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Bletchley Park Asset Management invests in London based Archax

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Investment by Bletchley

In a positive development, London based, ‘Archax’, has announced that they have become the recipient of an investment from Bletchley Park Asset Management.

This investment occurred because Archax has proven themselves to be a promising outfit, on the cusp of a platform launch. Specializing in blockchain based investments, Bletchley Park recognized the potential of Archax, and acquired a stake in the company.

This investment will provide the fuel and runway for Archax to get to their destination – a fully operational and ground breaking digital securities exchange.

Archax has indicated that a future STO is planned for the company, which will provide qualified investors the opportunity to acquire their own piece of equity.

Commentary

In announcing the news of Bletchley’s investment in Archax, representatives from each company took the time to share their thoughts. The following is what each had to say on the matter.

Graham Rodford, CEO of Archax, stated,

“We see the tokenisation of assets as the next significant step in the evolution of financial markets. As well as bringing liquidity to assets that are currently illiquid and hard to trade, blockchain technology also has the potential to revolutionise traditional liquid financial markets too – particularly by bringing efficiencies and cost savings to the post-trade space. Whilst looking for seed investment, we were keen to find partners who understand what tokenisation can bring and that could add real value to the Archax business. Lewis and the team at Bletchley Park deliver exactly that.”

Lewis Fellas, CIO of Bletchley Park, stated,

“We are strong believers in the institutional adoption of blockchain technologies, and the financial markets space is a key area where they have the potential to disrupt, as well as add real value too. We are keen to invest in innovative products and teams that really understand this space, and the potential of the technology. Archax clearly fits the bill. We are pleased to have been able to make an early investment in their seed fund stage and are excited about their future potential and the investment opportunities the exchange will bring to market.”

Bletchley Park Asset Management

Bletchley Park is an investment firm based out of Kentucky, United States. The team at Bletchley Park boast decades of experience in a variety of sectors, ranging from law, finance, asset management, and more.

Those as Bletchley Park indicate that they approach their blockchain investments with an institutional mindset, with the intent of mitigating risk, while maximizing potential.

Archax

Archax is a London, England, based company which was founded in 2018. Soon, this forward thinking company intends to launch a digital securities exchange. It is anticipated that this offering will launch in late 2019.

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing the CEO and Cofounder of Archax – Graham Rodford. In this interview he discusses Archax and how they are making moves to further industry development.

Interview Series – Graham Rodford, CEO of Archax Exchange

In Other News

Over the past few months, various companies have announced similar investments. Some of these panned out, while others did not. Here are a few examples of recent investments received by companies looking to make their mark on the digital securities sector.

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Blockstation and Jamaica Stock Exchange Go Live with DSO Integration

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Ready, Set, Go!

In a pilot program that dates back to 2018, the Jamaica Stock Exchange and Blockstation were able to demonstrate the future potential of digital securities.

Fast forward to 2020, and this relationship has paid dividends, as the pair has just announced the official launch of their new platform.

Through a series of services, Blockstation can host digital securities offerings (DSOs) for companies in search of capital through the Jamaica Stock Exchange.  As a result, this capability brings Blockstation into rarified air, as they become one of very few tokenization platforms working so intimately with a traditional, regulated exchange.

Platform Offerings

While the new platform is being touted as a comprehensive ‘end-to-end’ solution, Blockstation decided to focus on a few key features/benefits on offer.  The following points are drawn directly from their announcement.

  • Built-in Know-Your-Client (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) functionality to satisfy regulatory obligations
  • Prospectus+ Smart Listing Accelerator Portal streamlines the creation of complete and compliant disclosure documentation
  • Centralized digital filing and communication between all stakeholders to complete the IPO
  • Real-time reporting  and trade monitoring to mitigate abusive market tactics
  • Dramatically reduced costs and timelines to conduct an IPO

Champing at the Bit

Building on the positivity surrounding the integration of Blockstation and the JSE, is the fact that various companies are already getting their ducks in a row to take advantage.

Despite just going live, there are already 5 companies being assessed for a potential DSO hosted by the JSE.

Caribbean Presence

Perhaps because of their successful relationship with the JSE, Blockstation also finds themselves making inroads into another Caribbean nation – Barbados.

We previously reported on an MOU between the pair at roughly the same time as the pilot with the JSE.  With the announcement of a finalized integration between Blockstation and JSE just occurring, will we soon see a similar announcement involving the Barbados Stock Exchange?

Eyeing Digital Securities, Barbados Stock Exchange Chooses Blockstation

Commentary

Marko Hafez, CEO of Blockstation, states,

“We are excited to officially launch the Prospectus+ Smart Listing Accelerator Portal for issuers to tokenize their equity and list on a regulated stock exchange…The portal features low costs, short timelines and international reach, making Tokenized IPOs suitable for companies of all sizes and an attractive proposition for issuers who never would have considered going public in the past.”

Marlene Street Forrest, Managing Director of JSE, states,

“Blockstation’s platform incorporates familiar compliance rules to ensure a fair marketplace. We have spent considerable time and effort in our quest to move forward with Blockstation and to date, the training and support they have provided have been excellent.”

BlockStation

Founded in 2015, Blockstation maintains headquarters in Toronto.  The team behind Blockstation work to develop solutions meant to integrate traditional exchanges with blockchain based technologies.

CEO, Marko Hafez, currently oversees company operations.

Jamaica Stock Exchange

Founded in 1969, the Jamaica Stock Exchange maintains headquarters in Kingston.  This regulated exchange has become the nation’s de facto trading platform since being launched roughly 50 years ago.

Managing Director, Marlene Street Forrest, currently oversees company operations.

In Other News

Over the past year, we have reported on various developments surrounding Blockstation.  Whether establishing partnerships with exchanges, establishing industry framework, or attempting to lure athletes to the great white north, the company has remained busy.

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MERJ and OpenFinance Expand on Asset Listings

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Liquidity for All

The promise of digital securities becoming liquid assets is a wonderful thing.  There is a major issue plaguing the sector to date, though – a lack of listings on secondary markets providing a home for these tokens.

While progress may seem slow to some, this is changing.  This past week has brought multiple examples of this, as two digital asset exchanges have each announced the addition of new, differently structured, listings to their platforms.

Expansion of Listings

Investment Evolution Corporation (IEC)

With a specialty in facilitating both loans, and crypto based remittance, IEC saw MERJ as an ideal home for listing.  With the exchange already supporting various digital securities, the addition of IEC’s 106million common shares provides even more diversity among their offerings.

While this particular listing is not a security token, the company deals specifically with crypto and blockchain based endeavours.  Furthermore, it builds on the expansion of offerings seen through MERJ – an expansion which directly benefits the security tokens that ARE listed on the exchange.

Paul Mathieson, Founder of IEC, states,

“After extensive global jurisdictional research, we are very excited to have listed our company on MERJ, the world’s leading regulated, blockchain-friendly stock exchange located in the middle of many future high growth areas. We view this listing as a great opportunity for institutional investors seeking exposure to the fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors by providing the ability to invest in the company equity of a licensed business on a regulated traditional stock exchange.”

Lottery.com (LDCC)

Gamifying charity through blockchain – this is what Lottery.com is all about.  After hosting a successful STO with the help of partners like Securitize, Lottery.com is able to leverage their LDCC tokens as a means for achieving ‘humanitarian needs’.

Unlike the above asset listed on MERJ, LDCC is a full-on security token.  By attaining this listing, LDCC now becomes accessible to, not only accredited investors based in the U.S., but non-accredited investors, as well.

Tony DiMatteo, CEO of Lottery.com, states,

“We believe that digital security offerings are the future of fundraising. The transparency inherent in this type of offering aligns with our overall mission…By listing on the Openfinance global platform, we’re not only able to offer this unique type of asset to our current investors, but now we’re able to reach a broader set of investors. However, investors aren’t the only beneficiaries.”

Speaking With…

In the past, we have been fortunate to have interviewed the CEOs of each, OpenFinance and MERJ.  While these discussions date back to 2019, they are as relevant today as they were then.

Interview Series – Juan Hernandez, CEO of OpenFinance

Interview Series – Ed Tuohy, CEO of MERJ

OpenFinance

Founded in 2017, OpenFinance maintains operations within the United States.  Above all, the company works to provide services tailored towards the digital securities sector;  Primarily as a secondary market / digital asset exchange.

CEO, Juan Hernandez, currently oversees company operations.

MERJ

Founded in 2011, MERJ operates out of the island nation of Seychelles.  The team at MERJ has established themselves within the digital securities sector, by attaining multiple ‘firsts’ within the industry – such as hosting an IPO through equity based security tokens.

CEO, Ed Tuohy, currently oversees company operations.

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Archax to Host Polymath Security Tokens on Upcoming Exchange

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Archax to Host Polymath Security Tokens on Upcoming Exchange

Mutual Aid

With the launch of Archax’s anticipated digital assets exchange looming large, the importance of populating listed assets is crucial.  What better company to fill this need than Polymath? – a seasoned company already responsible for the tokenization of more assets than nearly anyone.

A mutual need was recognized between each company, resulting in the recently announced collaboration between the two.

The Details

This aforementioned collaboration will see Archax become home to assets tokenized through Polymath.  In doing so, investors in these assets will finally be able to tap into higher levels of liquidity – a trait long touted as being key to digital securities.

Archax clients benefit through an increased selection of investment opportunities.

Polymath clients benefit by seeing their tokenized securities become more attractive through new found liquidity and exposure.

Commentary

Upon announcing their newly established agreement, representatives from each, Archax and Polymath, took the time to comment.  The following is what each had to say on the matter.

Graeme Moore, Head of Tokenization at Polymath, stated,

“At Polymath, partnership is part of our DNA. While we make it easy for firms to create and manage security tokens, we rely on the expertise of our partners for areas like secondary trading. We’re thrilled to work with Archax to provide security token issuers with an end-to-end solution for security token creation, management, distribution, and liquidity.”

Graham Rodford, CEO of Archax, stated,

“We are building the first truly global and institutional digital securities exchange based out of London and are looking to list credible token projects from across the world. Partnerships with leading players like Polymath ensure we are integrated into the emerging tokenisation ecosystem and we look forward to working with them and their clients, providing a secondary trading venue for tokens created using their technology.”

Recent Attention

Beyond news of these companies working together, each have found themselves attracting attention in recent days, due to other activities.

Archax was a participant of the recently hosted Security Tokens Realised conference, which was hosted in London, UK.  Our own CEO, Antoine Tardif, attended this event, coming away particularly impressed with a few companies – one of these being Archax, themselves.

Financial Institutions Exploring Digital Securities at ‘Security Tokens Realised’ Event

Polymath, on the other hand, has recently given the public a glimpse at the functionality of their on-going Polymesh project.  The company has high hopes for this blockchain, tailor-built for the digital securities sector.

Polymesh Whitepaper Sheds Light on Specialized Blockchain

Archax

Operating out of London, UK, Archax is an upcoming digital asset exchange, which was founded in 2018.  With the exchange’s pending launch, the team behind Archax has been hard at work, establishing various partnerships to ensure an attractive platform.

CEO, Graham Rodford, currently oversees company operations.

Polymath

One of the more recognizable names in digital securities, Polymath, is a tokenization platform which was founded in 2017.  From their headquarters in Toronto, Canada, Polymath has assisted in the tokenization of over 150 assets to date.

CEO, Kevin North, currently oversees company operations.

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