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249.7 sec. 001 - Introduction to the New Financial Regulation (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Randall D Guynn  
Instructor: Jai R Massari  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-11-02

F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-11-03

F 3:10 PM - 6:10 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-11-03

Sa 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-11-04

Sa 1:30 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-11-04

Course Start: November 02, 2023
Course End: November 04, 2023
Class Number: 31944

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 19
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 35
As of: 02/07 02:03 PM

The last several years have seen the fast rise of new entrants into the financial services markets: large and small technology companies and new types of financial companies seeking to provide financial services in innovative ways. At the same time, banks and other more traditional financial services providers are examining how their business models may be affected, for better or worse, by these new entrants and technologies. Policy makers and regulators are themselves considering how best to address new developments.

Our course will examine these issues through the lens of financial regulatory policy and law. The course will be grounded in the fundamentals of financial regulation - monetary policy, financial stability, the promotion of safe and open markets, and consumer protection - and will explore these fundamentals in light of new fintech and financial services developments, ranging from new approaches to bank charters, changes how retail consumers trade in securities and commodity markets, and cryptocurrency and payments innovations.

This course will take a case-study, interactive approach to developing these themes. It will involve a lively debate (we hope) about the goals of financial regulation, the approaches taken by policy makers and regulators to new developments, and whether and how financial regulation can be improved to promote economic growth, financial stability, and consumer protection.

The course will meet over three days:
Thursday, November 2 to Saturday, November 4.

The instructors for this course are Jai Massari and Randall Guynn.

Jai is a cofounder and Chief Legal Officer of Lightspark and a Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law and Business. Before Lightspark, she spent 11 years at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, the last five as a partner in the firm’s Financial Institutions Group and a leader of its fintech and cryptocurrency practice. She has experience in a wide range of financial regulatory matters, including digital assets and cryptocurrency, markets regulation, banking regulation, derivatives regulation, and payments. In December 2021, she testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on stablecoin policy and regulation. She holds a JD from Duke University School of Law and a BA in Chemistry from Cornell University.

Randy is Chair of the Financial Institutions Group at Davis Polk & Wardwell He is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading banking lawyers and a thought leader in financial regulatory reform. His clients include all 8 of the U.S. global systemically important banking organizations, a number of large regional banks and a large number of Fintech and cryptocurrency companies. He is currently ranked as a star individual in bank regulation by Chambers USA and Chambers Global, and in band 1 in financial institutions M&A by Chambers USA. He has published several books and articles, most recently a book co-authored with U.K lawyer Simon Gleeson and published by Oxford University Press on solving the too-big-to-fail problem. He is also the editor of Regulation of Foreign Banks & Affiliates in the United States, the leading treatise in the area. He graduated from UVA law in 1984 and was a law clerk for Justice William H. Rehnquist and 9th Circuit Judge J. Clifford Wallace.

We also have special academic rules for these condensed courses:
-Students must attend each course session and cannot attend any course session remotely (even for illness or emergency situations).
-The Registrar’s Office will drop a student who does not attend each course session.

Due to the condensed nature of this course, in-person attendance at all course sessions is mandatory. Absences cannot be excused for any reason, including illness or emergencies. The Registrar’s Office will drop any student who misses a session.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 8 hours
Course Category: Business Law

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