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277 Chinese Nationals Arrested in Philippines for Pervading Alleged Crypto Scam

On a tip from authorities in China, police in the Philippines have arrested 277 people they believe pervaded a cryptocurrency scam that defrauded at least 1000 Chinese nationals, Business Inquirer reports. The scheme reportedly emanated from a company called Golden Millennial Quickpay Inc. Ltd., an offshore… Read More

Digital Securities: Former MAS Regulator Hired as Head of Compliance at iSTOX

iSTOX, a digital securities issuer and secondary trading platform, has hired Lim Mei Shern as its new Head of Compliance. Lim was previously at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) where she spent the past 15 years in the supervision of capital markets as well… Read More

HTC Teams Up With Bitcoin.com, Adds Support for Bitcoin Cash (BCH) on Exodus 1 Blockchain Phone

The developers of HTC’s blockchain smartphone are reportedly adding support for Bitcoin Cash (BCH). HTC’s management announced on Monday that they’ve teamed up with Bitcoin.com, a Tokyo-based blockchain and fintech firm founded by crypto entrepreneur Roger Ver. The partnership between the two companies involves adding… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Responds to Questions on Digital Banks

Last month, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) began accepting applications for digital-only banks. The applications were being accepted by Fintechs and not established, traditional banks. MAS is expected to issue up to two digital full bank licenses and three digital wholesale bank licenses. The… Read More

UNDP Partners With 500 Startups to Invest in Indonesia’s Evolving Startup Ecosystem

United Nations Development Program (UNDP), an organization that provides expert advice, training, and grants to developing countries, is partnering with Silicon Valley venture capital firm and project accelerator 500 Startups, in order to make investments in Indonesia’s emerging startup ecosystem. The UNDP will be working… Read More

Blockchain Devices Market Is Projected to Grow to $1.125 Billion By 2024: Report

The global blockchain devices market is projected to grow by 42.5% at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 2024, according to a report by Indian consulting firm MarketsandMarkets. Released on September 12, 2019, the company’s report is titled, “Blockchain Devices Market by Type (Blockchain… Read More

Report: Factors Influencing Malaysian Investors to Invest in Peer to Peer Lending Platforms

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), which aims to support social and economic development in Asia, has published a working paper series in which it noted the intention to make investments in decentralized lending platforms in Malaysia is primarily driven by “trust.” The paper points out… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

The National Internet Finance Association of China Requires Members to Disclose Annualized Lending Costs This week, the National Internet Finance Association of China (NIFA) issued a notice to member institutions about annualized lending costs disclosure and industry discipline. According to the notice, some online lending… Read More

Head of Libra Association Says Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Will Launch in 2020, Renminbi “Will Not Be Part of It”

Bertrand Perez, General Director of the Libra Association says Facebook has no plans to delay the launch of its global (crypto)currency network, despite outcry from global regulators. “We are firmly maintaining our launch schedule, between the end of the first half of next year and… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Chief Fintech Officer Appointed Fintech Advisor to India’s Odisha State

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank, announced on Thursday the appointment of its chief fintech officer Sopnendu Mohanty as a digital and fintech advisor to India’s Odisha state, according to a report by the Times of India. In his new advisory… Read More

Coinbase Considering Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) Platform for Asia

Coinbase is considering launching an initial exchange offering (IEO) platform in Asia. This would allow it to launch and broker “a proprietary exchange token” and other tokens in the region, Coindesk reports. The crypto trading platform’s possible plans were announced this week by Kayvon Pirestani,… Read More

ASEAN Financial Innovation Network, Bridge+, PwC Singapore to Support Fintech Growth and Development

The ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) committed to two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) on September 11, 2019, with Bridge+ and “Big Four” auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Singapore branch. Managing director of AFIN Manish Diwaan noted: “AFIN is delighted that industry leaders are coming together to… Read More

Marshall Islands to Conduct Pre-Sale for Its Upcoming National Cryptocurrency

The Marshall Islands, an island country and a US associated state, is planning to issue its own government-backed cryptocurrency, the Marshallese sovereign (SOV).  The SOV will be introduced through a token pre-sale, according to an announcement made at CoinDesk’s Invest: Asia event, held on September… Read More

Hong Kong-based Investment Platform BnkToTheFuture to Facilitate Security Token Offerings, Invests in UK based Blockchain Consultancy Diacle

Hong Kong-based fundraising platform BnkToTheFuture is planning to facilitate security token offerings (STOs). The move will be facilitated by a strategic investment in Diacle. Founded in 2013, Diacle is an appointed representative of Met Facilities LLP, which is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial… Read More

Report: China’s Digital Currency Probably Won’t Involve Blockchain

Although payments are increasingly digital, China has little interest in creating a self-settling digital yuan system using blockchain, Abacus News reports. According to the outlet: “China is increasingly a cashless society. Even street-food sellers in small towns will prefer to use a mobile payment app… Read More

Cryptocurrency Exchange Huobi Plans to Acquire Public Hong Kong Firm in $77 Million Deal

Digital asset exchange Huobi appears to be pursuing a reverse initial public offering (IPO), according to a document shared with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX). Hong Kong-listed electronics firm Pantronics Holdings Limited, which was acquired by Huobi in August 2018, will be changing its… Read More

First Hong Kong Licensed Crowdfunding Platform AngelHub, plus Sister Company WHub, Raises $3 Million in Funding

AngelHub and WHub have closed on a USD $3 million led by Kharis Capital and Hong Kong Fintech Unicorn TNG Fintech Group. AngelHub and WHub were co-founded by Karena Belin and Karen Contet Farzam. Daniel Grossmann, co-founder of Kharis Capital will be joining the board… Read More

Ping An’s OneConnect Signs MoU With Indonesia Insurtech Asuransi Sinarmas

OneConnect Financial Technology Co. Ltd. (OneConnect), an associate company of China’s insurance giant Ping An Group, announced on Wednesday it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with insurer Asuransi Sinarmas, a unit of Sinarmas. OneConnect reported that through the MoU it will enable Asuransi Sinarmas to… Read More

LexinFintech Secures $300 Million Private Placement of Convertible Notes with PAG

Chinese consumer financing platform LexinFintech announced on Wednesday it has entered into a convertible note purchase agreement with PAG issue and sell convertible notes in an aggregate principal amount of $300 million through a private placement.  LexinFintech reported that the convertible notes will mature in seven… Read More

Wirecard Expands Existing Collaboration With Malaysia’s Affin Bank Berhad

Germany-based global provider of digital payments and commerce solutions Wirecard announced on Monday it has expanded its existing collaboration with Malaysia’s Affin Bank Berhad. Wirecard reported that through this partnership, more than 300,000 Affin Bank customers are already benefitting from an array of services such as… Read More

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