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The recent talks of prospective partnerships, mergers, and/or acquisitions from Brad has rekindle a previous hypothesis/speculation I once had regarding an outright purchase of R3 by Ripple or, at the very least, a merger of the two into another company of sorts. I know, I know....I'm probably reaching a bit, but I believe this could very well be a real possibility. I wrote about the possibility of this scenario back in September of last year in a blog post by @CT99 regarding the settlement between Ripple and R3 over the 5-billion XRP. This was also during the time when R3 had been experiencing some financial issues and was entertaining potential buyers or an IPO. With Hyperledger and the EEA joining forces to work and collaborate together, the likelihood of an R3 buyout by Ripple doesn't seem too far-fetched. After-all, Ripple is still holding (bottom of page) that 5-billion of XRP supposedly promised to R3 outside of Escrow. Other potential acquisitions would most likely be protocol related coming from previous and new investments via xPring (i.e. Equilibrium, Kava, or Agoric). Thoughts????
Previous Work: https://www.xrpchat.com/topic/7598-ripplegates-foundationindia/?tab=comments#comment-99889 https://www.xrpchat.com/topic/9189-ripple-india/ https://www.xrpchat.com/topic/9760-ripple-singapore-bahrain-the-uae/?tab=comments#comment-97143 ***THIS IS ALL SPECULATION*** The Korean Government Similar to other Asian Pacific countries, South Korea is being proactive on adopting financial technology. As a society, Korea is trending towards being cashless with credit and bank cards becoming the primary means of conducting trade. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2016/03/488_199146.html Koreans themselves have begun to accept the notion of carrying less cash. https://www.electronicproducts.com/Mobile/Devices/South_Korea_plans_to_become_a_cashless_society_by_2020.aspx And the Central Bank of Korea has also set a deadline in which they want to demonetize trade transactions by 2020. http://www.livebitcoinnews.com/south-koreas-cashless-push-will-see-coins-removed-circulation-2020/ Ultimately the removal of coins will cause a disruption on retail prices for goods and services within the country. The Central Bank of South Korea is facilitating these changes by instructing consumers to deposit loose change onto the national T-Money cards. The T-Money card can be used for all forms of transportation including taxi rides, and in several thousand convenience stores in the country, as a payment option. And in an added effort, "loose change" in trade transactions will be able to automatically be deposited into the individual's bank account. https://www.electronicproducts.com/Mobile/Devices/South_Korea_plans_to_become_a_cashless_society_by_2020.aspx http://www.livebitcoinnews.com/south-koreas-cashless-push-will-see-coins-removed-circulation-2020/ http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2016/03/488_199146.html To take even further, the South Korea’s Financial Services Commission (KFSC) publicly announced it's objective to have a national digital currency using blockchain technology by 2020. https://bravenewcoin.com/news/south-korea-plans-national-digital-currency-using-a-blockchain/ Within the announcement, a consortium dealing blockchain technology was said to be forming by FI's to jointly research and run pilots projects. https://bravenewcoin.com/news/south-korea-plans-national-digital-currency-using-a-blockchain/ https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/south-korea-announces-digital-currency-system-expansion-boost-fintech/ http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/english/news/money/16703-blackchain-movement-blockchain-consortium-launched-south-korea While at the same time, the Bank of Korea released a report on FinTech Companies shaping the financial industry stating that, https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/bank-korea-fintech-companies-will-reshape-financial-industry/ Shortly after, the Korean consortium publicly announced it's formation stating that 21 financial investment companies and five blockchain technology firms had signed a memorandum-of-understanding (MoU) to develop distributed ledger solutions in blockchain solutions. With a given road-map of the consortium's motives, https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/south-korea-sees-first-blockchain-consortium/ Ultimately the action being taken within South Korea was mirroring the movements being undergone by their neighbors across the sea in Japan. With Ripple partners coming into play...... Initially details on the consortium weren't disclosed but shortly after the announcement of it's formation, a partnership involving the KFSC was reached. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) agreed on cooperation over exploring joint innovation projects with a focus on big data and mobile payments in FinTech. http://www.mas.gov.sg/News-and-Publications/Media-Releases/2016/Singapore-and-South-Korea-sign-cooperation-agreement-in-FinTech.aspx https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/singapore-south-korea-come-together-fintech/ On top of a collaboration with MAS, the government of South Korea was in talks with Indonesian government about joining forces in an attempt to boost the FinTech industry to help the burgeoning sector in both countries. https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/south-korea-indonesia-considering-fintech-collaboration/ For those that are unaware, Ripple has previously met with the Central Bank of Indonesia. Months later, the Korean Central Bank announced plans to execute a R3 consortium proof-of-concept blockchain technology project. https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/korean-central-bank-deploy-r3s-blockchain-proof-concept/ http://ftreporter.com/korean-central-bank-to-use-r3-blockchain-proof-of-concept/ https://www.econotimes.com/Exclusive-Bank-of-Korea-R3-consortium-to-carry-out-blockchain-project-549053 So to reiterate, the Korean government came into agreement with MAS on cooperating in the FinTech space and shortly after the Korean Central Bank decided to proceed with a PoC consortium by R3 similar to Project Ubin in Singapore...... Along with the previous development, Hana Financial Group became the first Korean financial institution to take part in the R3 CEV project. http://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?sc=30800020&year=2016&no=281535 Remember that MAS wants to expand it's network to other central bank for cross-border transactions using a Ripple blockchain prototype......... SBI Ripple Asia Just this past September, SBI Ripple Asia announced that it would be testing a blockchain based funds transfer system by the end of this year between Japanese and South Korean banks. SBI Ripple and it's new public partner, DAYLI Intelligence, will work together to http://blocktribune.com/sbi-ripple-asia-trial-cross-border-blockchain-funds-transfers/ https://www.coindesk.com/sbi-ripple-asia-to-test-bank-transfers-between-japan-and-south-korea/ And besides cooperating in this venture with SBI Ripple Asia, DAYLI Intelligence is involved in another interesting project. http://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?year=2017&no=551655 All three parties are in cooperation developing the "WeBee" coin with the intention of the digital coin operating on a blockchain. (what will be used for trade remittances?......) http://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?year=2017&no=551655 https://financefeeds.com/south-korean-woori-bank-develop-digital-coins/ Finally, SBI Ripple Asia is involved with another Korean company called Coinplug. https://www.coindesk.com/sbi-reveals-joint-blockchain-remittance-venture-south-korean-startup/ With the venture expected to launch its remittance service later this year...... And just like DAYLI Intelligence, Coinplug has involved itself in another interesting project. Coinplug with KB Kookmin are going to provide cross-border foreign exchange services that utilize blockchain technology. http://themerkle.com/south-koreas-bank-developing-blockchain-exchange/ https://www.coindesk.com/korean-bank-developing-blockchain-solution-foreign-exchange/ And KB Kookim are also releasing a blockchain based mobile payment service for KB Kookim Card..... http://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?no=741187&year=2016 Kakao Unlike most attempts to tie links with Ripple by addressing potential connections to Alibaba (which I think is a thing), my focus is solely on KakaoPay/KakaoTalk. KakaoTalk is a mobile messenger while KakaoPay is a mobile payment system built on top of KakaoTalk. The development of KakaoPay was thru Kakao and LG CNS https://www.lgcns.com/Views/Solution/KakaoPay_En Kakao had also partnered with the KFTC in the past for integrating a mobile payment platform to the Korean financial system. https://techcrunch.com/2014/11/12/korean-internet-giant-daum-kakao-launches-its-own-mobile-payment-platform/ Remember that. LG CNS themselves have been adopting blockchain technology to improve their services, most notably with R3. https://www.coindesk.com/electronics-giant-lg-testing-r3s-distributed-ledger-software/ https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/lg-launches-corda-based-blockchain-platform-south-korea/ And there is another connection. http://www.techforkorea.com/2017/03/14/kakaopay-launches-new-service-transfer-to-bank/ What will be used to settle remittances between a Hana Money and KakaoMoney exchange?......... The same Hana Financial that had entered R3's CEV project mentioned earlier. And with the the government of Korea driving blockchain adoption on the Korean banks, there has been some interesting developments. With, http://mengnews.joins.com/view.aspx?aId=3037416 http://www.theasianbanker.com/press-releases/korean-banks-turn-to-blockchain-to-streamline-service The winner was supposedly chosen last month, with the system built being ready for use by banks in April..... (all while SBI Ripple Asia/R3 in Korea are becoming increasingly active) To come into to full circle, LG CNS has ~32% ownership with Seoul Metropolitan City Government (~35%) on Korea Smart Card Co. What is special about Korea Smart Card Co.? The T-Money system was implemented and is operated by Korea Smart Card..... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-money The same T-Money mentioned earlier in the post that will be used to transmit loose change from trade transactions to the individual's bank account. In a financial environment that will be riddled with many different types of digital currencies, what method will be used to settle remittances?..... I mention Seoul Metroplitan City Government because of one partner ship it is in. https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2017/09/121430-singapore-korea-fintech-collaboration-marvelstone-group-seoul-metropolitan-sign-mou/ A group that has the support of none other than MAS.... http://www.mas.gov.sg/News-and-Publications/Speeches-and-Monetary-Policy-Statements/Speeches/2016/Speech-at-the-Launch-of-Lattice80.aspx So why do I persist on these R3 connections? It's simple. SBI Group became the largest shareholder of R3 over the summer while we know SBI's intentions with XRP. In an interview with Kitao, he stated that https://ripple.com/insights/sbi-holdings-views-on-blockchain-and-xrp-an-interview-with-yoshitaka-kitao/ So how does the R3 and Ripple relationship work? Last month Data Dimension had a presentation a slide that is rather revealing on the partnership. https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/15381/262389?utm_campaign=knowledge-feed&utm_source=brighttalk-portal&utm_medium=web Both work in unison with Corda being applied for smart contracts while Ripple is meant for the payments segment which might explain why R3 wanted that XRP so bad............ Edit: UPDATE: 12-5-2018 https://www.coindesk.com/r3s-new-corda-app-supports-payments-in-xrp-cryptocurrency