World’s 2nd-Largest Bank CCB Launches Blockchain Refactoring: Report

China Construction Bank (CCB), the world’s second-biggest bank by operated assets, has officially launched its blockchain-based refactoring platform. Targeting commercial factoring business, CCB aims to bolster operations and reduce major risks in its refactoring business while providing shared data access by multiple participants, Chinese news outlet Sina Tech reports Dec. 6. As reported, factoring firms represent third parties that buy businesses’ invoices at a discount in order to help those businesses raise funds. CCB’s blockchain trading platform reached $50 billion in cumulative volume in October The news comes after CCB…

Santander Redeems $20M Bond Using Ethereum Blockchain

Spain’s multinational banking giant Banco Santander has just redeemed a $20 million bond using the Ethereum blockchain. The firm has performed an early repayment of the blockchain-based bond that was issued on Sept.10, 2019, which purportedly shows that the public Ethereum blockchain can be applied to securities issuance across the full lifecycle of a security. “Debt security can be managed through its full lifecycle on a blockchain” John Whelan, head of Digital Investment Banking at Santander, tweeted on Dec. 10: “We just performed an early redemption of our blockchain-based bond…

Nike Patents a System for Tokenizing Shoes on Ethereum’s Blockchain

Footwear giant Nike patented shoes that are tokenized as a non-fungible token (NFT) on the Ethereum blockchain, dubbed CryptoKicks. The patent — dated Dec. 10 — describes a digital asset for footwear and ways to use it. One implementation of the technology described in the document is an Ethereum ERC721 or ERC1155 token used to authenticate and transact a physical shoe. Shoes on the blockchain The token would be “unlocked” with the purchase of a corresponding physical shoe by linking a 10-digit shoe identification code with the owner identification code.…

Soccer Teams Like Juventus Look to Score With Blockchain Push

On Dec. 2, Italian soccer giant Juventus revealed that the long wait for its much-hyped fan token had finally come to an end. In regard to the matter, news of the deal first came to light back in 2018, when it was revealed that the token would allow holders to take part in a host of voting and polling-related decisions. It has been reported that the $JUV coin took nearly a year and a half of full-time development and was created by the club in conjunction with Socios, a tokenized…

ICC and Blockchain Firms Agree on $40B Funding for Climate Projects

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has partnered with a Singapore government-backed blockchain startup to reduce carbon emissions in commercial aviation.  In a press release on Dec. 10, the ICC said that a partnership with Perlin and blockchain-based carbon offset exchange AirCarbon will provide $40 billion for climate projects in the aviation industry.  ICC: partnership will inspire action The three partners launched the scheme on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, or COP 25, in Madrid. “As part of ICC’s declaration for the next century of…