The Baltic country of Lithuania seeks to become a major hub for security token activity across Europe. The country continues to welcome security token investments into their border with favorable regulations. In June, the country’s Minister of Finance, Vilius Sapoka, issued cryptocurrency and ICO guidelines. These helped Lithuania solidify its position as a top crypto country in Europe.
Lithuania managed to accomplish increased security token investment through a combination of factors. The Lithuanian Finance Ministry has long supported FinTech advancements. The country provides leadership in advanced IT infrastructure and alternative methods of accessing financing for startups.
In the About US section of Lithuania’s new crypto guidelines, Sapoka refers to the blockchain technology as a “phenomenon” that “cannot be ignored.” He also discussed the importance of minimizing the impact of this technology on the stability of current markets and reducing the ability of nefarious groups to use the technology to fund their organizations. Sapokja ends the section with a lighthearted joke referencing Lithuania as “#Litechnia.”
ICO & Crypto Guidelines
The Minister of Finance broke these guidelines down into four specific areas of importance. The four mentioned categories are regulation, taxation, accounting, and anti-money laundering (AML) / Combating Financing Terrorism (CFT).
This section begins with a description of an initial coin offering (ICO). The guidelines go into an explanation of security tokens. According to the guidelines, you are subject to securities regulations if your tokens:
- Grant rights to the company management process.
- Entitle token holder to a share in company profits.
- Offer interest on the investment.
- Promise redemption for costs through token sales.
Those organizations that offer security tokens will be required by the Bank of Lithuania to provide name, brand, financial information, platform structure, and management environment prior to approval.
The taxation section describes the asset class of cryptocurrencies. Here, the guidelines describe cryptocurrency as the same as fiat currency for the purpose of regulation. Additionally, the section states that certain types of tokens can fall under additional tax laws depending on their use. There is also a brief section on corporate vs personal crypto tax filing.
Interestingly, the guidelines place miners out of the taxation zone. That is unless they provide their mining services to others. Miners are tax exempt on the sale of mined cryptocurrency as well.
This section explains how ICO earnings should be accounted for. Token owners can learn how to claim their earnings depending on the type of token they issue. In the opening section, token issuers learn how to record their earning in the profit/loss statement.
AML / CFT
In this text, it is explained that Lithuania plans to amend their AML and CFT laws to include virtual currency. It lists exchanges and wallets as the first area to receive amendment.
Lithuania is officially the first country in Europe to host a security token offering (STO). The DESICO project claims the title as the first EU STO and it is of significant importance that the developers behind the project choose Lithuania as their base. In a public interview, developers pointed out Lithuania’s strong framework and ICO regulations as the reason for choosing the country.
Lithuania’s strong pro crypto stance makes the country an attractive option for blockchain investment firms. Lithuanian officials recognized the demand for more crypto regulation and made the necessary framework to facilitate growth. Now the country is poised to pioneer the security token revolution.
REMCO Software to see Security Tokens Listed on LATOKEN
REMCO Software is in the midst of completing a ‘security token offering’. As you may know, this refers to a crowdfunding campaign tailored towards accredited investors. During the offering, investors are able to purchase digital securities in the form of a token, typically representative of equity shares within the issuing company – an efficient merger of traditional and future finance.
Recently, REMCO announced good news, as they have secured an agreement that, once issued, will see their tokens listed for trading on the LATOKEN platform. By providing a flexible listing platform, LATOKEN will enable investors to easily trade between REMCO tokens and FIAT currencies. The ability to do so is expected to result in new-found levels of liquidity, not normally witness when dealing with such assets.
In their press release, representatives from both REMCO and LATOKEN spoke on the agreement, and what it means for the industry.
“We are especially pleased to welcome REMCO token in the pool of our future projects. Their business model is both practical and very innovative. It brings a great deal of added value to the industry.”
“LATOKEN’s innovative approach appealed to us…There are many crucial steps to getting this business off the ground, and we appreciate reaching this milestone with LATOKEN.”
REMCO is a young company looking to revolutionize the remittance industry. They intend to do so, by utilizing traits inherent to blockchain technology that will allow for greater transparency and efficiency in finance. They were founded in 2018, and are based out of Laurel, Maryland.
Company operations are currently spearheaded by CEO, Peter Ojo. Under his watch, the company hopes to successfully complete a security token offering, which will facilitate their envisioned future.
LATOKEN refers to ‘Liquid Assets Platform’. Founded in 2017, CEO, Valentin Preobrazhenskiy, has guided the platform into becoming a promising player within the industry. As their name implies, the platform aims to bring liquidity to a variety of assets. Through their FIAT gateways, they have now begun to attract the attention of companies, such as REMCO.
In Other News
While this is the first time that each of these companies have graced our headlines, there is no shortage of news in the industry. Here is a brief look at a few articles detailing recent partnerships, and industry developments.
Magic BlockchainQA to Collaborate with Securitize
It was recently announced by Magic Blockchain QA, that they have established a working relationship with industry leader, Securitize.
The nature of this relationship will see each company refer clients to the other. They are essentially building bridges, which will provide clients with a greater variety of integrates services.
In addition to client referrals, this relationship will see Magic BlockchainQA offer their quality and analysis services for the DS-Protocol. This protocol was custom built by Securitize to fit the needs of the digital securities industry. Through its implementation, clients are able to sell, create, issue, and manage digital securities backed by a variety of assets.
This development is reminiscent of one that occurred just recently. At that time, we reported on a similar relationship between DESICO and Securitize. As stated, these types of relationships are key to ensuring steady growth in the relationship. At this stage in the game, what is good for one player is good for all players.
Anuraj Soni, President of Magic Blockchain QA, took the time to address this development.
“The Securitize platform has gained significant prominence in last few years and this partnership allows Magic to train its consultants on this platform enabling Securitize clients easy access to a pool of Magic consultants who can help with the seamless adoption of this platform.”
Magic BlockchainQA touts themselves as the world’s first quality and analysis services dedicated to blockchain applications. Check out the following video to learn more about why this is an important and needed service.
This young company was founded in 2018, and is based out of New York City. Company operations are overseen by President Anuraj Soni. He boasts years of experience in leadership roles at companies like Bank of America, GENPACT, and other.
To date, Magic BlockchainQA has established partnerships with not only Securitize, but MythX as well.
Since commencing operations in 2017, Securitize has developed a tech-stack that allows for them to offers clients end-to-end tokenization services. These services range from token creation, to issuance, and lifetime management post distribution.
In Other News
To learn more about the companies discussed here today, make sure to check out a few of the articles below. While this is the first time we have detailed Magic Blockchain, Securitize is a regular on our newsfeed.
Blockchain Identity Firm WISeCoin Announces STO
The Swiss-based cybersecurity firm, WISeCoin announced plans to host an STO in Q2 2019. The announcement has captured the attention of analysts and follows the receival of a “no-Action Letter” from the Swiss Financial Supervisory Authority (FINMA). The move marks another step forward for the Swiss security token market.
WISeCoin is a subsidiary of WISeKey. WISeKey created the WISeCoin platform to furhte3r pursue their blockchain identity strategy. Speaking on the decision to host an STO, WISeKey CEO, Carlos Moreira, discussed how his platform utilizes a wide-range of “blockchain enabled microchips” to provide clients with a customizable identification system. He also touched on the importance of increasing your digital identification procedures to adapt to the “evolving device landscape.”
WISeCoin developers seek to revolutionize the world of digital identification via the integration of IoT, blockchain, and AI. The concept is anything but simple. WISeCoin integrates a host of proprietary technology to merge seamlessly merge these sectors. Here’s how the system functions.
Blockchain of Identity
Blockchain identification systems are nothing new to the sector. The ability to verify, authenticate, and securely manage digital identities via the blockchain continues to drive more firms into this business model. What makes WISeCoin different is their approach to the problem.
WISeCoin developers decided to leverage the immutable nature of blockchain technology by pairing it with the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is the network of billions of smart devices currently entering the market. These items are able to monitor and communicate with each other.
To put the scope of this network into perspective, there were 15.4 billion smart devices connected in 2015 according to IHS reports. Intel plans to expand that network to 200 billion devices by 2020. Of these smart devices, wearable units are the fastest growing. IDC forecasts predict a 31 percent increase in this sector by 2020.
As you could imagine, leveraging these devices is an extremely powerful way to monitor, verify, and authenticate people, or items. In order to accomplish this monumental task, WISeCoin developers employ “Root of Trust” RoT and PKI protocols. RoT protocols provide secure authentication across both digital and physical environments.
WISeKey International Holding Ltd.
The world of AI, IoT, and blockchain are destined to play important roles in the future. WISeKey combines the best attributes of these advanced sciences. The firm is sure to see continued success in the coming months as their STO approaches.
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