Category Archive: 6c) Crypto Currencies English

The Top Swiss Law Firms for Fintech and Blockchain Practice

Chambers and Partners, a legal research company, has released its Chambers Fintech 2024 guide, an annual report which recognizes the top fintech advisors and litigators worldwide. In this year’s Swiss edition, Chambers and Partners ranked MME Legal | Tax | Compliance, MLL Legal, Baer and Karrer, and Lenz and Staehelin as the top Swiss law firms in the fintech legal category, recognizing them for their expertise, diligence and customer service. MME...

Read More »

UBS Issues Hong Kong’s First Investment-Grade Tokenised Warrant on Ethereum

UBS has launched Hong Kong’s first investment-grade tokenised warrant, leveraging the Ethereum public blockchain. This product is part of the bank’s UBS Tokenise initiative, aimed at advancing its in-house tokenisation services.

Read More »

Bank Frick vergibt Stipendium für Blockchain-Studium

Das Bank-Frick-Stipendium in Höhe von 9800 Franken für den Zertifikatsstudiengang Blockchain und FinTech 2024 geht an Sven Lagger. Der Masterstudent hat durch sein fundiertes Verständnis der vernetzten Blockchain-Technologie überzeugt. Die Bank Frick hat zum wiederholten Mal ein Stipendium in Höhe von 9800 Franken für den zertifizierten Studiengang Blockchain und Fintech an der Universität Liechtenstein vergeben. Träger des Bank-Frick-Stipendiums...

Read More »

Experts Meet in Davos to Discuss How India’s UPI and Digital Public Infrastructure Has Helped Reduce Inequalities

On 16th January, during the Davos Innovation Week hosted by World Innovation Economics Limited, a panel discussion was held on the above topic. The panel discussion was graced by Mr. Sanjeev Sanyal (Economic advisor to PM Modi), Mr. Phillip Weights (renowned Swiss banking leader), Mrs Efi Pylarinou (Swiss fintech influencer), Mr Ashok Ranadive (Ex Indian Navy, Ex Google, Entrepreneur and Investor). Phillip Weights, Sanjeev Sanyal, Efi Pylarinou,...

Read More »

BIS, Swiss National Bank and World Bank Launch Token Project Promissa

Today, many international financial institutions (including multilateral development banks) are partly funded by financial instruments known as promissory notes, most of which are still paper-based. While the current system provides the operational controls for member nations to make subscription and contribution payments to institutions like the World Bank, the custody of outstanding promissory notes can be digitised to address operational...

Read More »

New SNB Study Reveals Critical Role of Card Schemes and Banks in the Contactless Payment Usage

Financial intermediaries, including card schemes and issuing banks, are playing a critical role in the use and promotion of new payment methods in Switzerland. A 2023 research by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) revealed that the rules and standards set by these intermediaries are impacting usage and frequency of contactless payments. The findings, shared in a new report titled “Consumer adoption and use of financial technology: “tap and go”...

Read More »

Swiss-Backed CBDC Project Explored Feasibility of Cash-Like, Anonymous Digital Currency

Project Tourbillon, an initiative led by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Innovation Hub Swiss Centre and supported by the Swiss National Bank (SNB), explored the feasibility of a retail central bank digital currency (CBDC), finding that it is possible to implement a CBDC design that provides anonymity to the payer and which is scalable and secure. In a new report released in November 2023, BIS shares details of the project, outlining...

Read More »

Miles & More and qiibee Transform Loyalty Rewards with Blockchain

Miles & More, the loyalty program of the Lufthansa Group, has partnered with blockchain-based B2B marketplace qiibee to allow small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) to join the program easily. The key highlight of this collaboration is the integration of blockchain technology, which simplifies the onboarding process for SMEs while ensuring the secure and efficient management of loyalty rewards. qiibee’s blockchain-based marketplace offers...

Read More »

Robinhood Crypto Trading App Arrives in EU, Offers Bitcoin Rewards

Robinhood is set to make a significant stride in the European Union by launching the Robinhood Crypto app for all eligible customers in the region. The company claims that the app is the only custodial crypto platform in the EU where customers can earn a portion of their trading volume back every month in Bitcoin (BTC). In an effort to drive new users, Robinhood Crypto is offering a unique opportunity for both new and existing customers. New...

Read More »

Societe Generale Issues Digital Green Bond on Public Blockchain

End of November Societe Generale issued its first digital green bond as a Security Token directly registered by SG-FORGE on the Ethereum public blockchain with increased transparency and traceability on ESG data.  Security tokens have been fully subscribed AXA Investment Managers and Generali Investments, through a private placement. This transaction is the first digital green bond issued by Societe Generale to leverage blockchain’s...

Read More »

After Zug and Zermatt, Now You Can Pay Taxes Also in Lugano with Bitcoins

The Swiss city of Lugano announced that it has broadened its payment options by including cryptocurrencies for the payment of tax invoices and all other community fees. Lugano will accept Bitcoin (BTC) and Tether (USDT) as a means of payment through a simple and fully automated process. The new payment option introduced by the City of Lugano marks a modern shift in how people handle city-related expenses. Citizens and companies alike may now use...

Read More »

Swiss National Bank Launches Wholesale Central Bank Digital Currency Project

On 1 December 2023, the Swiss National Bank – together with five Swiss and one German commercial bank – started a pilot project with central bank digital currency for financial institutions (wholesale central bank digital currency) on the regulated platform of SIX Digital Exchange (SDX). With this pilot, called Helvetia Phase III, the SNB will for the first time issue real wholesale CBDC in Swiss francs on a financial market infrastructure based on...

Read More »

BitMEX Engages Zühlke to Transition Security Operations

Crypto Derivates Platform BitMEX recently collaborated with Zühlke to enhance their application security program. This partnership focused on refining BitMEX’s security operations and prioritizing new application functionalities, with a particular emphasis on integrating DevSecOps processes across their development pipeline. The initiative was driven by the need to adapt to the changing security landscape and the fast pace of software development....

Read More »

Eine digitale Schweizer Franken Anleihe für den Kanton Basel Stadt

Der Kanton Basel-Stadt begibt als Pionier mit Unterstützung der Basler Kantonalbank (BKB) eine der ersten digitalen Schweizer-Franken-Anleihen. Die BKB arbeitet im Pilotprojekt «Helvetia III» der Schweizerischen Nationalbank (SNB) mit der SIX Digital Exchange (SDX) und fünf weiteren Geschäftsbanken zusammen. Die auf der Distributed-Ledger-Technologie (DLT) basierende Infrastruktur der SDX ermöglicht die Emission und den Handel von tokenisierten...

Read More »

Reports Look at FTX’s 2021 Pitch Deck, Highlighting its Successful Fundraising Strategy

Earlier this month, Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of defunct cryptocurrency exchange FTX, was found guilty for his role in the collapse of the company. The disgraced founder, who once ran one of the world’s biggest crypto exchanges, is now facing a maximum sentence of 115 years in prison. A New York jury found Bankman-Fried guilty on all seven charges against him, convicting Bankman-Fried of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud against...

Read More »

DZ BANK startet eigene Crypto Verwahrung

Deutschland’s DZ BANK hat eine neue Plattform für die Abwicklung und Verwahrung digitaler Finanzinstrumente in Betrieb genommen. Damit gehört das genossenschaftliche Institut zu den ersten Kreditinstituten, die auf Basis der Blockchain-Technologie ein solches Angebot für institutionelle Kunden auf den Weg gebracht haben. Die DZ BANK ist mit einem Volumen von über 300 Mrd. EUR nach BNP Paribas und State Street die drittgrößte Verwahrstelle in...

Read More »

Swiss National Bank Launches Pilot Project With CBDC for Financial Institutions

On 1 December 2023, the Swiss National Bank – together with six commercial banks – will start a pilot project with central bank digital currency for financial institutions (wholesale CBDC) on the regulated platform of SIX Digital Exchange (SDX). With this pilot, called Helvetia Phase III, the SNB will for the first time issue real wholesale CBDC in Swiss francs on a financial market infrastructure based on distributed ledger technology (DLT). The...

Read More »

Postfinance E-Commerce setzt auf Worldline’s Crypto Payment Lösung

Worldline hat in der Schweiz mit Postfinance einen wichtigen Schweizer Kunden gewonnen. Die Zahllösung Worldline Crypto Payments wird ab sofort in der E-Commerce Lösung von Postfinance angeboten.

Read More »

Hypi Lenzburg startet mit neuem Angebot für Digitale Assets und Krypto-Banking

Bei der Hypothekarbank Lenzburg können ab sofort digitale Assets auf einer öffentlichen Blockchain sicher verwahrt werden. Einen ersten Anwendungsfall realisiert die Bank mit der RealUnit Schweiz AG. Die Hypothekarbank Lenzburg hat ihre Organisationsstruktur und das Kernbankensystem Finstar so erweitert, dass sie nun Dienstleistungen für digitale Assets anbieten kann. Den Anfang macht sie mit dem Verwahrungsangebot für digitale Registerwertrechte...

Read More »

Eurex Expands Its Crypto Derivatives Suite With Options on FTSE Bitcoin Index Futures

Eurex was the first exchange in Europe to offer Bitcoin index futures in April 2023. After this successful implementation, Eurex now expands the trusted path to crypto with the launch of Options on FTSE Bitcoin Index Futures. This is another major milestone in Eurex’s ambition to offer secure access to cryptocurrencies in a regulated market environment. Regulated access to cryptocurrencies The cryptocurrency market has undergone a volatile period...

Read More »