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Secret Rivalries and Regulatory Competition in GFCs in the age of DLT

In the dynamic world of international finance, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) emerges as a transformative force of unparalleled significance. DLT takes center stage in the doctoral research conducted by Dr. Lucien van Romburg, a PhD graduate from HKU Law and currently a postdoctoral research fellow at UNSW Law & Justice.


His dissertation explores the intricate dynamics of regulatory competition among the three traditional global financial centers: Hong Kong, New York, and London. Dr. van Romburg's study sheds light on the strategies employed by governments and financial hubs as they compete to attract businesses, capital, and talent through their legal and regulatory frameworks.


This research unveils a wealth of invaluable knowledge for entrepreneurs seeking insights for informed business decision-making, investors and other professionals eager to understand the intricacies of the financial services industry, and for lawyers and policymakers navigating the complex intersection of fintech – the convergence of finance and technology. In this HKU Fintech Spotlight video, Dr. van Romburg highlights some key aspects of his comprehensive study.


Lucien van Romburg is a postdoctoral research fellow at UNSW Law and Justice and has been a valued member of the global HKU Reg/Tech Lab research team under the guidance of Professor Douglas Arner. The complete title of his doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong is: The Dog that Never Barks: Examining the Extent of Regulatory Competition: Distributed Ledger Technology in Financial Services in Hong Kong, London, and New York.


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