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BIG Weekly Newsletter

March 17, 2022
Issue: No 123

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Welcome to the BIG weekly Newsletter!

This week read about how Microsoft, SoftBank, Temasek back ConsenSys $450m funding, why Binance explores acquisition of Brazilian securities brokerage firm and how investors turn to crypto funds, companies as Russia-Ukraine crisis escalates.

Remember to listen to our Partner Podcasts - THE SWISS ROAD TO CRYPTO with Didier Borel.

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BLOCKCHAIN HEADLINES

Microsoft, SoftBank, Temasek back ConsenSys $450m funding
The blockchain investment was led by ParaFi Capital, with new investors such as Temasek, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Microsoft, Anthos Capital, Sound Ventures, and C Ventures.

LEDGERINSIGHTS

        Binance explores acquisition of Brazilian securities brokerage firm
        Binance announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with a regulated securities brokerage firm in Brazil, with the intention of acquiring it.

        BITCOIN

        Investors turn to crypto funds, companies as Russia-Ukraine crisis escalates
        Global investors are scooping up stakes in cryptocurrency funds and companies, as they seek exposure to a sector many believe could withstand the fallout from the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

        REUTERS

        REGULATED DIGITAL ASSETS (STO, TRADING, CUSTODY, COMPLIANCE)

        STO1
        What next for crypto and Asset tokenization?
        Asset tokenization is where digital tokens are used to fractionalize ownership of assets. Physical items are reflected on the blockchain which manages ownership rights.

        CNBCAFRICA

            Security token offering: benefits to markets, issuers, and investors
            STO is a combination of legal and technical aspects, due to which the tokenization of assets of legal entities is carried out.

            BENZINGA

                Real estate leads securitized blockchain assets in 2022
                Real estate is an asset class that is ripe for integration with blockchain technology. Security tokens cover many categories but are dominated by real estate.

                COINTELEGRAPH

                    FINANCIAL SERVICES & CENTRAL BANK DIGITAL CURRENCY (CBDC)

                    HSBC enters the Metaverse through partnership with the Sandbox
                    HSBC the first global bank to enter The Sandbox metaverse. The bank will buy a plot of land at The Sandbox metaverse, which it will develop to engage with sports fans.

                    COINDESK

                    Biden orders CBDC report from Fed and other agencies
                    Joe Biden has ordered government agencies, including the Federal Reserve, to develop a CBDC proposal within seven months. The executive order gave the Fed 180 days to submit a report on a CBDC.

                    CENTRALBANKING

                    Ugandan central bank to explore CBDC issuance
                    BOU is reportedly planning to revise the country’s financial laws to enable the adoption of a CBDC, the likelihood of Ugandan’s CBDC issuance will be shaped by local conditions. Regulators fear that its issuance will pose a possible risk to financial inclusion.

                    LEDGERINSIGHTS

                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Skybridge Capital Founder: Bitcoin will be legal tender in many Latin American countries
                    The founder of Skybridge Capital has predicted that “bitcoin will be used by many Latin American countries as legal tender over time, not just El Salvador.”

                    BITCOIN

                    New application merges DeFi 2.0 protocols with yield optimization on Polygon
                    Decentralized finance (DeFi) first took the world by storm in 2020. Now, two years later, the world has grown to know several successful DeFi projects. Despite these successes, like any new field, several problems have also arisen.

                    COINTELEGRAPH

                    Nansen's indexes reveal insightful trends in the NFT space
                    Nansen has published a meticulous twelve-page report quantifying the performance of Ethereum-based nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, since the turn of the year, unveiling a number of compelling indications as to the economic and cultural future of the ecosystem.

                    COINTELEGRAPH

                    RECOMMENDED INDUSTRY REPORTS AND BOOKS

                    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.

                    SDX

                    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.

                    ISSANET

                    PODCAST SERIES

                    THE SWISS ROAD TO CRYPTO PODCAST

                    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.
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                    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

                    BLOCKCHAIN AFRICA CONFERENCE 2022
                    Mar 17-18, 2022
                    BLOCKCHAIN ORACLE SUMMIT
                    June 7-9, 2022


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