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Are we there yet? Widespread use of Cryptocurrency with Maria (Masha) Prusakova (Crypto PR Lab) at TCE2019 Prague

Zoltán Tűndik

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Cryptocurrencies are changing the world and most of the intelligent e-commerce/m-commerce startups and SMEs are quickly jumping on board. Whenever this is a long-lasting evolution period towards reaching a decentralized banking system, we will just have to wait and find out. However, the recent move by Facebook with the launch of Lybra is certainly stirring things up.

By now, the European Commission and European Union are knees deep into regulating the cryptocurrency market and conversations are always sparked around money laundering and so on.

Bitcoin has been certainly on a roll, but now all eyes are on the exchanges and the licenses that are granted for brokerage and exchange companies.

Cryptocurrency taxation is also a subject that concerns a growing number of users, traders, and investors. An area that creates a lot of confusion among taxpayers is the application of VAT, or the value-added tax most countries levy on the sales of goods and services.

Generally, purchases and sales of cryptocurrency are not subject to VAT taxation in Europe, which is the birthplace of the value-added tax. Financial regulators and revenue services in most countries often refer to a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) which ruled in 2015 that services for the exchange of bitcoin with any traditional fiat currency are exempt from VAT.

The widespread use of cryptocurrencies and the outcomes of a cryptocurrency driven society will be discussed at the inaugural PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019) by experts of the field.

Among these experts is also Maria (Masha) Prusakova, Co-Founder at Crypto PR Lab, who will join the speakers’ list at TCE2019.

About Maria (Masha) Prusakova

Maria (Masha) Prusakova is a French attorney and a PR specialist working with blockchain startups and crypto conferences. Masha started her journey in crypto in 2014 working on an early bitcoin algorithm trader ExGate with a former Lehman Brothers financier. In 2017, Masha joined M&A PR Studio, consulting ICOs and blockchain startups on public relations. In 2018, she co-founded Crypto PR Lab. Before her entrepreneurial career, she worked as an attorney in M&A for Clifford Chance LLP and Gowling WLG. As a private banker for Ultra High Net Worth individuals, Masha gained experience at UBS, LGT and HSBC private banks in Switzerland and Monaco.

The former right hand of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan at the World Economic Forum, Masha together with Sasha facilitates the participation of individuals and startups at the elite Davos Conference Week.

Masha is also an accomplished snowboarder. As a professional athlete, she represented Russia in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games as the youngest participant in the snowboarding halfpipe event.

Masha holds three Master’s degrees (Sorbonne, UC Berkeley) and speaks 4 languages: Russian, French, German and English.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

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Experian A/NZ acquires Australian fintech Look Who’s Charging to bolster open data offering

Alexandru Marginean

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Consumers and financial institutions to benefit from richer data

Experian Australia & New Zealand today announces its acquisition of Look Who’s Charging, the Australian fintech startup which has solved the everyday frustrating problem of unrecognised bank transactions by providing instant clarification on the merchant behind a transaction.

Look Who’s Charging is integrated with a number of Australian banks, with their data available to millions of Australians directly within existing digital banking applications.

The move will combine Experian’s global open data solutions with Look Who’s Charging’s advanced enrichment capabilities. Following the recent legislation of Open Banking as the first stage of the Consumer Data Right (CDR), the deal will create a market leading open data platform in the Australian market that will have wide ranging benefits for consumers, businesses and financial institutions.

Experian’s present open data solution, built in the UK, facilitates 40% of all UK Open Banking application program interface (API) requests.

Andrew Black, Managing Director of Experian A/NZ explains how the acquisition enables Experian to provide organisations with a sophisticated aggregation and categorisation solution and granular insights for them to apply across their business:

“If a transaction is unable to be categorised accurately, it is often classed as ‘unknown’ which can result in decisions impacting consumers being based on limited data. This can have a big knock on effect if, for example, banks are using one platform to help a customer understand their own income and expenditure, and another to decide what loan they can afford.

With Look Who’s Charging’s enriched data integrated into our open data platform, we will be able to provide a uniquely accurate and comprehensive solution for the Australian market. This will help our customers lend more responsibly while enhancing their fraud checks and reducing their call centre traffic for unrecognised transaction queries, as well as ensuring consumers have a greater understanding of their financial situation.”

Over 1 billion transactions are enriched every single month through Look Who’s Charging’s platform to provide Australian consumers complete clarity on their spending.

“Look Who’s Charging’s forward-looking and problem-solving nature is aligned with our business and approach to innovation,” adds Mr Black. “We share the aim to help businesses and consumers make better and more informed decisions, and we are delighted to be working with a company who is truly having a positive impact on not only our financial services industry but Australian consumers too.”

Ben Elliott, CEO of Experian APAC commented: “The acquisition – our sixth investment in Asia Pacific since 2017 (following venture investments in Grab, Jirnexu, C88 Financial Technologies, BankBazaar.com and CompareAsiaGroup) – demonstrates our ongoing commitment to investing in this region and using our advanced data and analytics expertise to remove complexity from the lending process. Bringing Look Who’s Charging and our innovative solutions together will help Australian organisations, and ultimately consumers, as Open Banking standards are adopted in Australia.”

Founder of Look Who’s Charging, Stuart Grover, said: “We are extremely excited to combine the technology and data we have built to support the Australian banks with Experian’s market leading open data technology. We are very proud to have built Look Who’s Charging from an idea, born from the frustration of unrecognised transactions to a product which helps millions of Australian consumers, in under 4 years.

With Experian’s scale, we have an opportunity to help solve more of the immediate problems faced by Australian consumers and financial institutions, whilst the Look Who’s Charging solution is also rolled out to other key markets around the world.”

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Canadian Fintech iCASH Surpasses $100M in Loans Funded

Alexandru Marginean

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Company Celebrates Three Years of Revolutionizing Consumer Lending in Canada

Canadian financial technology company iCASH is celebrating three years of successful lending operations by surpassing $100 million in consumer loans. In this short time, the company has funded more than 200,000 loans and helped thousands of people to obtain support and alleviate financial stress.

“Reaching this milestone with the help of our customers has helped us fulfill our pledge to provide an improved financial experience for Canadians,” said Rachel Birtwistle, Director of Operations at iCASH. “Almost 50 percent of Canadians live pay-cheque to pay-cheque, and many of them are shut out of mainstream banking due to poor credit, a thin credit file, or income volatility. We understand that consumers are not simply a credit score, and that past financial mistakes do not necessarily affect their capacity to repay a loan. iCASH’s primary goal is to help Canadians break their debt cycle in a fair and affordable way.”

iCASH was the first lender in Canada to offer both a real-time loan application and the settlement of funds via e-transfer within two minutes of approval. They were also the first to offer instant loan assessments, providing customers with an immediate approval and eliminating the stressful waiting period typical for other creditors.

Currently, the iCASH app has been downloaded more than 125,000 times, while the website is regularly visited by thousands of Canadians. The company aims to offer a reliable escape from a cycle of debt.

“It’s all about helping people to better cope with and manage their finances, including the very real financial struggles that many Canadians face every day,” said Birtwistle.

The iCASH app is available on Android and iOS. For more information, visit icash.ca.

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BridgeMark Strategies Forms Strategic Alliance With Chalice Financial Network To Deliver Comprehensive Advisor Transitions Support And Services

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Leading Third-Party Transitions Consultancy and M&A Advisory Firm for Independent Wealth Management Space to Provide Solutions Designed to Maximize Preparedness in Post-Reg BI Regulatory Environment for Chalice’s Member Financial Advisors

BridgeMark Strategies (BridgeMark or “the firm”), a leading third-party advisor transitions consultancy and M&A advisory firm for the independent financial advisory space, announced today that it has formed a strategic alliance with Chalice Financial Network, a Software-as-a-Service-based member-benefit organization. As part of the new strategic alliance, BridgeMark Strategies will offer its services and solutions on a discounted basis to Chalice’s community of over 48,000 independent financial advisor members.

Led by Jeff Nash, a 25-year wealth management industry veteran, BridgeMark serves as an unbiased source of guidance and support for independent financial advisors, encompassing those looking to move between independent broker-dealer or RIA platforms, establish their own RIA, sell or buy a practice, or maximize growth opportunities by recruiting new advisors to their business. The firm leverages its extensive experience and unparalleled connections across the financial service space – spanning over 80 IBDs and RIAs – to help advisors make the most informed decision possible about the best steps to take to meet the current and future goals of their businesses.

Mr. Nash, BridgeMark CEO and co-founder, said, “BridgeMark is proud to partner with Chalice Financial Network, whose mission of providing independent advisors with access to the best possible services is completely aligned with ours. We look forward to a long collaboration with the Chalice team and their advisor members.”

Chalice’s members will gain access to BridgeMark’s comprehensive set of transition support and solutions, which are especially relevant to financial advisors managing between $50 million to $750 million advisory and brokerage assets, an often overlooked and underserved segment of the industry. Such advisors typically struggle to find unbiased consultation and advice, since most of the information they come across is provided by the firms attempting to recruit them.

BridgeMark’s entire set of services include:

  • Broker-dealer research and transition support: For advisors actively seeking to transition, BridgeMark helps them to understand their needs, wants and dislikes, then narrow down their list of options to a handful of possible destination firms. BridgeMark helps evaluate pros and cons of firms and then negotiates the most favorable transition incentives.
  • RIA transition support: For advisors considering starting or joining an RIA, BridgeMark helps to evaluate the pros and cons of the move and, if advisors choose that route, it assists in custodian evaluation and negotiations.
  • M&A support: For advisors actively looking to sell their businesses or merge them into other practices, BridgeMark uses its broad industry networks to identify potential acquisition or merger partners, then negotiate terms and help advisors close deals when the time arrives.

With the SEC recently having adopted Reg BI, advisors can rely on BridgeMark to serve as a trusted ally and counselor as they contemplate what the new regulatory landscape means for their business.

Chalice CEO Keith Gregg said, “We are thrilled to make the transition services that Jeff and his team provide more accessible to our members. Particularly for smaller practices that may not command the scale and attention that bigger offices do, having a resource like BridgeMark in their corner gives them crucial information that levels the playing field and ultimately empowers them to make the best strategic decisions for their business and their clients.”

Media Contacts:

Joseph Kuo / Andrew Wang

Haven Tower Group

424 317 4851 or 424 317 4859

jkuo@haventower.com or awang@haventower.com

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