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Digital Assets: Robinhood Is Introducing a Crypto App for European Union Clients

Robinhood (NASDAQ: HOOD) is launching a Crypto app, which will be offered to all eligible customers in the European Union (EU). According to a blog post by Robinhood, it is “the only custodial crypto platform where customers will get a percentage of their trading volume… Read More

UK FCA Shares Update on Unregulated Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) Firms Becoming Authorized

Prior to the UK leaving the EU, EEA-based firms were able “to operate in the UK without our direct authorization.” The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) notes that the Temporary Permissions Regime, which allowed EEA firms to continue “to operate in the UK while transitioning… Read More

European Union Loophole Might Allow Banks to Circumvent ECB’s Crypto Supervision, Banking Professional Claims

European Union rules and guidelines for protecting the financial system from risks due to cryptocurrency transactions reportedly come with a loophole that enables banking institutions to circumvent certain safeguards, and these must be addressed immediately, according to the European Central Bank‘s chief supervisor Andrea Enria…. Read More

Digital Assets: Kraken Introduces VASP Services in Belgium

Kraken has launched VASP services in Belgium, utilising its EU subsidiary, which has registered under the VASP regimes in Ireland, Spain and Italy. This launch reinforces Kraken’s ongoing commitment “to upholding Europe’s robust anti-money laundering and compliance standards. And further underscores Kraken’s dedication to advancing… Read More

Germany’s Finance Minister Calls on EU Nations to Make Frankfurt the Seat of the Bloc’s Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA)

Germany’s Finance Minister Christian Lindner on Thursday (November 9, 2023) called on European Union nations to choose Frankfurt as the seat of the bloc’s anti-money laundering authority (AMLA). Lindner stated that a decision to locate AMLA in Frankfurt is a key move in order to… Read More

Payments Fintech Mollie Transitions from EU to UK Payment Institution License

Mollie, one of the fastest growing payment service providers in Europe, announced it has been granted a Payment Institution license in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Mollie originally launched in the UK in early 2021, “serving merchants both domestically and those expanding… Read More

Coinbase Establishes EU HQ in Ireland to Take Advantage of MiCA Regulation

Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN), the second largest crypto exchange in the world, has announced a new office in Dublin, Ireland as its European Union headquarters. The EU has approved digital asset regulations under the MiCA law or Markets in Crypto Assets. The new regulations are being implemented… Read More

Germany Sees Regulatory Progress for Crowdfunding Platforms Under ECSPR

  The largest economy in Europe has been slow to create a sustainable regulatory environment for investment crowdfunding platforms to thrive. Under ECSPR or European Crowdfunding Service Provider Regulations, an approved platform may raise up to €5 million across the European Union. The kicker to… Read More

There are Now Over 60 ECSPR Approved Investment Crowdfunding Platforms in the EU

The roster of approved platforms under ECSPR, or European Crowdfunding Service Provider Regulations, has grown quite a bit since CI last reviewed the list of active platforms. In June of 2023, CI reported there were 30 approved platforms. Today, that number stands at 66, according… Read More

eToro Obtains Crypto Asset Service Provider Registration from CySEC, Readies fo MiCA

eToro, the trading and investing platform, has announced that its application for registration under the CySEC CASP (Crypto Asset Service Provider) Register in Cyprus has been approved. The registration will enable eToro to “offer regulated crypto services to all EU countries on a cross-border basis… Read More

Berlin’s Upvest to Provide Smart Money App Plum with Investments API, Enabling More Investment Opportunities

Berlin-based fintech Upvest is set to provide Plum, the smart money app, with its investment API, enabling Plum to expand its range of investment opportunities to EU customers. Plum currently offers 3,000 US stocks to EU customers. Following this partnership, Plum will have the functionality… Read More

Small Businesses Are Looking for Effective Financial Management Tools, Not Banking Products, Report Claims

Banks have long struggled to serve small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) effectively, despite the prominence of these companies in national economies, as SMEs recently “represented just over half of gross value added in the European Union and just under half in the US.” As noted… Read More

Ireland Pursues Consultation on Crypto Asset Regulation: “MiCAR”

The Government of Ireland has submitted its own consultation on possible regulation of digital assets or crypto. The European Union has approved crypto asset regulation under MiCA. Ireland, part of the EU, is flexing its prerogative to present its own consultation on possible regulation or… Read More

Profitable Digital Bank bunq Raises More Money at €1.65 Billion Valuation

Profitable digital bank bunq has raised more money. According to a note from the firm bunq has received €44.5 million at a pre-money valuation of €1.65 billion.  In 2021 bunq raised €193 million at the same valuation. Bunq was founded by Ali Niknam after he… Read More

HeavyFinance Obtains European Crowdfunding Service Providers (ECSPR) License

HeavyFinance, a European climate tech investment marketplace, has gained the European Crowdfunding Service Providers (ECSP) license to accelerate its financial service expansion in Europe. HeavyFinance, based in Lithuania, originates loans directly in five European markets – Poland, Portugal, Lithuania, Latvia, and Bulgaria. This follows the… Read More

Bank of London Submits Application for European Union Banking License

The Bank of London announces it has submitted its formal application for a European Union (EU) Banking Licence and “commits to €200M investment and hiring 300 people in Luxembourg over the next five years.” The formal application has been jointly “lodged with the European Central… Read More

EstateGuru Comments on its Approval to Operate Under ECSPR to Provide Pan-European Securities Offerings

EstateGuru, an established online marketplace for secured loans, has been approved to operate across the European Union under ECSPR or European Crowdfunding Securities Provider Regulation. EstateGuru will join a handful of other online marketplaces to issue securities and raise capital online in the EU. As… Read More

Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) Calls on Negotiators to Examine Issues in CSDDD

As trilogue negotiations take place on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) proposal later this month, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) has published a position paper, “outlining its recommendations for negotiators and calling on them to focus on ensuring that the… Read More

European Union Moves Forward on CBDC, Digital Euro Framework Released

Like many other jurisdictions, the European Union has been reviewing the potential to launch a digital Euro, and today, the EU took another step in that direction. As expected, the EU issued a proposal to create a digital Euro which seeks to satisfy the needs… Read More

DLT Adoption: European Digital Infrastructure Consortium (EDIC) to Support Progressive Blockchain Policy

The European Union has introduced the European Digital Infrastructure Consortium (EDIC), a new entity that aims to focus on promoting blockchain policy in order to move Europe’s “digital decade” forward in a meaningful manner. The EDIC should become operational towards the end of 2024 and… Read More

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