The Delaware Corporate Law Council proposed amendments to the state’s corporate law to allow for DLT-based stock records; BlackRock plans to rely more on computer models and algorithms in its stock-picking unit; Japan’s financial regulator will officially recognize Bitcoin as a method of payment starting tomorrow; and the NYDFS’s Maria Vullo discussed her opposition to the OCC’s proposed fintech charter in an American Banker interview.
The SEC shortened to two days from three the settlement cycle for broker-dealer transactions; IBM is working with Swiss financial exchange operator SIX on a cybersecurity compliance tool, and with Canadian banks on digital identification management; global software and IT firm SAP joined the Hyperledger project; and two OnDeck executives penned an op-ed advocating for regulatory change.
The OCC released new guidance on how “fintech charter” applicants will be evaluated; the NYDFS appears to want greater authority over fintech firms; SWIFT announced new technology-enabled compliance offerings; the SEC denied the Winklevoss twins’ application to create a bitcoin ETF; Dubai selected IBM to help it build the world’s first “blockchain-powered government;” 40 blockchain firms formed a defensive patent coalition; and Euronet topped Ant Financial’s $880M bid for MoneyGram.
OCC’s Thomas Curry delivered the keynote address at the 2017 LendIt Conference, sharing his agency’s “responsible innovation” agenda with the borrowing and lending community; the Canadian Securities Administrators launched a regulatory sandbox to attract more blockchain and digital currency startups to the country; CurrencyCloud raised £20 million to fund global expansion; and digital payments firm Align Commerce changed its name to “Veem” and announced $24 million in new funding.
In the world of financial innovation, DLT is a truly global phenomenon.