Blockchain Catch-upThis is Charles Brett’s start-of-the-week Enterprise Times ‘blockchain catch-up’ Week 40. Necessarily it is idiosyncratic and selective.

It is not intended to be comprehensive but does seek to highlight ‘Quick Takes’ on specific developments as well interesting pieces to read, a listing of some (not all) announcements/press releases and pointers to upcoming events.

Quick Takes – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up Week 40

Deutsche Börse to launch ‘next-generation digital post-trade platform’

Deutsche Börse says it plans to launch a regulatory compliant, fully digital post-trade platform called D7. It will anchor D7 within the recently introduced German digital securities law framework.

The cloud-backed and DLT-ready D7 platform will enable market participants to digitise financial products with continuing access to both existing central and distributed infrastructures and markets. The D7 platform should, therefore, pave way for same-day-issuance and paperless, automated straight-through processing for the entire value chain for digital securities of:

  • issuance
  • custody
  • settlement
  • payment
  • asset servicing.

Quick Take: according to Deutsche Börse, from mid-2022, >80% of German securities will be digitisable via D7. It believes this will foster digitisation of both German and European financial markets because D7 complements Deutsche Börse’s established “7 Market Technology” infrastructure portfolio.

When blockchain makes it into critical infrastructure intermediaries – whether as here in finance or in trade or … – then progress is happening. Learn more about D7 here, or see below.

D7

US DoJ announces national cryptocurrency enforcement team

Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco has announced the creation of a (US) National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET), to tackle complex investigations and prosecutions of criminal misuses of cryptocurrency, particularly crimes committed by virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services, and money laundering infrastructure actors.

Under the supervision of Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr., the NCET will combine the expertise of the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS), Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) and other sections in the division, with experts detailed from U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. The team will also assist in tracing and recovery of assets lost to fraud and extortion, including cryptocurrency payments to ransomware groups.

Quick Take: about time. How long will it take other justice ‘systems/countries’ to follow suit?

7 pieces to read – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up Week 40

Selected announcements/press releases/opinions – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up Week 40

  • A (crypto) tale of two (capitol) cities: Beijing and Washington grapple with a growing industry in their own unique fashions (opinion)
  • Texas poised to be a world leader in Bitcoin and blockchain (opinion)
  • Open Rights Exchange (ORE) to IDO through the OccamRazer Launchpad (announcement)
  • Algorand launches virtual machine to increase smart contract capabilities (announcement)
  • Bancambios chooses Solana Blockchain to build its impact-driven DeFi platform (announcement)
  • USDC is the latest asset to be added to Umbria’s cross-chain Narni Bridge (announcement)
  • Aviation Blockchain Market to Garner $1.15 Billion by 2030 (report)
  • Blockchain fades into the background, where it belongs — and can deliver (report)
  • Master the blockchain with 40% off these FinTech training classes (education)
  • Want to study crypto? Top 20 universities for blockchain (education).

Selected upcoming events

  • Digital Assets Week (October 18th-22nd, 2021)
  • Crypto Valley Conference (October 28-29th, 2021; Rotkreuz, Switzerland)
  • LA Blockchain Summit (November 2nd-3rd, 2021)
  • Blockchain Conference/Blockchain Expo Europe 2021 (November 23rd-24th, 2021)
  • Blockchance Europe 2021 (December 8th-10th, 2021 – was July 7th-9th, 2021)
  • Crypto Finance Conference (San Moritz, January, 2022)
  • Bitcoin 2022 (6th-9th April, 2022).
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Charles Brett is a business/technology analyst consultant. His specialist areas include enterprise software, blockchain and enterprise mobility tech (including metering). Specific industry sectors of interest and experience include finance (especially systems supporting wholesale finance), telecommunications and energy. Charles has spoken at multiple industry conferences, has written for numerous publications (including the London Times and the Financial Times). He was the General Chair of the bi-annual High Performance Systems Workshop, 2005. In addition he is an author and novelist. His Technology books include: Making the Most of Mobility Vol I (eBook, 2012); Explaining iTunes, iPhones and iPads for Windows Users (eBook, 2011); 5 Axes of Business Application Integration (2004). His published novels, in the Corruption Series, include: The HolyPhone Confessional Crisis, Corruption’s Price: A Spanish Deceit and Virginity Despoiled. The fourth in The Corruption Series - Resurrection - has is now available. Charles has a B.A. and M.A in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He has lived or worked in Italy, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, California and New York, Spain, Israel, Estonia and Cyprus.

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