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Bringing the mental health conversation into every day

As we look back to October’s Mental Health Week, it’s important to think and talk about how businesses enable their employees – and society as a whole – to understand and take ownership of their mental health journey.  

In this blog, I want to explore one way of thinking about mental health in the workplace – and give an overview of some of the ways that Fnality works to support our people to manage and maintain their wellbeing.  

Fnality commences initial phase of Sterling payment operations in a world-first for both wholesale finance and digital asset markets

  • DLT-based Sterling Fnality Payment System (£FnPS) sees first live transactions utilising a digital representation of funds at central bank. Initial participants are Lloyds Banking Group, Banco Santander, and UBS.

Revolutionary Cross-Chain Swaps

The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) defines interoperability as follows:

“The technical or legal compatibility that enables a system or mechanism to be used in conjunction with other systems or mechanisms.”

When the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) community talks about interoperability, they mean that two or more systems can work seamlessly with each other. What they are talking about is enabling cross-chain atomic swaps – swaps in which either both legs happen or neither of them do. Deriving from the Greek ‘atomos’, the word roughly translates to ‘indivisible’. It is indivisibility which ensures both legs of DLT-enabled financial transactions can be actioned,...

Fnality International raises £77.7m in Series B funding round

  • Latest funding round follows Series A of £55m in June 2019
  • Lead investors include Goldman Sachs and BNP Paribas

From Banking to Bitcoin and Back Again

The world of finance has been rapidly evolving with the rise of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. One individual who has played a crucial role in bridging the gap between traditional banking and the digital asset space is John Whelan, the Managing Director of Crypto and Digital Assets at Santander. In this blog post, we will explore John's interesting personal journey to his current position, Santander's involvement with our first-of-its-kind payment system and the many reasons why John is enthusiastic about the future of finance. 

Update: Fnality International Chair

Fnality International would like to thank Olga Zoutendijk very much for her contribution and dedication as Chair of the company through an important time in its evolution. Having completed her mandate and as Fnality International now starts to prepare itself for the next phase of its multi-jurisdictional journey, Olga has decided now is the right time to step down as Chair in order to focus on other business interests.

Successful test connection between Adhara hub and several FnPS systems

Empowering Women in Fintech: my personal recipe for Success

Fnality is taking serious action to address unconscious bias and a major focus for this quarter has been to support the 2023 International Women's Day’s theme #EmbraceEquity.

Fnality and HQLAX demonstrate the first cross-chain repo swap pilot

Fnality and HQLAX demonstrate together with Banco Santander, Goldman Sachs and UBS, the first cross-chain repo swap pilot across Corda and Enterprise Ethereum, paving the way for the settlement of intraday transactions

Part 3: Trading of Stablecoins and Token Wrapping

In the previous parts of this series, we’ve been looking at the regulation needed in order to encourage the adoption of stablecoins for retail payments (read Part 1 and Part 2 here). 

Notwithstanding the similarities between bank deposits and stablecoins, there are some notable differences. For instance, a stablecoin issuer can allow the stablecoin to be listed on (crypto) exchanges and trading venues. In contrast to stablecoins, bank deposits are not tradable, i.e. there is no secondary market for bank deposits. In practice, issuers of the stablecoins are also operating the exchanges where their stablecoins are traded alongside other cryptoassets. But stablecoins can also be listed on...

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