The importance of KYC technology for financial institutions amidst COVID-19

Why now is the time for companies to bring their onboarding processes into the digital age By Vanessa Malone While many companies have been making steps to create flexible options for their clients to interact with their business online for quite some time, those in heavily regulated environments like financial institutions, have been slower to adopt […]Continue Reading

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Why it’s time for your broker-dealer firm to update its data management infrastructure

By Horizon’s Chief Information Officer Peter Hall & Vanessa Malone Current data management landscape So far in 2020, FINRA has taken disciplinary action against 5 firms and 100 individuals for compliance issues surrounding information management or for failing to produce information in a timely manner.¹  With the world’s sudden and forced transition to remote offices […]Continue Reading

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Cost Benefits of Tokenization vs. Traditional Private Placement (updated for 2020)

By Horizon & Entoro Key discussion points: How Entoro’s offerings analysis shows savings may be 40% less expensive using tokenization versus a traditional method of raising capital What the true tangible and intangible benefits digital securities have over traditional private placement How existing capital market participants are integrating blockchain technology to support the new age of […]Continue Reading

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What is SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce’s safe harbor proposal and the implications surrounding it. By Vanessa Malone In a speech last week, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce announced a proposal for a three-year “safe harbor” for tokens offerings which would exempt the sale of tokens or cryptocurrencies from certain federal securities law requirements. Token project issuers […]Continue Reading

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The EU steps up its crypto compliance laws for 2020

5AMLD- what’s in store for the blockchain community and how fintech can stay ahead of global regulation By Vanessa Malone The U.S. isn’t the only country cracking down on compliance initiatives surrounding blockchain and digital assets in 2020. Globally, anti-money laundering(AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements have continued to increase and become more applicable […]Continue Reading

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Key Takeaways from Dialogue with the Regulators: Navigating Blockchain & Fintech

We are happy to announce that Dialogue with the Regulators: Navigating Blockchain & Fintech was a great success. A big thank you to everyone who made it.  We welcomed senior regulators from the SEC, FINRA, CFPB, and Texas State Securities Board; blockchain trailblazers including Gemini, Paxful, Coinbase and financial service heavyweights such as Blackrock, UBS, […]Continue Reading

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5 Myths About Conducting a Security Token Offering

By Vanessa Malone A series of events led to the emergence of digital securities, from the rise of equity crowdfunding to the fall of the ICO-era. While the majority of issuers thus far have been utilizing Rule 506(c) of Regulation D to conduct a digital securities offering, a new industry milestone was reached in August […]Continue Reading

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The blockchain community needs to work with, not against regulators

By Vanessa Malone It is said that the blockchain industry is in its infancy. While this may be true regarding adoption and integration, it’s definitely in its rebellious teenage years regarding compliance. A few months ago, Kik made headlines for launching a crowdfunding campaign to support its case against the SEC, claiming its going to […]Continue Reading

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Upcoming Dialogue with the Regulators Forum: Navigating Blockchain & Fintech

Capital markets are evolving right now and at the forefront of revolutionary changes in fintech and regtech is blockchain technology. Worldwide spending on blockchain solutions alone is expected to grow from $1.5 billion in 2018 to an estimated $11.7 billion by 2022, with the financial sector accounting for over 60 percent of the market value […]Continue Reading

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Reg A+ security token offerings are the future of capital raising

By Vanessa Malone Just last month, a major milestone for both the blockchain and financial communities was accomplished. Blockstack and YouNow became the first Reg A+ token offerings to be qualified by the SEC. These qualifications allowed them to broadly market their offerings and accept investments from the general public. This week, Blockstack announced its […]Continue Reading

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