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Precedent: Tokens as Securities Under Brazilian Law & Brazil’s Securities and Exchange Commission

Late last year, the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (Comissão de Valores Mobiliários or CVM) spoke about initial coin offerings (ICOs). At that time, the CVM published a frequently asked questions-like notice (see here). The FAQ lays down some introductory aspects on the subject, conceptually… Read More

Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority Presentation on Initial Coin Offering Regulation

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has published a deck on initial coin offerings. FINMA has scheduled a series of roundtable meetings in collaboration with the Swiss Crypto Valley Association. The first Roundtable took place last week in Zug, Switzerland. In February, FINMA issued a… Read More

The Great Strength of the British Fintech Community: Chancellor Philip Hammond Says Britain is the Global Capital of Fintech

HM Treasury Publishes Fintech Strategy In a widely anticipated speech today during the midst of UK Fintech Week, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond told the audience Britain is the global capital of Fintech and he will do everything he can to maintain this title…. Read More

Hope Liu: Eximchain’s Mission is to Become the Blockchain Infrastructure for Supply Chain Applications

From supplier credit to inventory management, Eximchain is developing a Blockchain that combines privacy, accessibility, and security to support enterprise-ready applications. Eximchain looks to leverage the power of Blockchain, so stakeholders within a supply chain can connect, transact, and share information more efficiently and securely…. Read More

Israel Interim Report on Cryptocurrency: Not Considered to be Securities

The Israel Securities Authority (ISA) has published their interim report on cryptocurrencies. The document was present to Chairman of the ISA, Anat Gueta, yesterday. The document is a product of an inter-departmental Committee that was established last August to research cryptocurrencies. The report includes a… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Voices Support for European Wide Regulatory Framework for Crowdfunding

The European Commission recently revealed its plan to support Fintech Innovation across Europe – a vital aspect of the EU economy. Included within the plan, was a statement and outline of improving the environment for pan-European crowdfunding. In many ways, investment crowdfunding is core to the… Read More

France Poised to Become the European Center for Initial Coin Offerings?

While several countries have sought to stomp out crypto-innovation, and others have tried to accomplish rule making by enforcement action, France appears to be ready to embrace the cryptocurrency revolution. According to a report in Les Echos, the most prominent business publication in France, legislators… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

China to Combine CBRC and CIRC According to a State Council reform plan that was presented for deliberation during the National People’s Congress on March 13, China will abolish China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) & the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC). Instead, it will establish… Read More

Bad News: SAFTs May Not Be “Compliant” After All

The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) has reportedly sent a wave of subpoenas and information requests to companies engaged in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The SEC scrutiny is perhaps not surprising, given that, as Crowdfund Insider writes, “if you invest in an ICO, the play… Read More

HMRC’s New Guidelines on SEIS and EIS May Worry Some but There is a Silver Lining

HMRC’s new stricter guidelines around their Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme / Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS / EIS) may worry some crowdfunding campaigners, but there is a silver lining. SEIS and EIS, both startup investment tax relief schemes, protect up to 80% of your investment into… Read More

European Banking Authority Publishes its Fintech Roadmap

Following in the footsteps of the European Commission’s Fintech Roadmap, the European Banking Authority (EBA) has released its opinion as to how to best foster and promote Fintech adoption. The EBA’s Fintech Roadmap is the result of a recent consultation as to how the Authority… Read More

Congressional Hearing on Cryptocurrencies & ICOs Provides Perspective from Legislators & Industry Advocates

Today, during a hearing by the House Financial Services Committee, subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment, representatives queried industry participants on the topic of “Examing the Cryptocurrencies and ICO Markets.” Crypto is a hot item of discussion on Capitol Hill. Both regulators and elected officials… Read More

Competition Counts: Former FCA Innovation Lead Shares Experience at UK Regulator, Explains New Role at Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) is the leading research authority on global innovations in finance. Over the past several years, CCAF has produced benchmark reports tracking the growth and evolution of all forms of Fintech around the world. These reports have become valued… Read More

Initial Coin Offering Attorneys Beware, You Could Be Next!

Following the SEC’s recent initial subpoena offerings (pun intended) targeting initial coin offering (ICO) issuers, many believe the SEC might now turn its sights toward some of the gatekeepers involved in the subject ICOs, including the attorneys. Some attorneys practicing in the ICO space have… Read More

Most US Crowdfunding Platforms will Become Broker Dealers and Some May Become ATSs

Any US based cryptocurrency exchange is going to be compelled to become an Alternative Trading System (ATS), a regulated trading platform but not a full blown exchange. They have to do it or else. The Securities and Exchange Commission has been increasing the volume of… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

  Fintech Remarks and Proposals from 2018 Two Legislative Sessions March 3rd saw the opening of “2018 NPC & CPPCC: annual legislative and political advisory sessions” in China. Here are some fintech related remarks and proposals that we summarized from this year’s sessions. (Source: 01Caijing)… Read More

Four Takeaways from SEC Warning that Cryptocurrency Exchanges May Be Unlawful Trading Platforms

On March 7, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a public statement warning that cryptocurrency coin exchanges were possibly operating as unlawful online trading platforms¹.  The SEC staff noted that “many online trading platforms appear to investors as SEC-registered and regulated marketplaces when… Read More

Here is the European Commission Fintech Action Plan

As we reported last week, the European Commission has announced its intent to pursue a Fintech Action Plan designed to boost Fintech innovation across continental Europe. The recognition that enabling innovations in finance are of strategic importance. This is a vital step in keeping Europe… Read More

Heard in Toronto at #FFCON18: Blockchain is the Future, Alternative Finance is Now

This past week, the National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) held its annual event in Toronto that saw over 500 participants join to discuss Fintech from around the world. FFCON18 Velocity covered the wide ranging spectrum of current topics in the realm of… Read More

European Commission Reveals Plan to Boost Fintech Innovation, Includes Rules for Crowdfunding to Operate Across Single Market

The European Commission has published their Fintech Action Plan representing a strategic approach to boosting “technology-enabled innovation in financial services”.  As a first “major deliverable,” the Commission published new rules designed to help crowdfunding platforms to expand across the EU’s single market. The Commission is also… Read More