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LHoFT Partnership

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The Swiss Finance + Technology Association and the LHoFT partner to promote further the Fintech industry across Europe.

The Swiss Finance + Technology Association and the LHoFT Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday 1st of October at the FINTECH+ Conference in Zurich.

Zurich, Monday, 1st October 2018

The Swiss Finance + Technology Association and the LHoFT Foundation are pleased to announce the signature of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the FINTECH+ Conference in Zurich on Monday, 1st October. This MoU was signed by John Hucker, President of the Swiss Finance + Technology Association and Alex Panican, Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem at the LHoFT.

The objective of the two hubs is to work on collaborative initiatives and further promote the FinTech industry across Europe for the benefit of the whole industry. In practice this means that the two organizations will join each other’s events and will exchange knowledge about the market and regulation, creating new opportunities for Fintech companies and investors of both countries.

From left to right:  John Hucker, President of the Swiss Finance + Technology Association and Alex Panican, Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem at the LHoFT

John Hucker, President of the Swiss Finance + Technology Association, said: “There are many commonalities between Switzerland and Luxembourg as two outward-facing, European financial powerhouses.  The Swiss and Luxembourg FinTech scenes are responding to the evolving needs of their domestic and international clients.  Working together will enable further access by the members of our two organizations into each other’s markets.”

Alex Panican, Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem at the LHoFT said: “Our hubs are like two twins in the European Fintech Family, our financial industries are very similars. Therefore it makes perfect sense to have a very close partnership in order to support our respective fintechs but also our financial partners. This MOU will bring two similar that were a world apart.”


About the Swiss Finance + Technology Association

The Swiss Finance + Technology Association (SFTA) is the center of gravity and driving the development of the Swiss FinTech ecosystem. It is an independent, non-profit association organized under Swiss law. Members represent all stakeholders in the Swiss FinTech ecosystem, including industry professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, academia, policy makers, and others. Activities focus on connecting, educating, advocating, promoting, and serving the Swiss FinTech ecosystem, both locally and internationally.

About the LHoFT Foundation (LHoFT)

The LHoFT Foundation is a public – private sector initiative that drives technology innovation for Luxembourg’s Financial Services industry, connecting the domestic and international FinTech community to develop solutions that shape the world of tomorrow. The other partners of the LHoFT initiative are Chamber of Commerce, the City of Luxembourg and the University of Luxembourg, and the initiative is supported by the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy and Ministry of State.

Machine Learning in Digital Wealth Management (Part 2)

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Background

In the previous article, we considered the client on-boarding process; in this second part, we will focus on the sales/advisory process. We will explain which machine learning (ML) models can be applied to which parts of the process. This is not an exhaustive view of the possible options and is meant as an opening to further discussion.
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Machine Learning in Digital Wealth Management (Part 1)

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Background

There is a lot of buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) and their application to financial services; specific examples include use cases applied to chatbots, robo advice, and credit risk scoring. Almost daily, articles are published focusing on specific functional areas, but do not address the potential of machine learning from an end to end perspective. This is the first of two lists whereby I document use cases by process area and potential use of ML algorithms and techniques. This initial list outlines AI and ML application to client on-boarding processes for new clients or for new products.

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The Swiss Finance + Technology Association is a proud partner of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong

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The Swiss Finance + Technology Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fintech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK). This further strengthens the collaboration between Asia and Europe. In practice this means that the two organisations will join each others’ events and they will exchange knowledge about the market and regulation. New opportunities for start-ups and investors of both countries will be created.

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SFTA found a strong partner in Singapore (SFA)

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The Swiss Finance + Technology Association (SFTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Singapore FinTech Association (SFA). This means that the two organizations will work closer together in the future to improve financial innovation in both markets. In a first step, a delegation from SFTA will visit the Singapore FinTech Festival in November. Beyond this, further collaboration is planned to create new connections and share knowledge between the FinTech ecosystems of Switzerland and Singapore.

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New Partnership with Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

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Swiss Fintech + Technology Association now partners with Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) to improve innovation and create new opportunities. John Hucker, the president of SFTA and Richard Teng, Chief Executive Officer Financial Services Regulatory Authority of ADGM, sealed this promising agreement in August 2017. For Swiss FinTech companies, this is a good opportunity to gain new insights and ease market entry.

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Exit Strategy – Thinking about the end game as you start

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The stories of companies worth millions or even billions of dollars prior to their IPO in combination with currently high cash reserves of large corporations such as Google, Facebook or Apple, looking to swallow up start-ups, has led to increased investor demands for lucrative exits. The Swiss Start-up scene has been gearing up as it comes of age, with the number and the size of exits by startups starting to become more visible, with examples including jobs.ch, Doodle or students.ch. Read More