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Swiss Financial Regulator FINMA Outlines AML Requirements for Fintech License

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has outlined the requirements for anti-money laundering (AML) and firms seeking a Fintech license. Last week, FINMA issued the general guidelines for their Fintech license which is designed to encourage innovation in financial services by providing a streamlined approach… Read More

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority Issues Guidelines on Fintech License

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has published their guidelines pertaining to a new Fintech license. which will be available beginning in 2019. FINMA will be issuing and regulating accepted Fintech companies. The goal of the new licensing structure is to boost Fintech innovation by… Read More

Swiss Blockchain Startup Smart Valor Receives Regulatory Approval by FINMA to Operate as Financial Intermediary

Smart Valor has gained regulatory approval to operate as a financial intermediary in Switzerland from theSwiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). According to multiple reports, Smart Valor will add an investment platform to its current services of operating as an incubator in Zug, Switzerland.  As… Read More

Swiss Financial Regulator FINMA Publishes Brief Outline on Virtual Currencies & Regulation

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The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has recently published a rather brief document on virtual currencies. These virtual currencies are similar to Bitcoin or, perhaps Ethereum, as they are used as a method of payment and transactions. The document states: “Switzerland has no regulations… Read More

Switzerland: FINMA Opens Consultation on New Fintech License Designed to Promote Financial Innovation

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has launched a consultation pertaining to Fintech. Switzerland has pursued innovations in finance as beneficial to their banking centric economy. The alpine nation has become prominent in the crypto or initial coin offering sector as many early stage… Read More

Report: Switzerland Struggles to Maintain Crypto Prominence as Banks Turn Away from Emerging Sector

The emergence of cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings has helped to bring Switzerland back into the lime light when it comes to financial services. Once a noted haven for “numbered” bank accounts and strict anonymity rules, the Swiss banking industry has dimmed in recent years… Read More

#MetaHash Becomes First Cryptocurrency Recognized by Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority as a Payment Currency as ICO Commences

The #MetaHash team has announced that is has successfully been examined by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) which has officially concluded that the #MetaHashCoin (#MHC) will be recognized as money of general utility with payment functions. This is the first cryptocurrency to be… Read More

Huge: Operator of Swiss Stock Exchange Introduces SIX Digital Exchange for Digital Assets

  SIX, the operator of the Swiss Stock Exchange, has announced the launch of SIX Digital Exchange to trade digital assets. Zurich based SIX is controlled by an association of banks. SIX Group Ltd is an unlisted public limited company owned by around 130 domestic and… Read More

Crypto Fund AG Receives Swiss FINMA Approval

Crypto Finance has received regulatory approval from Swiss regulators. The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has reportedly given its seal of approval for the Crypto Fund AG – the first in Switzerland. The creation of the Fund was announced earlier this year. It is a… Read More

Switzerland and the Global Regulatory Competition for ICOs

The CryptoSummit 2018 organized by Blockchain startup Smart Valor gathered more than 1,000 attendees from 47 countries in Zurich. One of the recurring themes of the conference presentations was the regulation of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Many participants pointed out that there is now an… Read More

Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority Presentation on Initial Coin Offering Regulation

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has published a deck on initial coin offerings. FINMA has scheduled a series of roundtable meetings in collaboration with the Swiss Crypto Valley Association. The first Roundtable took place last week in Zug, Switzerland. In February, FINMA issued a… Read More

Switzerland: FINMA & the Crypto Valley Association Schedule Series of Roundtables to Discuss Initial Coin Offering Guidelines

As we reported last month, the Swiss financial regulator, the Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), published guidelines on initial coin offerings (ICOs). At that time, Mark Branson FINMA CEO explained they were taking a “balanced approach” in helping ICO issuers to navigate the regulatory landscape. Switzerland, more… Read More

Crypto Valley in the Rockies: Wyoming May Become the Switzerland of the US when it comes to Cryptocurrency

Switzerland has become known as a center of excellence for the cryptocurrency industry. In fact, many initial coin offerings (ICO) call Zug, Switzerland home – even if they are not really based there. The Swiss regulators (FINMA) have recognized the emergence of digital currencies as… Read More

CEO of Cryptocurrency Exchange Bity Calls Switzerland’s Regulatory Approach to ICOs the New World Standard

There has been quite a bit of discussion regarding how to best regulate initial coin offerings while encouraging innovation. While China took an extreme approach by just banning ICOs, most countries recognize ICOs as a new asset class that requires regulation. Some countries, like the… Read More

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority Issues ICO Guidance

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has published guidelines on initial coin offerings (ICOs). Switzerland, as many people know, is a hot bed of ICOs and cryptocurrency in general. Switzerland has recognized the newfound prominence in this sector of Fintech and has sought to… Read More

Australian Securities and Investments Commission Enters Agreement with Swiss Financial Markets Authority to Partner on Fintech

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has added a new Fintech partnership arrangement with a deal signed with the Swiss Financial Markets Authority (FINMA). Both regulators have been impressively open to financial innovation so an agreement to cooperate on disruptive finance simply makes sense…. Read More

Fake Cryptocurrency! Swiss Authorities Shut Down E-Coin, Liquidates Associated Entities

The Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) shut down E-Coin last week saying the entity had accepted deposits without holding a banking license. Something you should not do in Switzerland. At the same time, FINMA launched bankruptcy proceedings against the individuals involved. FINMA labeled the E-Coins… Read More

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority Wants to Become Innovation Friendly

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has outlined its strategic goals for 2017 to 2020 and like much of the developed world, the financial regulator is embracing innovation and Fintech disruption. The strategic goals were approved were approved this past week by the Federal… Read More

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