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‘PCG Holdings’ Shows Belief in Security Tokens with Investment in ‘Issuance’

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Issuance Receives Investment and Guidance

In a just released statement, Issuance has announced not only multiple investments, but the addition of a new advisor.

The first investment is from PCG Holdings Inc. While the second Investment was a private in nature, on behalf of PCG Holdings CEO, Jeff Ramson. It is the very same Jeff Ramson that will be joining Issuance in an advisory role.

Jeff Ramson

With a keen eye for opportunity within tech-companies, Jeff Ramson has successfully founded and grown PCG Holdings. He has done so by employing his 30years of experience gained in a variety of sectors from trading to portfolio management.

Jeff Ramson has found himself enveloped by blockchain over the past few years. With his fund focusing on emerging-tech, this is no wonder.

Cementing his stance in the belief that blockchain has huge potential, was a personal investment of his in Issuance. This is a perfect example of ‘put your money where your mouth is’.

Commentary

Speaking on the development discussed today, were the CEOs from each company.

Jeff Ramson, CEO of PCG, stated, “Our mission is to fund companies with technologies exuding the transformational powers capable of revolutionizing the global economy — Issuance is in perfect alignment with this goal…We believe our investment in Issuance will strengthen their position as an industry leader working to bridge traditional capital markets with digital securities.”

Darren Marble, CEO of Issuance, stated, “We are honored to receive an investment from both Jeff Ramson and his firm as we build Issuance into a modern investment bank for digital securities issuers…With decades of experience on Wall Street as an institutional trader and portfolio manager — as well as being an entrepreneur who has built two substantial investment-related business enterprises — Jeff will serve as an invaluable resource.”

PCG Holdings Inc.

PCG Holdings is based out of New York. The company was founded by Jeff Ramson in 2008, and continues forward under his guidance.

Above all, they function as an investment group tailored towards next-gen tech. This may range from AI, to Genomics, and of course, Blockchain.

Issuance

Issuance was founded in 2018, and is based out of Los Angeles, California. The main purpose of the company is to act as a bridging platform. This means working to connect investors with appropriate digital securities issuers.

Check securities.io again for future news on Issuance, as they have indicated future plans to tokenize themselves.

Recent News

With the New Year here, Issuance looks primed to continue their rapid development. Recently, we conversed with Issuance CEO, Darren Marble, regarding the present and future of the company. Make sure to check out that discussion HERE.

Beyond our discussions with Darren Marble, we have detailed various developments regarding Issuance. These can be found HERE.

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iSTOX Builds Upon Recent Successes with a Further $5M in Funding

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iSTOX Builds Upon Recent Successes with a Further $5M in Funding

Additional Funding

Capital markets platform, iSTOX, has recently announced the successful attainment of $5 million worth of funding.

This particular sum of capital was generated through a new partnership and investment, with Hanwha Asset Management.

Series A

This announcement of further funding comes meres months after the successful completion of the company’s Series A; An event which saw iSTOX draw the attention of various backers which believe in the future of the platform.

Between these two successive instances of funding, iSTOX should be well positioned to continue the development and adoption of their vision; A vision surrounding the potential of digital securities, and their ability to transform capital markets.

iSTOX Exchange Completes Series A Funding

Backers

To date, iSTOX has managed to attract attention from various high profile companies.  The following are a few of these known to have played a role in recent capital generation events surrounding iSTOX.

  • Kiatnakin Phatra Financial Group
  • Heliconia Capital Management
  • Singapore Exchange (SGX)
  • Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings

This grouping of companies is an impressive one, as they represent some of the most influential and progressive ones found in Asian nations.

Commentary

With regards to the freshly procured $5 million, iSTOX CEO, Danny Toe, took the time to comment.  He stated,

“As iSTOX continues to grow, our relationships with partners like Hanwha are allowing us to build a powerful foundation to develop iSTOX into a pioneering service that addresses the evolving needs of 21st century investors…These partnerships will take on an even greater importance in early 2020, when iSTOX transitions into full operational status.”

iSTOX

Founded in 2017, iSTOX not only maintains headquarters, but is regulated within, the nation of Singapore.

CEO, Danny Toe, currently oversees company operations.

Hanwha Asset Management

Founded in 2011, Hanwha Asset Management maintains headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.  Since their launch, Hanwha has managed to establish a diverse set of financial offerings, bringing them alongside leaders in the sector.

CEO, Yong Hyun Kim, currently oversees company operations.

In Other News

A successful Series A is an important first step for any company.  Not only does this allow for the continued development of a company’s product/service, it indicates that others believe in their vision, as well – at least enough to invest their hard earned money.

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US Global Securities to Act as ‘Lead Financial Advisor’ for $50M Raise by Custodial Platform, Koine.

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US Global Securities to Act as 'Lead Financial Advisor' for $50M Raise by Custodial Platform, Koine.

$50M Raise

Recognizing the need, and potential, for services surrounding custody of digital assets, Koine has recently announced their intention to host a $50 million equity raise.

The goal of this move is to facilitate, not only global growth, but the expansion of services offered through their platform.

In an effort to ensure their success, Koine has turned to US Capital Global Securities, placing the company on retainer as a ‘lead financial advisor’.

Past Experience

In the past, we have reported on US Capital Global Securities performing similar roles with other companies involved in the digital securities sector.  One example of this, was their role as a placement agent in the CityBlock DSO.

US Capital Global Securities to Act as Placement Agent in CityBlock DSO

Services Offered

While their suite of services offered will surely grow in time, Koine notes the following current capabilities:

  • Custody of Digital Assets
  • Real-time Settlement
  • FIAT storage and payment gateways
  • Online Access & API Connectivity

Commentary

Upon announcing their partnership, representatives from each, US Capital Global and Koine, took the time to comment.  The following is what each had to say on the matter.

Hugh Hughes, CEO of Koine, stated,

“Market reaction to Koine’s scalable, institutional-class solution for custody and settlement has been immensely favorable. As we enter 2020, we are focused on driving and supporting international participation in the digital assets marketplace with our applications for regulatory licenses in other trusted jurisdictions, in line with our aim to become the most highly-regulated solution for custody and settlement of digital assets globally…US Capital Global’s proven experience and valuable insight into capital formation, especially in the FinTech arena, will be tremendously beneficial to us at this crucial time in Koine’s development.”

Charles Towle, CEO of US Capital Global Securities, stated,

“It’s an honor to serve Koine as its placement agent and lead financial advisor for this upcoming investment opportunity as we engage selected dealers to expand the distribution of this offering. Koine is driven by an expansive, forward-thinking vision of the digital assets market that we at US Capital Global find very exciting.”

US Capital Global

In operation since 1998, US Capital Global is a well-known financial group, which is headquartered in San Francisco.  One of the company’s affiliates is US Capital Global Securities – a broker/dealer licensed under FINRA.

CEO, Charles Towle, currently oversees operations of US Capital Global Securities.

Koine

Founded in 2017, Koine maintains headquarters in London, England.  Above all, the company is working on the continued development of their suite of services, meant to solve custody and compliance issues within digital securities.

CEO, Hugh Hughes, currently oversees company operations.

Custody Solutions

As recently as yesterday, we were reporting on developments pertaining to custody solutions in the sector.  With rising institutional interest in digital securities, and blockchain as a whole, these custody based solutions are imperative for ensuring a bright future.

Hex Trust Custody Platform made Possible through IBM

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Hex Trust Custody Platform made Possible through IBM

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Hex Trust Custody Platform made Possible through IBM

Addressing a Common Goal

With rising institutional interest in the world of blockchain, products and services built with security in mind are paramount to ensure continued adoption.  With this in mind, IBM, and Hex Trust have recently announced a partnership.

This partnership, which is the product of an MOU signed between the pair in mid-2019, sees Hex Trust building a custody solution for the industry.  Development on the project being made possible through the use of Hyper Protect – a LinuxONE based suite of services developed by IBM.

Platform Capabilities

The capabilities of the platform look to be quite versatile, with support for digital assets of any nature – including digital securities.

The following is a brief list of only a few capabilities to be offered by the Hex Trust custody solution.

  • Reporting and monitoring
  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • First & Third party key management
  • Hierarchical sub-account structures

Commentary

Upon announcing their partnership, representatives from each party took the time to comment.  The following is what each had to say on the matter.

Alessio Quaglini, CEO of Hex Trust, stated,

“Through our relationship with IBM as a Business Partner Hex Trust has hit a key milestone.  Leveraging IBM’s advanced data security and protection features through IBM Hyper Protect Virtual Servers with the dynamic accessibility and scalability, Hex Trust’s proprietary platform will encourage regulated financial institutions to enter the space.”

Ross Mauri, General Manager for IBM Z, stated,

“Data privacy and protection are key concerns for enterprises and customers within the digital asset business…By taking advantage of IBM Hyper Protect Services, Hex Trust can gain the benefits provided by the security and privacy solutions underpinned by IBM LinuxONE, to establish a highly secured platform for their institutional custody solution.”

Custody

With digital securities, and similar markets, expected to grow greatly in the coming years, there need to be solutions put into place that safeguard assets.  While many retail investors remain quite lax, with regards to the security of their digital assets, institutional players will not fall into this trap.  Only once there are sufficient safeguards in place, will they truly enter the market.

Development of such services has begun popping up throughout 2019, and look to continue that trend in 2020.  Whether it’s Gemini providing custody services to BlockFi, or Coinbase Custody supporting digital securities such as ‘BCAP’, there is evident growth.

IBM

Operating out of New York, IBM has remained one of the world’s most well-known tech companies for decades.  While the company has had various specialities throughout the years, they currently have an emphasis on cloud and cognitive based solutions.

CEO, Virginia Rometty, currently oversees company operations.

Hex Trust

Founded in 2017, Hex Trust maintains headquarters in Hong Kong.  Above all, the company specializes in offering blockchain based custody solutions.

CEO, Alessio Quaglini, currently oversees company operations.

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