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Digital Securities Exchange Archax to Use R3’s Corda Enterprise Software for Post-Trade Activities

London-based Archax, an institutional digital securities exchange, announced on October 18 that it had teamed up with enterprise blockchain developer R3. The partnership between the two companies involves using R3’s Corda Enterprise software to manage post-trade activities on Archax’s platform. Archax provides a globally accessible… Read More

EY Fintech Australia Census: The Fintech Industry is increasingly profitable and the year on year revenue growth trend continues

For the fourth year in a row, EY Australia has partnered with Fintech Australia to publish a “census” on the status of the Fintech industry. The census is the result of a survey of 120 different Aussie Fintechs. In this year’s report, EY states that… Read More

UK-based Fintech Proportunity Raises £2 Million via Seed Round to Fund Home Equity Lending Platform Development

UK-based Proportunity, a Fintech firm for first-time property buyers, has raised £2 million (appr. $2.6 million) through a seed investment round in order to fund the development of its home equity lending platform. Proportunity’s management claims they’re the only help-to-buy challenger in the market that… Read More

One of Finland’s Largest Financial Institutions MuniFin Selects Enterprise Software Developer Temenos

Finland-based Municipality Finance (MuniFin), a credit institution that offers financial services to municipalities and central government-subsidized housing production, has chosen Temenos, a company that develops enterprise software for banks.  MuniFin will reportedly be using Temenos’ flagship core banking system T24 Transact. Following an “exhaustive” selection… Read More

German Law Professor Proposes Legal Solutions for Problems Posed by DLT and Blockchain

Dr. Matthias Lehmann, chair for civil law, private international law and international business law at the University of Bonn, has published a paper proposing localized legal solutions to problems posed by transnational distributed ledgers (DLT) and blockchains like Bitcoin. According to a blog post regarding… Read More

London-based Santander InnoVentures Leads €35 Million Round in Cross-Border Lending Marketplace CrossLend

London-based Santander InnoVentures, Santander Group’s venture capital fund focused on financial technology investments, is leading a €35 million (appr. $38.7 million) investment round in Berlin-based CrossLend, a cross-border marketplace lending platform for making pan-European investments. The Series B funding round in CrossLend includes investments from… 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

Popular Fintech Curve Re-brands

Curve, a popular Fintech app that enables a single card to manage all of your credit cards, has updated its brand. “Our old brand simply wasn’t cutting it. It was too bland for our colourful product. We’re too bold for the swamp of boring banker… Read More

Bermuda Is Now Accepting USDC Stablecoin As Payment for Taxes, Fees, and Government Services

Bermuda’s residents can now pay their taxes in cryptocurrency. The government of the British Overseas Territory announced on October 16 that it will take payments in Circle’s USD Coin (USDC) “for taxes, fees and other government services.”  According to a press release by Circle Internet… Read More

Update: CreditSpring Completes Seedrs Round With More Than £1.5 Million Secured

Creditspring, a UK-based subscription-based loan membership platform, has officially closed its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. The company completed the funding round with a total of £1,571,666 secured. Through the initiative, which was launched in August, CreditSpring offered 13.30% in equity at a £9,780,000 pre-money… Read More

Survey: Almost 75% of German Residents Say They Won’t Use Facebook’s Libra Stablecoin

Nearly three-quarters, or 75%, of German consumers said they would not use Facebook’s controversial stablecoin Libra, according to a recent survey Out of 2000 Germans, aged 16 and over, that were questioned, only 27% said they might consider using Libra to conduct local or international… 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

UAE’s Largest Real Estate Firm Emaar Launches New Token Developed on JPMorgan’s DLT Platform Quorum

United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based real estate firm Emaar Properties has launched a new blockchain token-based referral and loyalty platform. Emaar, the developer of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and the Dubai Mall, intends to use the EMR token to reward its customers, according to… Read More

Foxconn Founder Calls Facebook’s Libra “A Great Opportunity for Taiwan”

Coindesk is reporting that Terry Gou, who founded electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn in 1976, told attendees at Taiwan’s technology association AGM in Taipei October 3rd that he thinks the country should welcome Facebook’s Libra with open arms. “I know (Facebook CEO Mark) Zuckerberg pretty well, and… Read More

Belgian SME Lender Look & Fin Raises €6 Million to Fuel Growth

Look & Fin, a European crowdlending pioneer, announced that it has raised €6 million from local investment fund finance & invest.brussels and private investors. Founded in 2012, Look & Fin, is one of the top SME crowdlender in the European area of Belgium, Luxembourg and… Read More

European P2P Lender for Property Backed Loans Estate Guru Launches Secondary Market

Pan European peer to peer lender EstateGuru has launched a secondary market for their loans, according to a note from the company. Investors may now buy and sell the securities online. EstateGuru is a peer to peer market for short term, property-backed loans for SMEs…. 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

Following Emergency Orders from SEC Prohibiting GRAM Token Sales in the US, Telegram Asks Investors for Extension

Telegram, makers of the popular mobile messaging app Telegram, have sent an email to GRAM token investors asking for a six-month extension on the launch of TON, a blockchain network financed by the company’s $1.7 billion USD 2018 token sale. The request for an extension… Read More

Australia: Lime Shuts Down “Digital Advice Tools” Following Concerns Raised by ASIC

Lime FS Pty Ltd has agreed to shut down “digital advice tools” following concerns raised by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). According to ASIC, Lime has voluntarily shut down two digital advice referenced as robo advice. Lime FS’ corporate authorised representatives, Plenty Wealth… Read More

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