Asia

Japan Blockchain Alliance Provides Guidance on ICOs

The Japan Blockchain Alliance (JBA) has published guidance for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) for sales to residents of Japan. The JBA said there was a misconception regarding ICOs sold to Japanese citizens as there are no existing regulations or, alternatively no Japanese laws apply if… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

A Unified Credit Rating System is On the Way People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, has made plans to launch a united platform by the end of 2017 for collecting personal credit information and assessing people’s credit ratings. Setting up this platform means the… Read More

Chinese Fintech Jianpu Sees Rise in Shares Following U.S. IPO Debut

Jianpu, a unit of Chinese fintech company Rong360 Inc, announced on Thursday the launch of its initial public offering of 22,500,000 American depositary shares (“ADSs”) at a price to the public of US$8.00per ADS for a total offering size of US$180 million. According to Nasdaq, the company experienced a… Read More

Singapore Says $2 Billion in Funding Available for Fintech Startups via FinTech Festival Investor Summit

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is reporting that up to USD $2 billion was made available to Fintech startups at the annual Singapore FinTech Festival Investor Summit.  MAS reports that 1000 attendees, including entrepreneurs and investors, participated in the “Deal Day” at the finale. … Read More

Indorse Announces Strategic Collaboration With AppCoins

Indorse, a Singapore-based decentralized social network for professionals, announced on Thursday it has formed a strategic collaboration with AppCoins, new cryptocurrency that all Aptoide App Store users can earn and spend inside app stores. According to the network, the new collaboration comes just before its MVP launch later… Read More

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas & Monetary Authority of Singapore Signs New Fintech Co-operation Agreement

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on Thursday they have signed a Fintech Co-operation Agreement (CA) to promote innovation in financial services in their respective markets. The BSP-MAS CA was signed at the sidelines of the second… Read More

P2P Lender Hexindai Names Citi As Depositary Bank for American Depositary Receipt Program

On Wednesday, Chinese peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform Hexindai announced it has appointed Citi’s Issuer Services business as the depositary bank for its American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program. According to the online lender, the program was established through an initial public offering of its American Depositary Shares (ADSs), priced… Read More

Switzerland-Based Fintech Crealogix Announces Asia/Pacific Region Expansion

On Wednesday, Switzerland-based CREALOGIX announced it is expanding business actives in the Asia and Pacific region. The company reported that with this expansion it will be able to cooperate with established local partnerships, including business and tech financial service provider, Cognizant. CREALOGIX noted that in addition… Read More

Singapore Creates Massive Partnership to Boost Development of Fintech Professionals

Six local universities and three governmental agencies have joined together in a “landmark” Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to create the “TechSkills Accelerators FinTech Collective. The mission is to develop industry ready professionals with the needed skills in the booming sector. The “TeSA FinTech Collective” was… Read More

Global FinTech Hackcelerator Winners Announced by MAS

The annual FinTech Festival is taking place in Singapore and there is plenty of news regarding the city wide event. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has just announced the three winners of the Global FinTech Hackcelerator. The three winners were selected from a pool… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Publishes Guidance on Initial Coin Offerings

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published a document providing guidance on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Entitled “a Guide to Digital Token Offerings,” the document seeks to clarify when an ICO is in fact a security, and thus regulated and the application of securities… Read More

Walnut Brief: Tracking 20% Spending Increase in India During Diwali

India saw a 20% increase in spends during Diwali compared to the previous quarter reported Walnut, a leading personal finance app based in India, suggesting strong consumer demand and “festive cheer.” ‘Tis the season! The app revealed interesting insights on consumers’ spending habits during this festive… Read More

Mekong Business Initiative Teams Up With State Bank of Vietnam to Launch Fintech Challenge Vietnam

Australia-funded Mekong Business Initiative has teamed up with the State Bank of Vietnam to launch Fintech Vietnam Challenge, which is described as a global call to local and international companies to proposed fintech solutions which will benefit Vietnam. The program’s description reads: “The Fintech Challenge Vietnam inventivizes adoption… Read More

SoftBank Launches Third SoftBank Innovation Program

Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp. announced on Monday it has launched the third round for its SoftBank Innovation Program, which is a program that seeks a wide range of innovative solutions and technologies from around the world to consider for commercialization. SoftBank stated that the innovation program aims… Read More

OurCrowd Selects Roland Wee as Managing Director for Asia

OurCrowd, a leading global equity crowdfunding platform, has announced the appointment of Roland Wee as Managing Director of the company’s Asia operations. OurCrowd said that Wee will serve as a “key addition” to its management team to spearhead its continued growth and success in the… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Sponsors “World’s Largest” Fintech Festival this Week in Singapore

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), in partnership with The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) and with SingEx Holdings, kick off the Singapore FinTech Festival today. This is the second edition of the week-long event that promises to provide a forum for the Fintech… Read More

High Speed Blockchain Creator Zilliqa Partners with FBG Capital

Zilliqa, a high-throughput Blockchain platform developed at the National University of Singapore, has announced a partnership with FBG Capital, a digital asset management firm in blockchain-based capital market. As part of the agreement, FBG Capital will be investing into the project and Zhuo Shuoji, founding partner of… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

China Financial Stability Committee established in Beijing On November 8th, the China Financial Stability Committee was officially launched. This is a subordinated department under the State Council, of which Vice Premier Ma Kai will serves as the head. To be specific, the committee will be… Read More

PPDAI IPOs at $13 Share

Chinese online lender PPDAI traded on the NYSE under ticker PPDF today after pricing shares at $13 each for their initial public offering. The IPO raised $221 million for the peer to peer lending platform with Credit Suisse and Citi acting as lead managers.  PPDAI… Read More

Huge: Mobile Lending Company WeLab Raises $220 Million with Backing from Alibaba

One of the fastest growing Fintech’s in China has raised USD $220 million. WeLab, a Hong Kong-based mobile lending platform founded in 2013, has closed funding round of $220 million including both strategic debt and equity funding with the backing of Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund,… Read More