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Top 4 blockchain law predictions for 2018!

February 14, 2018 - 8:30 am in FinTech

How blockchain can be the response to major legal issues and what new legal issues will arise in 2018 through its exploitation. The buzzing explosion of new technologies lately is coated with fear because of the growing number of cybersecurity meltdowns spreading…


FinTech boosted by Italian PSD2 implementation

February 1, 2018 - 8:06 am in FinTech

The FinTech revolution reached a turning point with the implementation of the European Payment Services Directive 2 in Italy. As previously covered, according…


What future for FinTech banks?

September 28, 2017 - 6:53 am in FinTech

The future of FinTech might be affected due to rules being set up by the ECB on the authorization process to be followed by Fintech banks. There is no…

virtual currency

What changes for virtual currency with new anti-money laundering laws?

June 29, 2017 - 6:44 am in FinTech

Virtual currency for the 1st time falls under Italian anti-money laundering law with the decree implementing the European 4th AML Directive. The long awaited Italian legislative decree implementing the European 4th anti-money laundering (AML) directive (the…

Internet of Things

How the Internet of Things changes Financial Services

June 22, 2017 - 10:49 am in FinTech, Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is going to change the models of business of the financial services sector, unveiling new legal issues. I have already discussed about how the new models of business of the Internet of Things (IoT) are going to be disruptive, placing…


FinTech – between Open APIs and Strong Authentication at the time of the PSD2

March 22, 2017 - 7:58 am in FinTech

The FinTech revolution is led by the PDS2 with banks as a platform facing legal risks due to open APIs and new strong authentication obligations. The wave of FinTech and the reaction of traditional banks I discussed the matter in a previous post. According…


Blockchain is the future of insurance but what are the legal risks?

March 8, 2017 - 8:53 pm in bitcoin, FinTech

There is no doubt that there are huge potentials for the insurance sector to exploit blockchain, but as any new technology, it will also lead to new legal risks. The Bank of England defines blockchain as “a technology that allows people who don’t know…


P2P lending boosted by new FinTech rules?

January 5, 2017 - 8:05 am in FinTech

P2P lending is a promising area of FinTech that might lead to new opportunities, also thanks to the new rules issued by the Bank of Italy.  What is P2P lending? P2P lending is defined as "the practice of lending money to individuals or businesses through…

virtual currency

Bitcoin exchange transactions are VAT exempt in Italy

October 17, 2016 - 10:58 pm in FinTech

Bitcoin is VAT exempt according to the position taken by the Italian tax authority that might also have some side effects.  This a guest post by my tax colleagues, Giovanni Iaselli and Alberto Sandalo. I have already been discussing about the legal issues…

virtual currency

Bitcoin anonymity will be over in Europe?

August 3, 2016 - 11:38 pm in bitcoin, FinTech

Bitcoin might be no longer anonymous due to a centralised database of users to be created as part of a proposal of the European Commission. The setting up of virtual currencies database As part of the proposal of amendment of the 4th European anti-money laundering…