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Barbara Matthews

Barbara Matthews

Founder & CEO at BCMstrategy, Inc.
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Bio Founder & CEO, BCMstrategy, Inc. which uses a patented, proprietary process to quantify policy risk and accurately anticipate policy decisions. Current coverage includes: FinTech regulation, Trade policy, and Brexit. Career History Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; First US Treasury Attache to EU; Senior Counsel, House Financial Services Committee; first Regulatory Counsel at IIF. Ran KPMG's internal financial services policy (US) think tank. Expert: geopolitics, cross-border financial regulation.


Blockchain Observations

Compliance Cold Feet? The Evolving Payments and Blockchain Landscape

04 Oct 2019

This week, three major regulated financial firms (PayPal, MasterCard, Visa) all reportedly are getting cold feet about their participation in the Libra Association project. Can anyone really be suprised after last month's policy moves? Consider: --As noted in this analysis on Medium over the summer, the revenue streams for the Libra Association r...

Blockchain Observations

SEC Pulls Its Punches in ICO Enforcement Action

04 Oct 2019

At the beginning of the week, a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action generated attention mostly by levying a large fine ($24 million) in the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) sector. Many shrugged, seeing this as another example of regulatory hostility to cryptocurrency. The reality is more nuanced. The complaint itself is remar...


G20 Pivots Towards AI and the Digital Economy

02 Jul 2019

At last weekend's G20 summit, global leaders focused on the digital economy and artificial intelligence. Their policy priorities seek to accelerate the penetration of these technologies into the global economy. The implications for trade policy and multilateral policy are significant as discussed in the Atlantic Council post below (https://www.a...

Digital Asset Class (DAC)

Cryptocurrency Trading Platform Regulation Proposals

30 May 2019

The regulatory perimeter regarding crypto-assets continues to expand. The latest move comes from the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) which released for comment on 28 May 2019 suggested regulatory oversight standards to govern crypto-asset trading platforms (the “IOSCO CTP Proposals”). Many in the cryptocurrency secto...

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