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France: Sowefund Acquires Assets of Defunct Crowdfunding Platform SmartAngels

Sowefund, a France based investment crowdfunding platform, has purchased the assets of defunct platform SmartAngels, according to Sowefund’s website. SmartAngels ceased its crowdfunding activity at the end of 2018. The SmartAngels URL now redirects to Sowefunds with a “welcome” post for visitors: “The SmartAngels investment… Read More

As Bad as Payday Lenders: FCA Chastises Banks’ Overdraft Fees, Provides New Rules on Overdrafts

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is introducing new rules regarding overdraft fees that impact consumers. The new rules expect to benefit 70% of the population as banks will now be required to charge a simple annual interest rate, without any additional fees or charges beginning… Read More

Project Inthanon-LionRock: Hong Kong Monetary Authority Posts Report on CBDCs, Value Appears to be Limited

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has posted a deck on its investigation into Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDCs). Project LionRock is the CBDC blockchain from Hong Kong and Inthanon is from Thailand as the two partnered in the project. The HKMA said it developed… Read More

Working Capital Provider Demica Raises $30 Million in Series C

UK based Demica, a working capital Fintech, has closed on a $30 million Series C financing round led by Simcah Management LLC, according to a company release. Demica is a platform that targets multinational clients all over the world, across industries providing working capital facilities… Read More

The SEC Charges Opporty International & Founder Sergey Grybniak with Fraudulent ICO

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Sergii “Sergey” Grybniak and his company Opporty International, Inc. for an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering. According to the SEC, Grybniak and his company raised $600,000 from around 200 investors during the sale of unregistered “digital asset… Read More

Following Banner Year for Israeli Tech Exits, OurCrowd Highlights Investment Success with 36 Exits to Date

OurCrowd, the leading global investment crowdfunding platform and Israel’s leading venture investor, is out with a note on some of its exits in advance of the OurCrowd Global Investor Summit taking place in February, Israel’s largest tech conference and the largest equity crowdfunding event in… Read More

Up in Smoke. SEC Charges Guy Griffithe and Robert Russell for Selling Fictitious Investments in Cannabis Company

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has leveled charges against Guy S. Griffithe and Robert W. Russell, and their affiliated companies for an alleged scheme that defrauded investors who thought they were purchasing interests in a Washington-licensed recreational cannabis company. According to the SEC, investors… Read More

Grayscale Bitcoin Trust Becomes an SEC Reporting Company

Grayscale Investments has announced that the world’s largest digital currency asset manager Grayscale Bitcoin Trust has become an SEC reporting company following the approval of a filing with the SEC. Grayscale notes that this is the first-ever digital currency investment product to become a reporting… Read More

Not Just About Startups: Democratizing the Accredited Investor Definition Will Allow More People Access to Lower Risk Real Estate Investments

While investment crowdfunding rules initially were targeted at early-stage ventures in need of growth capita,l the new rules have fueled the rise of investment platforms for another asset class: real estate investment opportunities. Early-stage ventures, from seed rounds to later-stage venture rounds, tend to include… Read More

The Bank of Canada, Bank of England, Bank of Japan, ECB, Sveriges Riksbank, Swiss National Bank, and BIS Partner on Review of Central Bank Digital Currencies

A grouping of prominent central banks along with the Bank for International Settlements, have joined together to review the potential for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). The banks and organizations include: the Bank of England, Bank of Canada, Bank of Japan, European Central Bank (ECB), … Read More

Licensed E-Money Institution Monerium to Issue E-Money on the Algorand protocol

Monerium, a licensed e-money issuer will be utilizing the Algorand blockchain protocol to provide fiat currency transactions, according to a company release. Monerium is registered in Iceland and is authorized by the Financial Supervisory Authority of Iceland. The company received regulatory approval last June. The… Read More

Chile: CrediTú Issues AAA Long-Term Mortgage Backed Bond

CrediTú has had mortgage assets placed in the market via a AAA long-term bond. The placement totaled $30 million with a 30-year term. The mortgage-backed bond was said to be the first from a nonbank entity in Chile since 2009. CrediTú is described as a… Read More

British Bank Awards 2020 Finalists Include Some Well Known Names as Well as a Few New Rising Stars

Now in its sixth year, the British Bank Awards has recently published its list of finalists. Voting continues until February 9th with winners revealed on March 12th. This year’s finalists include a good number of well-known names from both old and new financial services firms…. Read More

Former Railsbank Executive Joins Cledera as Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer

Cledara Limited, a purchase and analytics platform for the subscription economy, has hired as Chief Revenue Officer and as a co-founder. van Leeuwen was most recently at Railsbank, a European Fintech where he led marketing and business development. van Leeuwen was also a Non-Executive Board… Read More

Not Just Finance: Oil & Gas Industry Looks to Blockchain to Drive Value

The Oil and Gas industry is digging into blockchain seeking operational efficiencies. While much of the focus of blockchain advocates is currently looking at transforming the financial services industry including digital assets, the old commodity types see potential to reduce operational friction too. The OOC… Read More

SeedInvest: NowRx Becomes “Most Raised Live Deal” After Topping $4 million

Launched last fall on SeedInvest, NowRx has recently topped $4 million. The Reg A+ offering is said to have secured the spot as “most raised live deal on SeedInvest.” Crowdfund Insider covered the NowRX crowdfunding round last October. At that time, it was reported that… Read More

Reverse Brexit? Report States Over a Thousand EU Financial Firms to Open Offices in the UK

While much of the discourse surrounding Brexit has focused on the overall impact to the UK’s economy and financial services specifically and how it will undermine the country’s economic prominence, a report out of Bovill today puts a bit of a different spin on things. … Read More

SEC Schedules First “Capital Call” to Discuss State of Small Business Capital Formation

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation, has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the state of access to capital for smaller firms. The “Capital Call” is described as being held similar to a public company’s earnings… Read More

Tether Issues Statement on Consolidation of Class Action Lawsuits

Tether, the stablecoin that has endured a good share of challenges, has issued a statement on pending lawsuits targeting the company. According to a release,  the plaintiffs in three class action proceedings against Tether filed a letter with the U.S. District Court for the Southern… Read More

Israel Rocked Fintech in 2019

Israel is a country well-known for its innovation-driven economy. As the saying goes, in Israel you are either an entrepreneur or an investor. Spend a few days there and you will see what I mean. While the factors that have fostered a start-up boom are… Read More

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