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BIG Weekly Newsletter

April 21, 2022
Issue: No 128

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This week read about how Binance sets up at Paris’ STATION F to develop the Web.3 ecosystem in Europe, why BlockApps raises $41 million for enterprise blockchain solutions and how Switzerland is a leader in trading digital assets.

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Binance sets up at Paris’ STATION F to develop the Web.3 ecosystem in Europe
This programme poured in a €100 million investment in France to make the country the heart of the European crypto community.


        BlockApps raises $41 million for enterprise blockchain solutions
        BlockApps announced that Liberty City Ventures led its $41 million Series B funding round. New investors in the round included Morgan Creek Digital, Eldetic Ventures and Givic.


        Switzerland is a leader in trading digital assets
        The global market capitalization grew to $2.1 trillion with an estimated 295 million users. These developments lead to a new dynamic in the trading execution venues.



        EDSX intends to open the first Security Token Exchange in Switzerland
        The launch could help the security token issuing and asset tokenization industry to take off as today there are many providers offering tokenization services but without the possibility to list the tokens.


            Cannabis fund to sell crypto tokens to raise capital
            With crypto tokens, GCCl is looking to raise more capital. The company is pursuing a STO and is about to start selling tokens on the Ethereum blockchain platform which show its equity instead of a traditional IPO.


                UK crypto industry hopes for more clarity from planned stablecoin rules
                A new regulatory package for crypto could clear up some gray areas for digital asset companies around which regulations they should comply with.



                    ANZ, Westpac, CBA blockchain bank guarantee platform raises $9.4m funding
                    Lygon, the blockchain-based bank guarantee platform backed by three of Australia’s biggest banks, ANZ, Westpac and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, said it raised a A$12.75m oversubscribed funding round.


                    Japan looks to Sweden for CBDC approach, not China
                    The Bank of Japan will shape the implementation of its CBDC pilots after Sweden’s steady approach, not China’s large pilot programs. It would make a decision on the issuance of a CBDC by 2026.


                    Non-Bank players find themselves at center of expanding CBDC debate
                    Public discussions about central bank digital currencies have either assumed or come to the conclusion that they should be two-tiered, with banks as the primary channel connecting the central bank and the public.


                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Bitcoin climbs above $41K on Wall Street open as gold dives, dollar cements highs
                    Bitcoin carves out its own trajectory as Wall Street trading gets underway in the first session after Easter. In a refreshing change to the gloomy atmosphere over the holiday period, the largest cryptocurrency began to copy what gold had achieved days prior.


                    FIS partners with Fireblocks to enable DeFi for capital markets clients
                    FIS announced a deal with crypto custody firm Fireblocks to enable its capital market clients to access cryptocurrency trading, lending and decentralized finance (DeFi) applications.


                    Emirates airline to launch NFTs
                    United Arab Emirates airline Emirates has announced plans to launch non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and branded experiences in the metaverse. The NFT projects will be centered around collectability and utility.



                    A New Intellectual Framework - Connecting the Invisible Dots
                    This paper aims to set out some relevant ideas for the creation and establishment of a successful Financial DIGITAL MARKET INFRASTRUCTURE provider.


                    DLT in the Real World 2021
                    This survey draws on direct feedback from over 140 organisations around the globe: from all industry segments and geographies.


                    PODCAST SERIES


                    In this podcast Didier Borel discovers people in Switzerland playing an active role in crypto and tech. He talks to entrepreneurs, tech innovators and disruptors shaping the future in this country. Switzerland has always played a key role in banking and has recognized the need to foster innovation.

                    UNCHAINED PODCAST

                    Laura Shin is a crypto/blockchain journalist and host of the Unchained and Unconfirmed podcasts. As a former senior editor of Forbes, she was the first mainstream reporter to cover crypto assets full-time. She gives an overview to all experts and novices alike on the use cases making a real impact, and their vision for the future of this innovative technology!
                    Unchained podcast

                    UPCOMING EVENTS

                    SECURITY TOKEN SUMMIT
                    May 15-16, 2022
                    BLOCKCHAIN ORACLE SUMMIT
                    June 7-9, 2022


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