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Regulation Coming: UK Targets Bespoke Rules for Crypto Including Stablecoins, Shares Responses of Consultation

The UK government has released the results of a consultation on the regulation of digital assets or crypto.  The update includes information on fiat-backed stablecoins and managing “systemic digital settlement asset firms.” The consultation kicked off in February of this year and was completed at… Read More

HM Treasury, City of London, Publishes Review of UK Financial Services Sector

The City of  London, working with HM Treasury, has published a review of UK financial services declaring there is an opportunity to become more efficient and competitive. While Brexit has thrown a wrench in the works, the UK continues to be a top global financial… Read More

UK Finance Report Makes Recommendations to Accelerate Digital Transformation of Nation’s Capital Markets

UK Finance has released a report which sets out three key missions “to accelerate the digital transformation of the UK’s capital markets.” The report ‘Unlocking the power of securities tokenization’, produced in conjunction with Oliver Wyman, looks at “how securities tokenization (the digital representation of… Read More

The Digital Pound Moves Forward: HM Treasury and Bank of England Launch Consultation on CBDC, No Decision on DLT

HM Treasury and the Bank of England have announced a new consultation on the possibility of a digital pound. According to a joint statement, The consultation is being launched as the UK government wants to ensure the public has access to “safe money” while supporting… Read More

UK Looks to Support Innovation as HM Treasury Plans to Regulate Crypto, Launches Consultation Seeking Industry Input

The UK government has announced its intent to “robustly regulate crypto-asset activities.” In recent years, the UK has expressed its intent to become a crypto hub – supporting innovation while crafting a regime that provides sufficient consumer protections and transparency. The goal is to deliver… Read More

HM Treasury Provides Update on UK’s AML/CTF Guidelines

HM Treasury had introduced a consultation in July of last year, entitled “Amendments to the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 Statutory Instrument 2022.” This consultation outlined how the UK Government intended “to amend the UK’s Money… Read More

UK Government to Recognize Stablecoins as Valid Forms of Payment, Aims to Emerge as Top Global Crypto Hub

HM Treasury announced today that the UK government will acknowledge stablecoins as a form of valid payment. The government is expected to create legislation to bring stablecoins within the payments regulatory perimeter, creating conditions for stablecoins issuers and service providers to operate and invest in… Read More

UK CMA Outlines Next Steps for Open Banking Mission

  The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued a statement outlining its recommendations regarding the pursuit of Open Banking. The statement follows a consultation that was initiated in the spring of 2021. The CMA said its recommendations will guide a future entity that… Read More

Autumn Budget 2021 Seeks to Make the UK a Science and Tech Superpower

“We are making this country a modern science and technology superpower,” Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Autumn Budget 2021 was unveiled today as UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak took the podium in Parliament to sell his vision. Once again, the Budget… Read More

Digital Pound: Bank of England and HM Treasury Join CBDC Forum

The Bank of England and HM Treasury have joined the central bank digital currency (CBDC) Engagement and Technology Forums. The Forums were created earlier this year alongside a task force exploring a digital pound sterling. CBDCs have emerged as a hot policy issue in the… Read More

Chancellor Rishi Sunak Charts Roadmap for Financial Services, Including Fintech, in Mansion House Speech

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has outlined his vision for financial services in the 2021 Mansion House speech. Charting the roadmap forward post-Brexit, the Chancellor noted the importance of financial services for the UK economy. Financial services currently employs around 2.3 million people… Read More

TechUK Responds to Competition and Market Authority’s Consultation on Open Banking

The UK has reached a key stage for the ongoing development of Open Data initiatives.  The Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) is now nearing the completion of creating Open Banking guidelines and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has finalized a consultation on the updated… Read More

UK Fintech Pollinate Says Financial Tech Firms Aren’t a Niche Market, as They Underpin Digital Financial Services

The United Kingdom has been touted as a world leader in Fintech, and it also has the “accolades” to back this position, according to a blog post by London-based Pollinate, a global software business that teams up with banks to assist them with deepening and… Read More

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak Outlines Proposals to Boost the UK’s Fintech Prominence

As UK Fintech week kicks off today, Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer addressed members of the industry outlining proposals designed to “enhance the UK’s competitive advantage in Fintech.”  This includes regulatory support and reforms to help Fintech firms grow. The Chancellor also commented on… Read More

Bank of England and HM Treasury Announce the Creation of Taskforce to Explore a Central Bank Digital Currency

The Bank of England and HM Treasury have jointly announced the creation of a task force to explore a central bank digital currency or CBDC. The CBDC will be a digital currency issued by the Bank of England for use by consumers as well as… Read More

HM Treasury Kicks Off Consultation on Cryptoassets and Stablecoins

At the end of last week, HM Treasury published a consultation on cryptoassets (digital assets) and stablecoins. An earlier consultation on cryptoasset promotions concluded on 26 October with results expected soon. The consultation is said to be the first stage in the government’s process concerning… Read More

UK Fintech Review Expected to be Released Next Month, Seeks to Boost Fintech Sector Post Brexit

In March of 2020, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered the UK budget. Included in the presentation was the announcement of a Fintech sector review – a study to be led by Ron Kalifa OBE, who was previously CEO Worldpay and current Chair… Read More

UK Chancellor Extends COVID Loan Schemes, Over 1.5 million UK Businesses Supported So Far

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has extended the government-guaranteed Covid-19 business loan schemes until the end of March. The announcement was joined by confirmation that the furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021. The Chancellor said: “Our package of… Read More

UK’s Federation of Small Businesses Cautions that £1.5 Billion in Unclaimed COVID-19 Related Funding Might Go Back to Treasury if not Claimed Soon

Emergency COVID-19 funding or financial relief for companies in the UK will reportedly go back to the Treasury at the end of this month if it’s not claimed, the BBC reports. About four months after £12 billion in Coronavirus related funding was approved to help… Read More

New Lenders Added for CLBILS While 1.2 Businesses Supported by COVID Schemes, Future Fund Grows Too

Today the British Business Bank has announced that it has approved Allied Irish Bank, Investec Bank plc, and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services UK Limited have been accredited under the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS). These three new CLBILS lenders will be able to provide… Read More

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