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Manuel Metzner LL.M.

Manuel Metzner is a counsel in Baker McKenzie’s Frankfurt office. Prior to joining the Firm, Manuel was counsel at a renowned international law firm, where he practiced in the areas of corporate, M&A, capital markets, financing and financial regulatory for almost 20 years.

This article provides an overview of the German regime for crypto securities and of the recent and future expansion of the scope of the German Act on Electronic Securities, which will allow for more use cases. The eWpG provides a reliable regime for crypto securities. It entered into force in the summer of 2021, but its scope has recently been expanded. Under even more ambitious plans, the German government intends to expand its scope further.

With a significant delay, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority has issued detailed rules on the new notification requirement regarding proposed outsourcings introduced in the Financial Market Integrity Strengthening Act, a law passed on 3 June 2021 in reaction to market failures.