Bitwise filed with the SEC to create a bitcoin ETF; the EBA called on the EU to review its current regulatory stance on crypto assets and consider promulgating new rules; Google was granted an EU payments license; N26 raised $300M, giving it a $2.7B valuation; two prominent UK fintechs are setting up new EU offices ahead of Brexit; China established new anti-anonymity regulations for blockchain firms; and MUFG launched a $185M VC fund focused on fintech.
Square re-filed its ILC charter application; New York established a digital currency task force; Ant is considering acquiring WorldFirst; Google gained an EU e-money license; Robinhood is apparently preparing to expand to the U.K.; and the WSJ profiles the SEC’s Hester Peirce.
The CFPB proposed a “product sandbox” and certain safe harbors for fintechs; Revolut received an EU banking license; Robinhood faced scrutiny over its plan to offer SIPC-insured checking and savings accounts; Bitwala established Germany’s first “crypto bank”; Facebook could be facing over $1B in fines for recent data breaches; and Plaid raised $250M in new funding.
U.S. regulators are encouraging banks to explore innovative compliance tools; the SEC fined CoinAlpha Investors failures related to an unregistered securities sale; Abu Dhabi’s financial regulator found blockchain “radically simplified” the traditional KYC process; Signature Bank won NYDFS approval to offer blockchain-based RTP; and Monzo raised £20M in new funding through crowdfunding.
The SEC settled with DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather for improperly promoting ICOs; CLS launched its blockchain-based CLSNet payments netting service; the ECB launched its TIPS platform; Marriott disclosed a data breach affecting up to 500 million customers; Monzo wants to raise £20M through crowdfunding; and SEC Chair Jay Clayton commented on the possibility of an approved crypto ETF.
The SEC reached settlements with two firms that conducted unregistered ICOs; Bitcoin Cash split over concerns around proposed network changes; the NYDFS granted a new BitLicense to the New York Digital Investment Group; France intends to introduce new ICO rules early next year; Revolut hopes to raise $500 million to bankroll its expansion into the U.S. market; the head of the IMF encouraged central banks to consider adopting cryptocurrencies; and the Economist explores the impact of quantum computing on encryption and data security.