The potential of financial technology for innovation and growth is well-established by now. Yet startups often face many regulatory challenges in the early years, obstructing market access. Technology firms and incumbent financial institutions are experimenting with new solutions to this problem, often establishing co-operative linkages one with the other. At the same time, governments and regulators have introduced special frameworks that may facilitate the newcomers’ market entry. Among these are regulatory “sandboxes”, which provide for a safe experimentation space allowing new market participants to test their services in the real market with a reduced regulatory burden, but under close scrutiny of the supervisor. Governments are continuing to experiment with other formats to help new market entrants with the regulatory complexity, including through incubators and mentorship programmes.

An Oxford workshop will put together high-level academics, regulators and practitioners involved with these issues, with the objective of evaluating these different initiatives.

The workshop will seek to enhance our understanding of these and other important questions. More specifically, the workshop will seek to explore topics including, but not limited to:

  • Cooperation and collaboration between banks and fintech firms as well as government support for such efforts
  • Regulatory sandboxes and other experimentation spaces
  • Competition policy issues in FinTech markets

The workshop will be hosted by Luca Enriques (Oxford) and Georg Ringe (Hamburg).