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Fintech Innovation on the Rise: Europe’s Most Promising Crypto Hubs

May 02 2023

At FinchTrade, we are excited to share insights into the dynamic and rapidly evolving fintech landscape in Europe. Recent developments, particularly in Germany, have set the stage for significant advancements in the sector. Here’s an overview of the key fintech hubs in Europe and how they are fostering innovation and growth in the cryptocurrency industry.

Germany’s Future Finance Act: A Major Boost for Fintech

Key Legislation for a Favorable Environment

Germany’s fintech sector received a major boost this April with the introduction of the “Future Finance Act”. This legislation aims to create a more welcoming regulatory environment for fintech startups in the country. The move comes as the fintech industry in Europe has been booming over the past few years, with more fintech startups and innovation hubs seeking favorable legislation to support their growth.

One of the key goals of the legislation is capital markets digitalization through the issuance of electronic securities on a blockchain and improved portability of crypto assets. Germany’s “capital market should become more modern and efficient in order to mobilize more private capital for future investments,” says the bill. The government aims to create a favorable environment for startups and investors in the country via a number of measures:

  • Reducing the minimum market capital for initial public offerings (IPOs) from 1.25 million euros ($1.37 million) to 1 million euros ($1.1 million).
  • Facilitating investments by institutional players in startups, small businesses, and special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).
  • Encouraging investment in shares and employee share ownership by offering tax-free allowances and simplifying the final withholding tax procedure, which is expected to strengthen Germany’s investment funds and companies’ ability to attract and retain employees.
  • Continuing the INVEST program (Grants for Venture Capital) beyond 2022.
  • Improving communication with BaFin in English.

Germany’s fintech industry and investment have already seen significant growth over the past few years, with investments in the sector reaching record highs even despite the pandemic.

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Dominance of Berlin in Blockchain Investment

In terms of geographic distribution, Berlin has become the dominant player in the German blockchain investment market in 2022, providing 90% of all funding. Munich came in second, but along with all other cities fell far behind in the funding race.

 

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Christian Lindner, German finance minister, stated:

"Startups, growth companies and small and medium-sized companies should have easier access to the capital market."

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In its Q3 2022 Global Crypto Ranking report, Coincub ranked Germany as the world’s most favorable crypto economy.

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Other Leading European Fintech Hubs

United Kingdom: A Longstanding Leader

The United Kingdom has long been a leader in the European fintech sector, with London serving as a hub for startups and investors. The UK government has implemented a number of initiatives aimed at promoting fintech innovation, including the Fintech Sector Strategy and the Fintech Delivery Panel, which aims to bring together fintech firms, government officials, and regulators to discuss industry issues.

France: Emerging Fintech Powerhouse

France is also emerging as a major player in the European fintech scene, with Paris becoming a hub for fintech startups and investors. The French government has launched a number of initiatives aimed at supporting the sector, including:

  • The French Tech Visa, which allows foreign entrepreneurs and investors to relocate to France.
  • The French Tech Ticket, which provides funding and support for startups.

Switzerland: A Hub for Crypto Innovation

Switzerland stands out as one of the most attractive European hubs for fintech startups, according to the crypto media platform BeInCrypto. The country is home to a number of prominent blockchain projects, including Ethereum, Curve, and Solana. The Swiss government has been actively supporting the fintech sector, introducing regulations that allow fintech companies to operate without a banking license and offering tax breaks to startups.

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Key Attractions of Switzerland for Crypto Startups

Switzerland’s jurisdiction has attracted many crypto startups to the country. Companies appreciate:

  • Clear Legal Framework: Switzerland has clear regulations and guidelines that apply to cryptocurrency businesses. The Swiss government has taken a proactive approach to regulating the industry, providing companies with clear guidelines and reducing regulatory uncertainty. While anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-customer (KYC) requirements for cryptocurrency businesses are strict, they are crucial for ensuring the legitimacy of the industry. FinchGuard can help you ensure AML and KYC requirements for cryptocurrency businesses are met by providing regulatory compliance solutions and monitoring tools.
  • Crypto-Friendly Banks: Swiss banks are generally more open to working with cryptocurrency companies than banks in other countries, providing access to traditional banking services that are often difficult to obtain for crypto companies.
  • Innovative Regulatory Tools: Switzerland has developed innovative regulatory tools such as the SRO framework and DLT trading platform, which can help ensure compliance and build trust in the industry.
  • Innovation-Friendly Environment: Switzerland has a reputation for being an innovation-friendly environment and has a number of initiatives in place to support blockchain and crypto startups, including the establishment of a Crypto Valley in Zug, The Swiss Finance + Technology Association, and Multichain Asset Managers Association.
  • Lower Tax Rates: Switzerland offers lower tax rates compared to many other countries, making it an attractive destination for businesses seeking to optimize their tax burdens.
  • International Reputation: Switzerland has a strong international reputation as a safe and stable destination for business, providing a valuable stamp of credibility for cryptocurrency companies operating within its borders.
  • Central Location: Switzerland’s central location in Europe makes it an ideal hub for cryptocurrency businesses operating across the continent, with easy access to markets and customers.

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FinchTrade’s Commitment to Innovation

As a Swiss-based firm and member of CVA, SFTA, and MAMA, FinchTrade is committed to driving innovation in the fintech industry and is constantly exploring new technologies such as Web3 and DeFi to enhance our services. We are dedicated to staying ahead of the curve and providing our clients with the most advanced and secure cryptocurrencies and digital asset trading experience possible.

At FinchTrade, we value building strong relationships with our clients and partners. We welcome the opportunity to connect with our clients at the Crypto Valley Conference in Zug, Switzerland from June 1–2, 2023, and discuss how we can help them achieve their financial goals through innovative fintech solutions.

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