A Guide to Special Economic Zones for Crypto, From China to Switzerland

Last week, Russian officials revealed plans to build a major financial center on an island in the Far East, which would cater to cryptocurrencies, among other things. Notably, the creation of special economic zones for crypto has been an enduring idea both in Russia — similar proposals have been previously made in regard to Crimea, […]

Number of Blockchain Patent Filings Outstrips Other Technologies

The number of global blockchain patent filings significantly outstrips the patent filings for other technologies, according to research by the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) and London-based law firm Withers & Rogers. British media outlet Compelo reported the results on June 5. According to the report, the amount of blockchain patents in the […]

Crypto Wallet Provider BRD Partners With Wyre to Roll Out US Bank Transfer Support

Global mobile crypto wallet provider BRD has announced a partnership with blockchain payments and infrastructure firm Wyre that will enable its United States-based customers to purchase cryptocurrencies using bank transfers. The news was revealed in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on June 13. According to the press release, U.S. customers will be able to […]

Exec Who Launched PwC Switzerland’s Blockchain Division to Become CFO at Tezos

The man who launched a blockchain and cryptocurrency assurance division for PwC in Switzerland is joining Tezos as chief financial officer, the foundation confirmed in a news release on June 11. Roman Schnider is leaving the Big Four firm after 15 years, and Tezos says he is already familiar with the organization, since it was the first major blockchain project […]

Major Insurance Broker Aon Secures Crime Coverage for Crypto Custody Solutions Firm

Aon — a leading insurance broker that purports to occupy 50% of the crypto-insurance market — will reportedly provide crypto custody solutions provider Metaco with crime insurance coverage via a panel of London insurers. The news was revealed in a Metaco press release published by fintech news outlet Finextra on June 11. Lausanne-based Metaco is […]

Logistics Firm Panalpina Launches Blockchain Pilots in Its Supply Chain

Swiss forwarding and logistics services company Panalpina has started blockchain pilot projects aimed at optimizing of supply chains, according to a press release on June 11. After joining the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) in May, Panalpina — one of the world’s largest transport and logistics companies, with consolidated profit of $76.3 million in 2018 […]

Think Tank Pushes for Creation of a National Cryptocurrency in Switzerland

Avenir Suisse, one of the most influential think tanks in Switzerland, released a report urging the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to start working on a national cryptocurrency. The report, called “Blockchain After the Hype,” proposes an economic model based on the blockchain. It suggests that the next step is to move forward with the creation […]

Think Tank Tells Swiss National Bank to Launch Swiss Franc Token, Embrace DLT

Switzerland’s national bank should work with large industry players to develop a Swiss franc token, according to a report by the Avenir Suisse think tank on June 4. Avenir Suisse is an independent privately funded think tank, with a yearly budget of reportedly 5 million Swiss francs ($5 million). Despite the opportunities that distributed ledger technology […]

G20 International Watchdog Says Regulators Need Better Crypto Risk Assessments

G20’s international watchdog, the Switzerland-based Financial Stability Board (FSB), said in its latest report that regulators need to improve their risk assessment strategies regarding financial activity in the crypto space, according to a report by Reuters on May 31. The report noted that one potential risk assessment metric regulators could look at is banks’ and […]

World’s Second and Fourth Biggest Shipping Firms Join Maersk’s Blockchain Platform

Two leading global shipping firms, Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) and CMA CGM, have joined blockchain shipping platform TradeLens, Reuters reports on May 28. Switzerland-based MSC, the world’s second-largest shipping company, and French CMA CGM, reportedly the fourth-largest container shipping firm, have joined the blockchain platform developed by the world’s largest logistics company Maersk and tech […]