The fourth Oxford Business Law Blog Annual Conference on “Fintech Startups and Incumbent Players: Policy Challenges and Opportunities” took place on 27 March in the form of an online-only webinar.

 Co-organized by Luca Enriques and Georg Ringe, in cooperation with the European Banking Institute and with the generous support of Intesa Sanpaolo, the conference focused on partnerships between incumbent banks and fintech startups. Paper presenters included David Zaring (Wharton), Saule Omarova (Cornell), Pinar Ozcan (Said Business School) and MLF alumnus Oscar Borgogno (Bank of Italy). The practitioner panel, chaired by Thomas Hellmann (Said Business School) put together bankers, consultants, fintech founders and former regulators to discuss the themes of the conference from various angles. Among them was MLF alumna Tzlil Salomon-Levin.

Both speakers and attendees expressed appreciation for the quality of the discussion and the smooth performance of the technological medium. While person-to-person and eye-to-eye interactions during coffee breaks are irreplaceable, events such as these can be as successful online as they used to be in normal times.