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Trade group report offers post-Brexit licensing guidance for fintechs

It'll be hard

With last year’s Brexit decision casting uncertainty on UK-based e-money passporting, the Emerging Payments Association (EPA) has released a new report recommending the best options for UK-licensed fintech and financial services companies in danger of losing their European Union passporting rights following the UK’s exit from the EU.

AnaCap to acquire German payments provider Heidelpay

Heidelpay's Mirko Huellemann is "extremely excited" about the acquisition

Private equity firm AnaCap Financial Partners is taking over a controlling stake in Heidelpay, an online payment service provider (PSP) in Germany. Heidelpay’s co-founders and existing management will retain a minority stake in the business.

Commerzbank unveils first digital platform for German SMEs

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Commerzbank has developed the first digitalisation platform for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Called “#openspace”, and located in Berlin-Schöneberg, it offers long-term co-operation between SMEs, “innovation partners”, and start-ups with the objective of “tackling the challenges posed by the digital future together”. Holger Werner, CEO and founder of #openspace, says “digitalisation dominates the media, sciences, […]

Will an open banking API kill commercial APIs?

Banking API is now a reality Image source: Serpstat

The PSD2 directive will let third parties use the information stored in financial institutions and the only path to achieve this leads through an open API. The API is now being discussed and developed, but it’s not clear when it will be finalised, released and deployed.

Bank of Lithuania promises one-week response to fintech licence enquiries

Lithuania keen on fintech

Bank of Lithuania, the country’s central bank and regulator, promises to provide preliminary answers to financial institution licence enquiries within one week, “the fastest turnaround in the EU”.

Deutsche Bundesbank and Deutsche Börse unveil blockchain prototype

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Germany’s central bank Deutsche Bundesbank and Deutsche Börse have unveiled a functional prototype for the blockchain technology-based settlement of securities. It is, however, “purely a conceptual study” and “is far from being market-ready”.

Shedding light on shadow banking reporting

Selwyn Blair-Ford, Wolters Kluwer

We take a look at the new EU reporting requirements for managing exposure to shadow banking. There are plenty of challenges ahead, not least for the systems that will need to be updated to ensure that firms are able to adequately cope with the new guidelines.

Payments start-up Cookies crumbles

Cookies

Berlin-based payments start-up Cookies has ended its short life and applied for insolvency. As Banking Technology reported in August, Cookies launched its peer-to-peer (P2P) payment app in Germany. The app was in beta phase and in invite-only mode. However, in a statement, Cookies co-founder Lamine Cheloufi says the other co-founder, Garry Krugljakow, has been dismissed. […]

SEPA: lighting the blue touch paper

Sibos 2016 - SEPA

The single euro payments area is up and running and has proved to be a catalyst for change in the payments industry. We look at the story so far.

Deutsche Bank GTB builds new payments platform

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Deutsche Bank says it is building a new “state of the art” payments platform for its global transaction banking (GTB) business. It will be rolled out across the bank’s operations worldwide, supporting trade finance, securities and cash management businesses. The software is supplied by a specialist payments provider – Banking Technology understands this is Dovetail. […]

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