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Must Read: American Bar Association Publishes Extensive Review of US Regulatory Environment for Crypto, Digital Assets

The American Bar Association (ABA) has published an extensive treatise on the US regulatory environment pertaining to cryptocurrency and other digital assets. In brief, the 353 white paper is a must-read review of current law and treatment by regulatory authorities such as the Securities and… Read More

Big News: Finnest and Invesdor Merge to Combine Debt and Equity Operations in Europe

Finnest, an Austria based Fintech that provides debt capital to small and medium-sized firms, has announced a planned merger with Finland based Invesdor Oy. The newly formed company will see the combination of a leading Nordic equity crowdfunding platform and a top online lender serving… Read More

CipherTrace CEO: “It is a constant challenge to keep pace with crypto crimes and scams”

CipherTrace is a cryptocurrency cyber assurance and compliance firm that has recently formed some interesting partnerships. In February, CipherTrace was backed by $15 million in venture funding to help fulfill its mission on crypto security. In January, CipherTrace published a report on the global cryptocurrency… Read More

Association for Online Investment Platforms & SBECouncil Visit US House & Senate plus SEC to Discuss Improvements to Crowdfunding Rules

The newly formed Association for Online Investment Platforms (AOIP) visited Washington, DC last week to discuss improvements for access to capital for small business and better opportunities for smaller investors. The trip was organized in partnership with the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBECouncil) –… Read More

Puerto Rico Financial Commissioner George Joyner: “There’s a space for virtual assets that won’t go away”

George Joyner has Puerto Rico in his blood. The Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions is a veteran player who has spent his whole career in the fast-growing banking and, latterly, FinTech industry in the US territory of Puerto Rico, with the exception of… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

AI Startup Tigerobo Receives $33 Million in Series A Financing Early this week, intelligent financial search engine Tigerobo announced the completion of $33 million Series A financing, which was funded by PAC, CreditEase New Finance Industry Investment Fund and Gaorong Capital. Chen Bo, founder and… Read More

Israel Securities Authority Outlines Recommended Regulatory Approach for Digital Assets

Last week, a committee at the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) investigating the applicability of regulation pertaining to initial coin offerings (ICOs) and digital assets submitted their final report. The Committee was first established in August of 2017 during the height of the ICO boom. The… Read More

Securities Commission Malaysia Discusses 2018 Annual Report & Plans for Capital Market Ecosystem, Alternative Funding Raises USD $197.7 Million

According to the Securities Commission Malaysia in conjunction with the release of its 2018 Annual Report, the Malaysian capital market continued to play a key role in financing the economy against a backdrop of challenging global market conditions. “Though occasionally tempered by uncertainties stemming from rising… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding: Inside Advice from Six Entrepreneurs Who’ve Done It

We interviewed several entrepreneurs who ran successful Reg CF campaigns – as well as two equity crowdfunding platforms – to break down the ins and outs of running a campaign. The bottom line? According to our review, you’re off base if you think equity crowdfunding… Read More

Deutsche Borse Partners with Swisscom and Sygnum on Digital Asset Ecosystem

Deutsche Börse, Swisscom and Sygnum are partnering on the creation of a “trusted digital asset ecosystem” to build a platform to provide digital asset issuance, liquidity and banking services. The partnership is indicative of the growing acceptance by mainstream finance regarding the potential of distributed… Read More

North American Securities Administrators Association Worries About Fintech and State Regulatory Relevance

Last week, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) issued their legislative agenda for the 116th Congress. Buried within their priorities were the Association’s concerns pertaining to emerging Fintech services. Fintech has the capacity to provide better services for both consumers and businesses – typically… Read More

OurCrowd Leads When it Comes to Online Capital Formation for Promising Young Firms

OurCrowd is the largest securities crowdfunding platform for early-stage firms in the world. Last week, OurCrowd held its annual Summit in Israel. The Summit was host to over 18,000 participants, from 187 different countries, making it the largest event of its kind in the world…. Read More

OneCoin: Huge Crypto Ponzi Perp Konstantin Ignatov is Arrested in LA as Feds Close In. “If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is”

On Friday, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney, part of the Department of Justice, issued a statement regarding ongoing Ponzi scam OneCoin stating that alleged perpetrator Konstantin Ignatov had been arrested at the Los Angeles airport. Ignatov was hit with charges of wire fraud conspiracy regarding the… Read More

Heard at Tel Aviv Fintech Week

Last week was a big one for Fintech and Israel. At the beginning of the week, the annual Tel Aviv Fintech Week event took place. Tel Aviv Fintech is a three-day affair that started with blockchain and ended with women in Fintech. On Thursday, the… Read More

What’s the Back Story to Security Token Offerings and Regulation?

The initial coin offering (ICO) / Security Token Offering (STO) continues to endure a period of regulatory uncertainty. As things stand right now, ICOs are securities. End of story. If you completed an ICO after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the DAO Report… Read More

How Fintech Should Help to Close the Gender Gap in Business Lending

The number of women-owned businesses has been steadily increasing globally. Despite this, accessing finance to start or grow their business remains a struggle for many women. A study by the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Kansas City found that women are less likely… Read More

Global Investment Platform OurCrowd Tops $1 Billion Raised, Reports 29 Exits

OurCrowd, the largest investment crowdfunding platform in the world, has topped $1 billion in funding raised. The online investment platform has provided growth capital to 170 individual firms and 18 different funds in the six years since the platform launch. Alongside the milestone funding amount,… Read More

Kinetic International Launches Blockchain Based Trading Platform

Kinetic International is the new kid on the banking block. After years of diligent wading through a complex and often trying regulatory approval process, Kinetic CEO Michael Williams heads up the first international private bank that is both fully compliant with US banking regulations (it… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Research: Fintech Can Boost Financial Inclusion if Regulatory Innovation Exists

A new report by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) states that if properly regulated, Fintech can “extend the benefits of financial inclusion to millions of unbanked and underbanked people around the world.” Fintech has the potential to provide enormous benefit for the less… Read More

ArborCrowd Co-Founder Adam Kaufman on the Future of Real Estate Crowdfunding

Real estate crowdfunding is going through a bit of a transition right now. Some platforms that garnered early traction have dimmed or disappeared while others have emerged to lead the charge as they execute on their chosen business model. ArborCrowd is a platform that has… Read More

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