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Banking, Fintech Report Highlights UK’s Fast-Growing Financial Tech Space, while Challenges Include Centralized Cloud Providers

Payments specialist Banking Circle notes in a recent update on the payments, banking and Fintech space that there have been record-level investments in the UK’s vibrant Fintech sector, with $5.7 billion of VC invested across 317 deals so far in 2021. Banking Circle‘s CIO, Michel… Read More

ESMA Fines DTCC Derivatives Repository Plc for Infringements of European Market Infrastructure Regulation

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the European Union’s securities markets regulator, has reportedly fined DTCC Derivatives Repository Plc (DDRL) a total of €408,000 for seven infringements of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). The violations are related to (or involve) data confidentiality, data… Read More

Netherlands: Dutch Approach to Crowdfunding May Compel Platforms to Operate Elsewhere in the EU

Last year, the European Union agreed upon pan-European crowdfunding rules designed to harmonize the environment for online securities offerings across all member states. Currently, each member state handles online capital formation in a different manner, regulated by national authorities thus undermining the potential for cross-border… Read More

European Securities and Markets Authority: Deadline for Comments on European Crowdfunding Service Providers Consultation Due this Week

This past February, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced a consultation on technical standards for the Europea Crowdfunding Service Providers Regulation (ECSPR). The move was part of the European Union’s announced harmonization of investment crowdfunding rules. For years, industry insiders and advocacy groups,… Read More

ESMA Initiates Call for Evidence on Digital Finance

European securities regulator, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), has issued a “call for evidence” on digital finance. According to a statement posted by the ESMA, they are seeking information on “value chains,” platforms, and financial/non-financial services. The initiative is part the EU’s goal… Read More

European Securities and Markets Authority Drafts Standards for Pan European Crowdfunding Rules: Industry Prepares to Provide Feedback

This past week the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a consultation paper addressing standards for the previously approved pan-European crowdfunding regulation. As covered in the past, the European Union has passed legislation to enable online securities offerings across its member nations. After many… Read More

Karsten Wenzlaff of the German Crowdfunding Association Provides Insight into Harmonization of Pan-European Crowdfunding Rules

Last year, the European Union approved pan-European crowdfunding rules that will apply to all member states thus finally offering a harmonized approach to online capital formation. Crowdfunding advocates and European platforms had long recognized the unnecessary friction intrinsic to raising capital based on national regulations… Read More

European Draft Regulation of Crypto-Assets Seeks Innovation Friendly Approach as Usage of Blockchain in Financial Services Grows

Draft regulation crafted by the European Commission that pertains to crypto-assets (digital assets) and blockchain tech in financial services has surfaced on the web. Final legislation has been anticipated at some point this month as European policymakers seek to foster an “innovation-friendly” approach that assures… Read More

Head of European Securities and Markets Authority, Steven Maijoor, Says it is Time for Europe to Deliver on Crypto Regulation

Speaking at a Fintech conference in Brussels this past week, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Chair Steven Maijoor, told the audience it was “time to deliver” when it comes to regulating crypto-assets and affiliated distributed ledger technology (DLT). Why aptly noting… Read More

Fintech Sandboxes & Innovation Hubs: European Report Outlines What’s Working Now

A joint report by the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA), the European Banking Authority (EBA), and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), addresses the topic of Fintech Sandboxes, the approach by regulators to partner with emerging Fintech firms by creating a safe place… Read More

European Securities and Markets Authority Tells European Commission that ICOs and Crypto Assets Need an EU Wide Regulatory Approach

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has just published its “Advice” on “Initial Coin Offerings and Crypto-Assets.” In the past, ESMA has issued several warnings regarding crypto-assets and virtual currencies. The Advice outlines ESMA’s position on the issues that exist in the rules within ESMA’s… Read More

European Securities and Markets Authority Prohibits Binary Options for Retail Investors

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has banned the marketing, distribution and sale of binary options to retail investors. Simultaneously, contracts for differences (CFDs) will have a restriction on the marketing, distribution or sale to retail investors. ESMA can only introduce temporary intervention measures… Read More

UKCFA Comments on European Commission Move to Improve Crowdfunding Market in Continental Europe

The UK Crowdfunding Association (UKCFA) has shared a brief comment regarding proposed rules released by the European Commission yesterday that are expected to be enacted. These updated rules are designed to streamline cross border crowdfunding offerings to the benefit of issuers, investors and platforms. By… Read More

ESMA Comments on ICOs Warning Investors but Draws No Bright Line Guidance on Security Question

  The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) spoke up this week on the hot topic of Initial Coin Offerings. The ESMA published two different documents: The first targeted the risks of ICOs for investors. The second addressed issuers and applicable rules. Located in Paris, the ESMA… Read More

ESMA, MiFID and the Post-Brexit Future of Europe’s Capital Markets Union

  Recently, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) held its first ever conference in Paris. The event underlined the growing importance of ESMA, the European Supervisory Authority for capital markets. Along with the European Commission and the Parliament, ESMA is one of the pillars… Read More

The European Securities & Markets Authority Responds to EC Consultation Paper on Fintech

Response Specifically Targets, AI, Crowdfunding, Blockchain, Regtech & More. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has responded to the European Commission consultation paper on “Fintech: a more competitive and innovative financial sector”. The ESMA welcomed the initiative to take a stock-take of the EU’s… Read More

It’s a Long Way to European Equity Crowdfunding Regulation

Insights from the European Crowdfunding Convention 2015 The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) has been holding its 4th Convention in Paris. The main topic of the first day was the Capital Markets Union and its implications for crowdfunding. The European equity funding gap The Capital Markets… Read More

European Securities & Markets Authority Warns on Crowdfunding & Money Laundering / Terrorist Financing

The European Securities & Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Q&A addressing the potential for nefarious characters to abuse investment crowdfunding to launder cash or provide financing to terrorist organizations.  This is a subject the traditional banking sector knows rather well as they are subjected… Read More

European Crowdfunding Network Reviews Global Crowdfunding Regulations

The European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), an advocacy group based in Brussels, has published their annual report reviewing crowdfunding regulations in Europe, the United States, Israel and Canada. “Since we have started our work in 2012 and especially since our first edition of this paper in… Read More

ESMA: Investment Crowdfunding Needs EU Wide Approach

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an Opinion along with an Advice on investment crowdfunding. The ESMA is an independent EU authority that works closely with other EU supervisory authorities such as the EBA, EIOPA and the ERSB.  The organizations mission is to… Read More

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