Tagged: france

French Crowdfunding Association Alludes to Troubled Online Lending Platform

The Financement Participatif France (FPF), the French Crowdfunding Association, has published an interesting blog post this week. According to the FPF, there are rumors which have been published about a distressed online lending platform. The FPF does not mention any platform names. Today, there are over 60… Read More

Crowdfunding in France: Alternative Finance Jumps 59% in First 6 Months of 2018, Equity Crowdfunding Sinks

Recently, KPMG and Financement Participatif France (FPF – The French Crowdfunding Association) published a report pertaining to crowdfunding sector performance during the first half of 2018. The term crowdfunding relates to both debt and equity online capital formation, similar to many other parts of the… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding Platform Anaxago Launches Asset Management Firm Anaxago Capital

A leading French equity platform, Anaxago is launching an asset management firm, Anaxago Capital, to attract more institutional investors and ready itself to fund larger projects. With this, Anaxago expects to double its outstanding investments by 2020. We spoke with Caroline Lamaud, Co-founder and Chairman… Read More

Societe Generale Launches Global Markets Incubator Dedicated to Fintechs Specializing in Market Activities

Société Générale, France’s third-largest bank, announced earlier this week the launch of its new Global Markets Incubator, which is dedicated to fintech companies that are specializing in market activities. According to the bank, through the incubator, Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking (SG CIB) adopts a… Read More

Police Officer Accused of Selling French Intelligence for Bitcoin on Darknet

A police officer working for a French intelligence agency tasked with maintaining national security inside France has been arrested and detained for allegedly selling state secrets for Bitcoin on the Darknet, Le Parisien reports. The officer was reportedly working as part of “a sensitive division”… Read More

Bitcoin Foundation Challenges French Pacte Bill and Bitlicense Proposal as France Preps ICO Legislation

The Bitcoin Foundation has submitted an opposition letter to the French Parliament Special Commission which is currently reviewing the PACTE legislation that is ostensibly designed to empower initial coin offerings (ICOs) in France. The Bitcoin Foundation “strongly opposes” an amendment apparently submitted on Friday, September… Read More

Paris Art Show Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Bitcoin White Paper

A show of Bitcoin- and cryptocurrency-inspired artworks is being held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the invention of Bitcoin and explore ways that Bitcoin and blockchains might be used to “disintermediate” the art world. The show runs September 28th to October 5th, from 10am to… Read More

Société Générale Acquires Fintech Startup Treezor

Société Générale, France’s third-largest bank, announced on Thursday it has acquired French fintech startup, Treezor. The latest acquisition comes just a few months after Société Générale acquired Lumo, the pioneering crowdfunding platform dedicated to renewable energies. Founded in 2015, Treezor is described as one of France’s pioneering Banking-as-a-Service… Read More

Will Paris Become the Capital of ICOs? French National Assembly Approves Key Framework for Initial Coin Offerings

A Special Commission of the National Assembly in France approved a key framework today in pursuit of bespoke regulation for initial coin offerings (ICOs). This is according to a report in Les Echos that stated “Article 26” was adopted earlier today – part of the… Read More

Cryptoasset Platform (and Coinhouse Parent Company) Arizen Receives First French CIF License

Nicolas Louvet

Last December distributed ledger technology was presented to and approved by the Council of Ministers in France with the caveat that Blockchain may not be used for listed securities as this sector is governed by EU law. The aim was to improve the industry’s transparency, authentication… Read More

OECD Secretary General Calls Blockchain an “Unprecedented Technological Revolution”

Angel Gurría

Speaking at the very first OECD Blockchain Policy Forum taking place in Paris this week, OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria opened the conference calling blockchain (or distributed ledger technology) an “unprecedented technological revolution.” The Forum saw the participation of multiple public officials including the Premier… Read More

DESICO is the Next Platform to Attempt to Enter the Security Token Offering Sector

DESICO, based in Paris and in Vilnius,  wants to join the growing group of platforms seeking to issue and trade security tokens. DESICO is also issuing its own “DESI Token” as part of its platform. Even while the initial coin offering (ICO) market stumbles, security… Read More

Russian Politician Floats Deployment of Nuclear Weapons to Syria, Development of Gold-Backed Cryptocurrency as Countermeasures to US Sanctions

A Russian lawmaker, Vladimir Gutenev, told Russian news agency TASS  last week that Russia should consider ‘an asymmetric response’ to US pressure and sanctions, including deployment of nuclear weapons to Syria, suspension of missile non-proliferation treaties and development of a gold-backed cryptocurrency to help Russian… Read More

France: Online Lender Younited Credit Surpasses €200 Million in Outstanding Loans, Has Financed €900+ Million

Paris based Younited Credit, a leading retail online lending platform in Continental Europe, has announced that it has exceeded € 200 million in outstanding loans from its Younited France fund, which provides credit to French residents. At the end of August 2018, Younited Credit had financed… Read More

OECD Pushes into Blockchain, Books Event for September

Even the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is interested in blockchain these days. The international organization that is focused on promoting policies that will improve the economic plight of everyone around the world has scheduled a blockchain event in Paris for this September…. Read More

Bpifrance Wants to Help the French Initial Coin Offering Ecosystem

Bpifrance, a French public investment bank, is looking to support initial coin offerings. According to a report in Les Echos, the leading French business newspaper, Bpifrance wants to be ready to support “cryptomonnaies” before the Pact law goes into effect. It was announced earlier this… Read More

While Still Comparatively Small, Italian Crowdfunding Market Experiencing Rapid Growth

A report from the Politecnico Milano School of Management in Italy, indicates that the volume investment crowdfunding is picking up pace in Italy. In Italy, as is with the rest of Europe, crowdfunding denotes investment in both debt and equity. According to the numbers provided… Read More

Report: Fintech Firms in France Raise Record €200 Million Since January

Fintech is booming globally. France, an aspiring Fintech center, appears to be gaining momentum. According to a report in La Tribune, Fintechs in France have raised a solid €200 million since January 2018. This is more than all of 2016. During the year prior, Fintechs raised €318… Read More

Leading European Payment Platform Lemon Way Receives €10 million Investment to Fuel Hypergrowth

Fintech Lemon Way, a payment institution regulated by the ACPR – Banque de France,  has received additional funding in the amount of €10 million. The round was led by Breega capital, with the participation from Speedinvest, a Fintech venture capital fund. According to the local… Read More

Russian Accused of Laundering Bitcoin Proceeds of Crime to Be Extradited from Greece to France

Alexander Vinnik, a Russian national accused by the US government of laundering $4 billion dollars of cryptocurrency proceeds of crime will be extradited from Greece to France to face charges there, CNN Greece reports. An unsealed US government indictment charges Vinnik with 21 counts of… Read More

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