Swiss Regulator Gives Clear Guidelines for Launching ICOs

Swiss Regulator Gives Clear Guidelines for Launching ICOs

On February 16, 2018, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA put the world on notice by being the first major economy to set out clear guidelines on initial coin offerings (ICOs). In an announcement, the Swiss regulator addressed plans to apply financial market legislation to different tokens as well as lay out how ICO organizers can get proper input from FINMA when planning or launching their initial coin offerings.

SEC and CFTC Give Testimonies at Senate Hearing on Virtual Currencies

Today, February 6, 2018, the prospects for coherent U.S. regulation on cryptocurrencies became a little more clear, as were the impasses that were frustrating progress on the issue. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (the “Committee”) heard joint testimony from the heads of both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

SEC Chair’s Written Testimony Hints at Moderation for Cryptocurrencies, but ICOs Be Warned

The written testimony from Jay Clayton, chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), was released on February 5, 2018.
Broadridge Pilots Blockchain for Repo Trades With French Banks

Broadridge Pilots Blockchain for Repo Trades With French Banks

Broadridge Financial Solutions has completed a blockchain pilot with two French banks aimed at recording the details of bilteral repurchase, or repo, agreements. The U.S.-based investor services firm worked with Natixis and Societe Generale on the pilot, which Broadridge said had demonstrated a distributed ledger's benefits for this kind of transaction. Specifically, those benefits include less manual intervention, reduced risk, greater transparency and faster processing, Broadridge said.
Collaboration FTW: How Blockchain Came So Far, So Fast

Collaboration FTW: How Blockchain Came So Far, So Fast

Rob Palatnick is a managing director and the chief technology officer at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, one of the world’s largest financial market infrastructure providers. In this opinion piece, looking ahead to next week's annual Sibos conference, Palatnick takes stock of blockchain technology's progress in transforming the plumbing of global markets, and explains why cooperation is critical for further advancement.
Appcoin Law Part 2: The SAFT Solution

Appcoin Law Part 2: The SAFT Solution

Marco Santori is a fintech lawyer based in New York City where he leads the blockchain technology team at Cooley LLP. In this opinion piece, part of an ongoing series on the state of U.S. law as it applies to initial coin offerings and token sales, he explains the significance (and limitations) of the recently announced SAFT project.
European Central Bank Calls for DLT Post-Trade Interoperability

European Central Bank Calls for DLT Post-Trade Interoperability

Researchers at the European Central Bank (ECB) have published a new research report on the impact of distributed ledger technology (DLT) on the harmonization of post-trade settlement systems. Released by the Advisory Group on Market Infrastructures for Securities and Collateral late last week, the 134-page report examines the technology's possible effect on a variety of services that touch the securities settlement process.
Banks Simulate €100,000 Security Transaction in R3 DLT Trial

Banks Simulate €100,000 Security Transaction in R3 DLT Trial

A group of German banks working with the R3 blockchain consortium has successfully replicated the sale of a €100,000 security on a distributed ledger platform. Announced yesterday, Commerzbank, KfW Banking and MEAG all took part in the effort, designed to test an extension of R3's Corda platform. According to the companies involved, the trial served to show how a money market instrument, traded using distributed ledger technology (DLT), could take place with fewer intermediaries and in a shorter timeframe.