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Swiss Federal Council Receives Update on Stablecoins, Told Libra to be Classified as a Payment System

The Swiss Federal Council received an update yesterday regarding the topic of stablecoins and Facebook’s Libra specifically. According to a post on the Swiss government website, Switzerland will continue to actively monitor discussions on new digital technologies such as blockchain/DLT and the country is generally… Read More

Abandoning Ship: eBay, Visa, Mastercard and Stripe Exit Facebook’s Libra Association [u]

Following in the footsteps of PayPal, which walked away from the Libra Association last Friday, eBay and Stripe have now departed the alliance. In an update, Law360 has confirmed that Mastercard and Visa have exited the Libra Association as well. “We highly respect the vision… Read More

Three Existing Shareholders Add Capital to Bloomio in Advance of Series A

Swiss crowdfunding platform Bloomio has received a CHF 800,000 capital injection from three existing shareholders according to a company release. The blockchain-based marketplace called that added capital a big step forward as the company plans for a forthcoming Series A funding round. Capital invested to… Read More

BIS, “Central Bank of Central Banks,” Exploring Interbank Digital Asset Settlement and Central Bank Digital Currency at Switzerland Innovation Hub

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), popularly known as the “central bank of central banks,” will be engaging in two projects at the BIS’s newly-established Innovation Hub in Switzerland, one of which involves, “examin(ing) the integration of digital central bank money into a distributed ledger technology… Read More

CBDC: Bank for International Settlements and Swiss National Bank to Research DLT and Central Bank Digital Money

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has teamed up with the Swiss National Bank (SNB) in order to work on a Switzerland-based innovation hub that will initially conduct research into central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and distributed ledger technology (DLT). Financial services provider SIX is… Read More

Switzerland Fintech Startups Now Encouraged to Apply For Swiss FinTech Award 2020

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Switzerland’s Finanz und Wirtschaft Forum announced this week it is encouraging all Swiss fintech startups to sign up for the Swiss FinTech Awards. According to the organization, the purpose of the Swiss FinTech Awards is to promote Swiss connects innovators and to continue to the… Read More

Liechtenstein Passes Progressive Blockchain Act

Liechtenstein’s parliament has passed the Blockchain Act, “(a) new law (that) aims to strengthen the legal certainty for users and service providers…to further promote the positive development of the ‘token economy’ in Liechtenstein…(and) protect the reputation of the country,” according to lawyer Dr. Günther Dobrauz, The law was… Read More

Report: Prominent Libra Association Members Now Hesitant About Officially Endorsing Facebook’s Currency Project

Officials at Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and Stripe are reportedly hesitating now about officially signing on as members of the Libra Association, a governance consortium assembled by Facebook to advise on its proposed private, in-app currency system, Libra. The 28 current members of the Libra Association are reportedly being asked… Read More

Libra Association Schedules Meeting in Switzerland. So What is on the Agenda?

It has been widely reported that the founding members of the Libra Association, Facebook’s stablecoin initiative, have scheduled a meeting to take place in Geneva, Switzerland on October 14th. As the crypto advocates gather, one has to wonder what is on the agenda. First reported… Read More

Switzerland-based EST Group Is Planning to Invest $250 Million into Indian Fintech Firms

Switzerland-based EST Group announced on September 27 that it will invest $250 million in the next 18 months into various Indian Fintech companies. EST Group said in a release that it is very bullish about the Indian market due to great potential for new opportunities…. Read More

Launch of Switzerland’s SIX Exchange Digital Asset Platform Delayed Until Late 2020

SIX Group, a company that provides infrastructure, processing and settlement for Switzerland’s financial sector, has announced it will be delaying the launch of a proposed DLT (distributed ledger technology) platform for the settlement of “digital assets” until Q4 2020. The platform, which would allow the company… Read More

University of St. Gallen Launches Blockchain-based Diploma Verification Pilot

The  is launching a blockchain-enabled pilot project that verifies the authenticity of diplomas within seconds, instead of taking several days when using the traditional system. Harald Rotter, the university’s CIO, told CNN Money in a recent interview that the degree verification software “could be necessary… 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

Stefan Deiss: Blockchain Propulsion CEO Discusses Funding Challenges Faced By Crypto Startups

We recently caught up with Steifan Deiss, co-founder and CEO of Blockchain Propulsion, a Switzerland-headquartered global accelerator program for blockchain startups.  Deiss, an MBA graduate from HWZ University of Applied Sciences, shared his views and insights regarding the emerging distributed ledger technology (DLT) industry and… Read More

Liechtenstein-based Digital Asset Exchange Blocktrade Acquired by Cryptix

Cryptix AG, a provider of services in the blockchain and DLT sector, has acquired digital asset exchange Blocktrade. Cryptix is based in Switzerland and Blocktrade is based in Lichtenstein. Details of the acquisition were not provided. Cryptix said the acquisition will not affect existing customers… 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

Chair of House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters Comments on Trip to Switzerland & Facebook’s Libra Plan: “My Concerns Remain”

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the Chairwoman of the influential House Financial Services Committee, has issued a statement on her Bipartisan trip to Switzerland to learn more about Facebook’s plan to launch a stablecoin dubbed Libra. Facebook has incorporated Libra in the crypto-friendly jurisdiction of Switzerland like… Read More

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