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The Four Digital Banks of Singapore

Earlier this month, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced the first four digital banks approved by the regulator. The first digital banks out of the gate are the culmination of a multi-year process where MAS. In June 2019, MAS announced it would approve up… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

WeBank Reduces Upper Limit of Microloan to ¥200,000 WeBank, the Tencent-backed digital bank, announced that it would reduce the upper limit of its microloan product (Weilidai) from ¥300,000 to ¥200,000 from December 26th. According to WeBank, the reduction was a response to the “Commercial Bank… Read More

Crypto Industry Insiders Comment on SEC Complaint Against Ripple Alleging Sale of Unregistered Securities in XRP Distributions

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) lawsuit against Ripple is the largest enforcement action attacking the sale of a cryptocurrency to date. The SEC alleges the sale of an unregistered security in the issuance of XRP, Ripple’s native token. Ripple has been quick to defend… Read More

SEC Charges Ripple, Christian Larsen and Bradley Garlinghouse, with $1.38 Billion Sale of an Unregistered Security

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has publicly posted the complaint charging Ripple with the sale of an unregistered security. Including in the enforcement action are Christian Larsen, the company’s co-founder, executive chairman of its board, and former CEO; and Bradley Garlinghouse, the company’s current… Read More

Reg CF: 62 FINRA Regulated Crowdfunding Portals. How Many Will Endure?

To issue securities under Reg CF (Regulation Crowdfunding), a platform must either be a FINRA regulated funding portal or a broker-dealer. In this sector of online capital formation, both types of regulated entities issue securities under this rule. Periodically, we re-visit the number of FINRA… Read More

NextSeed and Republic Discuss Acquisition: See Opportunity in Blockchain, Plan for Global Expansion

  Last month Republic, a leading investment platform and crowdfunding marketplace, announced it had acquired the assets of NextSeed small business investment platform for an undisclosed amount. NextSeed co-founder and CEO Youngro Lee became Chief Operating Officer of Republic while remaining CEO of NextSeed Securities… Read More

Crypto Wallet Provider Ledger Hacked: Customer Database Said to be Compromised

Ledger, a crypto wallet provider based in Paris, France, has apparently experienced a security breach according to a tweet from the company. Ledger stated yesterday that they have been alerted to the dump of a customer database on Raidforum. The company said that it is… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission Issues Regulations Towards Internet Insurance On December 14th, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) issued the “Internet Insurance Business Regulatory Measures.” Key contents of the Measures include: clarifying the nature of Internet insurance business and applicable regulations… Read More

Omar Arab: EVP of Corporate Business at VeriTran Explains how Low-Code Platforms Help Deploy Seamless Fintech Applications

We recently connected with Omar Arab, EVP of Corporate Business at VeriTran, a leading low-code platform provider for enterprises. Arab talked about how low-code solutions make it easier for everyone, including non-programmers, to create applications for a wide variety of use cases – including banking… Read More

Blockchain Infrastructure Platform Paxos Secures $142 Million in Series C Funding Round Led By Declaration Partners

  Paxos, a blockchain infrastructure platform, today announced it has closed a $142 million Series C round of funding. Declaration Partners, the investment firm backed by the family office of David M. Rubenstein, led the round, with participation from Mithril Capital, PayPal Ventures, RIT Capital Partners plc, Ken Moelis, Alua Capital,… Read More

Nubank: A LatAm Fintech Valued at $10 Billion and Growing Fast

Last week during LendIt Fintech’s LatAm virtual event, David Velez, founder and CEO Nubank, took to the screen to share some of his experiences in launching a digital bank in Latin America that has now emerged as a hugely successful Fintech. In 2013 following years… Read More

Germany Legalizes Digital Securities Using Blockchain Technology

Germany has legalized securities managed via blockchain technology, according to a statement by the German government. Enabling digital securities is part of a broader strategy in enabling new technology. The Federal Cabinet has approved the draft law on the introduction of electronic securities that was… Read More

Here is the Complaint Filed Against Robinhood by the State of Massachusetts

As was previously reported, the State of Massachusetts, Office of the Security of the Commonwealth Securities Division, has filed a complaint against Robinhood, a popular online trading platform providing access to traditional securities as well as crypto. The complaint alleges that Robinhood engaged in acts… Read More

Neufund Announces New Investment, Will Pursue Financial Services License, Founder Zoe Adamovicz Comments on Plans

Neufund, an aspiring early-stage digital asset marketplace that connects investors with early-stage firms, has announced a €4 million investment led by Atlantic Labs and Udo Schloemer (founder and CEO of Factory Berlin). Additional investors in the round include Freigeist Capital and Dario Suter (founder and… Read More

Republic’s Next Offering Will Be Litigation Tokens in Partnership with Avalanche and Roche Cyrulnik Freedman

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Republic has revealed its next funding vertical today in a unique venture with Avalanche and Roche Cyrulnik Freedman, LLP. Initial Litigation Offerings or “ILO” will soon bring the multi-billion dollar asset class to retail investors, according to a blog post. In fact, the first ILO… Read More

Alon Rajic: Co-Founder at Israel’s Finofin Ltd Discusses Fintech Trends and Impact of Brexit on Global Money Transfer Business

The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped consumer mentality and habits, especially as it relates to people’s financial needs. But it remains unclear what new habits born out of necessity are here to stay and what will vanish as the pandemic grinds to an eventual halt. We recently… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

GaiaWorks Raises ¥500 Million in Series D1 Funding Led by GGV Capital On December 8th, GaiaWorks, a Chinese leading provider of workforce management cloud services, announced that it had closed ¥500 million in Series D1 funding. The investment was led by GGV Capital, with participation… Read More

Wirecard: Collapse of Fintech Causes Deutsche Bank’s Accounting Lead to Step Aside, Former COO on Interpol’s Most Wanted List, Book is in the Works

Wirecard, the Fintech that deserves the award for the most spectacular fraud and ensuing collapse of 2020, continues to earn headlines for the financial disaster. It was recently reported that Deutsche Bank’s head of accounting was compelled to temporarily step aside due to his involvement… Read More

How New P2P Regulations Make the Industry Safer for Investors in Southeast Asia

Digital lending platforms have made strong inroads in Southeast Asia over the past few years. In 2016 alone, peer-to-peer (P2P) business lending generated US$115.01 million—more than half of Southeast Asia’s total alternative financing market that year.  This growth can be attributed to a combination of… Read More

Digital Asset Insiders Comment on FSOC Report

The US Department of Treasury has published the annual FSOC report. The Financial Stability Oversight Council convenes every year to review potential systemic risks to the financial services industry. FSOC members include the top financial services regulators including the SEC, the Fed, the OCC, etc…. Read More

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