Asia

Macau Gangster-Associated ICO Claims Sell Out in 5 Minutes, $750 Million Raised

The South China Morning Post has reported that a digital token offering (ICO) with ties to former Macau gangster “Broken Tooth” Wan Kuok-koi claims to have raised $750 million dollars from investors across South Asia in a mere 5-minute sale. The “HB” token, the second ICO… Read More

Governor of the Bank of Thailand Calls Out Fintech, Blockchain as Important to the Future of Finance

Speaking at the Bloomberg ASEAN Business Summit in Bangkok this past week, Dr. Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor of the Bank of Thailand, delivered a broad based speech that discussed the opportunities provided by Fintech and blockchain specifically. Dr. Santiprabhob said their Fintech regulatory Sandbox;  “… serves as a… Read More

Fintech Pintec Technology Holdings will IPO on NASDAQ Global Market

PINTEC, a China based Fintech firm that offers financial solutions that connect business partners and financial partners to provide financial services to end users, has announced its intent to do an initial public offering on NASDAQ Global Market. PINTEC expects to trade under the symbol… Read More

P2P Lender CreditEase’s Fintech Investment Fund Ranked 3rd Globally

CreditEase, a China based peer to peer lending platform, has been recognized for its Fintech venture fund by a CB Insights report. According to the report, the CreditEase Fintech Investment Fund is number three in the world when it comes to ranking the most active… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Toutiao Marches into the Fintech Market with Cash Loan Products China’s leading digital media platform Toutiao has long denied the potential of entering the financial markets. However, it is reported this week that a series of cash loan products have launched on Toutiao’s app without… Read More

Asia Fintech Innovation Hub Stone & Chalk Launches New Mega Hub

Asian fintech innovation hub, Stone & Chalk, announced this week it is uniting fintech across the eastern seaboard with the launch of a new national capability, known as a mega hub, across its new home at the Goods Shed North in the heart of Melbourne’s… Read More

Japan Instant Post-Pay Credit Service Paidy Secures $55 Million Through Series C Funding Round

Paidy, Inc., a Japan-based post-pay credit account company, announced on Thursday it secured $55 million through its Series C funding round, which was led by ITOCHU Corporation with participation from Goldman Sachs. The company reported combined with its two previous Series A and B rounds,… Read More

Former JP Morgan Senior Vice President for Compliance Joins Blockchain Advisory Firm

Next Level Consulting has hired Kirsten Roy-Reid as its Senior Partner and Head of Compliance. Roy-Reid is a former JP Morgan Senior Vice President for compliance having worked in London, New York, Hong Kong and New Zealand for over 13 years. The hiring may be viewed… Read More

B2B Robo-Advisory Solutions Provider Bambu Secures $3 Million Through Series A Funding Round

Bambu, a Singapore-based robo-advisory solutions provider, announced this week it secured $3 million through its Series A financing round, which was led by Franklin Templeton Investments.  Founded in 2016 by Ned Phillips and Aki Ranin, Bambu describes itself as a leading global provider of robot-advisory technology… Read More

Canadian Crypto Exchange Coinsquare is Going Japanese in Expansion with DLTA 21 Blockchain

Coinsquare, a Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, and DLTA 21 Blockchain Corp., a Canadian blockchain investment bank, have partnered up on a  cryptocurrency trading in Japan. The two companies said the new trading platform will be doing business as DLTa21X after receiving regulatory approval in Japan. Cole Diamond,… Read More

UK’s Department for International Trade Schedules Fintech Mission to Mexico & Japan

Once again, the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) is booking trips abroad to promote and interact with financial innovation types around the world. DIT has scheduled two trips for this Fall. First, DIT has scheduled their second UK Fintech Mission to Mexico City from 11-14… Read More

Frost & Sullivan Announces Partnership With Seoul Fintech Lab to Support Fintech Startups in Korea

Frost & Sullivan announced on Wednesday it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) to support activities such as commercialization, investment promotion, support for the advancement of Korean fintech startups into the global market. According to Frost & Sullivan, the… Read More

Official: China Will Continue to “Crush” Provision of Crypto Investing to Its Citizens

An official at the People’s Bank of China (PBC) tasked with regulating internet finance has reiterated the Chinese state’s determination to stop all ICO and crypto investing in the country, even solicitations to invest emanating from overseas, Coindesk reports. According to the the Chinese publication… Read More

Etheremon Says it May Dump Ethereum, Begins Working with Zilliqa Blockchain

Blockchain game, Etheremon may bag Ethereum. Ethereum is great but can be really slow. Recently, the network a small Chinese cryptocurrency exchange called FCoin managed to clog the entire Ethereum network. That kind of sucks. In a blog post, Etheremon explained its scalability challenges and then stated… Read More

Small Chinese Cryptocurrency Exchange Clogs Ethereum Network in Coin Voting Stunt

Users of a little-known Chinese cryptocurrency exchange called FCoin managed to clog the Ethereum network last week when they gamed a voting process on the exchange. FCoin ran a promotional scheme last week whereby they told users to vote for cryptocoins they wanted listed on… Read More

TransferWise Launches Money Transfer Services in Hong Kong

Fintech unicorn, TransferWise, launched its money transfer services in Hong Kong last week. This news comes just a few weeks after the company launched the services in Argentina. As previously reported, TransferWise converts that money at a better rate and pays the transfer out using local pools… Read More

Director of the People’s Bank of China Financial Research Institute Says More Fintech Regulation Coming

Sun Guofeng, Director of the Peoples Bank of China Research Institute, says that more Fintech regulation is on its way. The comments were reported by ECNS as Guofeng spoke at the Bund Summit in Shanghai. Guofeng said; “Building regulatory regime at local levels will become… Read More

Indian Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Banks Doing Business with Crypto Exchanges

It just got a lot harder to buy cryptocurrencies in India. Close to the end of a three-month grace period granted to banks and customers affected by a ban on transfering money onto and off of cryptocurrency trading platforms, the Supreme Court of India has… Read More

China Report: More P2P Lenders Collapse as Regulatory Environment Tightens

A report in ECNS indicates that the Chinese peer to peer lending industry is enduring a bit of a retrenchment. China is home to the largest P2P industry in the world – an accomplishment that was aided by the fact that at the beginning, few… Read More

Securities Commission Malaysia Invites Applications for Crowdfunding and Peer to Peer Lending Operators

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is inviting interested parties to apply to operate investment crowdfunding platforms and peer to peer lending sites. SC states that applicants may submit their applications for registration now with a deadline of September 7th, 2018. As at June 2018, the… Read More