The Libra Association has hired former HSBC European head James Emmett as the managing director of Libra Networks — the operating company subsidiary of the association. Libra said on Thursday that Emmett, who spent more than 25 years at HSBC and recently stepped down as the CEO of HSBC Bank plc and Europe, is joining in October. Stuart Levey, CEO of the Libra Association, who also joined from HSBC recently, reportedly, said Emmett’s leadership “will help make Libra’s vision a reality.”
A retail central bank digital currency (“CBDC”) could be a major concern for European commercial banks. Recent central bank commentary suggests to Bank of America Global Researh that the likelihood of a CBDC being launched is increasing. This year, the ECB has published a position paper on a retail digital currency, and the BIS has announced a group of six central banks will study the topic. Analysts at BofA have three key concerns about this.
Yoni Assia, Johannes Rude Jensen and Omri Ross (E-Toro) | With direct access to 2.7 billion users, many of whom do not have access to conventional financial services, the Libra project presents a unique opportunity for innovation in the financial services. Nevertheless, we believe the launch strategy pursued by the Libra Foundation neglects a vital implication of the technology: Decentralization.