Barclays to Create Venture Unit to Invest in Blockchain

Barclays UK Ventures is going to invest in start-ups with high potential returns, enter commercial agreements and, in the long term, open its own startups
16 April 2018   611

One of the world's largest banks has created a venture unit focused on blockchain technology, smart contracts and artificial intelligence, Financial Times reports.

Ben Dewey, former head of strategy for the bank, will head Barclays UK Ventures (BUKV), a division that will focus on "truly transformational new lines of business" with a view to making "material contributions" to the structure of the organization.

According to him, the new organization has a "relatively unlimited power", and he himself feels "very predisposed" to investing in start-ups working in this space.

"We represent the growth firm," said Ashok Vasani, the head of Barclays UK, adding that the new unit is opening "new lines to increase revenues in addition to the organic growth of our core business."

In addition to investing in start-ups with high potential returns, BUKV intends to enter commercial agreements and, in the long term, open its own start-ups.

Thus, Barclays is becoming one of the first organizations of this level to create venture units to work with the blockchain space.

SEC to Need More Info on BTC ETF

SEC is gathering more input from the public – to date, according to the agency, more than 1,400 comments have been submitted
21 September 2018   134

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the beginning of a formal process for considering the application for the creation of bitcoin-ETF from the New York companies VanEck and SolidX. Nevertheless, the agency appealed to the community for more information. This is stated in the document published on the SEC website.

Institution of such proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposed rule change. Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Rather, as described below, the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to provide comments on the proposed rule change.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission

At the moment, the SEC received about 1,400 comments.

According to the document, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has signed an agreement on the exchange of data on bitcoin transactions, trading and the state of the market with the cryptocurrency trading platform with Gemini.

The agency asked commentators to clarify the position of Gemini in the digital currency market and assess the likelihood of increased volatility at this site in connection with possible trades of bitcoin-ETF.

So, before September 30, the department had to decide on whether to approve, deny or initiate the proceedings. The SEC chose the latter, which is likely to delay the process until the next year.