FinTech: Law and regulation
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
- 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
- Blockchain in financial services
- Smart contracts
- Allocation of liability on distributed ledgers
- Governing the blockchain: how to determine applicable law?
Module C: Regulatory issues
FinTech to TechFin: regulation of data-driven finance
Regulating robo advice
Module D: RegTech, SupTech and LegalTech
- RegTech, SupTech and the future of compliance
- Regulatory sandboxes
- Technological innovation in legal services
Each module is assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam.
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
- Economic regulation
- Financial services law