Articles by: Michiel Willems
Dutchman Michiel Willems LLM MA is based in central London as an international journalist in broadcast and print, specialised in UK current affairs, e-commerce, finance, business and legal news. Michiel studied law and journalism in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and after gaining experience in Malaysia and India he returned to London in 2008 to embark on a career in writing and reporting. With global study and work experience and an open mind, he currently works in central London as an associate editor, writer, voice over professional and radio reporter. Michiel has developed a great interest in the facts behind the headlines, the stories behind the statistics and the people behind the news. His specialties are writing news stories, features, editorial comments, catchy standfirsts, drop quotes, captions, headers and headlines, commissioning, editing, conducting interviews, managing publications’ flatplans, radio reporting and gathering large amounts of information within a relatively small amount of time. Michiel usually approaches a story from an original, relevant angle and likes to come up with fresh ideas for news stories and in-depth features. He speaks to a wide number of sources across the political, financial, business, legal and e-commerce sectors on a daily basis. Michiel has a broad network of contacts, in the UK as well as overseas, mainly consisting of bankers, lawyers, lobbyists, consultants, entrepreneurs, payment processors, regulators, trade associations, policymakers and politicians.

Britain “not in a position” to prevent Olympics match fixing

July 26, 2012 1:00 pm0 comments
Britain “not in a position” to prevent Olympics match fixing

Industry experts have expressed their concerns that match fixing and sports fraud will pose a serious threat to the London Olympics, which are due to start in a few days, since offshore operators cannot be obliged to share information with sporting bodies, the UK Gambling Commission (GC) or the London Organising […]

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Industry Experts Not Impressed by EU’s Single Patent System

July 25, 2012 2:40 pm0 comments
Industry Experts Not Impressed by EU’s Single Patent System

Leaders of the European Union agreed on 29th June to create a single EU Patent System and to establish a European patent court, which will have its headquarters in Paris with two specialised divisions in London and Munich. Most industry experts, however, have expressed their disappointment and concern over the […]

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Editorial comment: A Google Gesture

July 24, 2012 9:30 am0 comments
Editorial comment: A Google Gesture

Search engine Google has offered to settle an ongoing antitrust investigation by the European Commission in an attempt to end possible proceedings against the web giant. Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, has sent a letter to European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, expressing his hope that a deal could prevent a fully-fledged and […]

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Europe Faces a “Tsunami” of Mobile Payment Options

July 23, 2012 3:00 pm0 comments
Europe Faces a “Tsunami” of Mobile Payment Options

A rapid surge in mobile payment initiatives is putting pressure on banks and mobile phone operators to move into the mobile payments industry quickly, after Deutsche Telekom and MasterCard announced they have formed a Europe-wide mobile payments partnership. ‘If financial service providers delay taking an active interest in mobile business […]

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UN: World Leader Africa Should Harmonise Mobile Money Laws

July 22, 2012 8:23 am0 comments
UN: World Leader Africa Should Harmonise Mobile Money Laws

The East African Community (EAC) countries have been praised for their success in mobile money services but should make serious efforts to harmonise the different legal frameworks that cover the industry in the region, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said. UNCTAD has released a report […]

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Interview with Maxime Verhagen: Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands

July 21, 2012 11:27 am0 comments
Interview with Maxime Verhagen: Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands

The Netherlands passed a law in 2011 which prevents internet service providers from charging more for certain types of content, effectively making ‘network neutrality’ the norm. The Netherlands is the first country in Europe to enact such legislation and follows the lead of Chile, who enshrined the principle into law […]

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Interview With Mr Lin Junqiang of the Chinese Central Government

July 18, 2012 6:13 pm0 comments
Interview With Mr Lin Junqiang of the Chinese Central Government

As the online commerce market in China is rapidly expanding, businesses and consumers are demanding an update of the country’s complex regulatory framework. A range of decrees, regulations and provincial frameworks are currently in place, regulating issues such as domain names, internet surveillance and monitoring, electronic signatures, telecommunications, online content […]

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Europe Battles With the Eurozone, Britain Increases Cash Payments.

July 17, 2012 1:25 pm0 comments
Europe Battles With the Eurozone, Britain Increases Cash Payments.

Payment Integration Under Pressure as Europe Battles with Euro Crisis LONDON – The financial crisis and the uncertainty about the future of the Euro put progress of ambitious European payment integration plans, such as the Single European Payments Area (SEPA), increasingly under pressure. Lawyers and financial experts weighed in on the […]

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