Regtech & Legaltech

Australian Senate Creates Standing Committee on Fintech & Regtech

Last week on September 11, the Australian Senate decided to establish a “Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology” or a committee to research and follow Fintech and Regtech. According to the Australian Parliament, the committee will inquire and report on the following matters:… Read More

Spain’s Autonomous Region Catalonia Introduces Decentralized Digital Identity Platform

The government of Catalonia is developing a decentralized identity solution that will allow the autonomous community’s residents to control their data while interacting with internet-based services. Referred to as the IdentiCAT project, the launch of the new digital identity platform was announced on September 7… Read More

Fintech: Monetary Authority of Singapore Announces Regulatory Evaluation Program for the Payments Industry

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank, revealed that a new regulatory evaluation program is being developed to connect payment companies with legal service providers.  The program is part of a joint initiative launched by the MAS and the Singapore Academy of… Read More

New York Regtech Trade Mission: UK Department of International Trade Seeks Applicants to Participate in Regtech Focused Trip to US

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is seeking applications from the UK Regtech sector to participate in a Regtech Mission to New York. The DIT Mission is scheduled to take place from November 13 to 15th. DIT states that the Mission offers UK firms the… Read More

CCAF Benchmarking Report: Global Regtech Tops $5 Billion in 2018 as Startup Activity Surges

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has published its first “Global RegTech Benchmarking Report,” sponsored by EY Japan. According to the research, the Regtech industry has topped $5 billion in revenue in 2018 following a five-year surge in startup activity. CCAF reports that, while… Read More

Chipmixer “Bitcoin Tumbler” Used to Launder Funds Stolen in $80 Million USD Hack on Binance

A Regtech/blockchain forensics firm called Clain has determined that hackers who stole 7074 Bitcoins (worth $80 million USD) from the Binance exchange in May used a tumbling service called Chipmixer to obfuscate movements of the stolen funds. Clain, “a start-up…that provides enhanced AML/KYC solutions in… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

People’s Bank of China Publishes Trial Regulatory Measures on Financial Holding Companies On July 26th, the People’s Bank of China (PBC) published the Trial Measures on Supervision and Regulation of Financial Holding Companies (Exposure Draft) (hereinafter referred to as the Measures) and sought for feedback… Read More

A Global Phenomenon: The Benefits of Coordinated International Regulation for the Blockchain Industry

“Regulation” is not often a word associated with “benefits” in blockchain and cryptocurrency circles. Indeed, many governments have been sharply criticised following the roll-out of regulatory guidelines addressing the flourishing blockchain industry. Some even suggest that it is a lack of regulation which has allowed… Read More

Galaxy Digital & Docusign Invest in Cloud-based Smart Contract Tech Firm “Clause”

Clause Announces $5.5 Million Series A Round Galaxy Digital and DocuSign have joined to back a $5.5 million Series A round in smart contract cloud firm “Clause.” Existing investors BN Capital at Lerer Hippeau, and Seedcamp participated. Several new investors participated including Raptor Group, Galaxy… Read More

Digital Assets: Key Goal of V20 is to Explore Solutions and Come Up with a Solution to FATF Guidelines Impacting VASPs

Later this week the V20 conference will take place alongside the bi-annual G20 event being hosted in Japan. The G20 is, of course, the global powwow of 19 leading nations plus the EU. While mostly a lot of hobnobbing and back-room policy wrangling, while in… Read More

Lawcloud: SEC Report on Reg CF Uncovers Issuer Non-Compliance

LawCloud, formerly doing business as iDisclose, issued a not last week addressing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Report on Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF). The report is a point in time snapshot of sector progress for the smallest sector of online capital formation. In brief,… Read More

A Future of Fintech: Bank of England Publishes Future of Finance Report Identifying Trends Shaping Financial Services

The Bank of England has published a report entitled, “Future of Finance: Review on the Outlook for the UK Financial System: What it means for the Bank of England.” The report is authored by Huw van Steenis. According to the document, van Steenis’ mission was… Read More

Legaltech Monax Uses Blockchain to Help SMEs, Targets Real Estate Industry & More

Monax is a blockchain based platform that seeks to lead the sector regarding “digital legal infrastructure.” While finance may be the immediate focus for much of the blockchain industry, other early-stage firms are using the tech to improve a diverse sector of businesses. Edinburgh-based Monax… Read More

Banktech: Synapse Closes on $33 Million Series B Funding led by Andreessen Horowitz

Banking financial service software provider Synapse has closed on a Series B Funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). Synapse raised $33 million in the funding round with participation from existing investors Trinity and Core Innovation Capital. As part of the investment, Angela Strange (General… Read More

EY Releases Research on Nightfall, Experimental Tools to Enable Privacy Transactions on Ethereum

Global consulting firm EY (Ernst & Young) has released its research into  the creation of “…a set of smart contracts and microservices,…(using the) ZoKrates zk-snark toolkit, to enable standard ERC-20 and ERC-721 tokens to be transacted on the Ethereum blockchain with complete privacy.” Software for… 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

Legal Platform SeedLegals Raises $4 Million Through Series A Funding Round Led By Index Ventures

SeedLegals, a Legaltech platform for startup funding rounds, announced on Tuesday it secured $4 million through its Series A funding round, which was led by venture capital firm Index Ventures with participation from Kima Ventures, The Family and existing investor Seedcamp. Founded in 2017, SeedLegals… Read More

Barclays Accelerator Grad Regtech ClauseMatch Raises $2.5 Million in Venture Debt

London based Regtech ClauseMatch has received venture debt funding from Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). The $2.5 million loan package will be used to support the company’s growth in Europe and Asia. Recently the company started operations in South East Asia based in Singapore. ClauseMatch received… 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

Regtech: FCA Opens Survey to Regulated Firms to Better Understand Costs of Reporting

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has long pursued and promoted beneficial Fintech innovation. One very important, and perhaps underappreciated subcategory of Fintech is Regtech or regulation technology. While some jurisdictions have been slow to research the potential for digital regulation and compliance, the FCA… Read More

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