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Payments & FinTech Lawyer

Volume: 5 Issue: 2
(February 2011)


News

Three major French telecommunication companies - SFR, Orange and Bouygues Telecom - have entered into a joint venture agreement with French payment provider Atos Origin to create a new e-payments platform called 'Buyster'. / read more

MasterCard and Telefónica announced on 25 January they will introduce mobile payments in 12 countries in South America (SA). / read more

The social networking site Facebook has announced it will make Facebook Credits (FC) ­ the site's online currency ­ the single buy-in point to convert real money into credit that can be spent on games and other applications. / read more


Features

India
Luxembourg
UK
Dubai / read more

The payments industry collects and processes large amounts of data ­ transactional data and personal data such as bank details. This has become more so given the increasing popularity of e-commerce and the accompanying technological innovations of payment methods. / read more

The UK Government has agreed to postpone the implementation of the Bribery Act to allow greater clarity to be provided on various legal definitions within it. In its current form, the UK Bribery Act would give the UK the strongest anti-bribery and corruption law worldwide. Robert Mitchell, Head of Enhanced Due Diligence at World-Check, discusses how this legislation should be interpreted. / read more

More and more businesses are resorting to new media to promote the capacities of their business. In light of recent announcements made by the Advertising Standard Authority, extending the scope of its regulations from company websites to third party sites that are controlled by the company, Philip Rees and Nadia Brady, of McGuireWoods LLP, explain why the update that was issued by the Financial Services Authory last year will come back into sharp focus. / read more

Digital currencies, although not very developed as a payment system, offer an alternative to card-based networks. Mark Herpel, Editor at DGC Magazine, looks into the advantages of 'e-currencies'. / read more

In December 2010, the EU Commission published a Communication setting out its plans to encourage the adoption of e-invoicing and put into practice the recommendations of its Expert Group on e-invoicing. Charles Bryant, Senior Adviser to the European Banking Association and a Member of the EU Commission's Expert Group on e-Invoicing, discusses the Communication's main conclusions. / read more

In this age of phishing, hacking, identity fraud and other forms of cybercrime, answering two simple questions - 'who are you?' and 'how can you prove it?' - is fast becoming a critical requirement for online business and financial activities. Thomas J. Smedinghoff, Partner at Wildman Harrold, examines how the process of identity management works. / read more

The US Federal Reserve Board has proposed rules to implement the Durbin Amendment, a piece of legislation which regulates the fees card networks charge for processing payments. However, major card network Visa has developed its own two-tier system, amidst criticism that the official system is 'unrealistic' and unworkable for card companies. Stanton R. Koppel, Attorney at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, examines the scope of the Durbin Amendment and how it will work in practice. / read more


About Payments & FinTech Lawyer

The monthly publication covering legal, regulatory and policy developments relating to the fast-moving payments and FinTech sectors. Key topics include mobile payments, e-money, prepaid and other payment cards, online banking, digital currencies such as Bitcoin, card fraud and other cyber crime, RegTech, robo-advice, P2P lending, and crowdfunding, as well as regulatory regimes such as the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2), the Payment Accounts Directive, and the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive / read more

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