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Forget Sandboxes: Why Governments Should Accept Licensing From Other Jurisdictions
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Forget Sandboxes: Why Governments Should Accept Licensing From Other Jurisdictions

When the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority announced the first round of Fintechs for their regulatory sandbox in 2015, it was heralded as a progressive move and reinforced the UK’s dedication to financial innovation. The FCA is now hosting their fourth cohort of companies, and it is evident that this may […]

Saudi Business Is About to Get More Complicated for EU Banks
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Saudi Business Is About to Get More Complicated for EU Banks

European Union banks will face higher hurdles in dealing with clients from countries including Saudi Arabia as the bloc moves to tighten controls on illicit financial flows. Panama and the U.S. Virgin Islands will also be put alongside Iran and North Korea on a new EU roll call of 23 […]

Bank of Spain Warns Citizens Against Crypto Given Lack of Local Regulations
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Bank of Spain Warns Citizens Against Crypto Given Lack of Local Regulations

Spain’s central bank has issued a reminder to citizens warning of the risks involved in transacting unregulated cryptocurrencies. The Bank of Spain’s notice, issued Feb. 10, followed an official blog post published two days earlier, which had outlined the institution’s stance on cryptocurrencies, their characteristics, and their legal status in […]

Smart Contracts Are No Problem for the World’s Legal Systems, so Long as They Behave Like Legal Contracts
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Smart Contracts Are No Problem for the World’s Legal Systems, so Long as They Behave Like Legal Contracts

Cryptocurrencies have been a headache (if not a nightmare) for the law. Ever since Ross Ulbricht launched the Silk Road online marketplace in February 2011, Bitcoin and its ilk have been disrupting the ability of authorities to police the globe, and to ensure that norms, regulations and laws are being […]

BankThink Bank regulators are getting serious about innovation
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BankThink Bank regulators are getting serious about innovation

I predict we’ll look back on 2019 as the breakthrough year when the U.S. financial agencies moved, each and all, to begin the digital modernization of regulation and compliance. Regulatory change is slow by nature — by design, really, because getting things wrong can do so much damage. It’s also […]

Expanding the Sphere of “Regtech” to Procurement and Supply Chain Technology
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Expanding the Sphere of “Regtech” to Procurement and Supply Chain Technology

Good to hear from our founder and procurement tech guru here on the UK/Europe site – hopefully we’ll hear more from Jason in the coming months. On Spend Matters yesterday, Chen Amit, CEO of Tipalti, penned a guest post that introduced the topic of “regtech”. He observes that: “In 2019, […]

Emerging fintech innovations set to influence SME lending in 2019
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Emerging fintech innovations set to influence SME lending in 2019

Aaron Hughes, Managing Director of Equiniti Riskfactor, looks at some of the emerging Fintech themes that will shape the SME lending landscape A wiser man than me once said that anyone attempting to make predictions will end up either wrong or lucky. In 2019, against a backdrop of uncertainty about […]

UK Standards Institution Partners With Blockchain Startup for Supply Chain Compliance
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UK Standards Institution Partners With Blockchain Startup for Supply Chain Compliance

The United Kingdom’s national standards body, the British Standards Institution (BSI), has partnered with blockchain company OriginTrail to increase supply chain transparency. The partnership was reported in a Jan. 24 press release. BSI, which has operated since 1901 and had a reported revenue in 2017 of 473 million GBP (about […]

FINRA Forum Shows Promises and Pitfalls of New Technologies
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FINRA Forum Shows Promises and Pitfalls of New Technologies

How experts from the securities industry and its regulators view AI, blockchain and other new technologies In the future, blockchain, artificial intelligence, network analytics and other new technologies may become as commonplace as the next-day or same-day delivery of consumer items, which was only an idea a few years ago. But for […]