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French Minister: Facebook’s Stablecoin Libra Challenges “Monetary Sovereignty” of States, Must Be Blocked

France’s government is reportedly planning to block the ongoing development of Facebook’s controversial stablecoin project, Libra.  French authorities said the launch of the crypto-related Libra initiative must not be permitted in Europe because it challenges the “monetary sovereignty” of states, according to CNBC. The report… Read More

In Light of FINMA Guidance on Stablecoins, Libra Will Pursue Payment System License

Following the announcement by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has issued guidelines on the treatment of stablecoins under Swiss law, the Libra Association, a non profit based in Geneva, Switzerland, will pursue a license as a payment system with lead supervisory authority under the… Read More

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority Issues Guidelines on Treatment of Stablecoins Following Request for Assessment by Libra

The planned international scope of Libra requires an internationally coordinated approach. The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has published guidelines on treatment of stablecoins under Swiss law. Stablecoins are virtual currencies or cryptocurrencies which attempt to hold a stable value by pegging itself to… Read More

Digital Asset Platform SEBA Approved for Banking and Securities License in Switzerland

The Swiss Financial Markets Authority (FINMA) has approved SEBA Crypto AG for a banking and securities license. SEBA joins Sygnum in becoming the first digital asset platforms to receive such a license. As with Sygnum, the license is provisional and will become finalized once SEBA… Read More

Switzerland: FINMA Re-Affirms Stringent Approach to Anti Money Laundering and Blockchain Technology

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has published guidance as to the application of regulatory requirements for payments on the blockchain for financial services providers under FINMA supervision. Specifically, the guidance addresses anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) rules. In a release,… Read More

Swiss Digital Asset Platform Sygnum Receives Banking and Securities License

Digital asset platform Sygnum has received a banking and securities dealer license from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). The Zurich, Switzerland based Fintech reports this is the first time a digital asset specialist has received the license from FINMA – joining SEBA who… Read More

Switzerland: FINMA Introduces New Fintech License and Sandbox Update

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has introduced a new Fintech license and a “revision” of the provisions related to their Fintech sandbox ecosystem. FINMA stated that the Swiss parliament has introduced a new licensing category for Fintech companies. Simultaneously, FINMA said the Federal… Read More

Swiss Financial Regulator FINMA Reports Illegal Activity by Envion AG & Initial Coin Offering

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has issued a release stating it has found that Envion AG “unlawfully received public deposits on a commercial basis from at least 37,000 investors.” Envion is currently in the process of being liquidated by the Zug bankruptcy authority…. Read More

Switzerland: FINMA Adjusts Sandbox, Fintech Licenses

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has published a set of adjustments regarding their policy for their Fintech License and Sandbox structure. In June of 2018, the Swiss parliament introduced a new licensing category for Fintech companies. The following August FINMA launched a consultation… Read More

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

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