Leading Latin America Investment Bank Joins Distributed Ledger Group

Leading Latin America investment bank BTG Pactual joined the organizing committee of the Post-Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group. Alliance for blockchain use Industry news outlet LedgerInsights reported on Aug. 15 that Brazil-based bank BTG Pactual joined PTDL Group’s organizing committee. PTDL Group reportedly provides a platform allowing market participants to share information on blockchain and discuss applications in the financial services sector. According to its official website, PTDL Group includes nearly 40 financial institutions and prominent market infrastructure players. The organization also claims that it is playing a role in…

Santander Joins Bank Blockade Against Coinbase in the UK: Report

Major Spanish bank Santander is reportedly ceasing to enable United Kingdom customers to deposit their fiat funds to major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.  An unverified source posting to Reddit on Aug. 14 claims to have been informed of the development over the phone by a  Santander representative. “Isolated to Coinbase,” not crypto in general The source alleges that having been informed over the phone, they put in a complaint with the bank’s complaints unit, which then reportedly confirmed that the client should move to an alternative bank if I wish to…

Korea’s Oldest Bank Is Building a Blockchain-Based Security System

South Korea’s oldest bank, Shinhan Bank, partnered with two other companies to develop a blockchain-based security solution. Korea’s Shinhan bank to enhance security with blockchain According to a report published on Aug. 14 by local news outlet TheKoreaTimes, Shinhan Bank signed a memorandum of understanding with financial technology startup Ground X and blockchain developer Hexlant to develop a blockchain security system.  Per the report, the deal will see the institution’s partners jointly develop a Private Key Management System for its banking services. Ground X is the blockchain unit of South…

New Zealand Bank ASB Invests in Local Blockchain Trade Platform

New Zealand’s Auckland Saving Bank (ASB) has invested in local blockchain startup TradeWindow. The funding, reported Aug. 13, should expedite the launch of the company’s Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) trade platform. Applying blockchain to the global supply chain TradeWindow CEO, AJ Smith, believes that this link-up represents one of the first times a New Zealand bank has directly invested in a technology company. The company offers a host of solutions aimed at the global trade and supply chain industry. With 12,000 registered exporters in New Zealand alone, Smith says he…

China’s Digital Currency Is Ready, Central Bank Says

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has claimed that its digital currency “can now be said to be ready.” According to PBoC deputy director Mu Changchun, a prototype that adopts blockchain architecture has been successfully developed after five years of research. His announcement, made at the China Finance 40 Forum, was reported by local news site Shanghai Securities News on August 10. Two-tier operating system Mu said issuing a digital currency using a pure blockchain architecture would be difficult to achieve in a country as big as China because retailers…

Disgruntled Bitcoin Investor Brings $22.5M Class Action Suit to Israeli Bank

An unnamed investor has filed a lawsuit against the Israeli Bank Hapoalim in the amount of approximately $22.5 million, on account of the bank allegedly refusing to accept deposits of profits earned via Bitcoin (BTC).  Industry media outlet BlockTV discussed the lawsuit in a report on Aug. 9. According to the report, the complaint is being filed as a class action suit, and the investor ultimately plans to sue other Israeli banks on the same grounds.  According to the report, Israeli banks are largely anti-crypto because they wish to avoid…

Novogratz’s Crypto Bank Galaxy Digital Invests in Digital Asset Lender

Digital asset lender DrawBridge Lending (DBL) announced that it received funding from cryptocurrency commercial bank Galaxy Digital. A fiat-crypto lending and investing service DrawBridge announced in a press release published on Aug. 8 that it received funding from Galaxy Digital, further strengthen DBL’s fiat-crypto lending and investing capabilities.  Furthermore, the two firms reportedly plan to jointly develop a co-branded special-purpose loan funding vehicle to provide structured financing against institutionally held crypto assets. Michael Novogratz, CEO and founder of Galaxy Digital, commented on the development: “The institutionalization of digital assets is…

UK Bank Standard Chartered Uses Blockchain for Supply Chain Finance

London-based bank and financial services firm Standard Chartered has completed its first joint blockchain-based supply chain financing transaction. Standard Chartered announced on Aug. 5 that the institution successfully ran their first joint deep-tier supply chain financing transaction in partnership with China-based supply chain financing service provider Linklogis. The news follows a memorandum of understanding signed by Standard Chartered and Linklogis in February 2019, when the firms agreed to collaborate on expanding the bank’s supply chain visibility, as well as to support sustainable growth of China’s economy and innovation. Linklogis platform…

China’s Central Bank Prioritizes Development of Digital Currency

China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) announced that it accelerated the development of its cryptocurrency.  In an Aug. 2 statement, PBoC summarized the proceedings of a video conference, in which the bank conveyed the Party Central Committee and the State Council priorities on economic and financial initiatives ranging from monetary policy to support for small businesses. PBoC suggested that it should accelerate the research and development of its digital currency. Furthermore, the statement also indicates that much attention should be also given to other domestic and foreign…

South Korea’s Shinhan Bank Developing a Blockchain Stock Lending System

South Korea’s oldest bank, Shinhan Bank, is developing a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)-enabled stock lending platform, local media Econonews reports on Aug. 1. Blockchain-based stock lending Per the report, Shinhan Financial Investment signed an agreement with financial services company Directional to develop a blockchain-based stock lending service on May 28. Personal stock lending is part of a broader development of innovative financial services that are currently being pursued by the company. Not the first Shinhan Blockchain-based Service At the end of May, Shinhan Bank, has also launched a blockchain-enabled lending…