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2020 Study: How Blockchain is Transforming the Financial Services Industry – Current Use Cases Propelling Growth Opportunities in Trade Finance, KYC/AML, and Cross-Border Payments




Dublin, Feb. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “How Blockchain is Transforming the Financial Services Industry” report has been added to’s offering.

Blockchain has begun to come into its own in 2019.

In this study, we provide use cases and growth opportunities in 3 sectors: global payments, trade finance, and KYC/AML. These are 3 of the areas where Blockchain has been tested and leveraged with key use cases emerging in financial services; in particular, cross-border payments, and digital identification and verification. There have been use cases in smart contracts across multiple sectors; smart contracts have been especially effective in real estate, supply chain logistics, and law.

The number of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in blockchain and cryptocurrency had a peak year in 2018. Year-over-year to date, the 2019 M&A count is only at 48% of 2018. In terms of value, 2019 is at 64% of the amount at the same time in 2018. The study also includes key findings and growth opportunities going forward. The interest in blockchain solutions as a means of reducing cost, improving efficiency, and increasing collaboration among private and public players is still growing in financial services. Establishing consortia and utilizing the services of large players like Hyperledger and Ethereum confirms this interest, even as smaller blockchain start-ups continue to emerge globally and make an impact.

Regulating blockchain is in development. There has been a significant advancement in the United States though; leading banks and blockchain fintechs are collaborating with regulators and experts to potentially influence future regulations. Currently, a majority of the states in the country have taken action to legislate cryptocurrency and/or blockchain. This lack of industry standards for the technology is one of the biggest concerns across industries in using blockchain.

Fintechs have been partnering with banks for several years. This cooperation will continue but there will also be consolidation; as start-ups develop and test new technologies, and grow their businesses, the larger companies will acquire them to utilize that technology.

The enthusiasm for blockchain and its promise is demonstrated in the annual global survey that the publisher conducts on the state of digital transformation in different industries. We found in that survey that the top 3 reasons banks, financial services companies, and insurance companies are investing in blockchain are: to improve the security of certain classes of data, enable systems with blockchain-specific capabilities, and to gain efficiencies in their external operating ecosystem. Financial companies identified the advantages they are already seeing from blockchain – it improves cost efficiency, enhances customer care, and facilitates further innovation.

Some of the strategic imperatives for financial services companies that are interested in transforming their operations with blockchain include education – internally and externally in their ecosystem; focus on customer expectations when developing technology; recognizing its advantages and what it enables, since it is only likely to continue to grow.

Companies Mentioned

  • Axoni
  • Cambridge Blockchain
  • Circle
  • Ethereum
  • Hyperledger
  • Ripple
  • Templum
  • TradeIX
  • Veem

Key Topics Covered

1. Executive Summary

  • Key Findings

2. Market Overview

  • Research Scope
  • About Blockchain
  • Blockchain Market Segmentation and Ecosystem

3. Current State of Blockchain in Financial Services

  • Blockchain in Financial Services – Market Size, Global
  • Blockchain in Financial Services – Market Size, US
  • Overview of Blockchain in Financial Services
  • Largest Financial Institutions are Among the Top Players in the Blockchain 50
  • First Consortia, then Universal Trade Network
  • Blockchain Consortia are Redefining the Blockchain Space
  • M&A Overview
  • Landscape Overview
  • Overview of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)
  • Smart Contracts
  • Role of Regulations – Outlook and Impact
  • Recent Initiatives in US Blockchain Regulation
  • Market Drivers
  • Drivers Explained
  • Market Restraints
  • Restraints Explained

4. Trade Finance

  • Trade Finance is an Obvious Application for Blockchain
  • Using Blockchain in Trade Finance
  • DLT Emerging as a Critical Technology in Trade Finance
  • Example Market Initiatives
  • Key Disruptor Profile – TradeIX
  • Key Disruptor Profile – Axoni

5. Global Payments

  • Overview of Cross-Border Payments
  • The Status Quo Payment System and the Opportunity for Blockchain
  • Benefits of Blockchain in Global Payments
  • Example Market Initiatives
  • Key Disruptor Profile – Veem
  • Key Disruptor Profile – Circle
  • Ripple and SWIFT – Competition Fueling Innovation

6. KYC/AML Compliance

  • The Cost of KYC/AML
  • Preventing Money Laundering Through Collaboration
  • Blockchain – Uniquely Positioned to Improve KYC/AML
  • Example Market Initiatives
  • Potential DLT or Blockchain-enabled KYC Solution
  • Example Market Initiatives
  • Key Disruptor Profile – Templum
  • Key Disruptor Profile – Cambridge Blockchain

7. Growth Opportunities

  • Growth Opportunity in Financial Services – Blockchain
  • Strategic Imperatives for Blockchain Companies

8. Current State of Digital Transformation

  • Global Survey Results – Digital Solutions: All Industries, 2019
  • US Survey Results – Digital Solutions and Blockchain/Distributed Ledger: All Industries, 2019
  • US Survey Results – Blockchain/Distributed Ledger: All Industries, 2019
  • Global Survey Results – Blockchain/Distributed Ledger: Banking/Finance/Insurance, 2019
  • US Survey Results – Blockchain/Distributed Ledger: All Industries, 2019
  • Global Survey Results – Blockchain/Distributed Ledger: Banking/Finance/Insurance, 2019
  • Global Survey Results – Blockchain/Distributed Ledger: All Industries and Banking/Finance/Insurance, 2019
  • The Last Word – Predictions for Blockchain in Banking

9. Appendix

  • Additional Sources of Information on Fintech, Blockchain, and Financial Services
  • List of Exhibits

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Peter Stewart Named Executive Vice President of North America for Ingenico Group

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Ingenico Group (Euronext: FR0000125346 – ING), the global leader in seamless payments, today announced that Peter Stewart has been named the executive vice president of North America. Peter reports to Matthieu Destot, executive vice president, B&A business unit and is a member of the company’s B&A Management Committee. Peter brings over 25 years of experience working with technology companies, including the last four years at Ingenico Group. His experience spans across different disciplines, including strategy, sales contract management, manufacturing, supply chain and human resources, among other areas.

“Peter brings a wealth of global leadership experience working with technology companies, both in fintech and the larger industry, that Ingenico benefits from greatly. I, along with the Executive Committee, am excited as he begins this new role leading the region,” Destot said. “His technology background and track record, coupled with his understanding of how Ingenico helps elevate the customer experience, will drive success as we continue to expand our presence in the region.”

Peter previously held the role of chief financial officer of the B&A business unit for Ingenico and formerly served as chief financial officer for the North America Region for nearly two years. Before that, he spent eight years at ADVA Optical Networking, most recently as vice president of finance, corporate development, treasury & risk management. Other previous companies include Lydian Data Services and ADP, among others.

“I am honored and humbled to be appointed the next leader of the North America Region, and I’m very excited by the opportunity that we have in front of us,” Stewart said. “We will continue to build upon our position of thought leadership, our market strength and, most importantly, our ability to execute our strategy across both our Retail and B&A business unit activities.”


SOURCE Ingenico Group

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Global Blockchain Market Outlook and Forecasts 2020-2025 – Overview of Service Type, Applications, Solutions and Industry Verticals




Dublin, Feb. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Blockchain Technology Market by Service Type, Applications, Solutions, Industry Verticals 2020 – 2025” report has been added to’s offering.
This report evaluates the technology, leading companies and solutions in the evolving blockchain ecosystem. The report evaluates current and anticipated use cases for blockchain and assesses the market potential globally, regionally, and segmented by deployment type and industry vertical for the period 2020 to 2025.Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) represents a key service offering for many market segments as a mean of solution introduction and scalability via a cloud services model. BaaS service providers will include different types of services such as customize blockchain applications for cloud services, specific industries, custom consulting, and integration with existing systems.
Key Topics Covered:
1 Executive Summary
6 Conclusions and Recommendations
Companies Mentioned
21, Inc.Abra, Inc.AccentureAlphaphoint CorporationAmazonBaiduBitfury GroupBlockchain Global LimitedBlockCypher, Inc.BloqBTL Group (Blockchain Tech Ltd.)Chain, Inc.Circle Internet Financial LimitedCoinbaseCoinfirm Ltd.ConsenSys Systems (ConsenSys)CreditsDell TechnologiesDeloitte Touche TohmatsuDigital Asset HoldingsDigitalx Ltd. (Digital Cc Ltd.)DMG Blockchain SolutionsEarthportFactom Inc.Fidelity InvestmentsGlobal Arena Holding, Inc. (GAHC)HoloHPHyperLedgerIBM CorporationIntelygenzIOTALibra Services, Inc.Linux FoundationMicrosoft CorporationMonaxNASDAQOverstockR3RippleShoCardTecentFor more information about this report visit is the world’s leading source for international market research reports and market data. We provide you with the latest data on international and regional markets, key industries, the top companies, new products and the latest trends.
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UP Fintech Underwrites 12 Chinese ADR IPOs in 2019

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More than 30 Chinese companies listed on U.S. exchanges in 2019 and 12 of them had Tiger Brokers (NZ) Limited (“TBNZ”), a wholly owned subsidiary of UP Fintech Holding Limited (NASDAQ: TIGR) (together with TBNZ and other affiliates, “UP Fintech”), act as one of the underwriters for their offerings.

In 2015, UP Fintech introduced its proprietary trading platform, Tiger Trade, which provides global Chinese investors with seamless access to U.S. equities and other global securities. In the past few years, UP Fintech’s focus on innovation and superior user experience has enabled it to grow rapidly; according to iResearch, the firm has become the largest online broker for global Chinese to invest in U.S. equities.

UP Fintech is also expanding its institutional business, particularly investment banking and equity underwriting in the TMT space through its wholly owned subsidiary, TBNZ. Since 2017, UP Fintech has participated in many high profile Chinese Tech IPOs, including those of Chinese search engine Sogou Inc. (SOGO), ecommerce giant Pinduoduo (PDD), video streaming platform iQIYI (IQ), and online education company Youdao (DAO).

UP Fintech’s growing investment banking business has given the firm the opportunity to closely cooperate with a diverse range of corporate clients, giving it a better understanding of the challenges faced by Chinese companies that have held a U.S. IPO. UP Fintech is expanding its existing portfolio of corporate services to meet the needs of its growing client base.

“Chinese companies from different industries face a variety of difficulties through the IPO process in the U.S. On one hand, many Wall Street institutions are unfamiliar with relatively lesser-known Chinese companies, which may result in less allocation of resources to these companies. On the other hand, Chinese companies may not possess the requisite expertise to efficiently manage a new issue in the U.S. market. This is where our unique business model and market understanding distinguish our firm: we are ourselves a young technology company, so compared to traditional banks, we are naturally more connected to these emerging companies and understand their needs better. In addition we may leverage our growing customer base of institutional and retail investors to provide a huge demand for the new issuance,” said Mr. Wu Tianhua, CEO of UP Fintech.

Expanding its portfolio of corporate services is a key strategy of UP Fintech’s development, so the firm has acquired new licenses to support its expansion. In October 2019, UP Fintech’s wholly-owned subsidiary, US Tiger Securities, Inc., received approval for conducting new businesses, including underwriting, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, mutual fund retailing, as well as selling group participant services from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). Within two months of receiving these licenses, UP Fintech and its subsidiaries had participated in seven more Chinese ADR IPOs in the U.S.

With a staff that draws from its rich range of experiences in investment banking and financial services, UP Fintech is able to assist potential issuers on every step of their IPO planning. UP Fintech’s Corporate Services team advises issuers on capital structure, equity story, and the ECM/Sales team is able to connect issuers with over 200 institutional investors to build demand for the IPO.

In order to develop a comprehensive suite of corporate services for client firms, UP Fintech also provides ESOP management services to corporate clients, enabling them and their employees to conveniently manage their equity incentive schemes. After the IPO, UP Fintech assists issuers’ ESOP participants open brokerage accounts on its platform, which creates a new channel for client acquisition. Furthermore, after a successful listing, UP Fintech may offer other financial services to corporate clients to support secondary offerings or investor relations efforts.

In 2019, UP Fintech and its subsidiaries participated in 18 U.S. IPOs, and UP Fintech served as an underwriter in 12 of these IPOs. According to Bloomberg and SEC Edgar Data, UP Fintech and its subsidiaries led U.S. IPO underwriting of Chinese companies by deal count among brokerages in 2019.

In conclusion, UP Fintech’s growing corporate services are key to its strategy to create a comprehensive financial services platform that fulfills the needs of client companies at every step of their development and that also provides individual investors unparalleled access to global securities markets. Expect more news from UP Fintech as it helps a generation of Chinese companies go global.



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