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Great Crypto CrisisSijuade Animashaun
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Episode 12

With guest Bruno Larvol

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Ajay Shamdasani speaks to Bruno Larvol, co-founder of, a new Web3 startup that operates exclusively in the Metaverse with the aim of bringing the next generation of virtual assets to a wider audience.
RXXO diamonds are a digital clone of actual diamonds in the physical world – in essence, the first 'cryptangible' asset tailored to an increasingly digital life.
Bruno is a serial entrepreneur who is also the CEO and founder of San Francisco-based LARVOL – a technology firm specializing in providing Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to major US pharmaceutical, and Fortune 500 healthcare and biotechnology companies.
Originally from France and a naturalized US citizen, he is a living embodiment of the truly international nature of Silicon Valley and the American Dream writ large.
Bruno and Ajay talk about the commercial opportunities and legal challenges of operating an enterprise purely in the Metaverse; how 'cryptangible' assets can mimic, in some ways, the attributes of underlying physical assets; and the ever pervasive nature of NFTs, crypto and how they are regulated.

Discussion Guide: Ajay and Bruno's conversation started with an extensive discussion about the Metaverse - why Bruno remains bullish about it and the potential implications to the way people live in real life. (03:02) Their discussion also focused on the concept of diamonds in the metaverse space, in the context of digital assets, pricing, and crypto-diamond market dynamics. (33:50) They also discussed career paths students should take and how people should not be intimidated by technology, while also looking for avenues - including social media - to learn new things. (1:01:49)

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Welcome to Regulatory Ramblings, a new podcast from a team at The University of Hong Kong on the intersection of all things pertaining to finance, technology, law and regulation. Hosted by the HKU Reg/Tech Lab, HKU-Standard Chartered FinTech Academy and the HKU-edX Professional Certificate in FinTech, join us as we hear from luminaries across multiple fields and professions as they share their candid thoughts in a stress-free environment - rather than the soundbites one typically hears from the mainstream press.

Regulatory Ramblings is a forum for those that appreciate long-form conversation. While it is something that may be regarded as lost art of an older time, it is nonetheless sorely needed in an age when glibness and flippancy pass for analysis in conventional journalism.

Having said that, we are grateful to be able to avail ourselves of modern technological resources to bring you chats with people you are probably not going to hear from elsewhere.



Ajay Shamdasani is a veteran writer, editor and researcher based in Hong Kong. He holds an AB in history and government from Ripon College, JD and MIPCT degrees from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce Law School, and an LLM in financial regulation from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law.

His 15-year long career as a financial and legal journalist began as deputy editor of A Plus magazine – the journal of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. From there, he assumed the helm of Macau Business magazine as its editor-in-chief, and later, joined Asialaw magazine as its deputy editor.
More recently, he spent close to seven years as a senior correspondent with Thomson Reuters’ subscription-based trade-wire service Regulatory Intelligence/Compliance Complete (previously called Complinet) in Hong Kong. While there, he covered regulatory developments in that city, as well as Singapore, India and South Korea.


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