During the same period, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), announced a ‘regulatory sandbox’ for Australian fintech startups, allowing firms to “manage regulatory risks during the testing stage, reducing the cost and time to market”, and with the aim to create a leading fintech innovation hub in the region. It’s now expected Australia will publish its sandbox proposal by the end of June.
Again in April, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced new initiatives to boost the country’s position as a global hub for the emerging financial technology sector. But it was yesterday, 6 June 2016, when MAS issued a consultation paper that can be downloaded here on proposed guidelines for a regulatory sandbox for fintech experiments., “MAS aims to provide a responsive and forward-looking regulatory approach that will enable promising FinTech innovations to develop and flourish. The sandbox will help reduce regulatory friction and provide a safer environment for FinTech experiments. We believe this will give innovations a better chance to take root.” said Jacqueline Loh, Deputy Managing Director of MAS. The public consultation closes 8 July 2016 (same deadline seen above for the UK sandbox).
Last but not least it has been the turn of France, where the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), announced the launch of its Fintech, Innovation and Competitiveness (FIC) division, operational as of 1st June 2016, with the aim to enhance the competitiveness of the Parisian financial centre and to analyse new risk and opportunities. The FIC division will coordinate as well a “fintech task force”, composed of experts from different AMF directorates, to address issues regarding technological innovation.
Are these good news for the financial technology sector? We believe so, even though we will need to see how the details pan out in the various countries, as we don’t have much information on the programs or their longer term impact. What’s really positive is that governments and financial regulators of some of the most advanced countries are showing awareness and understanding that creating an infrastructure where fintech companies and products could bloom and grow, would help significantly the efficiency of the financial sector and the economy of the country as a whole.
Alessandro is Co-founder & CMO of Crowd Valley. He has worked in the fintech industry, with marketplace investing and lending, since 2011. Has built and managed digital companies with distributed teams and international partners, and gained experience with both startups and large corporations, having worked with British Telecom, Bloomberg and the Grow VC Group.
Alessandro grew up in Italy, where he graduated with a B.A. in Economics at University of Parma, before to obtain a M.S. in Finance at Regent’s University London. He studied and worked in many different cities, including Munich, Geneva, London, Barcelona and Valencia. Genuinely passionate about financial technology and innovation, he loves to spend his spare time traveling and discovering new cultures. You can find him on Twitter at @aleravanetti.