The final frontier for emerging technology is often a permanent regulatory framework. This is certainly the case in crypto where a level playing field and clear rules are needed for future growth and innovation. It’s especially critical now to have regulatory work on the forefront because at no time have European regulators and lawmakers looked closer at crypto than now. And since crypto is a long-term game, we’re laying the groundwork for important policy work in the years to come.
Giles Swan, the newest member of our policy team, joins us as Head of European Policy, and is based in London. With two decades of experience in public policy and financial services regulation as a policymaker, supervisor and a global policy director of a leading trade association, Giles specializes in European policy and regulation for financial services. He was a national expert in the European Union’s Council of Ministers, a national representative and working group chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and spent several years as a technical specialist and advisor to Her Majesty’s Treasury at the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s predecessor organization, the Financial Services Authority.
In his role at the Financial Services Authority, Giles managed supervisory and policy teams who were working on various capital markets regulatory regimes. And during his time at the Investment Company Institute (ICI), he managed policy and legal teams while engaging with members on a range of different dossiers including all the main capital markets regimes in the EU and the emerging post-Brexit UK regulatory regime for investment funds and capital markets.
Giles will support Blockchain.com’s important work on EU reforms like Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA), the Transfer of Funds regulation (TFTR), and establishing a regulatory framework for crypto within Europe.