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Steffi Illegems is a senior associate in the Financial Services & Insurance Practice Group in the Antwerp office. She joined Baker McKenzie in 2019. Prior to joining the firm, she was a PhD researcher on insurance supervision at the University of Antwerp. She was also a trainee at the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and a visiting scholar at the University of Connecticut.

The speed and volume of change in the crypto asset markets has accelerated across the globe, with established financial institutions increasingly entering the sector whilst regulators look to keep pace. Recent high-profile developments and market volatility have led to growing calls for scrutiny and regulatory controls. Navigating this fast paced environment, within a sometimes disjointed regulatory framework, can be challenging. The Crypto Boot Camp 2022 Series covers the crypto ecosystem and integrating crypto into established financial systems (recordings available), crypto risk (3 November 2022), NFTs (15 November 2022), DeFi (1 December 2022), and Growth in Crypto (6 December 2022).

The speed and volume of change in the crypto asset markets has accelerated across the globe, with established financial institutions increasingly entering the sector whilst regulators look to keep pace. Recent high-profile developments and market volatility have led to growing calls for scrutiny and regulatory controls. Navigating this fast paced environment, within a sometimes disjointed regulatory framework, can be challenging.
This virtual seminar series will provide insights on how the regulatory landscape is changing and discuss the future of crypto within the financial services sector. Set out below are details of our 2022 series.

On 23 February 2022, the Belgian Royal Decree of 8 February 2022 on the status and supervision of service providers for the exchange of virtual currency and fiat currency and custodian wallet providers (“Virtual Currency Royal Decree”) was published in the Belgian State Gazette. The Virtual Currency Royal Decree introduces registration requirements and operating conditions for virtual currency service providers into Belgian law. The Virtual Currency Royal Decree will enter into force on 1 May 2022, with a grandfathering regime for existing service providers.

This edition takes a bite-size look at the different rates of progress of environmental, social and governance (ESG) regulation and voluntary standards across the European Union, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) published guidance on the rules in relation to distance marketing of financial services and products, mainly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The FSMA’s communication provides useful and practical guidance for financial services firms to consider when using remote sales techniques when marketing their products or services.

In this regulatory briefing, we consider the FSMA’s guidance and discuss the most important rules that must be taken into account by the financial services industry in this regard.