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Desné
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Desne Maisie

Desné is a Senior Associate in the financial services practice at Global Counsel. She has 15 years’ experience in financial services, academia, and financial journalism, specialising in capital markets and financial sector policy. 

At Global Counsel, Desné specialises in the regulation of cross-border financial services and financial technologies. She is a specialist in emerging markets frameworks for financial services, with particular experience in the regulatory politics and policy of Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Before joining Global Counsel, Desné’s past roles have included senior roles advising both public and private sector clients at Alexander Forbes Financial Services and thought leadership at Investec Asset Management. 

Desné is a fellow in international political economy at the Wits School of Governance, the leading public policy school in Africa. Desné has lectured on public economics and legal aspects of international finance at Wits and SOAS. She has written for a range of financial media, including the Financial Mail. Desné was named in Innovate Finance’s 2017 Women in Fintech Powerlist for work on financial services.  

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Subprime Earth - who can rate carbon exposures?

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I recently listened to a presentation by Al Gore on ‘Sustainable Capitalism and the Climate Crisis’ at Carne and Dechert’s Funds Congress. Gore highlighted the growing risk to financial markets from climate change. Like David Wallace-Wells (in his recent Uninhabitable Earth), he is not afraid of sounding apocalyptic.

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Risks in AI: re-evaluating the regulatory rulebook

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AI is already transforming the delivery of financial services. This is true both at the highly sophisticated end of the market, where firms make use of AI to execute high-frequency trading strategies and at the level of the individual retail investor, where AI can tailor and deliver financial “robo-advice” to consumers. Deferring to machine judgement and automation is by…

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The UK could be more ambitious on African fintech - but this is a good start

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On her visit to sub-Saharan Africa a few weeks ago, UK prime minister, Theresa May, set out an ambition for the UK to become Africa’s biggest G7 investor by 2022. The announcement came alongside some £4 bn in foreign direct investment (FDI) commitments announced during the visit. This was the first visit by a British prime minister to Sub-Saharan Africa in five years, and…

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“Cryptocurrencies” vs “crypto-assets”: the regulatory battle for a token taxonomy

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The Bank of England’s governor, Mark Carney, said in a speech in March that it is better to refer to cryptocurrencies as “crypto-assets” - that is, to see them as securities, “expressly because they are not true currencies”. The US SEC, on the other hand, took a more nuanced approach two weeks ago when  it clarified that cryptocurrencies themselves are not securities…

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