Go behind the scenes of some of the most interesting topics at the intersection of finance, law, and public policy. Hosted by Lee Reiners, executive director of the Global Financial Markets Center at Duke University School of Law.
China’s FinTech Crackdown
Ant Group, operator of Chinese payment behemoth Alipay, was set to have the largest IPO in history last November before Chinese regulators pulled the plug. In this episode, Martin Chorzempa from the Peterson Institute for International Economics, talks about the Chinese government’s response to the emergence of fintech, the evolution of Ant’s business model in recent years, what Ant’s scuttled IPO means for other fintech firms going forward, and the status of China’s proposed central bank digital cu
In this special double episode, we cover the meteoric rise of GameStop and its widespread implications. Ty Gellasch discusses Reddit, the issues around clearing, settlement, payment for order flow, and what GME means for an already crowded SEC agenda. Ty is the executive director of Healthy Markets Association and a nonresident fellow at the GFMC. In part two, you’ll hear the audio from a live virtual event that features Duke Law faculty members discussing GME, RobinHood, and answering student questions
Consumer Financial Protection Under Biden
Jeff Naimon and Sasha Leonhardt from Buckley LLP break down the likely course of consumer financial regulation under the Biden administration. In this episode they spoke about President Biden’s nominee to lead the CFPB, what the Bureau’s priorities are likely to be in the short and long-term, and what it’s like for financial services firms to have to deal with dramatic swings in consumer financial enforcement and regulation every time the presidency changes hands.
The Rise of SPACs
Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, or SPACs, have become one of the hottest things in finance over the past year. In this episode, Shami Patel talks about why SPACs have become an attractive option for private companies that want to go public, how a typical SPAC is structured, and his thoughts on some of the more common SPAC critiques. Shami has worked on multiple fintech focused SPACs during his career, including his current role as chief operating officer at Ftac Olympus Acquisition Corporation.
How Oil Went Negative
Liam Vaughan discusses the incredible story of how the price of oil went to negative $38 per barrel on April 20th, 2020 and the tight knit crew of suburban London traders who made a king’s ransom when it did. Liam is a senior reporter with Bloomberg and Businessweek magazine in London. His December 10th article in Businessweek, co-written with Kit Chellel and Benjamin Bain, is tilted “The Essex Boys: How Nine Traders Hit a Gusher With Negative Oil.”
Cryptocurrency 2020 Year in Review
2020 was a critical year in the cryptocurrency market and not just because the year ended with Bitcoin’s price at an all-time high. In this episode, Tim Swanson breaks down major developments in the cryptocurrency market over the past year; from the rise of stablecoins and central bank digital currencies, to regulatory crackdowns on crypto firms. Tim is head of market intelligence at London-based blockchain company Clearmatics and is the founder and director of research at tech advisory firm Post Oak