What the future may hold for Fintech after the UK general election

  • Posted on 26th March 2015
What the future may hold for Fintech after the UK general election

With the UK General Election just six weeks away, the recent Budget was an opportune time for The Chancellor, George Osborne, to set out his stall and give the UK electorate a glimpse of what a Conservative-led Government after the election would prioritise. Among the macroeconomic announcements and promises were policies solely aimed at the growing financial technology (Fintech) sector….

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Tech matters – a look ahead to the General Election and beyond

  • Posted on 2nd March 2015
Tech matters – a look ahead to the General Election and beyond

The technology sector has rightly become a source of optimism for all UK politicians in recent years. Rapid growth, job creation and sustained investment have become the norm. Recently published statistics from Tech City UK in its Tech Nation report indicate that digital job growth in the UK will outperform all other occupation categories by 2020. In addition, 1.46 million…

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Europe considers investment-based crowdfunding regulation

  • Posted on 16th January 2015
Europe considers investment-based crowdfunding regulation

Crowdfunding is now considered a legitimate alternative form of finance for businesses across Europe. The sector continues to grow and shows no signs of slowing down. Investment-based (or equity) crowdfunding is no exception – according to a recent report by NESTA, this form of crowdfunding grew by 201 per cent in 2014.   This article will look specifically at regulatory…

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European Energy & Climate Policy: Time To Get Moving

  • Posted on 13th January 2015
European Energy & Climate Policy: Time To Get Moving

If last autumn was the settling-in period, the New Year is the time for the new European Commission to get moving on its priorities. The European Parliament elected last May has now bedded in, the Committees have established a work programme, and the parliamentarians will be keen to start making an impact on policy-making and regulatory measures. The next few…

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Innovators vs. Regulators: Will Civilian Drones Thrive in Europe?

  • Posted on 19th December 2014
Innovators vs. Regulators: Will Civilian Drones Thrive in Europe?

In our recent analysis piece about the future regulation of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), we provided some insight into the main EU institutions and agencies involved in the creation of harmonised rules across Europe. Since then, the 2016 deadline the European Commission had initially set for new regulations to be approved has been removed, and not replaced.   Are…

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Autumn Statement 2014 – A political analysis

  • Posted on 4th December 2014
Autumn Statement 2014 – A political analysis

The battles lines ahead of next year’s general election have well and truly been set out by the UK Chancellor, George Osborne, who, in the last Autumn Statement of this Parliament, unveiled a series of policies designed to neuter his political opponents. With key deficit reduction targets continuing to be missed and questions about where the public spending axe will…

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International Climate Change: What does next week’s conference in Lima hold?

  • Posted on 27th November 2014
International Climate Change: What does next week’s conference in Lima hold?

On 1 December representatives of the 196 parties (member countries) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will gather in Lima for the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) international meeting. The climate negotiations have in recent years – especially since the conspicuous failure of parties at Copenhagen in 2009 to agree an international treaty – tended to…

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The 2030 Climate and Energy Framework: The Regulatory Follow-Up

  • Posted on 4th November 2014
The 2030 Climate and Energy Framework: The Regulatory Follow-Up

This article follows up a recent piece I wrote on the importance of agreeing a 2030 climate and energy framework at last month’s European Council. Following that agreement in Brussels, this article analyses some of the interesting (and surprising) elements of the agreement, and looks ahead to how the agreement will be followed up over the next few months.  …

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