Oliver Gajda of the European Crowdfunding Network: An 8 Year Journey for Harmonized Crowdfunding Rules

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Earlier this month, the European Union approved new crowdfunding rules, including a €5 million funding cap, that will apply to all member states finally creating a pan-European approach to online capital formation. Currently, the securities crowdfunding market in Europe struggles under bespoke national rules that… Read More

Perspective: Time to ignite the dry powder in the UK

I have been impressed, not only with the economic levers Rishi Sunak, has used to stimulate the economy but with the measured and calm way he has dealt with a crisis that could have been a poison chalice for many another Chancellor. A few weeks… Read More

U.S. Fintech FirstClose Launches Digital Lending Platform

U.S.-based fintech FirstClose announced on Tuesday it has officially launched its digital lending platform (DLP), FirstClose ONE. According to FirstClose, FirstClose One is a home equity and refi tool that offers everything from application to servicing (credit score, valuation, title, tax, flood, closing, and recording)… Read More

British Business Bank Provides Updated Future Fund Diversity Data

The Future Fund is a COVID support program for early-stage firms. The Fund provides access to capital to younger firms that do not qualify for other COVID support schemes. In brief, it is a matching program with the UK government will invest in convertible securities… Read More

Open Banking Survey from ING Reveals that what Consumers Say and Do with Finances aren’t Necessarily the Same

What consumers might say and what actions they take when it comes to sharing personal financial data (via Open Banking) are two different things, ING Bank notes. Although there are many tools to help improve our financial lives, the findings of an ING global survey… Read More

Regtech Shield Launches INSIDERS Service to Track Insider Trading

Shield, a UK based Regtech, has launched a solution that is said to combine its Insider Trading and Information Handling feature to provide greater monitoring of employees. The Shield “INSIDERS” is described as using AI, to provide a highly accurate integrated approach to monitor all… Read More

British Retail Consortium Accuses Mastercard and Visa of Charging Excessive Fees during COVID-19 Pandemic

Visa and Mastercard are being accused of charging “excessive” fees during the COVID-19 crisis. British retail groups are claiming that the scheme fees being charged by the payment companies have nearly doubled during the past 2 years. Retail groups in the UK have noted that… Read More

Association of German Credit Platforms Adds Five New Members

The Association of German Credit Platforms (VdK), a group representing digital debt financing, has added five new members. According to a release, finpair, NetBid Finance, Exaloan, d-fine and SWK Bank, have all joined the association now making 18 members in total. The new members include… Read More

Real Estate Marketplace Zinsbaustein.de Partners with Primus Valor on Real Estate Fund Offering

Zinsbaustein.de, a real estate crowdfunding marketplace, is expanding its model by offering a new real estate fund. In partnership with Primus Valor, the platform is offering an alternative investment fund (AIF), “ImmoChance Deutschland 10 Renovation Plus” (ICD 10 R +) that is said to focus… Read More

Pondicherry University in India to Introduce MBA Program in Financial Technology or Fintech

Pondicherry University, which is located in South India (in Kalapet, Pondicherry, Union Territory of Puducherry, India), has introduced an MBA program in Financial Technology or Fintech. The new program will be offered during the 2020-21 academic year. Gurmeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the University, has helped… Read More

PeoplesBank Goes Live With NYMBUS SmartLaunch to Outsource Technology & Remote Full-Service Operations For Digital-Only Bank ZYNLO

NYMBUS, a U.S. financial service platform provider, announced on Monday that PeoplesBank has gone live with NYMBUS SmartLaunch to outsource the technology and remote full-service operations of its digital-only bank, ZYNLO. As previously reported, ZYNLO describes itself as a digital-only bank designed to make banking… Read More


Nearly 75% of Payments in the UAE will Be Cashless by 2025 as Country Prepares for Post COVID Business Environment

  Dubai Economy recently brought together the main stakeholders in the country’s cashless economy ecosystem at the Future Economy Lab event (workshop). The event was conducted as part of the UAE’s ongoing efforts to address COVID-19 related challenges. The Middle Eastern country is focused on… Read More

Bitcoin (BTC) and DeFi Development are Similar but Also Quite Different because they Solve Unique Problems, OKCoin Explains

The development of the Bitcoin (BTC) protocol and decentralized finance (DeFi) networks is somewhat similar but also very different, according to a report from OKCoin. The exchange notes that application developers are focused on supporting the growth of Bitcoin and DeFi. They aim to create… Read More

Proptech Firm Propseller Raises S$1.7 Million in Seed Funding

Singapore based Proptech Propseller has raised a S$1.7 million (USD $1.2m) seed round, according to a note from the company. Propseller is described as the “modern real estate agency” that facilitates sales, purchases and property rentals. Propseller reports that it is currently transacting around S$… Read More

Attorney Prominent in the Crowdfunding Sector is Target of SEC Enforcement Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a litigation release today alleging charges of microcap fraud that involved an attorney prominent in the US crowdfunding sector. According to the SEC complaint, Jillian Sidoti, affiliated with the law firm known as CrowdfundingLawyers.net, facilitated alleged fraudulent dumping… Read More

Bank of Canada Is Reportedly Planning to Hire Economist that Will Conduct Research related to Fintech and Central Bank Digital Currencies

The Bank of Canada, the nation’s central bank, recently posted a new job requirement for an economist who may have experienced working with digital currencies and financial technologies or Fintech services. The reserve bank has noted that it aims to serve as “a leading central… Read More

Revolut Will Pursue Bank Charter in California

The United States has one of the most fragmented regulatory environments for financial services in the world. Frequently, a financial service provider will need to adhere to both state and federal rules along with an alphabet soup list of regulators. While the current leadership of… Read More

Integrated Payment Processing & Marketing Platform Fivestars Raises $52.5 Million Through Combined Series D Equity & Debt Financing

Fivestars, a U.S.-based integrated payment processing and marketing platform, recently announced it raised $52.5 million in a combination of Series D equity and debt financing. Founded in 2011, Fivestars claims to be a leading payment and customer loyalty platform for small local businesses. The company… Read More

Global SME Invoice Discounting Platform Accelerated Payments Attracts €20 million Senior Debt Line Financing Arranged By Channel Capital Advisors

SME funding provider Accelerated Payments  (AP) announced on Monday it secured a €20 million senior debt line from leading asset manager Channel Capital Advisors to expand AP’s receivables financing capability. Founded in 2017, AP provides finance to businesses with an immediate need for working capital… Read More

Billtrust Set to Become a Publicly Traded company Through Combination With South Mountain Merger Corp

Billtrust, a fintech firm focused on B2B payment cycle management, announced on Monday it has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with South Mountain Merger Corporation. Billtrust reported that the combined company will continue as a publicly listed entity and have an implied estimated… Read More

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