Lykke Gets Near FINMA Approval to Launch Fractional TradingNovember 11, 2020
Swiss blockchain company Lykke said it is getting closer to obtain the approval for its license from Switzerland’s financial markets regulator, the FINMA. The yet-to-be confirmed authorisation allows the firm to operate as a securities trader and an organized trading facility.
This designation will allow Lykke to launch a fractional trading feature as a way to lower the bar for young investors. The feature allows small-bucks traders to diversify their portfolios by spreading their relatively small capital over a broader range of stocks.
The move, geared toward attracting more young clients, eliminates the barriers that many investors face as the brokerage split whole shares intentionally so they can sell fractional shares to clients.
However, it’s not clear if Lykke will get regulatory clearance for its digital asset trading or to tokenize securities. Swiss authorities have been eager to maintain a leading role for Switzerland in the cryptocurrency space while playing catch-up in its rapidly changing landscape. Earlier last year, FINMA released its initial coin offering (ICO) guidelines and classification of tokens and laid out a number of objectives as a part of its fintech-friendly agenda.
Lykke Says Goodbye to Cysec License
Lykke is a Swiss blockchain company founded by OANDA former CEO, Richard Olsen. Back in July 2018, Lykke Cyprus Limited received approval from CySEC to operate as a regulated Cyprus investment firm (number 363/18). The move was intended to provide a regulatory stamp for the company’s business that is mainly focused on digital assets and cryptocurrencies.
The CIF authorization also came a few months after Lykke teamed up with Amsterdam-based start-up Nxchange to launch a regulated tokenized securities exchange. At the time, the partnership created a European venue to host traditional financial assets on blockchain technology through security tokens. It also provided secondary market liquidity for ICO tokens that are offered and sold as securities.
Lykke, however, abandoned its ambitions to operate under the Cysec umbrella, and decided to say goodbye to its European authorization. The company was also among 11 financial service providers that were disbarred from CySEC’s lifeboat scheme.
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