Russia's invasion of Ukraine triggered a rapid wave of sanctions, bringing challenges for financial services firms looking to stay compliant.
Russian marketplace lender Blackmoon has launched Blackmoon Crypto for tokenized investment vehicles; seeks to support management of tokenized funds; Blackmoon Crypto is incorporated in Singapore; it will not initially be partnering for US investments however the firm is applying for a broker dealer license in the US. Source
Russian marketplace lender Blackmoon allows professional investors to acquire portfolios of emerging market loans; it has now reported a new partnership with ID Finance, a data science, credit scoring and nonbank digital lending as an application provider; loans are screened and scored by ID Finance's advanced risk assessment system and qualifying loan transactions are automatically transferred to the creditor setting up an automated securitization process. Source
Russia's Sberbank will integrate new artificial intelligence (AI) to replace 3,000 employees in its legal department; the AI solution follows comments from CEO Herman Gref in September 2016 which forecasted that 80% of the bank's decisions would soon be attributed to AI systems; as AI solutions evolve, regulators are considering industry standards and frameworks for changing labor markets. Source
The Central Bank of Russia has created a working group with experts from the country's crowdfunding platforms in order to develop a regulatory framework for the crowdfunding industry; the working group will develop regulatory proposals for submission to regulators during the regulatory framework development process; the Russian market appears to be taking a proactive approach as the industry is emerging with 500 million rubles (USD 7,748,755) in total liabilities. Source
Fueling a renewed bull run, Ukraine used crypto to raise funds, while Russians bought crypto to evade their currency's collapse.
ID Finance has partnered with Latvian marketplace lender Mintos to list its MoneyMan loans on the platform's marketplace; current loans will be issued to Spain ranging from EUR 300 ($326) to EUR 1,200 ($1,304) with a repayment period of 30 days to 4 months; ID Finance is the first network originator to offer Spanish listed loans on the Mintos platform providing for enhanced cross-border diversification. Source
Boris Batin and Alexander Dunaev have grown a successful lending startup after partnering together and launching ID Finance in 2012; the company is an online balance sheet lender that has been expanding throughout Russia, Europe and South America; the partners claim a digital lending business model that can launch and obtain profitability in nine months; part of their success is attributed to identifying challenging markets with growth potential that traditional banks have not entered. Source
PJSC Siberia Airlines has announced the first letter of credit service payment using blockchain; the opening and executing of the letter of credit issued from Alfa-Bank was recorded with smart contracts on a distributed ledger; the subsequent payment for services will also be transacted through blockchain technology; Alfa-Bank provided members of the deal with an electronic Alfa-business online system for deal processing. Source
Blackmoon has secured $2.5 million in equity funding from Target Global, A&NN Group, Flint Capital and several private investors; company provides a technology platform for institutional investment in loans from balance sheet marketplace lenders; will use the funds for technology development and further expansion in the US. Source