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Webinar Recording: The Law and Blockchains: A Regulatory Perspective

  • Ireland
  • General


On 24 May 2021, Deborah Hutton presented ‘The Law and Blockchains: A Regulatory Perspective’ as part of Blockchain Ireland Week’s series of events. We are delighted to make the recording available here.

The webinar will be of interest to anyone considering, or expanding, business operations in Ireland. Utilising practical examples, Deborah’s presentation aimed to help businesses demystify the jargon and provide a practical examination of Irish Regulation.

Please note that due to a glitch some of the slides are  not entirely clear, particularly at the beginning. If you would like to receive a copy of the slides in full, please contact

Topics included:

1. Current State – Current Irish Regulation framework, to include:

  • PSD 2
  • E-Money Directive
  • Prospectus Regulations
  • AML
  • ESMA, EBA and CBI guidance

2. Future State – Horizon scanning – anticipated future regulatory developments, to include:

  • MICA
  • DORA
  • Anticipated ESMA, EBA and CBI guidance

3. Use Cases – What I need to consider when setting up a business in Ireland?

  • Regulated v unregulated use cases
  • Digital Assets v cryptocurrencies
  • Payments v Asset Management v other use cases

4. Governance – Managing Central Bank of Ireland’s requirements and expectations.

Webinar Recording:

About the speaker

Deborah Hutton is Head of Asset Management and FS Regulation in Eversheds Sutherland Ireland with over 15 years’ experience in fintech and financial services regulation.

Prior to working in Eversheds Sutherland, Deborah was EMEA Head of Legal in Citi, and frequently worked with their innovation lab and financial services business lines across EMEA.

Deborah is a thought leader and advocate for industry and regularly works with industry bodies in their interactions with ESMA and the European Commission in respect of regulatory change and implementation of European laws in financial services.

She is a member of numerous industry bodies such as Blockchain Ireland’s Legal and Regulatory Task Force, Irish Funds Fintech working group and the Department of Finance’s 2025 expert Blockchain Strategy Group.

Her clients include many global and start-ups who are considering or have selected Ireland as jurisdiction for their European operations.

She regularly advises on the application of fintech to regulated and unregulated structures including in relation to fund formation, smart contracts, digital securities and securitised token offerings (STOS), digital assets / crypto assets (including stablecoins, payment tokens and unregulated tokens), e-money, payment services legislation and licensing, securitisation requirements. Her areas of specialism include MIFID II, PSD2, AML, E-Money Regulations, Prospectus Regulations, Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) and Capital Requirements Directive (CRD) and IFR and IFD, the client asset regime and advising on ‘new and novel’ submissions to the Central Bank of Ireland (the “CBI”).

Deborah is recognised as a leading lawyer in Europe for Financial and Regulatory Services, by ILO/ACC, in Ireland in the Legal 500 and by Chambers Europe for conducting sophisticated fintech work in the Irish market.

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