Italian banks explore dual models of wholesale CBDC

Italian banks explore dual models of wholesale CBDC

The Italian Banking Association's trial of a wholesale Central Bank digital currency (wCBDC) has been declared a success.

The initiative, known as Project Leonidas, was part of the Bank of Italy's sandbox program. The primary benefits identified were atomic transactions, enhanced transparency, and improved information traceability.

These tests were expected to take place by 2023, according to the Eurosystem announcement for the wholesale DLT trials with central bank...

EU commission encouraged to lead blockchain and AI integration

EU commission encouraged to lead blockchain and AI integration

The EU has been urged to take the lead in finding harmony between blockchain and AI.

This advice was given to national regulators by the European Blockchain Observatory and Forum (EUBOF), an EU-commissioned body that monitors and examines blockchain developments across Europe. In its final report published on May 24, the EUBOF team highlighted the potential for blockchain to integrate with other technologies to drive innovation.

The report's release follows the EU's...

Brickken joins the first-ever PwC scale tokenisation & digital assets program 

Brickken ($BKN), a specialist in the real-world asset industry, has been selected to participate in PwC’s Scale | Digital Assets program, a collaborative initiative with GrowthBuilders.

This follows a recent expansion towards Coinbase’s L2 Network and its first institutional client in the form of a venture capital fund based in Germany, further cementing Brickken’s aim at accelerating institutional adoption. 

The PwC Scale program is tailored to expedite the...

Proofworks launches to unlock a new era of digital transformation in the spirits industry

London-based Proofworks has been launched with a proprietary SaaS solution to digitalise the entire spirits supply chain, from production, maturation and bottling, to customer engagement and digital ownership.

Combining user-friendly solutions with the latest in powerful Web3 technologies, the Proofworks platform aims to surface previously unseen data and insights, allowing for optimisation and transparency at every stage of the product journey.

This is a key time for...

Coincover launches Protected Co-Signing for ultimate transaction protection

Coincover, a blockchain protection company, has launched its Protected co-signing product to further reduce the risk in digital asset transactions.  

The new service adds an additional layer of protection onto the existing co-signing model within digital asset custody. While the emergence of multi-sig wallets allowed different parties to share custody and reduce risk of loss from disaster scenarios, the addition of Coincover’s proprietary technology into the co-signing model...

Archblock launches new fiat-backed stablecoin

Archblock Stablecoins has launched 1USD, a new fiat-backed stablecoin anchored to the US Dollar.

The company said the stablecoin stands as a testament to its own technology, which it claimed is revolutionising the exchange medium, offering frictionless and secure transactions across borders and empowering seamless global commerce. Renaissance Ambition AG, a subsidiary of Archblock, is the issuer of 1USD and the stablecoin will initially be available on Ethereum...

Apex Group harnesses blockchain to open up access to global private market funds 

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Apex Group has become the first transfer agent and fund service provider to administer regulated securities, using blockchain as the book of record.

This ground-breaking approach enables global private market funds to access a more diverse and significantly larger pool of qualified investors. 

In partnership with Hamilton Lane and Sygnum Bank, Apex Group created a new digital share class of the Hamilton Lane GPA fund, and a DLT registry, to automate and integrate...

Rightmove and major banks invest in Coadjute to ‘transform UK property market’

Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, NatWest and Rightmove have made a strategic investment in Coadjute, the London-based property technology business.

This is the first time that the UK’s three largest mortgage providers have come together to fund a PropTech.

Lloyds Banking Group, as lead investment partner, has invested £3 million as part of a £10 million funding round to support Coadjute’s long-term ambition to revolutionise the UK housing market and offer home...

Quant makes blockchain free to all businesses with new pricing plans

Quant, a specialist in blockchain for finance, has launched new pricing plans and functionality aimed at enterprise IT users and developers tasked by their business lines with implementing blockchain technology as part of their organisation’s wider digital asset strategy.

The Overledger blockchain platform updates are designed to empower enterprise project teams, architects and developers from any sector or size to test, build and deploy on the same interoperable distributed...

Animoca Brands and Blockpass forge partnership for a secure Web3

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Blockpass, a provider of compliant identity verification solutions for the Web3 space, and Animoca Brands, a company advancing digital property rights for gaming and the open metaverse, have teamed up to build a safer and more compliant Web3 environment.

This collaboration will leverage Blockpass' industry-leading KYC/AML SaaS to provide Animoca Brands and select portfolio companies with seamless and cost-effective solutions for user verification. This will ensure stronger...