Politics, Legal & Regulation

Policy and regulations impacting innovations in Finance.

Bahrain to Introduce Regulations for E-Commerce Businesses which Support Nation’s Digital Transformation Strategy

The Middle Eastern country of Bahrain has identified key focus areas to further develop its economy. The nation’s government has outlined a national strategy for supporting digital commerce. Zayed Alazayani, the Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister, stated that the Kingdom will be introducing new laws… Read More

Southeast Asian Country of Vietnam Needs More Qualified Professionals, Better Policies to Expand Fintech Sector

Vietnam reportedly doesn’t have enough skilled professionals needed to support the growth of the nation’s Fintech focused economy. The Southeast Asian country is home to more than 96 million residents, making it the world’s 15th most populous nation. Its GDP stands at around $250 billion…. Read More

Association of Online Investment Platforms Ask SEC to Immediately Boost Reg CF Cap to Help Alleviate Challenges of COVID-19

In a public statement, the Association of Online Investment Platforms (AOIP) has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to move quickly and to improve the regulatory environment to support small businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Addressed to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, and… Read More

Consumer Data Right Legislation Should Make it Easier to Compare Fintech Products, According to Australian Government Official

The Consumer Data Right (CDR) legislation in Australia has been introduced to enhance the nation’s modern banking sector. It’s also supposed to make it easier to match or compare different financial products across a range of industries in the country, according to Senator Jane Hume,… Read More

Lawcloud Reminds Reg CF Issuers to File Annual Report with SEC

Reg CF continues to grow in popularity as a securities exemption utilized by smaller firms to raise much-needed growth capital. Reg CF is the smallest of the three different crowdfunding exemptions but has perhaps garnered the most popular interest due. An issuer must utilize either… Read More

IT Provider for EMI and Banks Slams Open Banking Rules in EU: “It Doesn’t Work,” Calls it a “Flop”

Open Banking, a concept that is widely discussed but understood by relatively few, is an attempt to enable customers to control their own data while requiring financial services to allow access to this data, when approved, to foster a more robust and competitive financial services… Read More

When Will Singapore Adopt Blockchain-Based Multi-Currency Payments? In Due Course

Singapore recently completed a pilot program for a blockchain-based multi-currency payments network prototype. Project Ubin, launched in 2016, engaged with several private parties as well as government entities seeking to better understand the benefits of blockchain technology. The prototype was developed in collaboration with JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) and… Read More

Australian Senator Andrew Bragg Recommends Adopting Latest Fintech and Regtech Solutions to Ensure Country Remains “Globally Competitive”

Senator Andrew Bragg, the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on financial technology and regulatory technology in Australia, recently introduced an interim report which included 32 different recommendations. Bragg noted that as the country tries to cope with its first recession in the past three… Read More

Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey Says Bitcoin Falls Short in Payments but Stablecoins May be Useful

Andrew Bailey, the Governor of the Bank of England, spoke at the Brookings Institue in the US this week and he tackled a hot topic: cryptocurrencies. More specifically, Bailey spoke about the efficacy, or lack of, when using certain digital assets in payment transactions. Bailey… Read More

Over 15 Countries have Defined Regulatory Framework for Blockchain based Security Tokens: Report

The team at Security Token Advisors, a group of professionals that aim to “reinvent” finance with security tokens, reveals that that many “progressive” legislators and regulators have been focused on defining relevant rules and standards for issuing blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT)-based financial securities… Read More

SEC Adopts Massive Changes To “Accredited Investor” Definition

Its official, the “accredited investor” definition, which has not changed significantly since its enactment almost 40 years ago, has been massively upgraded. On August 26, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted final amendments to the “accredited investor” definition which fundamentally change and broaden… Read More

OCC to Start Processing Charter Applications from Fintechs: Report

  The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) will start processing Fintech applications to become federally chartered firms as soon as this week, according to a report. The acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks has only been managing the regulator since May… Read More

LedgerX Approved to Clear Futures and Options

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has approved an Amended Order of Registration for LedgerX, LLC to clear additional products, subject to the terms and conditions specified in the order, as a derivatives clearing organization under the Commodity Exchange Act. LedgerX previously was approved to… Read More

Regulators Could’ve Created a Compliant Path for Reg A+ and Reg CFs on Ethereum, but they Failed, Crypto focused Lawyer Claims

Gabriel J. Shapiro, a US attorney focused on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), venture, governance, Infosec, and digital assets, is arguing that it’s pretty much “pointless” to be a lawyer in the crypto and blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) space. He points out that professionals… Read More

Complaints Regarding P2P Lending Platforms in the UK Declined during Q1 2020, According to Financial Ombudsman Service

Peer to peer (P2P) lending platforms in the UK received significantly fewer complaints during Q1 2020, according to the Financial Ombudsman. As explained on its official website, the Financial Ombudsman Service (FSO) is “a free and easy to use service that [aims to] settle complaints… Read More

House Fintech Task Force Schedules Hearing on Digital Banking

The House Financial Services Committee has posted its list of (virtual) hearings for the month of September. While always subject to change, the Committee has scheduled a hearing by the Task Force on Financial Technology (Fintech) on digital banking. The hearing entitled “License to Bank:… Read More

European Central Bank Warns Against Potential Threat of Dominance of Big Tech in Financial and Cloud Services

The European Central Bank (ECB), the reserve bank of the Eurozone, which is a monetary union of 19 EU member states which employ the Euro, has noted that there doesn’t seem to be an EU challenger that’s capable of matching the capabilities of Big Tech… Read More

Insolvency Proceedings for Wirecard Kick Off in Munich, Report Claims Fintech Considered Acquiring Deutsche Bank

The district court of Munich has opened the insolvency proceedings regarding the assets of Wirecard (WDI:DE), which were applied for on June 25, 2020, according to a note from the company. The current preliminary insolvency administrator Dr. jur. Michael Jaffé from the law firm JAFFÉ Rechtsanwälte… Read More

SEC Broadens Definition of Accredited Investor to Include Certain Sophistication Measures

As widely anticipated, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) updated the definition of an Accredited Investor expanding the rule by adding certain sophistication criteria. The current definition defines an individual who earns over $200,000 a year ($300,000 if married) as accredited. If an individual has… Read More

Billion Dollar DeFi Protocol Aave Awarded Electronic Money Institution License by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority

The Aave protocol, an open-source and non-custodial DeFi protocol to earn interest on digital asset deposits while also being able to borrow assets, has been awarded an Electronic Money Institution (EMI) license by the UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Aave Ltd received… Read More

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