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BaFin Approves Germany based STO Platform by Black Manta Capital

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BaFin Approves Germany based STO Platform by Black Manta Capital

Licence Approval

In a process that took roughly 9 months, Luxembourg based, Black Manta Capital, was awarded licensure to operate an STO platform within Germany. This licensure was provided by regulatory body, BaFin.

This development moves the company one step toward their self-described mission of setting “a global standard for Security Token Offerings (STO).”

In their release, the company hinted towards a launch date, stating,

“The operative start of the investment platform with the first Token Offerings is planned for early Q4/2019.”

STO Platform

The approval received allows for Black Manta Capital to offer clients services surrounding security token offerings. Black Manta Capital has indicated that they intend for this platform to function as a comprehensive offering – meaning that they will provide clients all the necessary services from start to finish, through the tokenization process.

The act of tokenization involves selling, creating, and distributing digital securities which represent ownership of a variety of assets. These assets may range from cars, to art, to equity within a company, and anything in between. As these digital assets are securities, their creation and distribution is only possible when adhering to laws enforced by typical regulatory bodies, such as BaFin.

The Competition

The STO platform to be offered by Black Manta Capital is expected to face stiff competition, as Europe is quickly becoming a hot bed for companies with similar ambitions. The following are a few of those expected to fit this role.

Commentary

Upon making their announcement, Managing Partner of Black Manta Capital, Christian Platzer, took the time to comment. The following is what he had to say on the matter.

“Tokenization in the core financial field of securities will – for sure – bring paradigmatic change to the global financial markets.” – “While Black Manta Capital Partners want to be ‘boutique’ in its beginnings and run ‘handpicked’ STOs only, our strategy is global from day one: the first step is to link Europe and Asia on one blockchain-based investment platform. Therefore we look already today into Singapore.”

Black Manta Capital

Black Manta Capital is a young company which specializes in tokenization services. Operating out of Luxembourg since 2018, the company has plans for eventual expansion across various continents.

Managing Partners, Christian Platzer and Alexander Rapatz, currently oversee company operations.

BaFin

BaFin is a leading financial supervising authority across Europe. With over 2,600 employees, this regulatory body oversees a variety of industries ranging from finance, to banking, insurance, and more.

The organization has been operational since being founded in 2002.

In Other News

Today’s announcement is not the first time that BaFin has provided licencing to outfits partaking in the digital securities sector. The following articles demonstrate a pair of other companies that have also been successful in this respect.

BitBond Gains Approval of BaFin to Host Security Token Offering

Fundament Group to Issue €250 Million in Security Tokens backed by German Real Estate

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VALK and SECUROSYS Partner on CORDA Blockchain

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VALK Partners With SECUROSYS on CORDA

This month, the blockchain infrastructure provider, VALK announced a strategic partnership with SECUROSYS. The collaboration brings unlisted assets to the Corda blockchain. Now, VALK is ready to provide enterprise-level tokenization to the market. The news demonstrates a maturing of the Corda blockchain, as well as, a more competitive security token arena.

VALK’s latest project represents a major milestone within the blockchain sector. For one, it represents the first end-to-end enterprise-grade solution for token issuance on the Corda blockchain. Additionally, it means that both the Swiss and UK markets will now have access to the advanced features the Corda blockchain enables.

VALK

VALK provides firms with a complete infrastructure solution via its token issuance platform. Users gain a host of benefits when they sign on to VALK. For example, the platform provides instant on-chain settlements. Also, the firm provides investing & trading in a secure and compliant environment. On top of these features, VALK users gain extra interoperability and connectivity with the world’s largest banking DLT system.

VALK via Homepage

VALK via Homepage

SECUROSYS

In order to ensure that users obtain the highest levels of protection, the firm decided to utilize SECUROSYS. For its part, SECUROSYS provided access to its proprietary Hardware Security Modules (HSM). Speaking on the partnership, Robert Rogenmoser, CEO of SECUROSYS described how Web 3.0 increases the demand to protect digital identities and assets.

Additionally, Rogenmoser touted the firm’s system as “tried and tested.” He explained how Primus HSM is an essential addition to the VALK’s ecosystem. Lastly, he spoke about the capabilities of the new platform.

Rogenmoser wasn’t the only company executive to discuss the monumental accomplishment. VALK’s founders Antoine Loth and Elie Azzi described the atmosphere surrounding the merger. The executives stated that they are “delighted” to work with SECUROSYS on this new top-class solution for issuers. Lastly, they explained that the new platform will serve those in the industry that handle the issuing, financing, and trading of private equity, funds, infrastructure, and real estate world assets.

VALK

VALK first made headlines as a tokenization firm that specializes in unlisted company shares. Today, the firm offers white-label solutions built on the Corda blockchain. Importantly, the VALK system automates many of the most important tasks undertaken by fund managers, asset managers, and investment banks. In this manner, the platform reduces costs and increases efficiency and security across the board.

All-Star Team

The decision by VALK to utilize SECURYSYS was a wise one. Importantly, both firms have been bestowed with the Swiss Fintech Awards for 2020. Additionally, VALK received a host of other honors including acceptance into the F10 accelerator in Zurich. Now, these firms prepare to up-end the entire EU securities sector with their next-generation tokenization systems.

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A Look at the Ravencoin Token Issuance Blockchain

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A Look at the Ravencoin Token Issuance Blockchain

The next-generation blockchain platform, Ravencoin continues to gain momentum in the marketplace. The blockchain represents a shift from traditional chains over to a more security token-centric approach. As such, Ravencoin provides a compliant enterprise-grade security token issuance solution for firms seeking more out of their blockchain.

Ravencoin

The Ravencoin blockchain is an open-source protocol that provides users with a plethora of new and exciting features directed at corporate users. For one, the platform features an easy-to-use interface. In fact, once registered, the interface allows for the issuance of tokens in under a minute directly from the Ravencoin-Qt wallet.

Ravencoin developers entered the market with the goal to tackle problems faced by today’s token issuance platforms. Security tokens require adherence to strict guidelines in order to remain within compliance. As such, firms must ensure that the technology they use covers all aspects of the current regulations regarding legally compliant token offerings.

In order to guarantee Ravencoin users fulfill these obligations, developers set out to create a new kind of blockchain, specifically designed to handle these tasks. To make their efforts a reality, developers focused in on nine main areas of concern. Here is a look at some of Ravencoin’s most important features.

Restricted Assets

As with any token issuance platform, smart contracts allow issuers to preprogram compliance mechanisms directly into a token’s protocol. These requirements must be met by token holders prior to any actions. Importantly, these rules are set by the issuer and enforced by the distributed code. Notably, issuers can create coding that changes over time by labeling their token re-issuable. This is a powerful tool because, in many instances, companies may want to remove certain requirements after a specific time period passes. In most cases, this function would remove “accredited investors only” after a pre-programmed time period. In turn, this allows multi-round investment strategies to operate in a seamless manner.

Tags – Ravencoin

Tags are another cool feature the platform brings to the market. In essence, Tags allow issuers to keep certain assets restricted to only those addresses that are properly tagged. This feature ensures that all token holders have met predetermined criteria. These criteria can include KYC, accreditation, affiliation, as well as, limits on the number of addresses allowed to participate in the event.

Ravencoin via Homepage

Ravencoin via Homepage

KYC Platform

Ravencoin also provides high-level KYC services to issuers. In order to accomplish this task in a consistent manner, Ravencoin integrated its system with Finclusive. This integration provides Ravencoin with the highest levels of KYC/AML/OFAC. So much so, that the company intends to offer these services as a standalone product moving forward.

Freeze

As a compliant-focused blockchain Ravencoin has a host of features designed to meet these challenges. Freeze is one of these features. This product allows issuers to freeze the assets of a nefarious token holder. This protocol is a compliance requirement set out in the new Rule 144. Additionally, this service allows issuers to restrict stock based on asset type or a specific address.

Memos

Memos is another compliant mechanism that is unique to Ravencoin. This feature allows issuers to transfer, freeze, or tag notes to an asset. These notes save as metatag data within the transaction. As such, these notes allow issuers to do things such as specify court orders or other important token life cycle changes.

Dividends or Payments

Ravencoin users never have to worry about timely dividend payments. The platform features an automated payment system. This system can handle a huge variety of payment strategies to suit your business’s particular needs. These payments can include profits, royalty stream, or contractually obligated payments.

Voting

Another awesome feature Ravencoin developers included was a voting mechanism. In instances such as equity tokens, users gain voting rights. Ravencoin users can exercise these rights directly within the platform. In this manner, the entire process becomes streamlined.

Messaging

Lastly, Ravencoin users enjoy a robust messaging service. This feature is primarily used to inform token holders of upcoming changes or other relevant information regarding their investments. Importantly, this information can include updates on when, and what topics, are up for the next vote.

Ravencoin

The Ravencoin project entered the market in January 2018 with the goal to service enterprise-level security token issuers. Importantly, the platform’s developers started with a code fork of bitcoin version 0.15.99. Despite being a code fork, Ravencoin developers created their own consensus mechanism – X16. This development was huge at the time because it enabled Ravencoin developers to avoid a situation in which ASIC miners dominated the blockchain.

In July 2019, the firm announced a change to the algorithm. The decision to change came after developers saw that ASIC miners were in use on the X16 algorithm. The new mechanism was named X16R and involved adding an extra hashing algorithm to the equation. This randomization halted the use of ASIC mining on the blockchain for the time being.

Heavy Funding

Notably, the Ravencoin project’s development team received funding from Overstock.com subsidiary Medici Ventures. As such, the Overstock CEO at the time, Patrick Byrne did many interviews describing why the new platform was a real game-changer in the market.

Today, the platform has numerous strategic partnerships within the sector. These partnerships cover the gambit of the token markets ranging from KYC partnerships, all the way to virtual reality arcade providers such as LoftVR.

RVN Tech Data -Ravencoin

The Ravencoin blockchain features a one minute block time. The block reward for miners is currently 5000 RVN. Notably, 21 billion RVN in total will see the market. Also, the next reward halving schedule is set at block 2,100,000.

Ravencoin – A Next-Generation Security Token Blockchain

A quick glimpse at Ravencoin reveals the extent to which developers went to create a security token specific blockchain. This platform provides the features required in a digitized economy. You can expect to hear a lot more about this blockchain as more firms turn towards its easy-to-navigate systems to better their tokenization experience. For now, Ravencoin represents a hard shift towards security token only blockchains.

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Validity Labs Joins the International Token Standardization Association ITSA

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Validity Labs Joins the International Token Standardization Association ITSA

This week, the Swiss-based blockchain educational and infrastructure platform, Validity Labs confirmed the firm joined The International Token Standardization Association (ITSA). The decision to join the ITSA comes at a crucial stage of the EU’s STO regulatory development. The move demonstrates a further push for a more robust framework to support the expanding security token sector.

Validity Labs is one of the leading providers of blockchain-based decentralized applications in the region. The firm gained notoriety as an early mover when it entered the market back in 2015. At that time, the firm was the first blockchain education company in Switzerland.

Validity Labs – A Premier Blockchain Service Provider

Since then, Validity Labs assisted numerous developers and startups with educational and technical support. This support included hands-on workshops that covered a wide range of blockchain-related subjects. These topics include subjects like learning to program smart-contracts. Additionally, the firm provided educational classes for legal professionals, issuers, accountants and asset managers.

Today, Validity Labs is one of the premier platforms for blockchain-powered decentralized applications. Importantly, the firm now offers end-to-end STO implementation services with the goal to bridge the line between technology and legal compliance within the sector.

International Token Standardization Association (ITSA)

ITSA is a Non-profit German law association that specializes in token taxonomy. Token taxonomy is the identification, classification, and analysis of blockchain-based tokens. As such, the group is a leading voice for the promotion, development, and implementation of comprehensive security token market standards.

ITSA via Homepage

ITSA via Homepage

Token taxonomy continues to be a hot point of discussion within the market. Recently, regulators started prosecuting tokens that they believe violated the current securities laws. As more regulations come into place, a token’s classification can have a huge impact on the overall liquidity, profitability, and functionality a token possesses. Consequently, a token’s profitability depends on its classification in many instances.

ITSA Sees Growth

ITSA continues to see expansion in the EU market. To date, the firm includes some of the biggest names in both the finance and blockchain spaces. For example, the group already works with a host of universities including the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, University of Mainz, TU Munich, and the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies in London.

Additionally, the group secured many important bank members over the last two years. These organizations include. Commerzbank’s Main Incubator, Bank Frick, MME, Börse Stuttgart, Bundesverband Deutscher Banken, and the German Investment Funds Association BVI).

ITSA Prepares for the Digitized Economy.

Importantly, ITSA provides startups with a plethora of helpful information. Startups can seek out support and know-how in the areas of blockchain-enabled solutions, decentralized applications, tokenization, and security token offerings. To date, the group already has helped startups SolarisBank, CryptoTax, and Ambrosus achieve growth.

Validity Labs – A Bright Future

The decision to join the ITSA was a smart maneuver. On top of all of the technical and legal support the firm now has access to, they also are a part of a huge network of blockchain professionals. This network will help Validity Labs achieve its lofty goals in the market.

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