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Our free round-up also includes AcadiaSoft’s new partner, the SEC’s newest whistleblower, and a new client for Sylvan from SS&C.

NYDFS approves Bakkt Marketplace

The New York State Treasury Department (NYDFS) has approved Bakkt Marketplace, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bakkt Holdings, LLC, for licenses for virtual currency and money transmitters, reports Superintendent of Financial Services Linda A. Lacewell.

With the licenses, Bakkt Marketplace, a platform for trading digital currencies, can offer its New York customers the opportunity to buy and sell virtual currencies. This emerges from a statement from NYDFS which also states that Bakkt “is under the supervision of DFS over its licensed activities”.

According to the DFS declaration, DFS has issued 29 licenses for virtual currencies or trust certificates since 2015, including the Bakkt virtual currency license.

“As new technology advances every day, DFS prides itself on being at the forefront of financial innovation through our ongoing efforts to create the conditions for virtual currency businesses to germinate and grow,” said Superintendent Lacewell in the Explanation. “This approval gives New Yorkers additional virtual currency options as the state continues to build and recover.”

For more information on how DFS regulates the New York virtual currency market, visit: http://on.ny.gov/3eTssl7

Privately held in 2018, Bakkt is a subsidiary of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

AcadiaSoft works with Capitolis

AcadiaSoft, a back office provider of collateral management services for unsettled derivatives, has partnered with Capitolis, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider that helps financial services firms find liquidity on other companies’ balance sheets.

“The partnership combines AcadiaSoft’s risk analysis and the repository for industry-wide margin data with Capitolis’ proprietary technology platform, which enables greater capital optimization for financial institutions,” the provider said in a statement. “The solution will allow financial institutions to eliminate large and unnecessary positions and find the most appropriate party to hold the remaining positions.” The combined offering “has the potential to have a significant impact on the return on investment, market liquidity and access to the markets.”

“Capitolis is revising the way capital markets work. We have been working with their innovative team for a while and are excited to work with a company that shares our vision of improving market efficiency and capital consumption for the market in a rapidly changing operating environment, “said Chris Walsh, CEO of AcadiaSoft, in an explanation.

SEC awards $ 1.5 million to whistleblowers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reports that it has awarded approximately $ 1.5 million to an unnamed whistleblower whose information and assistance resulted in a successful SEC enforcement action.

The whistleblower in question “alerted the SEC to previously unknown behavior and then made multiple submissions, identified potential witnesses, and met several times with staff,” said Jane Norberg, director of the SEC’s whistleblower office, in a statement. “As demonstrated by the numerous recent awards, whistleblowers like the one awarded today play an essential role in the success of the SEC’s enforcement program.”

According to a statement from the SEC, the SEC has awarded approximately $ 759 million to 143 people since its first award in 2012.

The SEC states that “Payments are made from a congressional investor protection fund that is funded entirely by fines paid to the SEC for violations of the Securities Act. No money was withheld or withheld from injured investors in order to pay whistleblower premiums. “

Whistleblowers are “eligible for an award if they voluntarily provide the SEC with original, timely, and credible information that will result in a successful enforcement action. Whistleblower rewards can range from 10 to 30 percent of the money raised if the fines exceed $ 1 million, ”according to the SEC.

The SEC “protects the confidentiality of whistleblowers and does not disclose information that could reveal the identity of a whistleblower,” the statement said.

Further information on the whistleblower program and reporting can be found at: www.sec.gov/whistleblower

South African company uses Sylvan from SS & C.

The Professional Provident Society (PPS), a company in South Africa, will deploy a performance measurement and mapping platform from SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc., according to a statement from SS&C.

The platform, named Sylvan, will reportedly support $ 2.74 billion in assets under management across PPS Investments’ entire business.

Founded in 2007, PPS Investments is the investment management company within the 80-year-old PPS Group, South Africa’s largest multidisciplinary college of graduates with more than 150,000 members.

In return, the PPS Group is a “mutual financial services company and shares 100 percent of its profits with its members,” according to the statement by SS & C.

Founded in 1986, SS&C is a global provider of services and software to the financial services and healthcare industries.

SS&C is headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut and has approximately 18,000 financial services and healthcare organizations as customers.

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