Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (02/25/2021)*

Coinbase announces filing of registration statement for proposed public direct listing of its Class A common stock

Coinbase has publicly filed an S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) outlining its plans to complete an initial public offering (IPO) on the NASDAQ. Accrording to the filing, Coinbase intends to raise up to $1 billion and  trade under the ticker symbol of “COIN.”  

VersaBank to Launch VCAD, World’s First Bank-issued, Deposit-based Digital Currency

Canadian digital bank VersaBank plans to launch a Canadian dollar-pegged stablecoin. VCAD will be issued by VersaBank to financial intermediary partners in exchange for Canadian dollar deposits. The partners will then offer VCAD directly to individuals and businesses for use in commerce. VCAD will be redeemable for Canadian dollars as required. 

DEX trading volumes on the path to eclipse January’s high

With a few days left in February, decentralised exchange (DEX) processing volumes furing the month have surpassed $60 billion, according to Dune Analytics, already higher than January’s record level.

Mauritius FSC Releases Consultation Paper On The Regulatory Framework For The FinTech Service Provider Licence

The Mauritius Financial Services Commission (“FSC”) issued a consultation paper proposing the setting up of a comprehensive regulatory framework for a FinTech Service Provider Licence which will aim at offering providers of technology services to financial institutions with a set of guidelines to be adhered to, should they wish to operate in or from Mauritius. 

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