While the transformation of the financial services industry brings unprecedented opportunities, lawyers and compliance officers must be equipped with the necessary tools to understand the complex interaction of finance technology and regulation. Fintech (a contraction of the terms "financial services" and "technology") brings with it democratisation, inclusion and disruption.
Along with new technology comes new terminology for lawyers and other professionals. Terminology like blockchain, cryptocurrency, insurtech, regtech, P2P, open banking, crowdfunding, mobile money, and many more of these fintech concepts can be overwhelming. Furthermore, many lawyers are unsure as to what the regulation of fintech covers and what it's actually like to work or advise clients in such an innovative sector. The emergence of fintech as a stand-alone sector has broadened the scope of roles for both banking and generalist lawyers. As fintech companies continue to grow, so does their need for skilled legal advice. The compliance professional too, is playing in an entirely different world and needs to be apprised of the regulatory changes that fintech will demand.
Join us for an eight-hour course, held over four days.
When and where?
27 to 30 March 2023, 09:00 to 11:00 SAST
This course will be held remotely, most likely on Zoom - exact details will be sent to registered participants a few days before the course.
Topics to be covered include:
- The major areas in fintech, including money and payment
- Major technological trends including crypto assets, blockchain, Al and big data
- Understand how alternative financing, including crowdfunding and P2P lending, are impacting markets
- Fintech regulation and regtech
- Discussion of the Crypto Assets Regulatory Working Group (CARWG) consultation paper under the aegis of SARB
- The fundamental role of data and security in data-driven finance
- AML in a digital world
- Mobile money and financial inclusion
- Libra - what's happening?
Who will benefit from this course?
- Attorneys and advocates
- In-house counsel in financial institutions
- General counsel
- Compliance professionals
Professor Angela ltzikowitz is a director in ENSafrica's banking and finance department and co-heads the newly established fintech department. She specialises in banking and financial market regulation, card and related electronic payment instruments, derivatives, loan agreements, collective investment schemes, insurance and fintech. Angela has participated in a number of financial market initiatives in Africa and Asia, and her clients also include local and foreign banks, asset managers and investment advisors. She has been recognised as a leading fintech lawyer in several international publications, and advises banks, insurers and startups on the regulation of fintech. She was recently appointed external counsel to the South African Reserve Bank's Intergovernmental Fintech Working Group and the Crypto Assets Regulatory Working Group. Angela is a professor in banking and financial markets law and has been a visiting professor at a number of international universities where she has lectured on fintech. Angela is fluent in English, Afrikaans and German, and speaks South Sotho and Mandarin
Era Gunning is an executive in ENSafrica's banking and finance department. She is an admitted solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, and has advised various clients, including leading banks, on the practical application of international anti-money laundering initiatives and statutory compliance issues. Era's experience also includes advising on consumer and data protection and AML. She has conducted numerous workshops and seminars on data and consumer protection for clients, including banks, insurers, credit providers, pharmaceutical companies, medical schemes, government agencies, parastatals and direct marketers. Era was awarded the New South Wales Law Society Prize for Ethics and Accounting in 2010.
R2,680 per person
A certificate of attendance from UCT will be issued to those who attend the full course.
How to sign up
Complete and submit the registration form. You will then be given the payment information. Please note that registrations will not be accepted until payment has been made.
A few days before the course starts you will be given access to the e-learning module, as well as the Zoom link for the workshop sessions.
Registrations close three days before the course starts.
Download the brochure.