Sijuade Thakib ANIMASHAUN
Primary Supervisor: Douglas Arner
Co-Supervisor: Giuliano Castellano
Field of Study: International Financial Regulations, Data Protection and Fintech
Thesis Title: Data-Driven Innovators in Global Payments: Redesigning a Regulatory Framework for Better Consumer Outcomes
I am a Nigerian-qualified legal practitioner with years of extensive legal practice (litigation and transactional) and research experience on sub-Saharan and global issues on international financial regulations and regulatory services, commercial, corporate and financial laws. Awarded the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship in 2017, I obtained my LL.M (International Commercial Law) with distinction from the University of Glasgow, UK with focus on cross-border sales, finance and investments law, ISDS and International Financial Regulations. My LL.M dissertation titled ‘Regulating Virtual Currency Systems’ where I examined the functioning of digital currencies as payment systems and their implications on global systemic stability was published by the University of Cambridge Law Review in 2019.
I also have considerable international research experience working as a research assistant alongside renowned experts in the field of corporate law with the University of Glasgow’s Corporate and Financial Law group on diverse areas of law including corporate governance and compliance. Recently, my research has focused significantly on the intersection among technology, finance and regulations.
I am presently enrolled as a Ph.D. Candidate at HKU, conducting cutting-edge research on the harmonisation of regulatory approaches to FinTech and data governance amidst the growing interdependencies among financial systems since the technological revolution.
Arner, Douglas W. and Animashaun, Sijuade and Charamba, Kuzi and Cai, Yixiao, MSME Access to Finance: The Role of Digital Payments (June 1, 2022). United Nations, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, MSME Financing Series No.7 (June 2022), University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2022/38, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4138785
Animashaun, Sijuade, Platformisation of Finance: DeFi’s Gradual Disintermediation Effect and the Leveraging of CBDCs in Smart Supervision (June 14, 2022). 9 City University of Hong Kong Law Review (Forthcoming 2023), University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2022/33, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4135621 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4135621
Animashaun, Sijuade, Digital Platforms and Sustainable Developments: Regulating BigFinTechs for Digital Financial Inclusion (August 8, 2022). University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2022/32, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4135615 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4135615
Animashaun, Sijuade, The Shadow Costs of Financial Inclusion in Data-Driven Economies (August 8, 2022). University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2022/34, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4135657 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4135657
Animashaun, Sijuade, Tearing down the ‘Walled Gardens’ among China’s Tech Giants (June 14, 2022). University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2022/35, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4135665 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4135665
Animashaun, Sijuade, Impact of Ownership Patterns on Outer Space Regulations (October 30, 2019). Centre for Aerospace and Defence Laws, NALSAR University of Law (2022, Forthcoming), University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2022/39, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4136170 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4136170
Animashaun, Sijuade, Regulating Virtual Currency Payment Systems (April 28, 2019). Cambridge Law Review (2019) Vol IV, Issue ii, 29-67, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper 2021/017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3835762
Research Projects & Acknowledgements
David Leung, Bénédicte Nolens, Douglas Arner and Jon Frost, ‘Corporate digital identity: no silver bullet, but a silver lining’ (2022) Bank for International Settlements Papers No 126, available at < https://www.bis.org/publ/bppdf/bispap126.pdf>
MacNeil, I. and Esser, I.-M. (2022) The emergence of ‘comply or explain’ as a global model for corporate governance codes. European Business Law Review, 33(1), pp. 1-56.
Esser, I.-M. , MacNeil, I. and Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna, K. (2020)Engaging stakeholders in corporate decision-making through strategic reporting: an empirical study of FTSE 100 companies (Part 2). European Business Law Review, 31(2), pp. 209-242.
Esser, I.-M. and Loughrey, J. (2020) Stock corporations: corporate governance and external and internal controls. In: Vicari, A. and Schall, A. (eds.) Company Laws of the EU: A Handbook. Hart Publishing, pp. 1495-1539. ISBN 9781509923991
Betty (H.T.) Wu, Iain MacNeil & Katarzyna Chalaczkiewicz-Ladna (2020) ‘Say on pay’ regulations and director remuneration: evidence from the UK in the past two decades, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 20:2, 541-577, DOI: 10.1080/14735970.2020.1754151
Chalaczkiewicz- Ladna, Katarzyna and Esser, Irene-Marie and MacNeil, Iain, Workforce Engagement and the UK Corporate Governance Code (April 26, 2021). Forthcoming in ‘Corporate Governance, Sustainability and Reputation’, II International Conference of Corporate Governance proceedings to be published by Thomson Reuters Aranzadi., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3834387
HKU Postgraduate Scholarship (2021)
Monash University Graduate Scholarship (2020) (declined in favour of HKU PGS)
British Chevening Scholar (2017/2018)
Nigerian Law School Scholarship Award (2014)
Justice Teslim Elias Award for Best Graduating Student in Constitutional Law (2013)
Justice Teslim Elias Award for Best Graduating Student in Nigerian Legal System (2013)
Lagos State Government Local Scholarship (2010-2013)
Lagos State University Scholarship Award (2008-2013)