a16z Chooses London for First International Office

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Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) chooses London as the site for their first office outside the US, praising the role of Digital Sandboxes in UK regulation ‘The U.K. is on the right path to becoming a leader in crypto regulation’ (a16z).
A16z has recognised the following approaches adopted by the UK Government as specific to blockchain and digital asset regulation:
The FCA leveraged the Digital Sandbox to run a crypto sprint in 2022. The main aim of the event was to increase our understanding of emerging crypto asset market practices and to seek views from the industry on what an appropriate regulatory regime might look like. The outcome was workstreams to further understand what future crypto standards and requirements may mean for other areas, like:
The conversations following the Crypto Sprint have inspired UK Finance to undertake further work in this area and focused on an approach to tiered regulation for crypto assets for financial services. UK Finance has also set up governance structures on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), stablecoins, and crypto assets representing a diverse base of members across the financial landscape.

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