: how to rate the new ecosystem

Jumoke Bamgbose

Systemic Risk considerations at the intersection of Big Tech and Banking because of Open Banking

There exists between Wall Street Banks and Big Tech in Silicon Valley what can be described until now as healthy tension. Every more evident in examining the manner in which certain Technology stocks have rallied since the 2007-08 Financial Crisis particularly given the changing tide of regulatory appetite following the Financial Crisis with considerable focus placed on the risk appetites and management of Wall Street and minimal focus on Technology companies, which arguable regulators have struggled to define and in so firmly regulate. As regulatory explosion and then inertia set in over the past decade, the focus has come back to payments, beckoned by the European Commission drive for Payment Services Directive II (PSD2) and the worlds growing appetitive for a phenomenon known as Open Banking. Arguably the dawn of a revolution in Banking and the Financial Services. Some can regard this regulation as a death kneel to the present dominance of Visa and MasterCard in payments in Europe and the US, who have largely held a tight grip over the payments space with the ubiquity of card payments and their dominant relationships with Banks, Merchant and other intermediaries in the payments chain. Which has been perceived by the Commission as requiring market interventions to free Europe from the strangle hold of US payments technology companies. Banks have had a rough ride from being the ‘Masters of the universe’ to now trailing Silicon Valley in terms of market capitalisation, who would have been lucky to have been bought at the height of MBS, ABS and the securitisation boom which nearly brought down the global financial system. When comparing the market capitalisations of Apple with the largest Banks in the world, it is truly cause for concern, but not for the obvious reasons. With huge cash piles, lower margins, there should be grave concerns because of their plans for the financial services. To dispel confusion it would appear the plans are already clear and would likely not have required firm consideration until the advent of Open Banking, making very clear the real possibility of the Banking and BigTech worlds crossing or even in some cases merging, with the bridge of payments. Consideration will be made of the potential market impacts.

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