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Fintech Sandboxes & Innovation Hubs: European Report Outlines What’s Working Now

A joint report by the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA), the European Banking Authority (EBA), and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), addresses the topic of Fintech Sandboxes, the approach by regulators to partner with emerging Fintech firms by creating a safe place… Read More

Japan: Financial Services Authority Approves Crypto Garage for Fintech Sandbox, the First Blockchain and Finance Project Authorized

Crypto Garage has accepted into the Japanese Financial Services Authority (FSA) Fintech Sandbox program. This is the first blockchain and finance project authorized by the Sandbox. The FSA announced the news in a release which was followed by a post by the parent company of… Read More

Singapore: MAS Looks to Speed Up the Regulation Process with a Fintech “Sandbox Express”

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has proposed an expedited process for aspiring Fintechs participating in their regulatory Sandbox. First launched in 2016, the Singapore Fintech Sandbox seeks to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between innovator and regulator.  In an industry with profound compliance requirements, the regulator is exposed to entrepreneurs seeking to… Read More

Blockchain based Finance: BlockEx Comments on Acceptance into FCA Fintech Sandbox, Preps Digital Bond Service

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) posted its next cohort of Fintech companies accepted into their regulatory sandbox and several blockchain based companies were on the list. BlockEx, a company that is launching a digital bond service on blockchain, was one of these companies.  BlockEx expects… Read More

Blockchain Platform 20|30 to Test Issuance of Equity Tokens Under FCA Fintech Sandbox Guidance

Yesterday, the Financial Conduct Authority announced the next cohort of firms to be accepted into its Fintech Sandbox program. Within this group is a good number of crypto / blockchain. One of these firms, 20|30, will commence test initial coin offerings that will be equity… Read More

Fintech Sandbox: FCA Announces 29 Firms for Fourth Cohort for Innovative Regulatory Process

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has posted the 29 firms that will be part of the fourth cohort of the Fintech sandbox. The UK was the trailblazing regulatory agency that first created an environment where innovative financial firms could safely experiment with new services… Read More

Christopher Woolard, FCA Director of Competition: Regulators Must Work Together to Foster Fintech Innovation

Christopher Woolard, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority  Executive Director of Strategy and Competition, delivered a keynote speech today at the Innovate Finance Global Summit. Woolard is the defender and champion of the vital competition mandate that has made the FCA a successful financial regulator.  Woolard… Read More

Securities Commission Malaysia Opens Up Fintech Sandbox for ATS Applications

The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has announced that parties interested in establishing and operating an Alternative Trading System (ATS) in Malaysia can apply to participate in regulatory sandbox sessions under the SC’s FinTech Innovation Lab (aFINity – alliance of Fintech community). This follows the Budget… Read More

Australian Securities & Investment Commission Reviews Regulatory Sandbox & Proposes to Retain Fintech Licensing Exemption

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) had previously committed to review its regulatory sandbox and Fintech licensing exemption and upon review, officials have proposed to maintain the current status. The regulatory Fintech sandbox was introduced in December 2016 and enables eligible firms to test… Read More

Australia Introduces Legislation Designed to Boost Fintech

The Australian Government has introduced a legislative framework for an “enhanced regulatory sandbox” to enable new Fintech products and services to be tested in Australia. The proposal is designed to extend the scope of activities beyond that of the regulatory sandbox launched by ASIC in… Read More

Arizona AG Mark Brnovich Calls for Creation of Fintech Sandbox

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has publicly requested the creation of a Fintech Sandbox in his state. Brnovich published his belief in an OpEd for American Banker. Brnovich is of the opinion that Arizona should be the first state to create a Sandbox as it… Read More

Innovation Friendly: Lithuania Seeks to Become Fintech Center as Bank of Lithuania Looks to Launch Regulatory Sandbox

  Lithuania is the latest country joining the Fintech revolution by recognizing the importance of fostering a regulatory environment that is conducive to change and challenges established norms. The Bank of Lithuania is out with a statement regarding the launch of a sponsored Fintech Sandbox…. Read More

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Launches Major Fintech Initiative: LabCFTC

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will embark on a “major Fintech initiative” with the creation of LabCFTC. The venture was launched to promote responsible Fintech innovation and to encourage competition in the markets the CFTC oversees. “Simply put, LabCFTC is intended to help… Read More

Singapore on Regulating Fintech: “Financial Regulators Should not be Afraid to Work Collaboratively”

This is a special time of the year in Washington, DC. It is the annual Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank meaning a diverse group of policymakers and regulators descend upon the US Capitol clogging restaurants and over-booking hotels. This also means there… Read More

FCA: It is Our Job to Provide the Conditions that Simplify Regulatory Complexities & Give Space for Firms to Innovate

Christopher Woolard, Executive Director of Strategy and Competition at the FCA, delivered a Keynote address today at the Innovative Finance Global Summit 2017. Woolard, the FCA’s champion for competition and thus a champion for consumers, delivered an important message regarding their regulatory mission: “It is… Read More

Innovate Finance Shares Findings from UK Fintech Sandbox

Innovate Finance has published a “Sandbox Consultation Finding Preview in concert with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The release took place as Innovate Finance opened its Global Summit 2017. The FCA invited Innovate Finance , a public-private partnership seeking to boost Fintech innovation, to chair an… Read More

Canadian Securities Administrators Launch Fintech Sandbox

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has launched a bespoke Fintech regulatory sandbox. The CSA described the Sandbox as an initiative that supports businesses seeking to offer innovative products, services, and applications. “The objective of this initiative is to facilitate the ability of those businesses to… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Hong Kong Securities & Futures Commission Joins R3 Blockchain Consortium The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced it had joined the R3 blockchain consortium. Through this partnership, SFC will test applications of blockchain on record and settlement of securities and futures trading with the… Read More

Singapore Has Just Published a Document on their Next Phase of Growth & Fintech /Alternative Finance Plays a Big Role

Singapore’s Committee on Future Economy (CFE) has identified seven strategies for Singapore’s next stage of growth in its report. Singapore has experienced an enviable period of economic growth and prosperity. The island city-state tmaintains one of the highest standards of living in the world. The… Read More

OCC Fintech Charter: We Need a Government that Embraces Financial Innovation

The Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is an independent bureau within the United States Department of the Treasury that was created by the National Currency Act of 1863 (154 years ago, 20 years before the automobile was invented by Karl Benz from Germany)…. Read More

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