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  1. Legal news
    28 January 2019
    Blockchain
    www.twobirds.com/en/in-focus/blockchain

    We're really excited about the future of blockchain and how we can help you apply its potential to change your industry for the better.

  2. Legal news
    19 August 2019
    Financing Options – New Framework for Startups in Germany
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/financing-options-new-framework-for-startups-in-germany

    One of the most important questions for every young enterprise is its financing. Business angels, accelerator programmes and classic bank financing are just some of the options. Rather new is the possibility of ...

  3. Legal news
    09 October 2019
    ICO – Germany’s BaFin publishes new guidance notice on crypto token regulation
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/ico-neues-bafin-merkblatt

    On 16 August 2019, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) published an updated guidance notice (German) on the issuance of crypto token (e.g. through ICO, ITS or TGE) providing assistance with ...

  4. Legal news
    06 August 2019
    Implementation of the fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive: German Federal Government publishes legislative proposal
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/umsetzung-der-fuenften-geldwaescherichtlinie-in-deutschland_gesetzentwurf

    In the legislative proposal to implement the fifth European Anti-Money Laundering Directive, Germany’s federal government proposes many amendments compared to the initially published first draft proposal by the Ministry ...

  5. Legal news
    13 September 2019
    ECJ Decision: The end of the Germany’s darling SEPA direct debit?
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/eugh-urteil-das-ende-der-lastschrift

    The ECJ ruled on 5 September 2019 (Case C-28/18) that the acceptance of payments via SEPA direct debit by companies shall not be made conditional to the customer's place of residence.

  6. Legal news
    02 July 2019
    German implementation of AMLD5: Performance of anti-money laundering due diligence by third parties under the draft bill for the implementation of Directive (EU) 2018/843
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/german-implementation-of-amld5

    The German Ministry of Finance published a proposal to implement Directive (EU) 2018/843 (fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive) into German national law. The draft proposes changes when using trusted third parties.

  7. Legal news
    21 August 2019
    PSD2: BaFin announces postponing SCA-rules for online credit card payments in Germany
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/psd2-bafin-announces-postponing-sca-rules-for-online-credit-card-payments-in-germany

    The requirement of Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) for payment service providers was scheduled for 14 September 2019. Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), however, just announced it will not ...

  8. Legal news
    16 August 2019
    PSD2: Germany’s BaFin pulls emergency brakes on account interfaces. Fintechs stand to benefit, banks must step up their game.
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/global/psd2-germanys-bafin-pulls-emergency-brakes-on-account-interfaces

    Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) concludes in a circular that bank’s new account interfaces do not conform to PSD2 requirements. They may thus not switch off access through existing interfaces.

  9. Legal news
    29 August 2019
    German ministries propose to transfer financial investment brokerage supervision to BaFin
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/global/german-ministries-propose-to-transfer-financial-investment-brokerage-supervision-to-bafin

    The plan issued by the Ministries of Finance, Economy and Justice proposes the of supervision for financial investment brokerage transfer to BaFin . While introducing a new umbrella category, substantial changes to ...

  10. Legal news
    15 October 2018
    PSD2/ZAG: Update: Intra Group Exemption remains in Effect
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2018/germany/psd2-zag-update-konzernausnahme-bleibt-doch-weitestgehend-unangetastet

    The implementation of the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) in form of German Zahlungsdiensteaufsichtsgesetz (ZAG – Payment Services Oversight Act) required a number of adjustments in payment services as of ...