Big Tech & Financial Services

Learn about the motivations of how Big Tech is entering the financial services industry and its impact on the ecosystem.

About the course

Big Tech companies are entering financial services at a rapid pace. This short course outlines the motivations behind the entry of Big Tech firms into the financial sector and investigates the impact this trend will have on the wider ecosystem. With a view from both the East and West, participants will gain an understanding of the threats these new entrants pose to incumbent financial institutions and why regulators need to take notice.
Difficulty: Foundation
Duration: 30mins

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The expert you’ll be learning from

Janos Barberis

Co-Founder, SuperCharger Ventures
Janos Barberis is Co-Founder of Supercharger Ventures. He skillfully combines academic rigour with an unrivalled entrepreneurial spirit. He has an established track record in the FinTech Industry (named 32nd Most Powerful Dealmaker globally, Institutional Investors, 2018) and in academia (13th legal scholar in the world, SSRN, 2018). He is driven to deliver actionable insights which have benefited the business transformation and innovation of Tier-1 financial institutions, across 400 B2B partnerships with cutting-edge technology start-ups. Janos currently focuses on the financial stability implications of BigTech firms, given their “too-large-to-ignore scale” and promotes a sustainable finance agenda via start-up business models. He leads a team of 18 people across key FinTech hubs, including Hong Kong, Singapore & London. Douglas Arner is the Kerry Holdings Professor in Law at the University of Hong Kong and an expert on financial regulation, particularly the intersection between law, finance and technology.

Course Content

In this course, Janos Barberis will provide an overview of the trend of Big Tech firms entering the financial sector and the motivations behind their entry into this industry.
In this chapter, we will explore the various reasons why Big Tech firms are entering the financial services industry, including the desire to expand their customer base, the opportunity to leverage their existing technology and data assets, and the potential to disrupt traditional financial players.
In this chapter, we will examine the regulatory landscape for Big Tech firms operating in the financial services industry. We will discuss the challenges and opportunities that Big Tech firms face as they navigate this complex regulatory environment and the impact of these regulations on their ability to compete with traditional financial institutions.
In this chapter, we will compare the competitive advantages of startups, banks, and Big Tech firms in the financial services industry. We will explore how each type of player approaches innovation, customer experience, and regulatory compliance, and how these differences impact their ability to succeed in this highly competitive market.
In the conclusion of this course, we will reflect on the future of Big Tech in financial services. We will consider the potential challenges and opportunities that Big Tech firms will face as they continue to enter and shape this industry, and the impact that their presence will have on traditional financial players.

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