This past week has been a productive, and promising, one with regards to digital securities. For example, we saw not only the launch of the long-awaited tZERO platform, but promising statements regarding the Jamaica Stock Exchange and Blockstation were released.
Over the past 60 days the Jamaican Stock Exchange has been participating in a pilot program with Blockstation. The primary goal of the program was simple – develop the ability to host digital securities. Upon achievement, this traditional exchange would become one of the first of its kind to do so worldwide. If successful, others will surely follow suit.
First Movers Advantage
Whether the change occurs in 2019, or a later year, it is clear that traditional finance will eventually support digital securities. For the time being, the race is on to establish a ‘first mover advantage’. With rumblings of a NASDAQ platform supporting digital securities, tZERO, OFN, and others, the Jamaica Stock Exchange and Blockstation have everything to gain by throwing their hat in the ring.
Memorandum of Understanding
Jamaica Stock Exchange originally selected Blockstation to perform the pilot program,in August of 2018. The search that lead to Blockstation was extensive, and global.
These first 60 days are simply the first stage, in a multi-stage process. If successful, Blockstation and Jamaica Stock Exchange envision themselves as potential rivals to companies such as the highly anticipated Bakkt.
At the formation of the alliance, the Jamaica Stock Exchange signed an MOU with Blockstation. As a result, this established the understanding that their alliance would continue into the future through future endeavours. The companies seem to be well suited in working together, with the success being seen thus far through the pilot program.
Representatives from each company gave the following statements.
Jai Waterman, Cofounder of Blockstation, stated,
“We are excited to have successfully implemented the first real end-to-end digital asset trading ecosystem with the JSE within their regulated environment…We are looking forward to onboarding, through the pilot exercise, the next wave of brokers and international investors who can enjoy the benefits of safe digital currency access through trusted financial institutions.”
Marlene Street Forrest, Managing Director of Jamaica Stock Exchange, stated,
“The pilot has been very smooth so far and we are quite happy with the results…We are looking forward to moving to the next stage of the pilot which would eventually include the listing of security tokens.”
Blockstation is based out of Toronto, and was founded in 2015. Above all, Blockstation strives to integrate blockchain solutions within traditional stock exchanges. This means providing end-to-end services ranging from trading, to settlement, and more. All services in high demand.
Jamaica Stock Exchange
The Jamaica Stock Exchange is based out of Kingston, Jamaica. The company began operations over 40 years ago, in 1969. In the time since, the exchange has grown to become synonymous with trading in Jamaica.
Managing Director, Marlene Street Forrest, has overseen operation since the year 2000.
Smartland Acquisition Opens New Doors for Crowdfunding
For companies working on a global scale, the shortest path to their goals is often through acquisitions of already established entities. An example of this was made recently when Smartlands announced that they had acquired a majority share of Shojin Financial Services.
By completing this move, Smartland now inherits the abilities of SFS – such as their investment licence. This licence was awarded to SFS by the Financial Conduct Authority in 2017. By receiving this licence, SFS is able to legally function as a global crowdfunding platform. The process of receiving this licence is a lengthy and difficult one – a process bypassed by Smartland through the acquisition.
With this move, there is not much left holding Smartland back from taking the sector by storm. The company even recently announced the listing of their platform utility token on industry leading crypto exchange, Bittrex. Everything is turning up Smartland.
Beyond news of this acquisition, Smartland also indicated that the first security token offering to be hosted on their platform has now gone live. This event will see the distribution of digital securities backed by UK based real estate. No doubt, the choice to base the first platform STO upon a real-estate backed asset is due to extensive experience in property investment by SFS.
The sale has a funding target of £1 million, with 30% equity to be distributed among qualified investors.
In their announcement, multiple representatives from Smartlands took the time to elaborate on these developments.
“The fact that SFS possesses the type of license necessary for the Smartlands business model to flourish is not the only reason for the acquisition…We are proud to share SFS’s values and vision for the development of financial markets around the world. The firm also has a substantial pool of classic investors that the SFS team has been developing since 2017. Now, thanks to the Smartlands proprietary technology, these private investors have the opportunity to invest in the digital ownership of real assets secured on one of the most powerful and fast blockchains in the world ‒ Stellar network.”
“The partnership with SFS is the last brick in the construction of the Smartlands Platform…This makes Smartlands one of the first fully regulated platforms for the issuance of security tokens. And Stellar will do what it does best: lightning fast, secure transactions at negligible costs to all involved, which makes Stellar the best blockchain for all operations with security tokens.”
Smartlands is a London based company that was founded in 2017. Above all, Smartlands functions as a tokenization platform, catering to a global client base.
Operations at Smartland are overseen by CEO, Arnoldas Nauseda.
Shojin Financial Services
Shojin is a UK based company that was founded in 2009. Above all, Shojin acts as an investment firm specializing in real-estate.
In Other News
An emerging trend, as of late, is the increasing adoption being seen of the Stellar blockchain within the digital securities sector. Due to the structuring of this blockchain, it is proving to be highly adept at meeting the needs of the industry. Check out the article below for another example of a company recently adopting Stellar.
AmaZix turns to KABN for Identification Services
In their experience dealing with security token offerings, KABN has noted the need for next-gen identification services. Through the creation, issuance, and management of digital securities, they are able to ensure that tokens remain compliant with regulations. The initial onboarding process, which ensures only appropriate investors gain access to these STOs, is lacking in sophistication.
This recognition led AmaZix to seek out KABN for their patent-pending identification services dubbed ‘KABN ID’. This pairing of companies announced their strategic partnership today.
While KABN ID is what drew AmaZix to their new partner, they have indicated that they intend to make use of the full suite of KABN services. This includes opening new avenues for market access through KABN’s ability to facilitate crypto-fiat transfers.
In their announcement, the CEOs of both KABN and AmaZix took the time to elaborate on this partnership.
“The overwhelming evidence justifies the need for closer scrutiny of processes and regulatory frameworks in token offerings, with the securitization of digital assets believed by many to be the natural progression for the space. It is a direction that AmaZix believes in and is working diligently towards, as demonstrated by their specialized advisory services and their partnership track record. We share their excitement and optimism for the industry’s future and look forward to collaborating.”
“Programmable regulatory compliance is a built-in feature with digital securities, ensuring the necessary KYC and AML processes are satisfied. But if STOs are to be the way forward, we have to analyze and consider the practical aspects of identity management on the blockchain, particularly with the growing debate surrounding privacy and the protection of personal data in the era of GDPR…And this is where we believe KABN’s solutions for token offering verification are technically appropriate for securing accreditation and will allow for responsible and compliant KYC processes. In addition, its neo financial services like its branded Visa prepaid card and banking wallet will give users an additional aspect that bridges the world of traditional and alternative finance, allowing them to use and spend crypto with more ease.”
AmaZix is a Hong Kong based company that was established in 2017. Above all, AmaZix functions as a consultation firm, focusing on the burgeoning digital securities sector. In their short time within the industry, they have been wildly successful – helping to raise over $1.3 billion for over 100 companies.
KABN is a Vancouver based company that was founded in 2017. Under the guidance of CEO, Ben Kessler, KABN has gone on to develop a suite of services aimed towards the digital securities sector. These range from their flagship identification service, to a crypto based debit card, and loyalty program.
In Other News
Both KABN and AmaZix have been busy establishing themselves in this nascent industry. Throughout their steps towards establishing themselves, we have detailed them various times here at securities.io. Check out the articles below to learn a little bit more about what these two companies have accomplished as of late.
Tokeny and Archax form Strategic Partnership
Archax is ironing out all the details prior to the upcoming launch of their digital securities exchange. Part of this process is establishing partnerships with issuance platforms. In doing so, Archax will ensure that their own platform will have no shortage of token listings.
With this in mind, today, the duo of Tokeny and Archax announced a strategic partnership. This relationship will see digital securities issued via the Tokeny platform, through the use of their TREX framework, listed for trading on the Archax exchange.
This development creates a comprehensive suite of services for investors, and will help the industry deliver the much sought after liquidity within these assets.
In their press release, the CEOs of both Tokeny and Archax, took the time to comment on the partnership discussed here today.
“We are building a regulated, institutional market – based in London – for institutions to trade in credible, digital securities globally. As such we want to partner with leading firms like Tokeny, who are a key part of this emerging ecosystem, and tokenising assets that can then be listed and traded on our exchange. The tokenisation of real-world assets using blockchain technology will not only unlock liquidity and create secondary markets for assets that are currently hard to trade, but also has the potential to disrupt all traditional financial markets too.”
“We know how strong Archax’s team is and they share the same belief that blockchain will transform capital markets. For blockchain to become the preferred infrastructure for this industry it’s imperative for there to be seamless transferability between the key actors in the market. By agreeing this partnership, we are able to offer the end-to-end compliant issuance of their security and Archax will provide the customer with the all-important access to the secondary market.”
Tokeny was founded in 2017, and is headquartered out of Luxembourg. Above all, Tokeny functions as a FinTech company. Over the past year, the team has set their sights on developing a comprehensive platform, tailored towards the digital securities sector. Under the watch of CEO, Luc Falempin, Tokeny has managed to establish various strategic partnerships, along with the release of the ‘TREX’ framework.
Graham Rodford founded Archax in 2018, and currently acts as the CEO of this young company. Archax maintains headquarters in London, England. Here, the company is actively developing a next-gen exchange for digital securities – which is anticipated to launch in the latter half of 2019.
In Other News
Both Tokeny and Archax have found themselves in our news feed various times over the past year. Whether establishing strategic partnerships, or announcing future STOs on their platforms, this pair of companies has been active. Below are a few articles detailing past developments of each.
- Smartland Acquisition Opens New Doors for Crowdfunding March 22, 2019
- AmaZix turns to KABN for Identification Services March 21, 2019
- Tokeny and Archax form Strategic Partnership March 21, 2019
- Blockport Announces Support for TrueUSD March 21, 2019
- The Application of Broker-Dealer and Exchange Regulations to Secondary Markets – Thought Leaders March 21, 2019