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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

Switzerland’s Numbrs Secures $40 Million Through Latest Investment Round; Named Fintech Unicorn After Being Valued At More Than $1 Billion

Numbrs, a Switzerland-based fintech, announced this week it has secured $40 million through latest investment round. With the latest round of funding, the company is now valued at more than $1 billion and has been dubbed a Swiss Fintech Unicorn. Numbrs describes itself as a… Read More

Switzerland to Heavily Promote Domestic Fintech Firms at Forthcoming Singapore Fintech Festival

Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) and the Swiss Business Hub ASEAN expect to showcase approximately 30 different Fintech firms at the upcoming Singapore Fintech Festival this coming November. A noted Asian Fintech Hub, the annual Singapore Fintech Festival has captured wide participation from Southeast Asia as… Read More

Crypto Valley Venture Capital: Blockchain Startup Valuations Now Over $40 Billion

Blockchain focused investor Crypto Valley Venture Capital (CV VC), in partnership with PwC’s Strategy& and IT partner inacta, has published a report claiming that the 50 largest companies in Crypto Valley, located in Switzerland, have risen in valuation from $20 billion at the end of… Read More

Switzerland: Fintech Aximetria Joins Swiss Financial SRO VQF, Plans Banking Services + Crypto

Fintech startup Aximetria GmbH has become a member of the Swiss Financial Services Standards Association (Verein zur Qualitätssicherung von Finanzdienstleistungen or VQF) in a step towards providing financial services in Switzerland. VQF is a Self Regulatory Organization (SRO) and is officially recognized by the Swiss… Read More

First We’ve Heard of It: Swiss Data Protection Commissioner Not Contacted by Facebook

On July 16, David Marcus, CEO of Facebook’s proposed currency project, Libra, told members of the U.S. Senate convened in a hearing that he expected the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) to regulate financial privacy on Libra. The non-profit Libra Association is… Read More

European Telco & Electronics Retailer Partners with UTrust to Accept Cryptocurrencies as Payments

Phone House, a European electronics retailers and telecommunications providers, has formed a partnership with UTtrust, a cryptocurrency payment solution. UTrust, based in Switzerland, went live earlier this year when football club Benifica enlisted its services to accept cryptocurrency payments. Beginning next month, Phone House customers… Read More

Smart Valor Schedules Launch of Digital Asset Exchange in Switzerland & Lichtenstein for Next Week

Smart Valor, a licensed Financial Intermediary in Switzerland and registered crypto-fiat exchange  in Liechtenstein, will go-live next week on July 30, according to an email from the company. Smart Valor claims to be the “first to build a fully compliant security token exchange for alternative… Read More

Crypto Valley: First CV Labs Incubation Group Completes Program

The first CV Labs incubation program is said to have ended in success as 12 startups from 8 different countries exited the incubator with an aggregate valuation of $10 million, according to a release. Crypto Valley reported that over 600 applicants applied for the incubator…. Read More

Temenos Pushes Into Artificial Intelligence with Acquisition of Explainable AI Platform

Fintech software provider Temenos (SIX: TEMN), has acquired Logical Glue Ltd., a UK-based creator of the “Explainable AI” (XAI) platform. In a release, Temenos explained that the acquisition will accelerate Temenos’ artificial intelligence (AI) roadmap by providing AI credit scoring models that are immediately available… 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

Bitcoin Tops USD $13,000. One Prognosticator Predicts BTC at $63,000 in the Next Couple of Years

Bitcoin is moving, once again. The most popular crypto has earned its wings as a popular speculation vehicle – driven by geopolitical events and perhaps some manipulation. Advocates proclaim its purity and lack of affiliation with any central agency. Detractors denounce it as little more… Read More

Swiss Fintech Mt Pelerin Announces Launch of Security Token Offering Service

Aspiring bank Mt Pelerin has announced a “one-stop shop” service to help companies tokenize and issue securities using blockchain tech. Mt Pelerin’s new tool is described as “giving companies of any size the possibility to access fundraising methods like IPOs more easily and without significant… Read More

AlphaPoint Opens Office in Switzerland to Expand Tokenization Services

AlphaPoint has opened up an office in Switzerland to take advantage of the robust tokenization market. AlphaPoint is a global provider of tokenization/digital asset services. AlphaPoint said that it is positioning itself in the Swiss capital to service a growing list of European clients. As… Read More

BlockState to Raise Capital via Self Hosted STO

Security tokenization platform BlockState will raise capital via its own website, according to a note from the firm. BlockState, a Switzerland-based blockchain focused company, will commence the sale for equity tokens beginning June 18, 2019. BlockState said its intent was to showcase the entire security… Read More

Facebook’s Crypto Payments Solution Libra Now Seeking $1 Billion in Investments

Following its registry in Switzerland, Facebook’s crypto payments solution, Libra Networks, is reportedly seeking $1 billion in investments. As previously reported, Libra was notably registered on May 2nd and aims to provide financial and technology services, as well as develop related hardware and software. The… Read More

Institute for Financial Services Zug IFZ Crowdfunding Monitor: In Switzerland, Crowdfunding Volume Tops Half a Billion Swiss Francs

The Institute for Financial Services Zug IFZ at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts has published their annual crowdfunding report and it appears that Switzerland is developing a robust online capital formation market. The author of the study is Prof. Dr. Andreas Dietrich…. Read More

Switzerland’s SIX Exchange Planning Stablecoin Digital Currency Pegged to the Swiss Franc

A spokesperson for Switzerland’s largest stock exchange, the Zurich-based SIX Exchange, has confirmed in an email to Coindesk that SIX is developing a “stablecoin” pegged to the Swiss franc for use on the company’s forthcoming digital asset exchange: “Yes, we are currently working on a… Read More

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