Florian Glatz: The European Crypto Initiative – Why Europe Needs a Regulatory Shift to Avoid Crypto Irrelevance


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Florian Glatz, blockchain.lawyer, is one of the most knowledgeable OG's at the intersection of crypto and law. He was last on the show 6 years ago when we talked in great detail about smart contracts and the DAO. We welcomed him back to discuss the regulatory environment, with a focus on Europe. We covered key topics like the recently floated Proof of Work ban, Travel of Funds Regulation (TFR), and Markets in Crypto-assets (MiCA) regulation. We also discussed the European Crypto Initiative, a new lobby organization that Florian co-founded, which is advocating for crypto-friendly regulation on a European level.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • What Florian got wrong about DAOs when he was on the show in 2016
  • The story of the Geman blockchain association Bundesblock that Florian co-founded and was president of
  • The European Crypto Initiative - Why a European-level organization is needed
  • The most important regulatory questions facing crypto today
  • Why crypto taxation is a particularly challenging issue
  • How will competition between different nation states play out?
  • Whether we will see the rise of new nation states or digital nations

Episode links:


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  • ParaSwap: ParaSwap aggregates all major DEXs and makes sure you beat the market price at every single swap and with the lowest slippage - paraswap.io/epicenter

This episode is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/422

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