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Virtual Asset Discovery, Valuation and Safeguarding - The Effect on Liquidators
September 15th, 2020

Virtual Asset Discovery, Valuation and Safeguarding - The Effect on Liquidators

Virtual assets saw an explosion in growth, in part due to the meteoric rise of initial coin offerings (ICOs) in 2017. While a small number succeeded into longer term prospects, a large number of projects are trickling down onto the client books of liquidators. This has meant a shift from some of the traditional recovery, valuation and safeguarding processes liquidators have previously been used to, due to the nature and functionality of the underlying virtual assets.

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Project Ubin Phase 5: Enabling Broad Ecosystem Opportunities
August 21st, 2020

Project Ubin Phase 5: Enabling Broad Ecosystem Opportunities

Project Ubin has been a collaborative project in Singapore that explores the use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) for clearing the settlement of payments. The 5th and final phase was the experimental phase that focused on providing value and building a foundation for the future live pilots and trials by the industry. This report addresses three key areas.

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The OCC Clarifies Authority to Provide Cryptocurrency Custody Services For Customers
August 19th, 2020

The OCC Clarifies Authority to Provide Cryptocurrency Custody Services For Customers

Both national and state banks have offered safekeeping and custody services consisting of both electronic assets and physical objects. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has highlighted the importance of virtual assets and the authority required for banks to provide safekeeping for these types of assets. By providing these services banks can continue to provide the financial intermediation function they have historically played in offering payment, lending and deposit services.

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Microsoft Acquires CyberX in Bid to Enhance Security for IoT Business
August 17th, 2020

Microsoft Acquires CyberX in Bid to Enhance Security for IoT Business

Microsoft has acquired security vendor CyberX to boost IoT deployments. With this acquisition, Microsoft adds one more component to its Azure IoT security capabilities. 

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Private Funds Transparency Report
August 6th, 2020

Private Funds Transparency Report

In early 2020, the Cayman Islands Government published the Private Funds Law, 2020 for the registration of certain closed-ended funds, or private funds, with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA). In order to support our financial services industry, we are pleased to introduce our Private Funds Transparency Report.

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Transform Your Business into a Serial Innovator
July 18th, 2020

Transform Your Business into a Serial Innovator

Research has demonstrated that companies doubling down on innovation during downturns outperform in the long run, by using this time as an opportunity to invest and position themselves for recovery. However, to perform this successfully, articulating a clear innovation strategy is required, as well as the ability to recognise and seize the best opportunities both quickly and decisively.

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a16z Closes $515M Crypto Fund
July 8th, 2020

a16z Closes $515M Crypto Fund

a16z closes the Crypto Fund II, a $515M fund dedicated to cryptocurrency and blockchain projects, including the next generation of payments, decentralised finance, new monetisation models and decentralised internet.

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Refocus, Rediscover, and Reorient Your Business
June 22nd, 2020

Refocus, Rediscover, and Reorient Your Business

While COVID-19 continues to spready globally, CEOs have started to consider retooling their firms. Bain highlights three messages that CEOs are sharing with their companies and their commitment to refocus, rediscover and reorient.

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Cartan Connections Issue #7
June 11th, 2020

Cartan Connections Issue #7

The Banque de France has reported that it has used an in-house developed blockchain that used a central bank digital currency to settle an issuance of digital financial securities. Zoom has purchased identity management firm, Keybase, to strengthen the security of their video communications platform. Finally, according to the FATF, there has been an increase in COVID-19 related crimes, such as fraud, cybercrime, and exploitation of government funds.

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Economic Substance and the Emerging Distributed Company
June 2nd, 2020

Economic Substance and the Emerging Distributed Company

According to the Oxford English dictionary, substance can be defined as any of the following:

  1. A type of solid, liquid or gas that has particular qualities;
  2. The quality of being based on facts or the truth; or
  3. The most important or main part of something.

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