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Series 2 - March 2021

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AIIFL and the HKU-SCF FinTech Academy are seeking to expand our world leading team

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Research Assistant Professor (Applications close: 30 June 2021, HKT)

Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in the field of Law, and have demonstrated promise of a high level of ability in research in the field of FinTech (including but not limited to Blockchain, Cyber Security, RegTech, InsurTech, WealthTech, Financial Intelligence, AI and Data Analytics).

More details and online application are available here.


Post-doctoral Fellow in Finance, Technology and Regulation (Applications close: 31 July 2021, HKT)

Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree in Law, Computer Science, Engineering, Business, Finance or any other areas related to finance, technology and regulation; knowledge and ideally experience of issues relating to FinTech, RegTech and digital finance; strong communication and organizational skills; sensitivity and commitment to cultural awareness; and the ability to work with a high degree of independence.  They should also demonstrate proven ability to develop and pursue a coherent agenda of legal research and/or interdisciplinary scholarship; significant experience of presenting research at domestic and international conferences; and exceptional potential to develop a body of high-quality publications in scholarly journals

More details and online application are available here.


HKU-SCF Scholarship in Financial Technology for BASc (FinTech) Programme

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The University of Hong Kong – Standard Chartered Hong Kong 150th Anniversary Community Foundation FinTech Academy was established in 2020 with a mission to make a sustainable impact in FinTech by grooming world-class talents and leading innovative research to further strengthen Hong Kong’s position as an international financial centre.

For academic year 2021/22, up to 8 scholarships are offered exclusively for BASc(FinTech) students at University of Hong Kong with outstanding academic performance:

- 2 full scholarships, each at the value of up to HK$200,000
- Entrance scholarships, each at the value of HK$50,000

Read the post here.


The Future of Money

In Issue 34 of this series, which covers recent topical developments, Henri Arslanian shares some ideas on:

- What is happening in the “Crazy World of NFTs”?
- What do the NBG and NFTs have in common?
- What is the Blockchain Trilemma?

Read the post here.

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BIS Innovation Summit 2021: How Can Central Banks Innovate in the Digital Age?

How can central banks be a catalyst for innovation in the digital age and apply new technologies to solve real-world problems in the financial system? This and much more has been discussed during the latest BIS Innovation Summit that you can now watch on demand.

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Hear from global leaders including ECB President Christine Lagarde, Microsoft President Brad Smith, BIS General Manager Agustín Carstens, and HKU Kerry Holdings Professor in Law Douglas Arner on key issues around cross-border and retail payments, central bank digital currencies, banking and the new digital ecosystem, decentralised finance, data, analytics, AI and cloud technologies as well as cultural and organisational changes that may be needed within central banks to meet the challenges of this digital age.

Watch the event here.


The inaugural Digital Monetary Institute Symposium: 28-29 April 2021


The Digital Monetary Institute has brought together policy-makers, technology experts and investors to push the boundaries of the discussion on practical and theoretical aspects of digital currencies and the future of capital markets.

The event at a glance:

30+ speakers from OMFIF’s global central banking community
1000+ attendees drawn from institutional investors, banks, technology providers
Public panels and private roundtables
Exhibition stand area; open forums; bilateral meetings

Register here.

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White Paper: Advantages of Security Token Offerings

By Deloitte China, Asian Institute of Financial Law and HKbitEX


Security token offerings (STOs) are essentially an offering of securities in a blockchain environment that involves the creation of, and transaction in, digital blockchain tokens. The offering can be applied to financial or non-financial assets and with the token backed by these assets.

Following on from the first paper “Security token offerings: The next phase of financial market evolution?” issued on 15 October 2020, this paper identifies pain points of traditional capital raising channels faced by market participants, and considers how security token offerings (STOs) are able to address some of these problems.

Read the article here.


Information Management Network’s Asian Structured Credit Virtual Summit

Professor Douglas Arner discussed the current development and outlook of the security token market alongside CUHK Business School Associate Dean Seen Meng Chew, HKbitEX COO Lin Shi, and Fusang CEO Henry Chong.

Watch the panel to learn about:

How to define tokenisation
Outlook and opportunities in the security token market
Why we are a turning point for digital assets and much more!

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