Collaboration Agreement – DigiMax & Black Manta Capital
Two companies involved in digital securities have just announced a new partnership, which will see their expansion into Europe.
DigiMax, a Canadian based company, has partnered with German based, Black Manta Capital. This partnership was undertaken, as DigiMax looks to expand their operations into Europe. This is possible through the privilege of licensure, awarded by BaFin to Black Manta Capital a few short months ago.
Countries such as Switzerland, Malta, etc., are most likely the first to come to mind with regards to blockchain acceptance. Germany is near the front of the pack with their treatment of the technology. This is made evident by BaFin, and their open approach to innovation.
Radoslav Albrecht, CEO of BitBond, recently penned his thoughts on German Regulators, and the process involving STO approval in the nation.
Representatives from each, DigiMax and Black Manta Capital, took the time to comment on this new partnership. The following is what each had to say with regards to the move, and future expansion.
Alexander Rapatz, Managing Partner of Black Manta Capital, stated,
“Tokenization in the core financial field of securities will – for sure – bring paradigmatic change to the global financial markets. While Black Manta wants 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. For this reason, we are excited to work with DigiMax who has already built a great global network of participants that can take advantage of our newly licensed platform.”
Chris Carl, CEO of DigiMax, stated,
“DigiMax recognizes Black Manta as one of the leading licensed service providers in Europe capable of assisting clients to raise capital and to list digital securities in Europe, starting with Germany…We respect how difficult it is to gain these approvals from the financial supervisory authorities in Europe, and to have done so represents a substantial accomplishment on the path leading toward global digitization of securities. We are excited about working with Black Manta on several such projects in the immediate future.”
Operating out of Toronto, Ontario, DigiMax is a service provider for the digital securities sector, which was launched in 2017. They are ‘exempt market dealers’, which have set out to develop a suite of services to facilitate capital generation events, such as STOs and DSOs.
CEO, Chris Carl, currently oversees company operations.
Black Manta Capital
Operating out of Luxembourg, since 2018, Black Manta Capital specializes in the development of tokenization services. These services are offered as a comprehensive platform, for use by potential token issuers looking to raise capital.
Managing Partners, Christian Platzer and Alexander Rapatz, currently oversee company operations.
The company is also the recent recipient of a BaFin issued licensure, which allows them to host STOs/DSOs.
In Other News
BaFin, the German regulatory body responsible for the approval of various blockchain related endeavours, has caught our attention on various occasions. The following are two instances of companies looking to utilize blockchain technology, which were given the greenlight by BaFin.
Square Awarded Patent for Payment Network Supporting Securities
After nearly 1 ½ years, payment processer, Square, has successfully been awarded a patent centered on establishing a ‘cryptocurrency payment network’.
Details of the Patent
The patent, which was initially filed on September 14, 2018, was done so by Square, Inc. While the patent obviously goes into great depth, describing how exactly the proposed payment network will function, the following is a short excerpt summarizing the overall goal.
“Specifically, the present technology permits a first party to pay in any currency, while permitting the second party to be paid in any currency. In this way, the technology provides benefits that remove barriers to transactions that might inhibit international commerce, or commerce with certain types of currency.”
The invention of the technology, described throughout, is attributed to three individuals.
- Christopher Michael Brock
- Brian Grassadonia
- Michael Moring
The Intriguing Part
What makes this particular patent notable for those following the digital securities sector, is the direct reference to securities. It is stated,
“The disclosed technology addresses the need in the art for a payment service capable of accepting a greater diversity of currencies including fiat currencies (US dollars, Euro, Rupee, etc.), and non-fiat currencies including virtual currencies including cryptocurrencies (bitcoin, ether, etc.), commercial paper (loans, contracts, forms, etc.), and securities (stocks, bonds, derivatives, etc.), than a traditional payment system in a transaction between a customer and a merchant, and specifically for a payment service to solve or ameliorate problems germane to transactions with such currencies.”
While details are scarce on how exactly securities will play into the mix, the potential for them to be seamlessly transferred between parties is surely intriguing.
There are a select few people that have become synonymous with Bitcoin and blockchain in general; Jack Dorsey is one of these.
Throughout the past few years, he has, not only been a vocal proponent of Bitcoin and blockchain technologies, but actually acted on his words. Through payment processing company, Square, in which Dorsey is both the Founder and CEO, the world has seen glimpses of the potential for Bitcoin as it is integrated into their services
Dorsey recently caught the attention of many as he noted that which many have – Africa holds massive potential for the adoption of, and benefitting from, blockchain. This realization has prompted a, soon to be undertaken, 6-month journey to the continent by Dorsey, as he works towards establishing blockchain based solutions to benefit the populace.
Founded in 2009, Square maintains headquarters in San Francisco, California. Above all, Square acts as a tech provider for payment processing solutions. Their rapid rise in popularity over the past decade has seen the company expand beyond U.S. borders into various countries including, but not limited to, Canada and Japan.
CEO, Jack Dorsey, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
With a rapidly developing sector, many industry players are looking to protect their intellectual property. As such, we have found ourselves, on a variety of occasions, covering these events. The following articles touch on a few patents filed over 2019, in addition to an interesting concept involving a ‘Patent Finance Market’.
3 More Executives Leave SDX Due to Discrepencies
The blockchain-based digital asset trading venue SDX continues to have a rough start to the new year. This week, another high-level executive announced their departure from the firm. The news brings the number of executives who left the company in January 2020 up to three. The news demonstrates a realignment and shuffling of SDX’s business plan. Also, it showcases the growing pains associated with these changes
According to company documentation, all of these executives departed from their full-time positions in January. The three individuals to leave are Alex Zinder, an architecture lead at SDX, Ivo Sauter, SDX’s head of clients and products, and Sven Roth, the firm’s chief digital officer. The later of the trio agreed to stay on as an external advisor to SDX.
In a recent interview, Sauter explained the motivation behind his decision to leave. He touched on a number of critical changes made throughout the firm. These changes included a shift from the platform’s original vision. He explained that at first, the platform was to utilize the banking sector as a bridge into the rest of the market.
However, this strategy quickly changed as SDX began to tailor its platform specifically, and solely for use by banks. Sauter described how these changes effected moral and fueled the growing dis-alignment between executives and owners. He explained that originally, the platform was to be much more inclusive. For example, SDX was to enable startups to provide services around its features.
Sauter also took a moment to touch on the negative effects this corporate culture had on the project. He explained that, in his opinion, a bit more separation needed to occur between SDX and its mother company, the Swiss stock exchange operator SIX Group. Apparently, these feelings of discourse only grew as the mother company took more and more influence on SDX’s day to day operations.
Additionally, Sauter explained how the big-company approach also inhibited the company’s ability to save. Large corporations require much more reporting. In turn, this reporting raises operating costs. Additionally, smaller firms have more liberty in terms of flexibility and risk management. In the end, the corporate approach made many of the executives feel as if they had been stifled.
Despite the discrepancies, Sauter stated that he had left on good terms. He went as far as to claim that he was at a point in his career that he had no desire to have his contract renewed. Consequently, SDX chose to not offer a renewal.
Challenges in the Market
As with any major corporate reshuffle, there are going to be individuals that no longer fall in line with the platform’s overall goals. Discussing these challenges, a SIX spokesman touched on the changes and what they mean to the project. They explained that whenever you have a concept built from scratch, there are going to be many ups-and-downs associated with the development. In the end, the firm acknowledged that these changes have begun to add up with the spokesperson stating that the firm has “spent quite a few Swiss francs” on the ordeal.
SDX Moving Forward
From the tone of SDX’s past employees, the company is undergoing some heavy internal changes. As such, there is no way to determine exactly how these personnel changes will affect the overall strategy the company has chosen to follow. One thing is for sure, SDX appears to have made a priority shift towards servicing the banking sector exclusively with its new platform.
Tokeny Upgrades investorID with ONCHAINID
There is no such thing as the launch of a completed product. Times change, technology is upgraded, and needs vary. A successful product will often see various iterations and updates throughout its lifespan, in an effort to serve its intended market.
ONCHAINID is essentially version 2.0 of their previously released investorID – a solution geared towards whitelisting investors. ONCHAINID looks to oust traditional ‘central-systems’, in favour of a more decentralized approach. Along with this approach, ONCHAINID looks to build upon what investorID was able to offer, with various new functionalities.
Tokeny notes that this product is built on providing clients with 3 main features:
- Data enrichment
- Direct ownership of securities
- Customer accounts management
For those interested in learning about the initial launch of investorID, and to see how Tokeny arrived at ONCHAINID, make sure to peruse the following article.
Upon announcing ONCHAINID, Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny, took the time to comment, elaborating on the move and why it was needed.
Luc Falempin stated,
“For financial institutions to move away from analogue processes and step in to the digital era, they need reliable and compliant standards. Most of the protocols created for digital securities failed to recognise that identity across the value chain is essential to apply compliance for the issuance and transfer of tokenized securities. ONCHAINID, and its open ecosystem, is the most credible solution to securely and accurately identify market players and their assets on the blockchain.”
“To achieve our vision of a digital capital markets there needs to be a secure and institutional-grade system that enables the creation of digital identities for issuers, agents, investors and securities. This is why we have created ONCHAINID, to bring forth a shared and controlled data-rich ecosystem that transforms traditional finance into a truly digital and connected industry.”
Speaking with Luc
In our ongoing interview series, we have had the pleasure of hosting an exclusive discussion with Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny. Here, we learn more about what exactly Tokeny has to offer (including the predecessor of ONCHAINID).
Founded in 2017, Tokeny maintains headquarters in Luxembourg. Since launch, the team at Tokeny has been hard at work, developing a variety of solutions, targeted towards the digital securities sector. One such solution is, aforementioned, ONCHAINID discussed here today.
CEO, Luc Falempin, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
Tokeny has had a successful few months. It was only recently that we were reporting on the company being included in 2019’s ‘FinTech 50’ – A comprehensive list of the top European companies within the industry.