On December 2, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) announced its plans to move forward with a proposal to consider applications from financial technology (“FinTech”) companies to receive charters as special purpose national banks. The OCC simultaneously released a white paper detailing the program. The OCC is seeking comments on its proposal, including responses to 13 specific questions listed in the paper. The announcement is potentially significant for the FinTech sector, but questions remain as to whether a special bank charter would represent a fundamental change or merely an incremental enhancement. The comment period ends on January 15, 2017. See our Legal Insight on the proposal here.
The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has announced its first FinTech mission to Australia taking place in Sydney and Melbourne from 20-23 March 2017.
DIT will select 8-12 UK FinTech companies to participate in the mission to Australia where they will participate in a programme of events and activities. Delegates will spend two days in Sydney, two days in Melbourne and an optional fifth day in Australia or New Zealand. The delegates will meet with and pitch to Australian financial institutions and venture capital firms, visit FinTech hubs, meet the regulator and government ministers, network with the Australian FinTech community, hear from UK FinTech companies that have found success in Australia and schedule meetings with potential customers and partners.
British Consul General in Sydney and Director-General UK Trade & Investment for Australia and New Zealand, Nick McInnes said: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to bring a group of UK FinTech companies to Australia for the first time and introduce them to the local market. While FinTech in Australia is still in relatively early stages, the industry is growing rapidly and there are many opportunities for UK companies to set up, collaborate and succeed. The FinTech market in Australia is forecast to grow to over AU $4 billion by 2020, of which AU $1 billion will be completely new added value to the Australian economy, so now is an ideal time for UK companies to enter the market”.
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