TOP STORYRaisin Scores €100 Million Funding Round BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTSFirst Direct Launches Tool Allowing Customers to Send up to almost €400 A Day via Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp POLICY / REGULATION Regulatory Bodies Open Global Sandbox BLOCKCHAIN Liechtenstein Joins The European Blockchain Partnership
TOP STORIES FCA Consults on Crypto-Assets Guidance BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS Open Banking Year One: Insights from the CMA9 and More POLICY / REGULATION Norway's Government Gives Green Light to Fintech Sandbox BLOCKCHAIN Spanish Port Authority Joins Blockchain Platform Developed by IBM and Maersk Want to read more? Become an EFA member and get the full version of our weekly newsletter!
TOP STORIES European Finance Regulators Call for Bloc-Wide Crypto Rules BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS Nordea Releases Instant Reporting API POLICY / REGULATION Crypto-Assets Need Common EU-Wide Approach to Ensure Investor Protection BLOCKCHAIN Italy Announces 30 Experts to Lead National Blockchain Strategy Want to read more? Become an EFA member and get the full version of our weekly newsletter!
TOP STORIES Opinion of the European Banking Authority on the Use of eIDAS certificates under the RTS on SCA and CSC BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS Germany’s Second-Largest Stock Exchange and SolarisBank Partner to Launch Crypto Exchange POLICY / REGULATION UK Financial Watchdog May Ban Crypto CFDs for Retail Customers PAYMENTS Berlin Group and the Path to PSD3 BLOCKCHAIN GM Patent Touts Blockchain As Data Solution for Self-Driving Cars CROWDFUNDING Oliver Gajda Updates on Pan European Crowdfunding...
TOP STORIES UK Could Ban Some Crypto Derivatives, Says Financial Watchdog Exec BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS Wirecard and Mastercard Extend Global Card Issuance POLICY / REGULATION Poland Gets Regulatory Sandbox PAYMENTS EU Sees Rise in Remittance Flows BLOCKCHAIN Major Banks Sign Up for New EU Commission Blockchain App Association Want to read more? Become an EFA member and get the full version of our weekly newsletter!
TOP STORIES EU Parliament Agrees to Lift Crowdfunding Limits BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS The UK Remains ahead of the Game in Europe’s Tech Sector POLICY / REGULATION New Amendments to French Finance Bill Would Ease Taxes for Crypto-Related Revenue BLOCKCHAIN New Amendments to French Finance Bill Would Ease Taxes for Crypto-Related Revenue Want to read more? Become an EFA member and get the full version of our weekly newsletter!
European Fintech Alliance Elects New Board Brussles/Berlin – Marcus Laube (Crossinx) has been re-elected as Chair of the European Fintech Alliance (EFA) with Cornelia Schwertner remaining Co-Chair. New to EFA’s board are Jörn Leogrande (Wirecard) and Alexander Baatz (Kontist) as Co-Chairs. At its annual members’ assembly, the Alliance has defined the agenda for the new year stressing its ambition to cement and expand its role as Europe’s strongest voice for the fintech sector...
TOP STORIES UK's Financial Regulator Mulls Ban on Sale of Crypto Derivatives BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS Deutsche Bank Opens its Tech to Third Parties POLICY / REGULATION German Regulator Aims to Police the Crypto Market BLOCKCHAIN German Central Bank Sees Positive Results from Blockchain Settlement Trials Want to read more? Become an EFA member and get the full version of our weekly newsletter!
TOP STORIES Bitcoin are NOT Financial Instruments, German Court Says BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS Bitwala Partners With Visa-Backed Solaris on Blockchain Bank Account POLICY / REGULATION Is Fintech the Latest Weapon in the Fight against Poverty? BLOCKCHAIN Blockchain and Brexit: How Adoption Could Help With UK–EU Relations Want to read more? Become an EFA member and get the full version of our weekly newsletter!
TOP STORIES EU Markets Regulator Extends Restrictions on Selling Crypto-Based Derivatives BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS Bitwala Raises €4 Million to Launch Germany’s First Blockchain Banking Service POLICY / REGULATION Crypto, Revolutionized: New French ICO Regulation on its Way PAYMENTS Tapping into Card Payments: The Countries Reaping the Benefits of the Cashless Economy BLOCKCHAIN Deloitte Outlines Five Major Obstacles to Blockchain’s Mainstream Adoption Want to read more? Become an EFA member...