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“Fintech” describes an emerging financial services sector. The term first applied to the back-end of established consumer and trade financial institutions but has since been expanded to include any technological innovations in the financial sector, covering topics such as education, retail banking, investment and even crypto-currencies like bitcoin.

The term “regtech” was coined to describe the rise of technology specifically designed to meet regulatory mandates around the world.


Technology is a game changer in this respect. If you can apply digitalisation and automation to the regulatory process, they will greatly assist in providing robust, complete and reliable data in a timely and efficient way. Up until recently it simply was not feasible or viable to master the sheer amount of data created by millions of transactions each day.

In the era of Big Data technologies, however, computers and data storage facilities can comfortably handle terabytes of data flow. Despite the challenges posed by the recent waves of regulation, fintech and regtech have led to real progress by helping regulators manage the vast amount of data. We expect there to be even more progress in the future as regulators, market participants and market infrastructure providers continue to work closely together.

Fintech/regtech: the highlighted parts of the value chain are affected

EACH responds to EC consultation on Fintech

Trading infrastructure

In response to a European Commission consultation on Fintech, the European association of clearing houses (EACH) announced that it supports the move towards Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) and believes that time should be spent on performing proof of concepts and testing the capabilities of the technologies

FSB report on fintech’s financial stability implications

Following a suggestion by the German G20 Presidency, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) has identified fintech-related supervisory and regulatory issues that merit authorities’ attention from a financial stability perspective.

Survey: Comparing global start-up environments

FinTech Hub

The survey, conducted by Ernst & Young and Deutsche Börse, shows the major differences between the start-up scene in Germany and other developed countries. (Survey in German)

European Parliament adopted an own-initiative report on fintech


The resulting resolution on fintech and the influence of technology on the future of the financial sector was adopted on 17 May 2017. New developments in the area of fintech are being welcomed and the Parliament calls on the Commission to present an action plan in this regard.

FSB Report on FinTechs in the area of lending/financing

FinTech credit – that is, credit activity facilitated by electronic platforms such as peer-to-peer lenders – has generated significant interest in financial markets, among policymakers and from the broader public. Yet there is significant uncertainty as to how FinTech credit markets will develop and how they will affect the nature of credit provision and the traditional banking sector. The report considers the implications for financial stability should FinTech credit grow to account for a significant share of overall credit.

MEPs: EU should accelerate fintech development

Members of the economic and monetary affairs committee of the European Parliament want the EU to accelerate the development of the financial services industry enabled by new technologies (fintech). Their key priorities are cybersecurity, a level playing field for traditional companies and start-ups, and controlled experimentation with new technologies.

Federal Ministry of Finance founds fintech council

Quelle/Source: Bundesministerium der Finanzen

The “FinTechRat” will advise the ministry on digital financial technology topics, in particular IT developments and their potential as well as related risks and opportunities. Stefan Teis, Senior Vice President Group Business & Product Development at Deutsche Börse, is a volunteer member.

ESMA report on distributed ledger technology


The ESMA report assesses the potential of distributed ledger technology and how it may interact with EU rules.

Deutsche Börse FinTech Hub


The FinTech Hub is an initiative to support the FinTech community in Frankfurt and in the Rhine/Main region. It connects FinTech start-ups by offering co-working spaces, consulting as well as networking services and by providing a "hip" central event location.

Deutsche Börse Venture Network: your place for growth

The Deutsche Börse Venture Network project helps to boost funding for young and fast-growing companies. It brings emerging, high-growth companies and investors together, giving them access to a powerful network of professional partners.

Clearstream: fintech initiatives


We actively support innovation in the area of fintech as it forms the basis for continuous upgrades to our cutting-edge systems.

DB1 Ventures: your corporate venture capital platform

DB1 Ventures has been established with the mission to invest in fintech enterprises strategic to the company. DB1 Ventures provides not only capital, but also expertise, guidance, and connectivity to its portfolio companies.