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BIG Weekly Newsletter

June 17, 2021
Issue: No 84

A Message To The Reader

Welcome to the BIG weekly Newsletter.

This week read about how UEFA takes first steps towards blockchain and crypto with AntChain deal, why Jura project: UBS and CS test digital currency with the SNB and how french crypto security provider Ledger bags US$380M in Series C fundraise.

Each week we focus on Blockchain Education Basics, so you can improve your understanding this week the topic is Atomic Swap.

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

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BLOCKCHAIN EDUCATION BASICS

ATOMIC SWAP - An atomic swap is a smart contract technology that enables the exchange of one cryptocurrency for another without using centralized intermediaries, such as exchanges. Atomic swaps can take place directly between blockchains of different cryptocurrencies, or they can be conducted off-chain, away from the main blockchain.

BLOCKCHAIN HEADLINES

UEFA takes first steps towards blockchain and crypto with AntChain deal
UEFA has agreed a five year global partnership for blockchain technology with AntChain, the blockchain subsidiary of Ant Group.

INSIDEWORLDFOOTBALL

        Jura project: UBS and CS test digital currency with the SNB
        The National Bank is testing a new digital currency together with UBS and Credit Suisse, and other countries are also involved.

        FINEWS

        French crypto security provider Ledger bags US$380M in Series C fundraise
        Ledger will use the funds to further innovate its hardware products and add new transactional services to Ledger Live such as decentralised finance solutions.

        FINTECHNEWS

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

        SEC won’t focus on digital assets, but proposes shorter securities settlement times
        Blockchain platforms offer the potential for a shared ledger and faster settlement times, including instant settlement.

        LEDGERINSIGHTS

            Blockchain Foundry Partners with BIGG Digital Assets Inc. to develop an integrated forensic and risk scoring product
            The product aims to enable regulatory and compliance rulesets to be integrated into a wide range of token-based offerings.

            THETOKENIZER

                PixelPlex provides insights into its advanced security token offering platform
                PixelPlex has recently launched a webpage devoted to its fully-fledged, state-of-the-art security token offering platform that allows you to digitise virtually any type of asset.

                THETOKENIZER

                    FINANCIAL SERVICES & CENTRAL BANK DIGITAL CURRENCY (CBDC)

                    Basel Committee mulls regulating banks’ exposure to cryptoassets
                    The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued a public consultation on preliminary proposals for the prudential treatment of banks’ cryptoasset exposures.

                    FINTECHNEWS

                    BIS survey: cross border use of CBDCs may trigger forex controls
                    BIS surveyed 50 central banks about the potential use of central bank digital currencies for cross border payments.

                    LEDGERINSIGHTS

                    Swiss and French Central Banks to pilot wholesale CBDC project
                    BIS, Swiss National Bank and SIX had completed the pilot for a wholesale CBDC dubbed as Project Helvetia.

                    FINTECHNEWS

                    CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

                    Crypto fan tokens a mixed bag for game-deprived soccer fans
                    The overall value of the fan token market across all platforms is currently worth $260 million — a 900% increase on the figure from this time last year.

                    COINTELEGRAPH

                    Switzerland’s Sygnum Bank gets into DeFi
                    Switzerland’s Sygnum Bank is launching custody and trading across a range of DeFi tokens including aave, aragon, curve, maker, synthetix, uniswap and 1inch network.

                    COINDESK

                    Porsche Enters NFT Market Launching Trading Card Platform Fanzone
                    Porsche is now dabbling in NTF markets. The brand just launched an NFT-based trading card platform called Fanzone, where users will be able to purchase and trade digital assets.

                    BITCOIN

                    HUMANITARIAN & NOT FOR PROFIT

                    UNICEF invests $300,000 in blockchain startups
                    The aim is to provide early stage funding to open-source technology startups from emerging markets that are having a positive humanitarian impact.

                    LEDGERINSIGHTS

                        RECOMMENDED INDUSTRY REPORTS AND BOOKS

                        Digital Assets: Finstar Space magazine
                        Innovative ecosystems are emerging around digital assets. The Finstar and Hypothekarbank Lenzburg teams want to be at the forefront so that they get to know the possibilities of the technology and the customers of the new opportunities that can benefit.

                        FINSTAR

                        Cryptocurrencies for Corporate Treasury
                        Cryptocurrencies are experiencing a 'mainstreaming moment.' With companies like MicroStrategy and Tesla purchasing large amounts of bitcoin for treasury purposes, the question arises: can crypto become a suitable store of wealth for corporates and institutional investors.

                        BITCOINSUISSE

                        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

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                        Jun 22, 2021
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                        Sep 13-15, 2021
                        9:00 AM CEST

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