Filing with the OSC
Today, a pair of Canadian companies has filed with the Ontario Securities Commission for approval in launching a digital-asset platform. This filing was completed by, both, Omega Securities and 4C Clearing Corporation.
If approved, this pairing of companies should work well together, in providing investors with a comprehensive platform, tailored specifically towards digital assets.
Expansion of Services
With regards to Omega, this filing represents an expansion of services already offered. The expansion will allow for the inclusion of digital assets, in their longstanding ATS.
In doing so, the company will open support for security token offerings, along with leading cryptocurrencies.
In their filing, 4C looks to provide a suite of ancillary services, which work to provide clients with a comprehensive platform. These services include, not only a custody solution, but clearing and settlement capabilities as well.
“We continue to move our digital asset marketplace and our clearing, settlement and custody solution for regulated investment dealers forward. The filing of Omega’s F2 and 4C’s request to operate as a clearing agency are natural next steps. We continue to receive support and positive feedback from the regulated investment dealer community and look forward to launching the platform in due course”
Omega Securities is a Toronto based company, which was founded in 2007. In the time since, Omega has established themselves as an innovative company, providing their clients with a variety of investment based services.
4C Clearing Corporation
4C is another Canadian company, based in Toronto. Launched in 2017, 4C was founded by Laurence Rose – the Chairman of Omega Securities. This young company is looking to establish themselves as a diverse option for companies in need of services such as clearing, settlement, custody.
Ontario Securities Commission
The OSC is the Canadian variant of the Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC). This regulatory body, however, governs the Province of Ontario. The OSC is responsible for, not only the protection of industry participants, but for establishing a fair and transparent market.
While their influence in the industry may be unmatched within Ontario, this may change in the future. There have been rumblings in recent months, regarding a restructuring of regulatory bodies, such as the OSC within Canada. Check out the article below to learn more about the potential fate of the OSC.
In Other News
Beyond the two companies discussed here today, Canada has shown a proclivity for producing companies within the world of digital assets. Here are a few articles discussing companies based out of Canada, and what they have accomplished in recent months
Kaspersky Give Two Thumbs Up to Tokeny’s ‘T-REX’ Security
Two Thumbs Up
Popular digital asset solution provider, Tokeny, has recently had cybersecurity experts, at Kaspersky, assess the validity of their security claims surrounding T-REX. The result? Two thumbs up.
This assessment is an important endorsement for Tokeny. Anyone can claim to have the most secure framework around – proving it is a different story. By turning to a respected third-party, such as Kaspersky, Tokeny provides validity to their claims, and clout to their offering in T-REX.
Upon announcing the results generated by Kaspersky, representatives from each company took the time to comment.
Svetlana Shubina, Business Development Manager at Kaspersky, stated,
“Our team of experts review the code line-by-line documenting any issues as they are discovered. The source code is well crafted and follows security practices compliant with the architecture described in the whitepaper. Thereby we confirm smart-contract business-description and the architecture corresponds to the functionality in the code.”
Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny, stated,
“We are working with financial instruments and with partners that require the highest level of security. In this respect we know how important it is to have a third party analyse and assess the implementation of our token standard. We’re very pleased to say it received the highest rating possible.”
When released in 2018, TREX – which stands for Token for Regulated EXchange- was the first framework of its kind.
In the time since its launch, Tokeny indicates that it has seen its clients grow to over 35. These clients have contributed towards greater than $27B worth of assets undergoing tokenization with the help of Tokeny.
Snowball of Success
Success at Tokeny appears to be snowballing. Only weeks ago, we were reporting on the adoption of their services by the nation of Monaco. This adoption comes at a key time, as Monaco is actively looking to ramp up their efforts surrounding support for security tokens and STOs.
Founded in 2017, Tokeny maintains operations in Luxembourg. Tokeny has grown significantly since launch, now offering a comprehensive suite of services, tailored towards tokenization.
CEO, Luc Falempin, currently oversees company operations.
Founded in 1997, Kaspersky is headquartered in Moscow, Russia. Since it’s launch, Kaspersky has become one of the world’s most popular cybersecurity firms.
CEO, Eugene Kaspersky, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
For those interested in Tokeny, a great way to learn about the company is to go back and see where they came from, and what their original goals were. To this end, make sure to peruse our past interview with Tokeny CEO, Luc Falempin. In this discussion, Luc touches on, both, what Tokeny hopes to achieve, and how they will achieve it.
Canadian Companies Involved in Digital Securities
July 1st represents Canada Day in the Great White North. As such, we thought that a quick look at a few Canadian companies involved in digital securities would be appropriate today.
To date, Canada has been one of the leading countries surrounding anything blockchain related. We have seen government adoption, the creation of Ethereum, the first Bitcoin fund listed on a major exchange, and rumblings of a potential central bank digital currency. The following are a few examples of Canadian based endeavours.
Bank of Canada
The Bank of Canada is one of the few of its kind to release official statements regarding the release of a CBDC. It has been established that, while there are no immediate plans for the release of a CBDC, the bank fully intends on being prepared for this, eventuality. This was first made apparent through job postings, such as ‘CBDC Project Manager’, but later through direct commentary.
In recent weeks, the Bank of Canada has gone so far as releasing an ‘analytical note’, which discusses the privacy needs of a potential CBDC. While they note that the goal is to attain privacy, akin to what cash affords its users, currently technology, such as zero-knowledge proofs, are not appropriate, and that both maturation and national-scale implementation first need to occur.
While it may be years before a Canadian CBDC is actually launched, the Bank of Canada is at least making sure the nation is ready for that day.
Operating out of Toronto, Blockstation is a young company, rife with potential. The team behind Blockstation has developed a suite of services which leverage blockchain technology. These services were built to allow “…the traditional financial ecosystem to get in on digital assets, including Bitcoin, Ether, and Tokenized IPOs (Security Token Offerings, or STOs)”
The hard work that went in to establishing these capabilities has not gone unnoticed, as Blockstation has successfully partnered with multiple stock exchanges. One such pilot will soon see the launch of at least 4 tokenized IPOs on the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
To learn about Blockstation in more detail, make sure to peruse our exclusive interview with CEO, Marko Hafez.
This Canadian outfit has recently received the greenlight by the regulatory body ‘Ontario Securities Commission (OSC)’, for the launch of a secondary marketplace.
Dubbed FreedomX, this anticipated marketplace will be one of the first of its kind in Canada. It will offer a home for digital securities to actively be traded, providing higher levels of asset liquidity in the process.
Beyond just operating a regulated secondary marketplace, TokenGX is also working to establish, and deploy, a stablecoin. This will be utilized as the primary means of settlement on FreedomX, and would be tethered to the Canadian Dollar.
The first release by Canada Stablecorp is known as QCAD. This is a CAD backed digital asset, which was structured as such for 3 main reasons.
- Provide its users with easy access to a digital asset, which can provide a reprieve from market volatility.
- Give Canadians a ‘home-grown’ variant; A trait which should appeal to Canadian investors looking to support Canadian companies.
- Leveraging the strength, and stability, of CAD. The Canadian dollar is typically accepted on a world stage, and benefits from a nation which typically remains removed from divisive world events.
While QCAD has not established itself to the extent shown by Tether, GUSD, and USDC, the potential is there.
Onwards and Upwards
Unfortunately, not all of the promising companies coming out of Canada could be discussed here today. Those discussed represent a fraction of the activity taking place in the great white north.
If one thing is clear from this activity, it is that Canada has been/is playing an important role in the forwarding of blockchain and the digital securities sector.
Happy Canada Day!
Monaco Chooses Tokeny as Sole Provider for Tokenization Services
While a tiny nation, endorsement and usage from the Government of Monaco is a huge step for Tokeny; It validates the work they have been doing, and the potential of what they are yet to achieve.
As it stands, the agreement between Monaco and Tokeny exists as a memorandum of understanding (MOU). While not a binding contract, the MOU essentially means that formal documents have been signed by each of the parties, indicating their intent to work together.
Upon announcing this new development, representatives from each, Tokeny and the Principality of Monaco, took the time to comment.
Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny Solutions, stated,
“The lack of high quality tokenized assets has been a stumbling block in the tokenization industry. With the mandatory label, projects selected by the Principality of Monaco will be easily recognized by investors as serious and quality investment opportunities. Then, the rights of investors will be guaranteed by their onchain identity. For the issuer, AML and KYC will be automatically enforced in any transfer.”
Frédéric Genta, Delegate for Digital of affairs Chief Digital Officer of the Principality of Monaco, stated,
“Monaco is moving towards its ambition to become a funding nation for progress with our STO framework. Two key milestones were achieved; a dedicated STO law was voted by the National Council and we are welcoming Tokeny to the Principality to operate our STOs.”
More than Promise
News of this newly established MOU goes beyond just promise, though. Tokeny has announced that they already have companies lined up, waiting to capitalize on their services and friendly regulations.
The first example of which, is IceBreaker. This production company hopes to leverage the benefits of hosting an STO, in order to fund and monetize content such as films and exhibits. IceBreaker is spearheaded by, Acadamy award winning filmmaker, Luc Jacquet.
He commented on plans at IceBreaker, stating,
“IceBreaker intends to leverage blockchain technology to facilitate the financing of meaningful content production while retaining all associated rights enabling new monetization opportunities via films, exhibitions, etc. March of the Penguins and the subsequent Antarctica exhibition have demonstrated that the model can be a profitable one making it appealing to investors while preserving the freedom to express my creativity and promoting the virtuous value of the projects I carry”.
With a population of roughly 40,000, and a geographical footprint of just <1sq mile, Monaco holds the title of the second smallest country on Earth. Despite this, it remains one of the wealthiest nations, as well, with over 30% of the population being millionaires.
Founded in 2017, Tokeny is based out of Luxembourg. Above all, the team at Tokeny has been working to develop, and spur adoption of, a suite of services tailored towards the digital securities sector.
CEO, Luc Falempin, currently oversees company operations.
Speaking with Luc
If interested in learning more about Tokeny, and what the company has to offer, make sure to peruse our past interview with CEO, Luc Falempin. In this discussion Luc Falempin touches on his personal discovery of blockchain, and what makes Tokeny special.