Amsterdam Research Institute for Legal Studies

FinTech and Competition in the Financial Sector

28Feb2018 12:45 - 16:30

Workshop

Workshop on FinTech and Competition in the Financial Sector. Joint organization with the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE). Venue: CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, The Hague.

Speakers and Discussants

Fabio Graggion (UvT)

Michiel van Leuvensteijn (ACM)

Peter Kerstens (European Commission, DG, FISMA)

Maarten Pieter Schinkel (UvA, ACLE)

Focco Vijselaar (Chief Economist at Ministry of Economic Affairs)

Introduction

On February 28, the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE) organize a Competition Workshop on “FinTech and Competition in the Financial Sector”.

New digital applications, take for instance the strong growth of cloud computing and the ubiquitous smartphone, are slowly transforming the economy. Now, these applications seem about to change the financial sector. New “FinTech” firms offer novel digital financial services and start to compete with the traditional banks – who are heavily investing in information technology themselves. Policymakers are adjusting to these developments, as illustrated by the new Payments Services Directive and the “Innovation Hub” of the Dutch financial supervisors. The aim of this workshop is to discuss how FinTech may change the financial sector, to what extent FinTech challengers are able to compete with incumbents, and how policymakers should respond.

The presentation of Fabio Braggion of Tilburg University offers an empirical perspective. He takes us to China, and shows us how a Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform impacts financial household decisions. Michiel van Leuvensteijn of ACM discusses the potential for foreclosure of new FinTech firms by incumbent banks in the payments industry and to what extent existing regulation can prevent this. For a European policy perspective on FinTech and competition, we give the floor to Peter Kerstens who will present the work of the European Commission’s interdepartmental Fintech Taskforce which he co-chairs as well as the conclusions they draw from their public consultation on Fintech: a more competitive and innovative European Financial sector and how the Commission may pursue these objectives.

Program

12:45-13:00 Coffee and Tea
13:00-13:15 Introduction by the Chair - Focco Vijselaar (Chief Economist at Ministry of Economic Affairs)
13:15-13:35 Fabio Braggion (UvT) - Is FinTech a Threat to Financial Stability? Evidence from Peer-to-Peer Lending in China
13:35-13:45 Discussion (Wilko Bolt, VU, DNB)
13:45-14:00 General Discussion
14:00-14:20 Michiel van Leuvensteijn (ACM) - Foreclosure of FinTech? A Competition Law Perspective
14:20-14:30 Discussion (Maarten Pieter Schinkel, UvA, ACLE)
17:30-14:45 General Discussion
14:45-15:15 Break
15:15-15:35 Peter Kerstens (European Commission, DG, FISMA) - FinTech: Driver for Access, Efficiency and Competition in the EU Financial Sector
  Discussion
15:35-15:45 TBA
15:45-16:00 General Discussion

16:00-16:30

Wrap-up by the chairs and drinks

Participation and registration

We cordially invite you to participate in the workshop. If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail with your name and affiliation to Anne Cabenda (a.cabenda@cpb.nl). 

Organizing Committee

Bastiaan Overvest (CPB)

Eric van Damme (TILEC)

Tim Gelissen (Ministry of Economic Affairs)

Michiel van Leuvensteijn, Jarig van Sinderen (ACM)

Maarten Pieter Schinkel (ACLE)

Venue

CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis

Bezuidenhoutseweg 30
The Hague

Room: Seminarzaal 3 (Braamzaal).

Published by  ACLE