Month: April 2017

The disruption of the traditional fundraising model and the Emergence of Blockchain Cryptocurrencies Startups

Initial Coin Offerings or ICOs have quickly become a powerful fundraising tool that is both more inclusive that traditional financing models and at the same time disruptive and complementary to them. For Blockchain startups it is a logical alternative and it has been embraced by several initiatives over the last couple of months. We look …

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The (regulatory) challenges for Financial Inclusion and how FinTechs help overcome them

The numbers alone are overwhelming: More than 2 billion people don’t have access to banking across the world. Over three billion people – that is almost half the world – live on less than $2.50 a day and at least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. And to make matters worse, …

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Compliance in the Digital Age – Why turning back isn’t an option

Banks are faced with the problem how to deal with communications in the digital age. Gone are the days they only had to monitor e-mails and tap their phones. Chats aren’t limited to Bloomberg anymore, instead many new channels can be used to communicate with peers and clients nor do their employees want to be …

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European Regulators highlight main risks for the financial system

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA – ESAs) has published its spring 2017 Report on risks and vulnerabilities in the European Union’s financial system. The Report highlights the risks to the stability of the European financial sector in an environment subject to political and economic uncertainties. In particular, the …

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EBA finds supervisory authorities have implemented robust IT systems and processes for supervisory reporting

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a Report on the Peer Review carried out on its ITS on supervisory reporting aimed at assessing how supervisory authorities have ensured its consistent and comprehensive implementation. The Report summarises the outcomes of this assessment involving the supervisory authorities of all EU Member States, the European Central Bank …

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In a nutshell: Initial Coin Offering – The disruption of Venture Capital and Equity Crowdfunding

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are the latest phenomenon in the world of alternative finance. With examples of firms raising millions in minutes without having to give up equity, its appeal is apparent and it’s clear that it has to potential to unsettle both the traditional VC model and Equity Crowdfunding. In this guest article by …

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ESMA issues final guidelines regarding circuit breakers under MiFID II

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today the final report on the Guidelines regarding the calibration of circuit breakers and the publication of the trading halts under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). These Guidelines provide further detail on the parameters that trading venues should consider for the calibration of …

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Cryptocurrencies, ICOs and Financial Regulation

ICOs (Inititial Coin Offerings) are becoming more and more popular as means of funding new cryptocurrency projects. Start-ups mostly in the field of blockchain technology use them instead of traditional or heavier regulated ways of fundraising because even though they are often compared to other forms like IPOs or Crowdfunding, they differ significantly and so …

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ESMA publishes updated AIFMD and UCITS Q&As

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published updated questions and answers documents (Q&A) on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and the Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities Directive (UCITS). Both Q&A’s include one new question and answer each on: AIFMD: cross-border marketing of EU AIFs by …

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