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N26 Addresses BaFin Order About Money Laundering & Financial Failures

On Tuesday, the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), Germany’s supervisor of banks, financial services providers, insurance undertakings, and securities trading, reportedly published an order for N26 to remove backlogs in IT monitoring in order establish process descriptions and workflows in writing. In response to the… Read More

Investigation Questions the Nature and Soundness of Wirecard Asian Partnerships

An on-the-ground investigation by London news outlet Financial Times has shown that several payment referral partnerships maintained by German payments giant Wirecard in the Philippines are either insubstantial or dubious. On Friday, it was revealed that a top accounting executive with the firm had departed…. Read More

Shake Up in “Laxly-Controlled” German ICO Sector as Securities Regulator Halts “Rise” ICO

Rise, a German company marketing a forthcoming initial coin offering (ICO) with a campaign featuring a “democratize prosperity” slogan and a video of a homeless man driving a Lamborghini, has had its “virtual IPO” (ICO) scuttled by Germany’s Federal Supervisory Authority (Bafin), Handelsblatt reports. The… Read More

Germany: Bafin Approves Bitbond to Issue Digital Securities “Tokenized Bonds”

Bafin, Germany’s securities regulator, has given the green light to Bitbond to issue digital bonds. Bitbond is an online lending platform that operates globally. In business since 2013, Bitbond provides access to capital for small businesses. The Fintech boasts a peer to peer lending network… Read More

170 State Personnel Raid Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Money Laundering Probe

A raid initiated yesterday at Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt has continued into today as 170 police, prosecutors and tax officials look for evidence of money laundering described in the Panama papers, Reuters reports. The raid has involved a comprehensive search of the offices of… Read More

Neufund to Issue First Security on Blockchain for Parent Company Fifth Force GmbH

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Berlin-based Neufund, an end to end security token platform, is set to host Europe’s first primary issuance of tokenized equity that is offered to the general public. The first company to use the blockchain based Neufund platform will be parent company Fifth Force GmbH which is… Read More

BaFin Consultation on Virtual Currencies Scheduled to End this Month

Last month, BaFin, Germany’s security regulator, launched a public consultation on the subject of virtual currencies (or crypto). The regulator has published a draft circular regarding sector due diligence. The BaFin circular seeks a reasonable and risk-oriented approach to virtual currency. The proposed circular addresses credit, financial services, payments and e-money… Read More

Neufund CEO Zoe Adamovicz Provides Additional Insight into Blockchain based Equity Token Offering Platform

Last week, Neufund, a blockchain based platform for the issuance of security tokens, announced the very first  companies were preparing to tokenize their equity using their service. These “equity token offerings” or “ETOs”, as referenced by Neufund, were said to be compliant within German securities… Read More

BAFIN asks: “Was ist Hype und was Bleibt?” – Addressing Blockchain, Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency in General

In a speech delivered by the President of BAFIN Felix Hufeld, Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, addressed the topic of blockchain, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general. According to BAFIN’s President, blockchain is a very promising technology. But when it comes to crypto, well not so… Read More

German Financial Regulator BAFIN Publishes Note on ICOs as Financial Instruments

Germany’s BaFin (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht), or the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, is the largest financial supervisory authority in continetal Europe. Today, BaFin has published a note on initial coin offerings (ICOs). BaFin joins a growing number of national regulatory agencies that have published some degree of clarifications… Read More

So What is Going on with IOTA? A Discussion with Dominik Schiener, IOTA Co-Founder

The IOTA Foundation is one of the more fascinating entries into the cryptocurrency world. A high profile concept that has encountered controversy almost from the beginning, the German based company has made big promises while being pin-balled around by criticism and plaudits alike. IOTA has… Read More

Germany Cautions on ICOs as BAFIN Says Offers are Attracting Fraudsters

Germany’s financial regulator, the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), has published a consumer warning today on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). BaFin said the purchase of cryptocurrency coins or tokens may result in substantial risks for investors calling them highly speculative. The agency said the high… Read More

Narrow Escape for German Real Estate Crowdfunding, Green Crowdinvesting Now in Legislator’s Crosshairs

    After multiple formal and informal discussions with representatives of the crowdfunding sector, consumer associations and the German financial establishment, the Financial Committee of the German Parliament has drawn its conclusions from the review of one year of operation under the German crowdfunding regulation,… Read More

German Crowdfunding Association Urges Regulator Not to Exclude Real Estate from Crowdfunding Regulation

Since the beginning of this year, the German government has undertaken a review of the crowdinvesting regulation introduced in July 2015. It has now officially released its conclusions and is proposing several changes to the existing law, including a most controversial exclusion of real estate… Read More

Digital Only Bank Number26 Receives Banking License from BaFin & ECB

One day, in the not so distant future, taking trips to the local bank branch will be a thing of the past. No more queuing up to be scowled at while swiping a plastic card. Yes, I know. My parents and your parents cannot imagine… Read More

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