Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

New York Supreme Court Rejects Crypto Exchange Bitfinex and Parent Co. iFinex’s Appeal Involving $850 Million in Lost Funds

A US state appeals court on July 9, 2020 confirmed that it will be siding with the New York Office of the Attorney General (NYAG) as it aims to obtain documents, involving an investigation, from Bitfinex, a major digital asset exchange, and its sister company… Read More

CFTC Schedules Fintech Event “Empower Innovation 2020”

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has announced a series of Fintech focused virtual events to take place later this fall. Hosted by the CFTC’s innovation section, LabCFTC, “Empower Innovation 2020” will be a series of virtual events in place of a “Fintech Forward” conference… Read More

Tide Pauses “Bounce Back Loan” Lending & Closes Waiting List

UK-based challenger bank Tide announced this week it has paused its bounce back loan lending and closed its waiting list. In April 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the lending scheme, which added to the existing support of small businesses that are affected by the COVID-19… Read More

For the First Time Ever, Ethereum Address with 100,000 USDC Stablecoins Gets Blacklisted Following Orders from Law Enforcement

An Ethereum address, for the very first time, with 100,000 USDC stablecoin was recently blacklisted. The transaction, which may be viewed via Etherscan, an Ethereum (ETH) blockchain explorer, confirms that a “blacklist(address investor)” function was initiated on June 16, 2020, by 0x5dB0115f3B72d19cEa34dD697cf412Ff86dc7E1b, which is an… Read More

Central Bank in the Philippines is Working on Digital Banking Guidelines including Minimal Capital Requirements

The BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas), the central bank of the Philippines, is working on a new set of guidelines for digital banks that plan on establishing operations in the country. The BSP confirmed that foreign individuals or business entities will be able to own… Read More

US Justice Department Said to be Investigating Wirecard in Alleged $100 Million Bank Fraud in Cahoots with Marijuana Firm

At a minimum, Wirecard AG (WDI:DE) has generated a good amount of fascinating, yet disappointing news, as the once high-profile Fintech plunged into bankruptcy. Today, according to WSJ.com, the US Department of Justice is investigating allegations of bank fraud surrounding a cannabis-focused company. While details… Read More

UK Stamp Duty Cut by HM Treasury, CEO of Assetz Capital Stuart Law Comments on Move

In a speech today entitled “Plan for Jobs” by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, he announced the elimination of the Stamp Duty at a certain threshold in a move to improve the UK housing market. The Chancellor explained: “… to catalyse the housing… Read More

UK based Fintech Proplend, a P2P Lending Platform, Claims its Loan Queries Doubled in June 2020

UK-based Proplend, a Fintech platform that matches demand for alternative property finance with investor demand for “inflation-beating returns,” has revealed that its loan queries doubled last month (month-on-month). The FCA approved peer to peer (P2P) lending platform claims that it’s expecting several new deals to… Read More

UK’s Alternative Business Funding Partners with LawBite, an Online Legal Platform, to Offer Assistance to SMEs Following COVID-19

UK-based Alternative Business Funding (ABF), a free and easy-to-use website for finding funding sources for SMEs, has teamed up with LawBite, an online legal platform powering a fully SRA regulated UK law firm that provides various legal services to small businesses. Through the partnership, the… Read More

House Financial Services Committee Task Force on AI Schedules Hearing on AI, Contract Tracing and Exposure Tracing for COVID-19

  Tomorrow (July 8), the Task Force on Artificial Intelligence, part of the House Financial Services Committee will hold a virtual hearing entitled, “Exposure Notification and Contact Tracing: How AI Helps Localities Reopen Safely and Researchers Find a Cure.”  Open to the public, the virtual… Read More

Telegram to Shut Down its TON Test Network Next Month, After Paying $18.5 Million Fine to SEC, and Returning Investors’ Money

Telegram, a major social network with hundreds of millions of users, had attempted to raise funds through a digital asset offering. However, it recently decided to settle an enforcement action initiated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). While Telegram claims it terminated its… Read More

HM Treasury Update Shows Ongoing Rise of COVID-19 Support Schemes, Bounce Back Loans Top One Million, Future Fund at £380 Million

  HM Treasury has posted its weekly update on its COVID-19 business support schemes and as one would expect the numbers continue to push higher. HM Treasury reports that more than one million businesses have been approved to receive £45 billion in financing support. In… Read More

Digital Asset Platform Currency.com has Reportedly been Awarded a New DLT License by Gibraltar’s Financial Services Commission

Currency.com, a regulated digital assets platform, has reportedly been awarded a new distributed ledger technology (DLT) license by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC). As mentioned in a release shared with Crowdfund Insider: “The license allows [Currency.com] to use DLT for storing or transmitting value… Read More

Exempt Offering Ecosystem Update: What Online Investment Platforms are Telling the SEC

Not too long ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concluded the comments phase of a proposal to update, and hopefully improve, rules pertaining to the exempt offering ecosystem. This includes Reg A+, Reg CF, and Reg D (506c), each a variant of online capital… Read More

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs HB 1391, the State Now Welcomes Fintech Firms via its Regulatory Sandbox Program

Ron DeSantis, the 46th Governor of the US state of Florida, noted on July 2, 2020, that with the signing of HB 1391, Florida now welcomes Fintech firms that aim to “disrupt the status quo and gives them an opportunity to provide new types of… Read More

Global Fintech Funding Declined during COVID-19, Investors Now Focused on Mature Fintechs like Robinhood and Stripe: Report

  The global Fintech industry is being transformed by the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting socio-economic problems and challenges, according to a recent report from CB Insights. As mentioned in the report, the first quarter of this year was quite difficult for the financial services sector… Read More

Jan Marsalek, Wirecard Former COO, May Have Not Gone to Philippines, Still on the Lam

Jan Marsalek, the former COO of Wirecard AG (WDI:DE) who was fired from his job when €1.9 billion went missing, may have never traveled to the Philippines in late June as records he entered the country were apparently faked, according to a report by Reuters. Marsalek pulled… Read More

Singapore Investigates Two Firms for Falsification of Accounts in Regards to Wirecard Fraud

Wirecard AG (WDI:DE), once a prominent payments Fintech and now a financial debacle due to allegations of massive fraud, continues to try and find a way to survive. Meanwhile, shares in the firm have tanked dropping from over €100/share to now around €3/share as the… Read More

Criminal Court in Russia Refuses to Recognize Bitcoin as Legal Property, Won’t Help Victim who Lost Nearly 100 BTC

A criminal court in Russia has reportedly rejected a motion to offer restitution to a victim after they lost around 100 Bitcoin (BTC), an amount currently valued at around $910,000. In 2018, two Russian men impersonating the country’s Federal Security Service (FSB) agents had allegedly… Read More

Digital Onboarding: Bank Negara, Malaysia’s Central Bank, Releases Updated e-KYC Policy Document, Effective Immediately

Bank Negara Malaysia, the nation’s central bank, released a policy document on July 1, 2020, that covers electronic or digital know-your-customer (e-KYC) requirements. The document is an update to the reserve bank’s earlier exposure draft from December 2019. The new policy went into effect immediately… Read More

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