The popular European-based security token issuance platform Neufund announced a strategic partnership with the crypto exchange Blocktrade this week. Neufund specializes in tokenization of real and digital assets. The firm was among the first EU-compliant tokenization platforms to enter the space. Today, the platform hosts multiple legally-binding security tokens.
This latest partnership with Blocktrade is meant to increase liquidity for Neufund token users according to the platform’s developers. The connection is the most recent of many new agreements Neufund cemented in the last few months. To date, the firm announced partnerships with Binance, BitBay, and the Malta Stock Exchange.
Neufund announced six upcoming security token offerings which they will issue in the coming months. These STOs include Uniti, mySwoop, Brille24, Next Big Thing, Emflux Motors, and Blockstate. The platform’s developers also announced plans to host their own STO sometime this year.
Zoe Adamovics is the co-founder and CEO of the Neufund project. In a recent interview, Zoa explained how the Blocktrade partnership came about. Both firms share a common goal of tokenizing “real world assets, including private equity.” She also spoke briefly on the differences between issuing security tokens and enabling secondary trading.
Zoe believes that her firms focus on the latter will help Neufund gain traction in the space. The young Co-founder and CEO is no stranger to the blockchain, and currently, she travels the globe promoting the advantages provided by security tokens. Her last seminar was hosted in Berlin earlier in the month, with great success.
Neufund’s CEO wasn’t the only company executive to praise the deal. In a public statement Blocktrade’s CEO Luka Gubo spoke on the importance of creating a security token ecosystem. He explained that this development is essential to provide the growing security token sector with more opportunity. He also discussed his admiration for Neufund’s fully regulated approach to the market.
Blocktrade entered the market earlier in the year amid growing interests in regulated cryptocurrency tokens. The platform registered as a security token exchange this year. While still in its development stages, Blocktrade submitted for their Multilateral Trading Facility license earlier in the year. The platform also provides enterprise-level tokenization options.
Security Token Issuance Platforms
Security token platforms continue to enter the cryptospace to accommodate for the rising public interests in these newly regulated coins. Platforms such as Polymath, Securitize, Swarm, and Securrency all offers businesses an easy way to tokenize their assets similarly to Neufund.
Despite the growing competition in the market, Neufund offers users a comprehensive security token experience. By providing access to the secondary markets, investors gain confidence in their ability to liquefy their assets. This strategy could help Neufund secure a position as the top EU security token issuance platform.
A More “Secure” Crypto Future
Many in the crypto space see the development of security tokens as the next logical step in the cryptomarket’s progression towards large-scale adoption. Platforms such as Neufund help to bridge the gap between the cryptomarket and traditional investment firms. Its safe to say that the security token space is just heating up.
Bankhaus von der Heydt Unveils Blockchain Strategy
This week, the German Bank von der Heyd stunned the EU banking community after revealing plans to issue security tokens and offer custodial services in the coming weeks. The news demonstrates further integration of blockchain technology among the EU’s traditional banking sector, as well as, a desire by Bankhaus von der Heydt to become the industry leader.
News of the new services first broke via a press release. In the release, the private bank shed some light on the project and the progress to date. Company documents revealed that the bank completed its first custodial transactions successfully this month. Additionally, the blog gave some insight into the bank’s future intentions.
According to reports, Bankhaus von der Heydt will provide commercial clients the ability to tokenize assets via the platform. In this way, bank officials seek to become a major force in the German blockchain sector. Additionally, the bank has plans to issue a EURO-backed stablecoin in the coming months to supplement its digital asset economy.
The new products make Bankhaus von der Heydt the first German bank to provide a digital asset custody solution to clients. As such, the firm hopes to achieve a significant strategic advantage over the competition. Discussing the new strategy Bank von der Heydt managing director, Philipp Doppelhammer spoke on his firm’s work. He explained that bank researchers spent years observing the blockchain space. This research helped the firm to design relevant products to the current state of the market.
Doppelhammer also explained why these products provide his firm with outstanding added value. As the only German bank to offer licensed digital asset custodial services, Bankhaus von der Heydt is positioned to be a major player in the EU markets. Lastly, he took a moment to let the public know that these products are now ready for the market from a regulatory and technological perspective.
In order to ensure the success of the venture, Bank von der Heydt collaborated with FinTech and blockchain services provider, Bitbond. For its part, Bitbond provided the technical infrastructure surrounding the custodial aspects of the strategy. Additionally, the bank utilized Bitbond’s proprietary technology to develop several asset structuring and asset servicing products as well.
Speaking on the partnership, Radoslav Albrecht, CEO, and founder of Bitbond explained how his firm continues to work with several banks and financial intermediaries to expand the capabilities of the platform. He also touched on the important benefits tokenization brings to the market, such as liquidity.
Additionally, Albrecht described the feeling of excitement surrounding the project. Here he pointed out that this was the first project to use blockchain technology in the area of securitization and private placements in the country. He also stated that his firm was “pleased to cooperate” with the bank, which he labeled a proven industry expert.
Bankhaus von der Heydt Takes the Lead
It now appears that Bankhaus von der Heydt will have a strong positioning in the market moving forward. This firm continues to utilize its unique stance to keep up-to-date on all the latest FinTech trends. You can expect to hear a lot more from this group as its new projects gain popularity in the coming weeks.
CFTC to Give its Stance on GRAM Token Classification
This month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stepped up its battle against the mobile messaging giant Telegram. For months, the two groups have been enthralled in a trial to determine the classification of Telegram’s GRAM token. This week, in an attempt to break the legal stalemate, the SEC reached out to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to hear its stance on the project.
According to reports, a letter was sent from the federal judge presiding over the case, Kevin Castel, directly to the Office of General Counsel of the United States Commodities Futures Trading Commission. Specifically, the letter asks the organization to determine if the GRAM token is a security or not.
As such, the importance of this document can’t be overstated. The court’s determination will have a direct effect on the classification of certain types of cryptocurrencies within the United States moving forward. For its part, the SEC argues that the GRAM token is, in fact, a security.
Regulators stated that the entire crowdfunding event, which raised around $1.7 billion, violated the Securities Act of 1933. On top of the claim, SEC alleges that Telegram participated in the unauthorized sale of securities. Lastly, the SEC also claims the group convoluted the difference between a purchaser’s investment in the digital asset and the delivery of the asset itself.
Telegram Refutes the Charges – GRAM
Despite the heavy-handed approach the SEC has taken, Telegram continues to stand its ground. The firm insists that its GRAM token is a commodity. As such, Telegram stated that GRAM tokens do not fall under the SEC’s jurisdiction.
Recent court filings shed some light on the details of Telegrams 2018 ICO. According to these documents, Telegram raised $1.7 billion from 171 investors. Of these investors, $424.5M came from 39 US-based investors. The remaining $1.28 billion in funding came from international participation from 132 additional investors.
What is the GRAM Token?
The GRAM token project originated with the goal to provide Telegram users with an online currency to supplement the Telegram platform. Developers envisioned a cryptocurrency that saw global usage among Telegram’s 300 million subscribers. According to company executives, the hope was to spur the growth of a new economy that would use Telegram as the man medium of communication.
So Are GRAM Tokens Security Tokens?
While the SEC continues to drive home their perspective on Telegram’s blockchain projects, the cryptocommunity awaits a final answer. As it stands today, several filings were made with no relevant determinations yet. Telegram executives and regulators are keen to the fact that this case would set a major precedent across the entire US blockchain sector.
When you consider the ramification of the Telegram trial, it’s easy to see why company executives are not willing to bow to the SEC’s pressure. For one, the firm has billions in funding to fight a long-drawn-out court battle. Additionally, Telegram executives have put forth a lot of effort into the creation and maintenance of the GRAM ecosystem. To lose these funds, would be a huge hit for the firm.
Securitize Receives Backing from Sony
In a sign of the changing times, the Japanese conglomerate Sony announced an investment into the security token issuance platform, Securitize. Sony now joins a long list of global tech giants entering the blockchain sector. This latest maneuver demonstrates the maturing of the Japanese security token market, as well as, a major milestone for Securitize.
Discussing the monumental achievement, Securitize CEO and co-founder Carlos Domingo spoke on what the investment means to the industry. He explained that Sony’s decision validates Securitize as one of the chief “architects of digital capital markets.” He also touched on Sony’s coveted brand and how the firm’s reputation is sure to bolster further interests in the security token sector.
Sony Financial Ventures (SFV)
Sony made its investment into Securitize via one of its main subsidiaries – SFV.GP. Notably, SFV.GP’s management responsibilities are split between Sony Financial Ventures (SFV) and Global Brain. Speaking On the news, SFV director Junji Nakamura explained the new capabilities blockchain tech brings to the table. He described the ability to create new asset classes and add liquidity to the market. Finally, he welcomed the challenges that his firm will encounter on their journey.
SFV is part of the Sony Financial Group. The Tokyo-based Sony Financial Group is a much larger financial services firm that includes numerous holdings on behalf of Sony. These holdings include Sony Life Insurance, Sony Assurance, Sony Bank, Sony Payment Services, and Sony Lifecare, just to name a few.
The Sony Financial Group has a reputation for investing in startups with the potential to disrupt markets. Currently, the firm has investments in Asia, North America, and Europe. These investments span the gambit of upending technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and robotics.
The decision to invest in Securitize by Sony comes on the heels of a successful funding round for the firm. Securitize secured $14 million in investment funds from a wide variety of global investors. These investors included Nomura Holdings, MUFG Innovation Partners, Santander InnoVentures, and Blockchain Capital.
Securitize Making Moves
This year started off with a bang for Securitize. In January, the firm finalized a deal with AltoIRA. This deal was a major milestone for the entire security token sector because it was the first time that a platform received approval to allow US investors to invest in digital assets directly from their IRA. This momentum now continues with Sony jumping on board.
A Leader in the Blockchain Sector
Its been exciting to watch Securitize develop over the last few years. The firm has gone from a concept to a major player in the market. Today, Securitize is one of the most respected names in the game. Its no doubt that this stellar reputation is what caught Sony’s attention.
One thing is for sure, considering the level of interests Securitize garnished with this latest investor, its goal to modernize the capital markets is is in full swing.
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