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Zurich Bank Maerki Baumann Opens Accounts to Cryptocurrency Assets

Category: Adoption, Altcoins, Bitcoin, Finance, News, Regulation

Zurich Bank Maerki Baumann Opens Accounts to Cryptocurrency  Assets

Swiss bank Maerki Baumann has become the latest bank in Switzerland to adopt cryptocurrency assets, according to a report published on International Investment on August 6, 2018. Cautious towards Cryptocurrency Based out of Zurich, the bank will currently only accept crypto assets obtained in the form of payments for banking services provided or via mining. The report also mentions that…

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FINMA Begins Proceedings into $100 Million ICO Envion

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FINMA Begins Proceedings into $100 Million ICO Envion

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA released a press release on July 26, 2018, regarding investigations into Envion AG’s Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Proceedings Focused on ICO The proceedings are particularly interested in potential violations of Swiss banking laws, that stem from potentially unauthorized acceptance of deposits from the ICO. The offering raised around 100 million francs (~$100,000,000) from over…

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Cryptocurrency Project Tezos Appoints PwC as Independent Auditor

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Cryptocurrency Project Tezos Appoints PwC as Independent Auditor

Controversial cryptocurrency company Tezos revealed on July 24, 2018, that “Big Four” auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will conduct a due financial audit of the Tezos Foundation. Tezos Employs PwC As stated in an official press release, PwC’s Swiss branch has been appointed as a third-party auditor to scrutinize Tezos’ operations and finance books. Tezos noted the development is the world’s first…

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Liberalization of Banking Access to Swiss Cryptocurrency Companies on the Horizon

Category: Adoption, Altcoins, Bitcoin, Blockchain, News, Tech

Liberalization of Banking Access to Swiss Cryptocurrency Companies on the Horizon

Cryptocurrency companies in Switzerland might soon be able to take advantage of the conventional banking, said Heinz Tännler, head of Swiss Zug canton’s Financial Directorate, in an interview with Financial Times said on July 2, 2018. Conventional banks vs. Crypto Companies Switzerland has recently been named one of the crypto-friendly nations, along with Malta, Singapore, Gibraltar, etc. Moreover, its government…

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Cryptocurrency Friendly Swiss City to Trial Blockchain-Based Voting System

Category: Blockchain, News, Regulation, Tech

Cryptocurrency Friendly Swiss City to Trial Blockchain-Based Voting System

The small Swiss city of Zug will trial a blockchain-based voting procedure for citizens in June 2018.  Results of the test will significantly determine the use of a distributed ledger technology for future governance purposes. Small Size, Large Impact The 118,118-citizen strong constituency of Zug, as per 2014 statistics, is known in cryptocurrency circles as a blockchain incubator, and the…

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Has the Rise of Bitcoin Forced the Swiss to Rethink Money?

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Has the Rise of Bitcoin Forced the Swiss to Rethink Money?

Crypto-friendly Switzerland faces a referendum on June 10 that could fundamentally change the concept of money in the small European nation. With the rise of bitcoin as a permissionless, decentralized alternative to national currencies, have the Swiss been forced to rethink what money really is? The rise in the popularity and use of bitcoin has been phenomenal since 2009, in…

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Swiss Authorities Consider Launching State-Backed Cryptocurrency

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Swiss Authorities Consider Launching State-Backed Cryptocurrency

Around the world, the idea of a state-backed cryptocurrency is  gaining momentum amongst authorities, who are seemingly open to embracing cryptocurrencies, given strict rules and regulations. “E-Franc” According to Reuters, the Swiss Federal Council has solicited a report that states the perils and scope of developing a native cryptocurrency. They have reportedly decided to term it as “e-franc,” an amalgamation…

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Bitfinex Looking to Head to Switzerland

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Bitfinex Looking to Head to Switzerland

Switzerland has turned into a hot-spot for smaller cryptocurrency startups in the past few months due to a favorable regulatory attitude for the emerging sector. Now, due in part to these efforts, Bitfinex is looking to plant their roots in the country. Suisse Connection A company of this size moving into Switzerland may have significant repercussions for attracting other businesses…

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Swiss Government Introduces Blockchain Task Force to Regulate Startups and ICOs

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Swiss Government Introduces Blockchain Task Force to Regulate Startups and ICOs

The government of Switzerland is reportedly working towards laying down regulations for the blockchain and Initial Coin Offering (ICO) industry. Spearheading the movement is Taskforce Blockchain, a group led by the country’s Finance and Economic and Education ministers, Ueli Maurer and Johann Schneider-Ammann. The team also includes federal, local legal representatives and key members of the Swiss blockchain startup ecosystem….

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Falcon Group Partners with Bitcoin Suisse to Facilitate Bitcoin Buying and Storage

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Falcon Group Partners with Bitcoin Suisse to Facilitate Bitcoin Buying and Storage

On July 12, Swiss private bank Falcon Group, which has 50 years of expertise in wealth management, announced it will be the first Swiss bank to offer blockchain asset management solutions to its clients. Through cooperation with Bitcoin Suisse, Falcon Group now offers its clients the opportunity to buy and store bitcoin with cash holdings, with the private bank facilitating…

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