Tagged: asic

ASIC Chair James Shipton Wants Australia to Lead the World in Regtech

In a speech delivered to an Australian Senate Committee meeting last week, James Shipton, Chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), told the members Australia can lead the way when it comes to Regtech adoption. Australia has a vibrant Fintech ecosystem that has benefited… Read More

Australian Securities and Investment Commission Issues Inquiries into ICO Issuers to Halt Deceptive Practices

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has taken action to address misleading or deceptive conduct regarding initial coin offerings (ICOs). ASIC announced it was targeting the sale of digital tokens and is issuing inquiries to ICO issuers and their advisers where they identify conduct or… Read More

Fintech Bridge: Crowd2Fund to Expand into Australia

UK peer to peer lending platform Crowd2Fund is opening an Australian office becoming one the first UK-based companies to utilise the new ‘Fintech Bridge’ between the UK and Australia that was recently announced by both countries. Signed in March, the agreement between the UK Financial… Read More

Australian Government Posts Reasonable Cryptocurrency Tax Obligations

In mid-March, The Government of Australia published tax guidelines for citizens and businesses using cryptocurrencies to invest, make or receive payments. The document, “Tax treatment of cryptocurrencies,” is fairly readable and the compliance procedures outlined quite reasonable. In short: “Our view is that Bitcoin…is an… Read More

Here is the Enhanced Fintech Cooperation Agreement Between the UK FCA and the Australian Securities & Investment Commission

As was announced earlier today (and leaked out earlier this week) the Australian and UK governments have signed an “enhanced cooperation agreement” on Fintech innovation. Under the new agreement the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will continue to… Read More

The Australian Securities & Investment Commission Licenses First Crowd-Sourced Funding Platforms

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has licensed the first crowdfunding platforms or “crowd-sourced funding (CSF) intermediaries” as it is called in Australia. The licensed platforms follow several prolonged years to create workable rules allowing for companies to raise capital online under the new… Read More

LendingClub Warns Shareholders on Newest Share Exchange Offer by IEG Holdings

  LendingClub (NYSE: LC), the largest marketplace lending platform in the US, has issued a public warning regarding a solicitation by IEG holdings apparently making a tender for LendingClub stock. The LendingClub Board of Directors received a letter from IEG Holdings on January 2nd. This is… Read More

Australian Securities & Investment Commission Publishes Report on Marketplace Lending, Shows Double the Loans

The Australian government and regulatory officials are keenly engaged in fostering the growth of Fintech. Marketplace lending, one of the largest sectors of Fintech, has provided a much needed new source of credit in many countries around the world. Earlier today, the Australian Securities and… Read More

Australian Securities and Investment Commission Partners with Canadian Securities Regulators on Fintech

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) to foster Fintech innovation, expand the network of information sharing and support Fintech startups. ASIC previously signed a bilateral cooperation agreement with the Ontario Securities Commission which… Read More

Australian Securities & Investment Commission Reviews Regulatory Sandbox & Proposes to Retain Fintech Licensing Exemption

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) had previously committed to review its regulatory sandbox and Fintech licensing exemption and upon review, officials have proposed to maintain the current status. The regulatory Fintech sandbox was introduced in December 2016 and enables eligible firms to test… Read More

Here is ASICs Report on Cyber Security & Financial Firms

Cyber security risk in the financial services industry is profound and growing rapidly as all forms of finance move online. Recent high profile hacks and attacks exposing private information have dominated the news all too frequently. The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has just… Read More

Australian Securities & Investments Commissions Signs New Fintech Cooperate Agreement With Dubai Financial Services Authority

This week, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) announced it has signed a new fintech cooperate agreement With Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). According to the ASIC, this new agreement will enable it and the DFSA to refer innovative fintech businesses to each other… Read More

Australia & China Partner on Fintech as ASIC and CSRC Agree to Cross Promote Innovations in Finance

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has inked an agreement with the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) to cross promote Fintech firms in their respective markets. Australia has targeted Fintech as strategic for their economy. China is the largest Fintech market in the world…. Read More

Australian Securities and Investments Commission Enters Agreement with Swiss Financial Markets Authority to Partner on Fintech

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has added a new Fintech partnership arrangement with a deal signed with the Swiss Financial Markets Authority (FINMA). Both regulators have been impressively open to financial innovation so an agreement to cooperate on disruptive finance simply makes sense…. Read More

New Zealand & Australia Recommit to Collaborate on Fintech

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) in New Zealand and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) have re-affirmed their collaboration on the expanding opportunities in Fintech innovation. The two agencies originally entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) back in 2012. Since that time, much… Read More

CEO of Blockchain Tech Company DigitalX Comments on ASIC’s Position on ICOs

Earlier this week, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) came out with a statement on the emerging Initial Coin Offering (ICO) market that clarified its perspective on tokenized crowdfunding offers. Australia is a country that has been very aggressive in establishing itself as a… Read More

FinTech Australia Says ASICs Recognition of ICOs a Positive Step for Crowdfunding with Digital Coins

Yesterday, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) published guidance on the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) market. The cautionary note told investors to be diligent when reviewing ICOs for a potential investment while noting security offerings are a regulated activity. FinTech Australia called ASICs move… Read More

Australia Publishes Guidance for Initial Coin Offerings

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has just published their spin on the burgeoning Initial Coin Offering (ICO) market. John Price, ASIC Commissioner, stated; “We want to ensure innovative firms understand the regulatory framework they may be operating under and ensure they meet any… Read More

ASIC Releases Guidance on Crowdfunding in Australia which Commences on September 29th

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has just released guidance for public companies and crowdfunding platform operators to support them in using the new “crowd-sourced funding (CSF)” regime. The updated rules kick off on 29 September 2017. While rules only apply to public companies,… Read More

ASIC Publishes Response on Innovation Hub & Regtech

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is out with a report responding to feedback on their Innovation Hub and Regtech in general. ASIC sought feedback on their overall approach and establishing a new Regtech liaison group. ASIC received 19 responses from Fintech businesses and technology companies,… Read More