Indian IT Giant Tech Mahindra to Launch Blockchain Finance Management

Tech Mahindra, the IT subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group, partnered with American distributed ledger technology (DLT) firm Adjoint to launch a blockchain financial management and insurance solution. Telecommunications industry news outlet CommsMEA reported on Sept. 2 that the solution is the first of its kind. With this service, clients will reportedly be able to save $4 million for every $1 billion of financial risk management and banking relationships. Auditable data recording Per the report, users of the new system will be able to validate the business case with their…

IBM Blockchain Finance Lead Jesse Lund Is Leaving the Firm

Jesse Lund, IBM’s global head of blockchain for financial services and digital currencies, is no longer working for the company. A spokesperson for IBM confirmed Lund’s departure via an email to CoinDesk: “I can confirm that Jesse Lund is no longer employed by IBM. IBM’s practice is not to discuss the specifics of employee departures.” A former banker, Lund harbored an ambitious plan to bring cryptocurrency into the enterprise world and also to explore stablecoins and central bank digital currency. He spearheaded IBM’s World Wire payment network which used the…

Crypto Finance Startup Circle Seeking Further $250 Million in Funding: Report

Crypto finance startup Circle Internet Financial is reportedly looking to raise a further $250 million in funding. A report from The Information on Saturday, citing a source with knowledge of the matter, said that Circle is seeking to raise the funding via a combination of equity and debt financing. They added that the reason for the move is that the firm’s business has been affected by the prolonged cryptocurrency bear market. Circle has not confirmed the source’s claim, The Information said. The Goldman Sachs-backed firm has previously raised at least $246 million, according…

Blockchain Finance Startup Clearmatics Raises $12 Million in New Funding

Blockchain finance firm Clearmatics Technologies has raised over $12 million in a Series A funding round led by venture capital firm Route 66 Ventures. Additional investment in the funding round came from private equity firm TNF Capital and XTX Ventures, the venture capital arm of electronic market-making firm XTX Markets. As part of the arrangement, Samir Khosla, a managing partner at TNF Capital, will join Clearmatics’ board of directors. Khosla said his company was pleased to deepen its commitment to Clearmatics and praised “its exceptional team under the leadership of Robert…

Thailand Studies Blockchain for Applications in Intellectual Property, Trade Finance

Two feasibility studies on blockchain technology have been launched by Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce. The studies, which will focus on exploring the use of blockchain technology in trade finance and the registration of intellectual property, are expected to be completed in February 2019, per the Bangkok Post. According to Pimchanok Vonkorpon, the director of Thailand’s Trade Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO) which falls under the commerce ministry, the project has received support from the British Embassy. Increasing Efficiency and Trust With regards to trade financing, Pimchanok pointed out that blockchain…

Blockchain Could Avoid an Irish Hard Border in Brexit: UK Finance Minister

As the Irish border question has remained one of the thorniest issues in the Brexit talks between the United Kingdom and the European Union, a cabinet minister in Prime Minister Theresa May’s government believes the solution lies in technology. According to Phillip Hammond, UK’s finance minister, the best way to ensure trade across the Irish border remains frictionless after Britain leaves the EU lies in the use of blockchain technology. “There is technology becoming available (…) I don’t claim to be an expert on it but the most obvious technology…

Hong Kong Blockchain Fund to Finance Yen-Pegged Cryptocurrency

The founders of a $1.45 billion investment firm and a dedicated blockchain fund are teaming up to launch a new cryptocurrency whose value would be pegged to the yen. South China Morning Post reports that Grandshores Technology Group, a Hong Kong-based blockchain investment firm, is raising HK$100 million (US$12.7 million) to bootstrap the project, which aims to provide traders and other cryptocurrency users with a yen “stablecoin,” whose value would be immune to price volatility in the wider cryptocurrency markets. Grandshores Technology’s founding partner, Yongjie Yao, is also a founder…

Yahoo Finance Now Offers Trading of 4 Cryptos on Its iOS App

Yahoo Finance, one of the world’s largest news sites for real-time stock quotes and market information, has added a feature allowing cryptocurrency trading on its platform. According to a blog post on Thursday, the company now supports trading of four types of assets – bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, and dogecoin – on its iOS mobile app. The announcement came amid various tweets online yesterday indicating the service appeared to be also available on the desktop version of Yahoo Finance – although, the feature is not visible on desktop browsers at the moment. Yahoo…

Hong Kong Trade Finance Will Fight Fraud With a Blockchain-Based Platform

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has partnered with Chinese Ping An to release a blockchain-based trade finance platform. The joint effort is expected to speed-up the process and prevent fraud. CCN first reported the Hong Kong’s de facto central bank’s initiative back on March 30. At the time, the bank unveiled a proof-of-concept (PoC) blockchain platform built for trade finance. Initiative Went from 6 Participant Banks to More Than 21 The enterprise initially included participants such as Bank of China (Hong Kong), Deloitte, HSBC, the Bank of East Asia,…

Bankers Tout Trade Finance as the Sweet Spot for Blockchain

Even if blockchain fatigue may have set in among bankers, there’s at least one use case they’re still clearly excited about: trade finance. At least, that was the impression given at the Blockchain Summit in London this week, where a range of bankers talked enthusiastically about the digital trade finance platforms they are building and the cost reductions they believe will result. Perhaps most notably, Amit Varma, the CTO of Citibank, was unusually vocal and specific in describing the savings his institution expects the technology to bring to the chain…