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Switzerland Less Affected By Crypto Industry Crisis, Study Finds

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Switzerland Less Affected By Crypto Industry Crisis, Study Finds

While the global industry built around digital assets is losing funds and jobs are dropping off, Switzerland seems to be weathering the storm relatively well, one piece of research claims. In fact, more crypto companies settled in the country during the past turbulent year than those that left it, or the business altogether.

Crypto Valley in Switzerland Maintains Number of Residents Despite Crypto Winter

The market downturn and the collapse of platforms like cryptocurrency exchange FTX and the Terra-luna ecosystem sent shockwaves through the industry. The negative events of 2022 led to losses for investors, customers, and companies while major players like Coinbase and Genesis announced layoffs.

However, data compiled by the venture capital firm CV VC shows that crypto-friendly Switzerland hasn’t witnessed anything too spectacular, Swissinfo reported. According to its ‘Top 50’ report, 183 Swiss blockchain businesses went bust last year, but 190 startups and foreign companies opened new offices.

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The researchers also found that the Swiss Crypto Valley, centered in the canton of Zug, now has approximately the same number of entities as in 2021 — currently 1,135. They employ 5,766 people, which is only around 4% less than before the crypto winter started.

The most prominent Swiss-registered companies that went under were FTX Europe and the crypto asset manager Covario. “The Swiss branch of U.K.-based crypto lender Nexo is also under the microscope after the company’s Bulgarian offices were searched,” the news portal remarks.

Meanwhile, none of the other big names has admitted to being severely impacted by the ongoing volatility in the sector. One of the reasons for that, the article points out, is the attitude of Swiss authorities regarding potentially corrupt enterprises.

For example, Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority blocked an attempt by the FTX subsidiary to acquire the Swiss Neue Privat Bank, citing insufficient regulatory oversight over the group’s other global activities.

The CV VC study also shows that the valuation of the top 24 blockchain companies increased 55% to $9.7 billion despite crypto assets losing significant value. The biggest gainers among them are 21Shares, an issuer of crypto-backed exchange traded certificates, and Gnosis Safe, which manages Ethereum-based assets. Both have been valued at over $1 billion, according to the report.

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Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’s quote: “Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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Cryptocurrency Exchanges Offer Assistance To Earthquake-Hit Turkey

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Major crypto exchanges have offered to help the people of Turkey to overcome the consequences of this week’s devastating earthquake. While the crypto industry pledged support, the country’s financial authorities allowed the raising of relief funds through cryptocurrency donations for a charity organization.

Leading Exchanges Commit to Supporting the Victims of the Earthquake in Turkey

The global crypto trading sector has quickly reacted to the news of the deadly earthquake that brought destruction to parts of Turkey and the region. Over the past few years, the country became a growing crypto market and digital asset exchanges are now offering to help Turkish traders, their families, and neighbors in need.

Binance, the world’s largest trading platform for cryptocurrencies, announced on Tuesday it will airdrop $100 of BNB tokens to all of its users living in the most affected areas. The company said it will identify the customers that qualify based on proof of address and disperse a total of around $5 million. It also emphasized:

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Crypto transfers are now increasingly being used to deliver financial aid to disaster victims as they provide fast, low-cost, borderless, and transparent transactions.

Furthermore, Binance Charity is now accepting donations in several coins that will be converted to Turkish lira and sent to an NGO. “We hope that our efforts will bring some relief to those affected. We are also calling on our industry peers to once again come together to offer support in these times of crisis,” Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao was quoted as saying.

Competitors like Huobi, Okx, Bybit, and others have promised to support Turkey as well. Okx will provide 1 million Turkish lira (over $53,000) in financial assistance for the victims of the natural disaster, according to a statement by its Chief Marketing Officer Haider Rafique. Bitget is donating the same amount of money.

Huobi CEO Justin Sun unveiled the establishment of a 2 million lira relief fund by the Tron exchange and blockchain in memory of those who lost their lives in the powerful earthquake. The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude tremor, which struck Southeastern Turkey and Western Syria on Monday, continues to rise and is already exceeding 9,000.

Coinex said in a Facebook post it’s ready to help people in both countries while Bitmex tweeted it will donate the proceeds of its trading competition this week to the Turkish Red Crescent. Bitfinex and Tether expressed their condolences and pledged 5 million lira towards immediate humanitarian aid and recovery efforts. They will also “seek ways to provide continued support towards helping Turkiye rebuild for the future.”

Our thoughts are with all the people who have been affected by the tragic Turkey-Syria earthquake today.

BitMEX will be donating the proceeds of this week’s Trading Competition to the @RedCrescent, and we encourage those who can donate to do the same. #GeçmişOlsunTürkiye

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— BitMEX (@BitMEX) February 6, 2023

Singapore-based crypto exchange Bybit announced it will send $100,000 to Turkey’s Disaster and Management Authority (AFAD). Meanwhile, the country’s Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK) approved an initiative by a charity called Ahbap to raise donations in cryptocurrency, according to its founder, Turkish singer Haluk Levent. The campaign will continue until Feb. 13

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Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’s quote: “Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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Bulgarian Businessman Loses Half A Million Dollars To Call Center Crypto Fraud

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A Bulgarian investor has lost a large amount of money to fraudsters who convinced him he was putting cash into cryptocurrency. The scam operated through a call center in what is becoming an established scheme for extracting money from victims lured with promises of quick profits on stock and crypto markets.

Defrauded Bulgarian Crypto Investor Sends Money to Bank Accounts Across the World

A businessman from Bulgaria has transferred over 1 million leva (more than $550,000) to scammers who suggested he could earn well from crypto assets, according to a report by the Bulgarian national broadcaster, BNT. He was persuaded by a fake consultant to send the amount to accounts at different banks, from Europe to Hong Kong.

The investor was initially contacted by a call center operated by the fraudsters offering high yields on crypto investments. This communication went on for a while and they were able to convince him that he would triple his money in no time. When the man expressed interest in the proposition, he was transferred to an encrypted chat and set up with an online account.

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“The victim’s details – name and phone number – were most likely acquired from a platform he signed up to,” said Commissioner Vladimir Dimitrov, head of the cybercrime unit at the Interior Ministry’s General Directorate Combating Organized Crime.

The businessman, whose identity was not revealed by the investigators, was then offered to make a small deposit of €250 which multiplied several times in a few weeks, in virtual assets. Later, he sent tens of thousands of euros to Polish, British, and a Chinese bank.

The call center from which the targeted person got the initial call in this case was most likely located somewhere in the Middle East, Bulgarian officials said. However, the country from which the organizers of the fraudulent scheme operated is yet to be identified.

The scam is part of a recent criminal trend in Europe that entails using call centers to entice unsuspecting victims with non-existent opportunities to invest in shares of famous global companies or cryptocurrencies.

In mid-January, authorities from Bulgaria, Serbia, Cyprus, and Germany, working with Europol and Eurojust, took down a network of call centers that “lured victims into investing large amounts of money into fake cryptocurrency schemes.” In September, last year, the Ukrainian police busted a similar criminal organization defrauding investors across Europe.

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Russia’s Largest Private Bank Launches Digital Asset Platform

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Russia’s Largest Private Bank Launches Digital Asset Platform

Alfa-Bank, one of the major Russian banking institutions, has established its own platform for digital financial assets. The launch became possible after Russia’s monetary authority added Alfa-Bank to its register of digital asset issuers this week.

Privately-Owned Alfa-Bank Sets Up Digital Asset Platform With Central Bank’s Permission

Russia’s Alfa-Bank has launched ‘A-Token,’ a platform allowing the issuance of digital financial assets (DFAs), the business news portal RBC reported, quoting its Director of Innovation Denis Dodon. The bank was able to do so after the Bank of Russia announced its registration as a DFA issuer on Thursday.

The authorization makes Alfa-Bank, which is the country’s biggest private bank, the second-largest banking institution that can mint digital coins, after the state-owned Sberbank, which is the largest bank in the Russian Federation in terms of assets.

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The list of licensees also includes the fintech company Lighthouse, which is cooperating with VTB bank, and the tokenization service Atomyze, which is working in partnership with Rosbank. These have already issued various digital assets. Sberbank is preparing to launch a defi platform as well.

Alfa-Bank plans to issue its own DFAs on the new platform, with a pilot release scheduled for the end of February. It also wants to provide its infrastructure to other market participants. The bank hopes to work with both investment companies and private investors and A-Token will be accessible through its mobile app.

Dodon further explained that the platform will issue two types of financial instruments — DFAs equivalent to traditional financial instruments in the form of monetary claims and entirely new investment instruments, including tokenized physical assets such as precious metals.

Alfa-Bank announced its intentions to create an infrastructure for DFAs in September, 2022. Their issuance in Russia is regulated by the law “On Digital Financial Assets” which went into force in January, 2021. While this legislation is mostly devoted to digital assets that have an issuer, Russian authorities have been also developing a legal framework for decentralized cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

Crypto payments have been considered in Moscow as a way to circumvent Western financial restrictions imposed over the war in Ukraine and a digital ruble is also in the making. Both Alfa-Bank and Sberbank have been placed under sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department and Russian access to crypto assets has been targeted by the European Union.

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Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens’s quote: “Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.” Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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