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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Prof Dr Lars Klöhn

5th Crowdinvesting Symposium 2017 "The Regulation of FinTechs"



The 5th Crowdinvesting Symposium will be held on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

This year, the symposium will focus on "the Regulation of FinTechs".

The aim of the symposium is to provide academics and practitioners with a forum for discussions of the latest developments in the fields of Equity Crowdfunding and FinTech as well as for networking. Additionally it will deliver a scientific perspective on new legislative proposals or legal reform projects to European and national legislators.


October 6th, 2017

Humboldt University of Berlin (Festsaal, Luisenstraße 56, 10115 Berlin)


Symposium Agenda:

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Academic Worksop (Reqistration required)

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  • Keynote by Professor Douglas Cumming, York University, Schulich School of Business Toronto (Canada)
  • Panel Discussion on current issues concerning the regulation of FinTechs with Dr. Levin Holle (Head of the Financial Markets Policy Department, Federal Ministry of Finance), Cornelia Schwertner (Head of Regulation, figo GmbH), Dr. Robert Kilian (General Counsel, N26), Dr. Jens H. Kunz (Lawyer and Partner, Noerr LLP), Douglas Cumming and Jens Tönnesmann (Die ZEIT).


The symposium will be held in English.


Please register here for the Public Session (Keynote and Panel Discussion).



Academic Workshop

Entrepreneurial Finance, Reward-Based and Equity Crowdfunding, Social Trading, Personal Financial Management, Robo Advice, Block Chain and Virtual Currencies will be covered from both an economic and a legal perspective.

Call for Papers

Preliminary Program

Please register at the lastest by 15 September 2017: crowdinvesting-symposium-2017@rewi.hu-berlin.de




Previous Symposia



Keynote Lecture by Professor Douglas Cumming


Douglas Cumming is a Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship and the Ontario Research Chair in Economics and Public Policy at the Schulich School of Business, York University.

His research spans areas that include entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, venture capital, private equity, IPOs, law and finance, market surveillance and hedge funds.

He is Co-Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice since 2011 and Finance Research Letters since 2016, and the incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Corporate Finance, effective January 2018. He has been a guest editor for special issues of European Financial Management, European Journal of Finance, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Emerging Markets Review, and the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, among others.

He has published more than 150 articles in leading refereed academic journals since completing his J.D./Ph.D. in 1999. As well, he is the coauthor and editor of a considerable numer of handbooks in his research areas.

Douglas Cumming has won numerous academic awards. He has consulted for a number of private and governmental organizations in North America, Europe and Australia.

Panel Discussion on Current Issues concerning the Regulation of FinTechs



Dr. Levin Holle, Leiter der Abteilung Finanzmarktpolitik, Bundesministerium der Finanzen

Dr. Levin Holle is head of the department of Financial Market Policy at the Federal Ministry of Finance.

His tasks include the supervision of Federal credit institutions (e.g. Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau), the Federal debt management, financial market regulation (banks, insurances, stock markets) and the international financial market policy, including the impacts of digitalisation on the regulation of financial markets. He is responsible for the supervision of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and the Financial Market Stabilisation Fund.

Before joining the Ministry, Dr. Holle worked for the Boston Consulting Group; most recently as Senior Partner and head of the Berlin office.




Cornelia Schwertner, Head of Regulation, figo GmbH

Cornelia Schwertner is Head of Regulation at FinTech figo GmbH. figo is providing a ‚Banking as a Service‘ platform that shall serve as link between the classical financial world and modern financial solutions.

Cornelia Schwertner has a business law background and worked in the Forensic Services consulting department at the consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers. Here she advised numerous clients from the financial services sector on identification and prevention of fraud, money laundering and the violation of financial sanctions, in addition to conducting special investigations to detect according offences. Subsequently, she dealt personally with such functions as an anti-money laundering and anti-fraud officer in the industry. Since 2016, she has been working with Banking Service Provider and FinTech figo GmbH on “Next Generation” Compliance as Head of Regulation. In the figo Compliance Blog, she deals also among others with the regulation of FinTechs. Furthermore, Cornelia Schwertner is speaker of the European FinTech Alliance.





Dr. Robert Kilian, General Counsel, N26

Robert Kilian is General Counsel at N26 Bank and responsible for Legal Affairs & Compliance and Public Affairs. He was involved in the foundation of N26 Bank, in particular with regard to its banking licence, the financing rounds of N26 Bank, and the establishment of its Legal and Compliance Department. Before joining N26, Robert Kilian was a Senior Associate at Hengeler Mueller. His expertise includes not only Banking and Financial Regulatory Law but also M&A/Venture Capital, Corporate Law and Compliance.






Dr. Jens H. Kunz , LL.M. (UT Austin), Rechtsanwalt, Noerr LLP

Dr. Jens H. Kunz is a partner in Noerr’s Frankfurt office and a member of the Noerr Banking & Finance Group and other practice groups.

He advises national and international banks, financial services providers, payment institutions, funds initiators, asset management companies and other companies affected by financial regulatory law on all matters relating to financial supervision, including investment and money-laundering law. Apart from ongoing advice on current regulatory challenges, his practice also focuses on the design of fintech business models as well as assisting clients with the financial regulatory aspects of transactions in the fields of funds and M&A.






Jens Tönnesmann, Redakteur, Die ZEIT

Since 2015, Jens Tönnesmann works as an editor for the economics department of ZEIT, accompanies the development of the magazine "ZEIT GELD" and reports on topics in the startup scene.

Before, he operated as freelance journalist – e.g. for WirtschaftsWoche and brand eins – and headed the training editorial department of the Köln School of Journalism from 2010 to 2015. He received several awards for his articles, such as the Ludwig-Erhard-Price for economic journalism (advancement award) and the Kausa  Media Price. He studied economics and politics in Köln and Vancouver.




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