Tagged: fca

SyndicateRoom CEO Comments on FCA Announcement on IPO Reform

SyndicateRoom, a leading equity crowdfunding platform, has been championing IPO reform for some time now.  Gonçalo de Vasconcelos, CEO and co-founder of SyndicateRoom, welcomed the announcement earlier today that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a consultation paper addressing existing shortcomings in the IPO… Read More

FCA Publishes Consultation Paper Seeking to Improve the IPO Process

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a consultation paper on the initial public offering (IPO) process. The paper is part of an initiative designed to reform the UK IPO ecosystem by improving the quality of information provided to market participants. Christopher Woolard, Executive Director… Read More

Peer to Peer Platforms Put on Notice: FCA Sends Out Dear CEO Letter to Online Lenders

This morning every P2P platform received a Dear CEO letter from the FCA, stating that platforms should not facilitate loans to a party who lends those monies onwards, unless that party is authorised for accepting deposits.  The issue here is really with the underlying lenders… Read More

UK Lending Platform RebuildingSociety Awarded Full FCA Authorization, May Now Offer Innovative Finance ISA

rebuildingsociety.com has been awarded full authorization from the Financial Conduct Authority in recognition of our compliance with sector-specific regulations, according to its blog. Authorization means that the platform meets FCA standards and may now offer the Innovative Finance ISA.  Accepting loan applications in September 2012, UK-based… Read More

Ontario Securities Commission & UK Financial Conduct Authority Sign Cooperation Agreement

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the securities regulator in the UK, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC).  The agreement is designed to provide support to innovative Fintech firms seeking entry into either market. The Agreement allows the FCA and the… Read More

FCA Grants First Permission to Issue Digital Money to Tramonex

London-based blockchain startup Tramonex as reportedly received the first approval from UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to issue digital money. The company received the approval on January 25th and may now issue electronic money (e-money) and provide payment services. According to the FCA, Tramonex has… Read More

Swiss Company Lykke Offers Forward Contract with 20% Discount on Cryptocurrency

Lykke, a Zurich-based Fintech firm that wants to become the “world’s first regulated marketplace built on cryptographic technology” is offering a one-year forward contract on a bespoke cryptocurrency or Lykke Coin with a 20% discount. Announced last week, Lykke basically will provide a 20% discount… Read More

Finance Disrupted: Is London’s Fintech Crown Debatable?

The State of Fintech in the United Kingdom. Observers in London see a paradox at the heart of today’s financial technology sector. If Fintech is all about playing the cutting edge and disrupting the mainstream, how come so many Fintech players and commentators obsess so… Read More

Will the UK Retain the Fintech Crown? Gillian Roche Saunders Provides Unique Update on Regulatory Review & UK Fintech Ecosystem

The United Kingdom has dominated the Fintech sector globally.  Starting with innovations in capital formation from crowdfunding and peer to peer lending platforms, the UK has fostered an impressive ecosystem of Fintech entrepreneurs. While a culture of innovation and risk-taking has been vital to this… Read More

Bricks Financial Receives FCA Authorization

Peer-to-peer lending platform Bricks Financial has officially received authorization from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). As previously reported, the online lender was founded in 2014 and is designed to build a community of investors to help those looking for development finance. The new direct lender was… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance is Conducting Three Different Fintech Surveys

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) is in the midst of a research push. The CCAF is in the midst of not one, but three different surveys on the alternative finance ecosystem. Late last year, the CCAF announced a unique partnership with the Financial… Read More

LendingCrowd Preps IFISA for Q1 2017, Highlights 2016 Accomplishments

LendingCrowd, a UK alternative finance lender to the SME market, is readying to launch an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) during Q1 of 2017, said to be one of the first launched in the UK alternative finance sector. The launch follows a record year for LendingCrowd during which it… Read More

Advisor Focused P2P Platform Octopus Choice Receives FCA Approval

Peer to peer lending platform Octopus Choice has received full authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority. Octopus Choice is part of Octopus Investments. The company said the FCA approval was a first for an advisor focused P2P platform. Richard Wazacz, Head of Octopus Choice, commented on the… Read More

Crowdfunding & Fintech Predictions for 2017

Last year due to time constraints I was unable to publish my list of Crowdfunding/Fintech predictions for 2016. This year I am back once again, for better or worse, peering deep into my crystal ball with a list of prognostications for the coming year. The… Read More

Top Fintech Stories from Crowdfund Insider during 2016

As one year comes to end it is a good opportunity to reflect on past events. The preceding 12 months have been a momentous period for internet finance including capital formation online. Fintech started as a curiosity that engendered much excitement – and fear for some…. Read More

Landbay Receives Full FCA Authorization

On Thursday, peer-to-peer lending platform Landbay announced it was granted full authorization from the FCA for peer to peer lending. The lender stated the new authorization is paving the way for the launch of its Innovative Finance ISA in the upcoming year. John Goodall and Gray Stern… Read More

The FCA Considers Bringing “Loan based Crowdfunding” Under FSCS Coverage

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is an important aspect of investor protection in the UK.  Similar in function to the US FDIC, certain financial accounts are insured by the government against financial loss. During the past two years, the FSCS paid out £271 million… Read More

Growth Street’s James Sherwin-Smith: Over £34M Has Been Matched on Platform to Date

Growth Street announced last week it would now accept individual retail investors on its peer to peer lending platform. They may do this now as they are an FCA registered Appointed Representative pursuant to a partnership with another firm.  Growth Street, which was founded in 2013 by Sherwin-Smith… Read More

Money Platform, a P2P Short Term Lender, Launches with Full FCA Authorisation

The Money Platform has launched in the UK.  The Money Platform is a peer to peer lender that targets short term credit of 3 to 12 weeks. After participating in the FCA’s Project Innovate incubator program, the Money Platform received the FCA’s full consumer credit… Read More

AlliedCrowds Prepares for P2P Platform AlliedExchange Launch

London-based AlliedCrowds is preparing to launch its P2P service AlliedExchange soon as it has begun the search for a new Managing Director.  AlliedCrowds/AlliedExchange is backed and funded by FSD Africa, which in turn is backed by the British government. This proposed platform will use P2P lending technology to present… Read More