The midshore financial centre that is becoming the digital assets capital of Asia There are offshore financial centres and there are onshore financial centres. And there is the Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (IBFC) in eastern Malaysia, which styles itself as a “midshore” financial centre. The neologism is well-chosen, for the IBFC enjoys aContinue reading “The midshore financial centre that is becoming the digital assets capital of Asia”
What InsurTechs ought to like about Gibraltar Gibraltar has built a reputation as a congenial domicile for insurance companies. With a robust regulatory regime but an accessible regulator prepared to work fast, Gibraltar is now home to a third of motor insurance premiums in the United Kingdom, including those paid to household names such asContinue reading “What InsurTechs ought to like about Gibraltar”
A business-like approach to regulating digital assets is working for Gibraltar In January 2018, Gibraltar became the first jurisdiction on the planet to pass into a law a regulatory framework to accommodate financial services based on blockchain. It has helped to attract to the Rock more than a dozen digital financial services companies, including crypto-currencyContinue reading “A business-like approach to regulating digital assets is working for Gibraltar”
Crypto-currency trading provides returns commensurate with the volatility of the asset class, but not many people have subjected the characteristics of the investment to formal analysis. One person who has is Dr Martin Angerer, Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Liechtenstein in Vaduz.
The principality of Liechtenstein provides the most welcoming environment on the planet for the entrepreneurs of the token economy. Thomas Nägele, managing partner at the Nägele law firm in Vaduz and a software developer as well as a lawyer, was a member of the government working party that drafted the Liechtenstein Trusted Technology Law (TVTG) or Blockchain Act.
Liechtenstein was the first jurisdiction in the world to pass a comprehensive law on tokenization. When the Token and Trustworthy Technology Service Provider Act (TVTG) became law on 1 January 2020, it became possible for issuers to tokenize any asset that exists in the physical world – from real estate, through precious metals and collectibles, to securities such as equities and bonds – with the comfort of legal certainty.