In the latest crazy twist in Fintech, Bra millionaire and Baroness, is launching a new Start Up fund based on crypto currency.
Michelle Mone and her business partner Barrowman, are about to launch an ICO - Equi. Their new coins will be part of their new fund for start ups. Why they have chosen to raise the money by issuing a new coin is a mystery to me apart from the rather too obvious media attention.
This deal is being set up in such a way that it circumnavigates the eye of the FCA. Its a very fine line they are drawing and I just wonder if this is the sort of monkey business that a Peer of the Realm should be involved in? They get around the FCA regulation because the coins are non transferable so are not considered within the FCA's remit. In fact this is probably the only reason they are even talking about using coin.
If it comes off, which seems unlikely and the FCA quite rightly bring it within their remit, one hopes that a Peer of the Realm will not find another smoosh to hide it under. After all, despite her success, it should be a one size fits all when it comes to financial regulations.