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Klarna Announces Plans to Open New Tech Hub in Berlin

Payment processing platform Klarna announced on Thursday its plan to open a tech hub in Berlin at the beginning of next year. Klarna reported that the new hub will enable it to further build out its product portfolio and services as well as better serve… Read More

Onfido Renews Partnership With European Challenger Bank bunq to Provide Users With Trusted Identity Verification Onboarding Experience

Onfido, a global identity verification provider, announced on Thursday it has extended its partnership with European challenger bank bunq to offer users with a trusted identity verification onboarding experience. The duo further explained: “Onfido’s identity verification solution enables secure and simple onboarding for bunq users…. Read More

Digital Bank N26 Says it’s Expanding its Perks Program for US Customers in Competitive Market

N26 Inc., the US-headquartered subsidiary of digital bank N26 GmbH, one of the fastest-growing mobile-based banks in Europe, revealed on December 9 that it’s expanding its Perks program. N26 is one of several European digital banks crossing the Atlantic to compete in the huge US… Read More

EU: No “Stablecoin” Cryptocurrency Should Operate in Europe Until Risks Addressed

The Council of the European Union, which implements laws for the EU region, has issued a statement on “stablecoin” cryptocurrencies indicating that, “no global ‘stablecoin’…should begin operation in the European Union until the legal, regulatory and oversight challenges and risks have been adequately identified and… Read More

UK’s OakNorth Bank Finalizes £8 Million Deal to Finance Share Repurchase of Security Plus, a Major Indepdent Volume Cash Carrier

UK’s OakNorth Bank, which is run by OakNorth, has finalized a deal worth £8 million (appr. $10.5 million) to finance a share repurchase for shareholders of Security Plus, Europe’s leading independent volume cash carrier. Established in 1977, Security Plus currently manages around 3,500 live contracts…. Read More

Tink Announces Launch in Italy & Portugal

Tink, a Sweden-based fintech that provides APIs to create next-generation banking services, announced on Thursday it has launched its service in both Italy and Portugal. As previously reported, Tink provides partners ranging from big banks to individual developers with the technology to securely access financial… Read More

Cryptocurrency Exchange bitFlyer Debuts Instant Buy Feature in Europe to Make Digital Currency More Accessible

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Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange bitFlyer announced on Thursday the launch of Instant Buy on its Buy/Sell exchange platform in Europe. The exchange reported that the feature, which is available on desktop and smartphone, allows users to buy cryptocurrency directly from bitFlyer, using a credit card, debit… Read More

Report: OakNorth and N26 Have Received the Most Funding Out of All US and European Digital Banks

Digital-only banks, or neo-banks, are not dependent on outdated, legacy financial infrastructure. These virtual banks are more efficient than traditional banking institutions because they operate without the costly networks of physical branches. Neobanks have been working towards transforming the retail banking sector in major financial… Read More

European Union Plans to Invest €100 Million in Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence Startups During 2020

The EU Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Investment Fund is planning to invest €100 Million in European startups next year. This is according to note from the European Commission. The new EU investment fund seeks to boost innovation in these two key technologies. The Fund was… Read More

The European Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive Kicks in On January 10th

In the European Union, the fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) entered into force on 9 July 2018 but impacted firms have until January 10, 2020, to become compliant. Crypto companies, or virtual asset service providers (VASPs), will be expected to step things up and adhere… Read More

European Crowdfunding Association Publishes Report on Blockchain – DLT Use Cases

The European Crowdfunding Association (ECN), the leading advocacy group for online capital formation in Europe, has published a report on blockchain – distributed ledger technology (DLT) and use cases in alternative finance. The report adds a new acronym “BDLT” thus representing the combination of the… Read More

Hungary Is “Behind Everyone” When It Comes to Adopting Latest Digital Banking Technology, Says Senior Law Firm Executive

A senior executive at CMS, a law firm working with the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) on its Fintech strategy, says Hungary is “behind everyone” when it comes to adopting the latest digital banking technology. The CMS executive stated: “Hungarians do not use sophisticated Fintech… Read More

EU: “No global stablecoin arrangement should begin operation in the European Union until the legal, regulatory and oversight challenges and risks have been adequately identified and addressed”

The Council of the European Union has posted a memo, or “draft joint statement,” regarding stablecoins – a hot policy topic these days due to Facebook’s attempt to launch a global, non-sovereign, cryptocurrency. When Facebook revealed the creation of Libra, and the executive body the… Read More

What the European Crowdfunding Industry Recommends for Harmonized EU Rules

Last month, Crowdfund Insider reported on comments by EC Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, a Commissioner whose portfolio includes Financial Stability, Financial Services, and the Capital Markets Union, indicating harmonized crowdfunding rules may be forthcoming before the end of the year. In a tweet, Dombrovskis stated… Read More

Five European Countries Uniting to Stall Libra, Facebook’s Proposed Global Cryptocurrency

Deputy finance ministers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands have been meeting behind closed doors throughout October to devise a strategy to prevent Facebook from launching its proposed Libra cryptocurrency network among its 2.5 billion users next year. According to four sources to Politico EU,… Read More

Still Hope for Harmonized Crowdfunding Rules in Europe before End of the Year?

For some years now there has been a discussion at the European Commission regarding harmonization of online capital formation rules. Today, crowdfunding is regulated at the member state (national) level creating a mish-mash of European regulations that defy the entire concept of a single market… Read More

BNY Mellon Executive: There’s More Open Banking Activity in US B2B Payments Industry than in the Eurozone

Laura McGortey, director of strategic partnership solutions at New York-based BNY Mellon (NYSE: BK), a multinational banking and financial services holding company, says that there is more open banking activity in the US business-to-business (B2B) payments industry, when compared to the Eurozone (on the last… Read More

Standard Chartered Announces Domestic Cash Management Services in Europe

Standard Chartered announced on Thursday it is set to offer clients an extensive range of cash management services out of London and Frankfurt covering the UK and Eurozone countries, following investment in a new cash management infrastructure. According Standard Chartered, the infrastructure is currently scheduled… Read More

Plug and Play Amsterdam Announces New Programs Focused on Smart Cities & Financial Services

Plug and Play Amsterdam reportedly held a Soft Launch for its new Smart Cities and Financial Services programs last Wednesday at the Johan Cruijff ArenA. According to Plug and Play, the event brought in more than 80 attendees including six startups and over 30 corporate… Read More

PayRue Announces New Partnership With TokenMarket For European Expansion

PayRue, a European based wallet focusing on exchange, transfer, and storage of cryptocurrencies, announced on Friday it has teamed up with global investment platform TokenMarket to continue its European expansion. PayRue reported that as part of the partnership, it has acquired TokenMarket’s decentralized crypto exchange… Read More

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