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HSBC, StanChart, others launch HK blockchain trade finance platform

A new blockchain-based trade finance platform, developed by HSBC (HSBA.L), Standard Chartered (STAN.L) and 10 other banks, was launched in Hong Kong on Wednesday to boost efficiency in the multi-trillion-dollar funding of international trade. HSBC said on Wednesday the platform, eTrade Connect, had allowed the Asia-focused British lender to reduce… Read More

Stephen Platt, Chair of the KYC Technologies Group, on the impact of tech on AML compliance

Stephen Platt, Chairman of KYC Technologies, offers an optimistic perspective on the impact of technology on AML compliance. Read More

Interview with Sam Thampapillai of Eversheds Sutherland on financial crime & Blockchain

Tom Devlin interviews Sam Thampapillai, associate in the financial services disputes and investigations group at Eversheds Sutherland. Sam has focused his recent work on developing technologies and financial crime. In this video he focuses on Blockchain, offering an introduction to how the technology works and insight into the particular financial crime risks that… Read More
1st November 2018
A new blockchain-based trade finance platform, developed by HSBC (HSBA.L), Standard Chartered (STAN.L) and 10 other banks, was launched in Hong Kong on Wednesday to boost efficiency in the multi-trillion-dollar funding of international trade. HSBC said on Wednesday the platform, eTrade Connect, had allowed the Asia-focused British lender to reduce… Read More
1st November 2018
Bitcoin, the world’s first and most famous cryptocurrency, celebrates its tenth birthday on Wednesday. Its emergence has spawned a multitude of other digital currencies, brought blockchain technology to global attention, and vexed regulators worried about its crime misuse and weakness to hacking. The following are some major milestones in bitcoin’s… Read More
31st October 2018
Britain may ban some retail financial products based on bitcoin and other cryptoassets and widen its regulatory net to capture potentially “illicit activity” that could harm consumers and markets, a government-backed taskforce reported on Tuesday. The report from the finance ministry, Bank of England and Financial Conduct Authority begins to… Read More
25th October 2018
AP – Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) on Wednesday gave the cryptocurrency industry self-regulatory status, permitting the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association to police and sanction exchanges for any violations. The government has been reviewing its approach toward an industry that has been hit twice by large-scale thefts. The FSA… Read More
19th October 2018
When Peggy and Marco Lachmann-Anke learned in January that hackers cracked a 40-character password and cleaned out their cryptocurrency wallet, they did not go to the police or alert the tokens’ issuer, the Berlin-based technology group IOTA. They bought more coins. The Cyprus-based German couple, who describe themselves as financial… Read More
9th October 2018
The European Union’s securities watchdog said on Monday it was examining every initial coin offering (ICO) to see whether it should be regulated, mirroring moves by its U.S. counterpart. An ICO issues crypto currencies like bitcoin or tokens to raise funds for a start-up company, and regulatory warnings that investors… Read More
28th September 2018
Swiss startup SEBA Crypto AG has raised 100 million Swiss francs ($103 million) to build a bank offering cryptocurrency services to companies and investors while extending traditional banking services to firms in the new industry. Headed by former UBS managers Guido Buehler as chief executive and Andreas Amschwand as chairman,… Read More
28th September 2018
AP — Brazil’s state oil company Petrobras said Thursday it had agreed to pay more than $850 million in penalties for bookkeeping violations related to bribes to Brazilian politicians and political parties. Petrobras said in a securities filing that the penalties total $853.2 million. It said… Read More
21st September 2018
Japanese cryptocurrency firm Tech Bureau Corp said about $60 million (£45.6 million in digital currencies were stolen from its exchange, highlighting the industry’s vulnerability despite recent efforts by authorities to make it more secure. Tech Bureau, which had already been slapped with two business improvement orders by regulators this year,… Read More
20th September 2018
Global banks and trading firms are launching the first blockchain-based platform for financing the trading of commodities from oil to wheat, they said in a joint statement on Wednesday. The platform will be run by a venture called komgo SA, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and is due to go live… Read More
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Key points in the draft EU-UK Brexit deal

AP — The draft divorce agreement between Britain and the European Union has two parts: a legally binding withdrawal agreement, which runs more than 580 pages, and a looser political declaration on future relations. Some key points: WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT Transition period: Britain will leave the EU… Read More

Danske money laundering scandal is ‘tip of iceberg’, whistleblower’s lawyer says

Danske Bank’s (DANSKE.CO) 200 billion euro ($225 billion) money laundering scandal might be the “tip of the iceberg” and investigators should examine whether major Western banks played a role, a lawyer for the whistleblower said. Stephen Kohn, a partner at U.S. law firm Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto who is representing… Read More