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Boston Security Token Exchange: tZero Partner BOX Exchange Files Proposed Rule Change as it Pushes to Trade Digital Assets

Last week, the BOX Exchange filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). BOX has partnered with tZero to trade digital assets, or security tokens, in a new entity called the Boston Security Token Exchange (BSTX). The filing is over 400… Read More

A Pivotal Year for Envestors: A Discussion with co-founder Scott Haughton

Envestors is a “Fintech company that connects investors and scale-up businesses.” Part crowdfunding platform, part angel investor network, and part software as a service. Envestors launched in 2004 as a private investor network for early-stage firms. A digital platform followed in 2013 to directly connect… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

PBOC Set Up Deposit Insurance Fund Management Company On May 24th, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), China’s central bank, set up a deposit insurance fund management company after it took a rare move to take over Inner Mongolia-based Baoshang Bank in response to its… Read More

Real Estate Finance Marketplace to Watch: Exporo’s CEO Simon Brunke Extols Retail Investors’ Virtues and Discusses Expansion Plans

In its 3rd edition, Viva Technology, the Paris technology innovation show gathered more than 124,000 attendees from 125 nationalities, a 24% increase over last year. French President Emmanuel Macron, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Alibaba’s founder and CEO Jack Ma were among the 450… Read More

When Howey, the SEC & CorpFin Met Bourbon

Some time ago, I started a small collection of interesting bourbons. A trip to Frankfurt, Kentucky, and a visit to Buffalo Trace, helped to seal my interest. During the trip, I purchased several bottles of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkel, which I consumed at my leisure… Read More

Fintech: The US-UK Financial Regulatory Working Group Meets in DC, New Financial Innovation Partnership Announced

The governments of the US and the UK held its second meeting of the US-UK Financial Regulatory Working Group in Washington, DC. The inaugural meeting of the Working Group took place in September 2018. The Working Group was formed to improve “bilateral regulatory cooperation with… Read More

IPO Fail: It’s Better to Invest Early in Private Markets as Public Offerings are Too Often Just an Exit for Big Money

For years, there has been a discussion regarding the initial public offering (IPO) conundrum. Back in the day, smaller investors could join alongside institutional money to capture wealth in an IPO. Today, too frequently, that is simply not the case. The big money has been… Read More

3 Challenges of Scaling a Fintech Company Across Borders

Investments in Fintech surged in 2018, reaching US $55 billion worldwide and doubling that of the year before, according to Accenture. Fintech companies are also getting bigger. Currently, 19 out of Forbes’ 50 Most Innovative Fintech Companies in 2019 have valuations of US$1 billion or… Read More

Blockstation Wants to Provide the Solution for Traditional Exchanges to Get into Digital Assets

Last month, Canada-based Fintech Blockstation announced a relationship with the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). As part of a pilot program, the Blockstation trading platform is being used by the JSE for listing, trading, clearing, and settlement of digital currencies (BTC and ETH). Security tokens are… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Fintech Research Institute of People’s Bank of China Starts Recruiting Blockchain Talent The Fintech Research Institute, established by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), has posted several job vacancies about blockchain on recruitment website Lagou.com. Shenzhen Fintech Research Institute is a unit jointly established by… Read More

Insurtech: Do We Need a New Model for Insurance?

Technology has changed us; it’s undeniable. It’s a safe bet to say that technology is going to continue to change us too.  It will continue to revolutionize how our society lives, works, plays, and transact business.  Today, 57 percent of the world’s population is now… Read More

French Digital Asset Association Gears Up to Champion Digital Assets in Europe and Beyond

Riding on the wings of the success of the Paris Blockchain Week, members of the French Association for the Management of Cryptoassets have decided to set up a larger and more formal association to take their endeavor to the next level.  Today, the founding members… Read More

Fintech Unicorn Transferwise Raises $292 Million at $3.5 Billion Valuation: No Need to Go Public as there is an Ocean of Private Capital

Fintech Unicorn and stealth bank Transferwise has raised $292 million at a valuation of $3.5 billion. According to multiple reports, Transferwise has doubled its valuation in contrast to its last funding round. The round was said to be over-subscribed. Transferwise last raised capital at a… Read More

Three Years of Reg CF: 44 Funding Portals, 9 Departures, 1 Suspension & $200 Million Raised

Last week Regulation Crowdfunding, or Reg CF as it is affectionately called, celebrated its 3rd birthday. While the JOBS Act legislation that created online capital formation was signed into law in 2012, final rules for Reg CF did not become actionable into about 4 years… Read More

UK Financial Conduct Authority: Over £27 Million Lost to Crypto & Forex Fraud as Scams Triple Versus Year Prior

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a report addressing frauds and scams in the cryptocurrency and Forex sector. According to the FCA, over £27 million has been lost from these scams during the 2018/2019 period. Reports of scams topped 1,800 – 3X versus… Read More

New German Crowdfunding Regulation: Major Enhancements, A Few Regrets

The German Crowdfunding Association, the federal industry association which represents 85% of the German crowd investment market, welcomed last week the adoption by the German Parliament of the new and improved legal framework for crowdinvesting, albeit with a few regrets. Major Expansion of the Scope… Read More

Comptroller Otting Discusses Fintech Charter During House Financial Services Committee

Last week, Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting testified in front of the House Financial Services Committee. The hearing was entitled, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness and Accountability of Megabanks and Other Depository Institutions.” The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency… Read More

Assure Services Claims to be the Largest SPV Service in the World and it Has Many Fintech Platforms as Clients

Recently Crowdfund Insider encountered a successful service that is not exactly a high profile business in the Fintech world. Back office fund management provided by Assure Services. What we did not realize is that many Fintech platforms are outsourcing their fund management so they may… Read More

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Responds to SECs Digital Asset Guidance. Applauds Commission’s Effort While Stating the Guidance Raises New Questions

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA) has published a response to the recent guidance on digital assets from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In early April, the SEC, Division of Corporate Finance, issued its first No-Action letter (NAL) to Turnkey Jet pertaining to the… Read More

Reg CF 3 Year Anniversary: Republic Reports on Progress & Change as a Leading Crowdfunding Platform

Regulation Crowdfunding, commonly called Reg CF, celebrates a birthday today. On May 16, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) allowed issuers to use the securities exemption to raise capital online from both FINRA approved “funding portals” as well as broker-dealers. Part of the JOBS… Read More

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