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CCAF: Regulation of Alternative Finance is Key to Make Sector Safe to Scale for the Masses

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), part of the Judge School of Business at Cambridge University, has partnered with the World Bank to publish a report on the global regulation of alternative finance and innovative Fintech firms. According to the new report, the regulation… Read More

Joon Bhang: Newly Appointed North Asia Head of Ops. for Findora Explains Company’s Business Strategy

Findora, a confidential and compliant network protocol that allows users to securely transfer financial assets, recently appointed Joon Bhang as the company’s head of North Asia operations.  Bhang will be responsible for developing relationships with large financial institutions, corporations, and government agencies as Findora continue… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

The 2019 Global Fintech Venture Competition Launched in Beijing On October 12th, the “2019 Global Fintech Venture Competition” (hereinafter referred to as “the Venture Competition”) was officially launched at the WDK Fintech Exchange Center in Beijing. The Venture Competition is a high-level fintech competition initiated… Read More

New Regulation of Crowdfunding in Russia

The new law regulating crowdfunding in Russia will enter into force on January 1, 2020. Existing platforms must comply by July 1, 2020. Federal Law No. 259-FZ “On Investments Through Investment Platforms and Certain Amendments to Other Laws of the Russian Federation” dated August 2,… Read More

Following Critical BBC Report Regarding Frozen Accounts, Digital Bank Monzo Responds

Yesterday, the BBC program “Watchdog Live” reported on alleged problems at digital bank Monzo where customers have been blocked from accessing their accounts. “we’ve been contacted by quite a few customers saying they have had their accounts frozen with no explanation, so all of a… Read More

Telegram Responds to SEC’s Enforcement Action: SEC is Attempting to “Steamroll Telegram Into Consenting to a Preliminary Injunction Where There is No Need”

Telegram has responded to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement action revealed last week. On October 11, the SEC filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order against Telegram. The SEC targeted an alleged unregistered, ongoing digital token offering in the U.S. and… Read More

Payment Fintech Lemon Way to Receive €25 million Investment from Toscafund Asset Management

European payment Fintech Lemon Way has announced a signed agreement to receive a €25 million investment from Toscafund Asset Management LLP. Details of the investment were not provided. The investment is subject to regulatory approvals. Toscafund is a London-based multi-asset alternative investment management firm with… Read More

Jason Urban: DrawBridge Lending CEO Discusses Risk and Compliance for Lending Capital to Bitcoin Holders

Earlier this month, DrawBridge Lending (dba DBL Digital), a digital asset lending, borrowing and investment management firm, partnered with Kingdom Trust, a qualified custodian providing a self-directed IRA incorporating several digital assets with property and traditional asset investments. DBL Digital and Kingdom Trust aim to… Read More

Stifel Takes Minority Stake in Global Crowdfunding Platform OurCrowd, Plans Strategic Partnership

Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) has taken a minority stake in global crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. Details on the investment were not provided. The Israel based investment marketplace is the largest of its kind in the world having received over $1.28 billion of investment commitments while… Read More

Telegram Enforcement Action: “A reminder that the SEC not only has considerable enforcement tools but is willing to use them”

Last week, Crowdfund Insider reported on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action against Telegram and the issuance of Gram tokens. The move by the SEC is a doozy and telling. First, Telegram sold about $1.7 billion in a SAFT (simple agreement for future… Read More

Report: Digital Bank Revolut Seeking $1.5 Billion in New Funding

Digital challenger bank Revolut is said to be looking to raise $1.5 billion in both debt and equity financing according to a report by Sky News. Apparently, Revolut is talking to JP Morgan to  raise $500 million in equity plus an additional $1 billion in… Read More

How Can Fintechs Onboard New Customers While Preventing Fraud

Financial technology (Fintech) companies are finding new ways to meet consumer demands and create more financial inclusion on a global scale. While Fintechs are on the rise, these companies still have to manage the same problems traditional financial institutions face: fraud. And while fraud permeates… Read More

SEC Slams the Brakes on Telegram’s $1.7 Billion Digital Token Offering in an Emergency Action

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed an emergency action and obtained a temporary restraining order against Telegram. The SEC targeted two offshore entities conducting an alleged unregistered, ongoing digital token offering in the U.S. and overseas that has raised more than $1.7 billion… Read More

Alon Goren of Goren Holm Ventures Shares Vision of Digital Asset Future

Alon Goren has been involved with the Fintech industry for a very long time. From the very early days of regulated crowdfunding (JOBS Act of 2012) to the emergence of crypto and the advent of digital assets, Goren has pretty much seen it all. Several… Read More

Deputy Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore: Tokenised Assets Can Simplify Post-trade Processes and Shorten the Settlement Cycle

In a wide-ranging speech at The World Federation of Exchanges General, Jacqueline Loh, Deputy Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) addressed the advent of blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the utilization of regulated securities and exchanges. Singapore is a noted Fintech Hub… Read More

Seedrs is Crowdfunding. Should You Invest?

Seedrs, a leading UK based crowdfunding platform, has launched its anticipated investment crowdfunding campaign. The offering, now open to all investors, is part of a larger £4.5 million funding round backed by institutions. Seedrs, the first approved crowdfunding platform to launch in the UK, has… Read More

SEC’s Concept Release Comment Period Closes. So What Say You on Regulatory Harmonization & Access to Capital?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) officially closed comments on its concept release regarding regulatory harmonization of securities offerings exemptions on September 24, 2019. But as in past cases, comments have continued to trickle in and we would not be surprised if more follow. That… Read More

Canada Update: Alberta Updates Crowdfunding Regulations but Where Does Canada Stand in the National Harmonization of Rules? What about Fintech Development?

Last week, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) adopted a “Blanket Order” for “Startup Crowdfunding Registration and Prospectus Exemptions.” In effect, the ASC was seeking to improve access to capital for smaller firms – a good thing- but the move also highlights the disparity between the… Read More

Benedikt Bünz: Head of Research at Findora Explains How Bulletproofs Ensure Confidentiality of Blockchain Transactions

Benedikt Bünz, a Stanford Ph.D. student and head of research at Findora, a decentralized network protocol for the development of financial services applications, recently explained how Bulletproofs ensure the confidentiality of blockchain-based transactions. As chief scientist at Findora and inventor of a  new technology called… Read More

CFTC Technology Advisory Committee Meeting Indicates Ongoing Support for Fintech Innovation: “Our markets should always be striving to improve”

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) held the 4th meeting of the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) this past week, sponsored by CFTC Commissioner Brian Quintez. Several of the topics included hot areas of Fintech such as the utilization of distributed ledger technology (DLT/ Blockchain) in… Read More

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