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Word on the Streets: October 2021

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As we barrel ahead into the final months of 2021, the industry is finding a new, hybrid normality with events and networking opportunities on the rise and a general appetite to leave Zoom behind and meet in person! But what is the industry talking about? With COP26 coming up, it is unsurprising that the conversation around ESG – from sustainable finance and investing to avoiding greenwashing – has taken centre stage. And with the Digital Asset Summit and Digital Asset Week on the horizon, we see a clear focus on the institutional adoption of digital assets and tokenization, covering the full spectrum including the technology, crypto and securities. We look forward to seeing what the next few months will bring for our clients and the industry as a whole.the potential for our clients’ growth and the fintech industry’s contribution to consumers, corporates and society as a whole.

H2 isn’t set to slow by any stretch of the imagination and looks very promising for fintechs looking to scale, at speed.

Julia Streets
Founder and CEO, Streets Consulting

The importance of identifiers in linking digital assets to traditional finance

Digital assets cover an ever-widening array of assets; so how can financial institutions and investors keep track? Regulators are trying to develop a framework to regulate them to better protect investors. ANNA believes that this could (and should) include the existing identification framework to help form a bridge between the traditional and tokenized financial world.

Appital completes successful fundraise and partners with LSE Turqioise

The £2.5m investment from Frontline Ventures and a number of seasoned capital markets angel investors supports Appital’s mission to bring technological innovation and automation to today’s equity capital markets. The funding follows the recent announcement that Appital is to partner with Turquoise to bring pioneering bookbuilding technology to the buy-side.

BMLL data and analytics now available via FlexTRADER EMS

BMLL has recently partnered with FlexTrade to deliver Level 3 pricing data and analytics capabilities directly to the world’s biggest asset managers, helping them leverage the predictive nature of full depth order book data to accelerate their research, optimise their trading strategies and generate alpha. In “The safety of Maths” BMLL and FLexTrade describe what the integration means for the buyside community

Plenitude at UKFinance Economic Crime Congress

As a Knowledge Partner at the Economic Crime Congress ’21, Plenitude’s leadership team featured on five panels during the event. They published vlogs, blogs and a whitepaper entitled “Purposeful Financial Crime Controls” to highlight the issues affecting anti-money laundering, financial sanctions, fraud prevention, anti-bribery and corruption, illustrating the steps the industry is taking to stem the flow of crime

How to combat greenwashing? Find the right data partner

With concerns over the ‘greenwashing’ of sustainability performance, identifying ESG data providers who present information with transparent methodologies has never been more important. In September 2021 Subtantive Research’s independent survey of the evolving ESG marketplace found that a rich and diverse ecosystem of providers is emerging outside of the traditional ESG data providers.

X-Margin Raises $8 Million to Grow Institutional Credit Platform

X-Margin’s Series A round secured funding from leading investors including Coinbase Ventures, HashKey Capital and Spartan Group. The raise is testament to the importance of X-Marking’s privacy-preserving technology that can unlock the flow of credit to institutions trading digital assets. X-Margin gives lenders control through real-time monitoring of borrowers’ trading risk, removing a barrier holding back lending in the crypto market.

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