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Poloniex Cleans House as Tokens Delisted for Fear of Being Called Securities

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Poloniex Cleans House as Tokens Delisted for Fear of Being Called Securities

Poloniex Delisting Assets

Poloniex has given unfortunate news to enthusiasts of various assets supported through their platform. The popular exchange has announced that, due to ongoing regulatory uncertainty, they will be de-listing a variety of assets.

This event is a precautionary one, as the possibility exists that the structuring of these assets would classify them as securities. Fearing retribution from the SEC, Poloniex has decided to play it safe, and remove their support.

Uncertainty Remains

While the portfolio of offered assets on Poloniex remains strong, this does not mean that other assets can rest easy.

It has been made known, by various industry participants, over the past few weeks that uncertainty remains pervasive in the digital securities space. This is largely, in part, due to a lack of clarity afforded by United States regulatory body, the Security and Exchange Commission.

Until the SEC is able to provide more detailed guidance on these digital assets, expect to see more de-listings, for fear of these being dubbed securities.

Down and Out

The affected assets in this announcement total 9, which each unique in their structuring and target markets. They are as follows,

  • Augur (REP)
  • Omni (OMNI)
  • Decred (DCR)
  • Game (GAME)
  • Ardor (ARDR)
  • Bytecoin (BCN)
  • Gas (GAS)
  • Lisk (LSK)
  • Nxt (NXT)

Commentary

In a statement to the public, Poloniex explained their reasoning for the delisting of various assets. The Poloniex team broke the news, to holders of these tokens, by stating the following.

“We are committed to complying with regulatory requirements in every jurisdiction. Today’s action is a result of regulatory uncertainty in the US market. Specifically, it is not possible to be certain whether US regulators will consider these assets to be securities.”

Despite this, the team continued, expressing optimism moving forward.

“We understand how frustrating this choice is for our customers, and for the crypto community more broadly. We believe in the power and potential of these assets, and will continue to focus time and energy on supporting positive policy and regulatory developments for crypto assets in the US and around the world.”

Poloniex

Poloniex is a Delaware based cryptocurrency exchange, which was launched in 2014. In the time since their launch, Poloniex has gone on to establish themselves as a leading exchange. Poloniex’s reputation has been strengthened in the past year, since being acquired by Circle.

Circle

Circle is a Boston based company, which made waves in 2018, when their $400 million acquisition of Poloniex occurred. In the time since this move, Circle has worked to bring Poloniex in line with regulations, building a strong reputation, and growing the platform at the same time.

In Other News

While this is unfortunate news for enthusiasts of the affected assets, Poloniex doesn’t simply have a habit of delisting. In previous months, we have noted their addition of Polymath and their utility token for use through their security token’s tailored services.

Security Token Platform, Polymath (POLY), Listed on Growing Number of Exchanges

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Libra to Utilize KoreConX in Upcoming Digital Security Offering

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Libra to Utilize KoreConX in Upcoming Digital Security Offering

African DSO

KoreConX has recently announced that they have been chosen by Libra Project to host an upcoming digital security offering.

This event will see Libra Project raise capital for their green initiative. Primarily, Libra Project is working to develop renewable energy sources, with the goal of bringing 1st world amenities, such as reliable power, to 100 million humans.

This endeavour represents the first fully compliant DSO to target, and be hosted, within Africa and the Middle East – also the primary regions in which the project can affect the most change.

Commentary

In making the announcement of their partnership, the CEO of each, KoreConX and Libra, took the time to comment. The following is what each had to say on the matter.

Hans Fraikin, CEO and Cofounder of Libra Project, stated,

“Libra Project is thrilled to enter into this new partnership with KoreConX…Their world-class digital securities asset management protocol will accelerate our plan to become the first fully compliant DSO (digital security offering) in the Middle East and Africa. Ultimately, this partnership supports Libra Project’s mission of democratizing access to impact investments all the while bringing clean energy to hundreds of millions of people in Asia and Africa.”          

Oscar Jofre, CEO and Cofounder of KoreConX, stated,

“The Middle East is a very important region for us. We want the regulators and companies in the Middle East to know that there is a provider that does things the right way and will meet their regulatory obligations. We are truly glad that more and more companies are starting to realize the transformation that comes with blockchain, and the ways it can simplify doing business.”

Libra Project

Libra Project is a U.K based company, operating out of London. The company maintains satellite offices in a variety of locations, including Abu Dhabi. Libra Project is actively developing their own service, known as Blockchange. This will act as a bridging platform, connecting green initiatives start-ups with interested investors.

Company operations are overseen by CEO, Hans Fraikin.

KoreConX

KoreConX is a New York based company, which was founded in 2016. Through their KorePartners Ecosystem, and in-house services, this young company is able to offer clients a comprehensive digital securities issuance platform.

Company operations are overseen by CEO, Oscar Jofre.

In Other News

Libra represents a growing trend surrounding ‘green’ projects. Another company which is utilizing blockchain to tackle global issues is Almond. Not only did we recently detail their company, but we had the pleasure of interviewing their CEO. Check out the following articles to learn more about Almond, and what they are doing to better the world.

Almond – Be the Chance the Earth Needs

Interview Series – Almond CEO, Oliver Bolton

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Securitize DS Token Protocol goes Open Source

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Securitze Goes Open Source on DS Token

The security token issuance platform, Securitize raised eyebrows amongst the cryptocommunity this week after releasing its DS Token code to the public. The move goes along with the crypto sectors long-held stance of open-source projects. Now, programmers from across the globe have a chance to test and advance the platform’s core coding.

News of Securitize’s decision spread quickly after the announcement was made at Coindesk’s latest Consensus 2019 conference. Consensus is one of the largest blockchain conferences in the world. Securitize used the hugely popular seminar to ensure their announcement received the proper attention and publicity the company desired.

A Proven Standard

Discussing the decision, Securitize co-founder and CEO,Carlos Domingo first explained how Securitizes’ Digital Securities Protocol proved itself over the last year. He then took a moment to explain why the decision opens many doors for the company.

Securitize via Homepage

Securitize via Homepage

Domingo sees a future where developers are now able to create and test Dapps based on the Digital Securities Protocol (DS). Dapps are a crucial component of any token standards in the marketplace. As a result, analysts continually point out that the Dapps propel a project forward.

Dapps are Important

For example, Ethereum is by far the most widely used platform to launch security tokens. In most instances, security tokens launch as a variant to the ERC-20 protocol. The main difference being that these tokens also include the necessary regulatory compliance mechanisms found in security tokens. Likewise, ERC-based Dapps are among the most prevalent in the market.

Now Securitize wants to capture some of the excitement and added functionality that Dapp developers bring to the table. Domingo commented on the need to provide these developers with a viable venue to actually make a difference with the code.

In a company blog post, Securitize elaborates on this theory. Here, Securitize states the importance of their strategy. Basically, the firm spent the last year perfecting their coding and proving that it is reliable enough for real-world use. Now, the DS protocol is ready to go to the next level.

DS Token Protocol

According to the blog post, the goal of the DS protocol is to provide the “proper Digital ownership Architecture to address all aspects of the digital securities lifecycle.” Company officials now hope that the cryptocommunity will step up and really put the DS protocol to the test.

DS Token Code

The newly released coding includes five main interfaces in which developers can interact, test, and build on the coding. The first component is the DSServiceConsumerInterface. This portion of the coding is what enables the other component to interact in a seamless fashion.

Next, the DSTokenInterface is the actual token protocol. As expected, the coding shares many aspects of the ERC-20 protocol but with some key differences. These upgrades include investor-centric balances.

The DSTrustServiceInterface is where developers can assign trust roles in the context of the DS token. This is how developers are able to authorize high-level users and developers within the platform.

A DSRegistryServicesInterface is used to define the Registry Service of the tokens. This is where the token holds all relevant ownership information. Consequently, this section is a critical component when discussing token compliance.

Finally, the DSComplianceServiceInterface is how tokens are able to continually check to ensure compliance throughout its lifecycle. Secondary compliance concerns are a major issue in the security token sector. This protocol is what enables DS tokens to remain within the legal guidelines of digital securities. Importantly, this protocol plays a major role in secondary market compliance as well.

Securitize Steps up its Game

The decision to go open-source is a smart one on the part of Securitize. The crypto sector was built on open-source projects such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Securitize is now in line to continue this legacy and push its DS token protocol to new heights.

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DigiMax Designated ‘Exempt Market Dealer’ by OSC

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DigiMax Designated 'Exempt Market Dealer' by OSC

Designation Granted

DigiMax has recently announced that they have successfully been granted a designation as an ‘exempt market dealer’.

This designation, doled out by the Ontario Securities Commission, will allow for DigiMax to issue digital securities on behalf of their client, without the need for a prospectus. As a result, DigiMax will see their advisory, and issuance platform, become more flexible, providing client easier access to capital.

Exempt Market Dealer

For the majority of companies issuing securities within Canada, a prospectus is needed to remain regulatory compliant. There, however, exists a subset within capital markets, which allows for companies to forgo this step. This subset is known as an exempt market, and typically indicates that less protective measures are put in place for companies granted exempt status.

For more information on exempt markets, and those taking part, click HERE.

Prospectus

A prospectus is a form of documentation which is typically required by regulatory bodies, such as the Ontario Securities Commission. The documentation consists of a thorough outlining and description of a companies planned actions, pertaining to a capital generation event.

Commentary

In making their announcement, DigiMax CEO, Chris Carl, took the time to comment. The following is what he had to say on the matter.

“We are very excited to have been granted registration as an EMD in the jurisdiction of Ontario in Canada…This registration allows us to serve Ontario based corporations and investors as an exempt market dealer in various forms of funding, and to market such offerings to institutional or accredited investors. Working with our growing network of similarly registered dealers in other countries, DigiMax Global Solutions is well on its way to becoming the leader of a global syndicate of dealers able to assist companies to raise capital around the world.”

DigiMax

DigiMax is a Canadian company operating out of Toronto, Ontario. Since operations were launched in 2017, DigiMax has developed a platform which facilitates capital generation events in the form of digital security offerings.

Company operations are overseen by CEO, Chris Carl.

Ontario Securities Commission

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), is a government run, regulatory body, which oversees the enforcement of various acts. Each of which has been designed to protect investors through the creation of fair and honest markets.

In Other News

The digital securities sector has seen various large developments as of late. We have seen huge conglomerates make their entrance, while existing industry participants hone their platforms and services. Here are a few noteworthy events from recent weeks.

Calibra – A Product of Facebook, Built on Two Tokens

BnkToTheFuture to Utilize Altcoin.io for Security Token Exchange

Coinbase Custody Adds Support for Digital Security ‘BCAP’

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