Fintech and the city: Sandbox 2.0 policy and regulatory reform proposals
Recognising the economic value of London hosting 17 of the world’s top 50 FinTech firms, HM Treasury’s strategy is determined ‘to ensure Britain remains the best place in the world to set up and grow a FinTech business.’ The Financial Conduct Authority’s ‘Sandbox’ regime has attracted FinTech start-ups from around the world to test their technology and business with supervision and regulatory protections, providing an opportunity to grow into major businesses. The success of the intuitive Sandbox has however led to it being replicated in jurisdictions worldwide, eager to benefit from the growth of FinTech. Competition for high-calibre start-ups means the UK’s post-Brexit Sandbox may need to go further than its existing FinTech Sector Strategy to continuing attracting and developing firms helping the City of London to remain the global centre of finance as perceived in the UK’s Industrial Strategy. The article examines existing regulations and analyses how the UK can develop an enhanced structure to both further attract and accommodate legitimate high-calibre FinTech entrepreneurs, whilst offering strong client and investor protections to ensure financial stability. It proposes unprecedented legal and policy reforms for the Sandbox structure, including a permissible model to capitalise on funding from amateur private investors worldwide. © 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
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