In a recent announcement, KuCoin has informed its user base that it will be delisting various tokens from its platform. Among those being delisted are POLY. These are tokens native to digital security platform, Polymath.
Users of KuCoin have been informed that trading activity supporting these tokens will cease on February 3rd. For those that find themselves with coins being stored on the platform, KuCoin will facilitate withdrawals until May 3, 2019.
If you are reading this, and you have POLY tokens on KuCoin, remove your tokens while you still can.
Special Treatment Rule
The decision to delist POLY, along with various other tokens, comes after each was put on a type of probation. Otherwise known as the ‘Special Treatment Rule’. KuCoin lists 11 reasons why a token may find themselves put on probation, with the threat of being delisted. Here is an excerpt from their explanation of the Special Treatment Rule.
- Low liquidity for a certain period of time
- The project ceases or is likely to cease its operation or business activities for 3 months
- The project fails to inform KuCoin of its material change(s)
- Fails to cooperate with KuCoin for regular routine inspection
- There is a security issue about the project’s technology
- The project development is not carried out according to the roadmap planned in
the white paper, and there is no announcement of the progress on the project’s official website
- The project’s information disclosure is incomplete, misleading or untrue
- The project is insolvent or a step, order or proceeding for liquidation,
bankruptcy, insolvency or similar is taken, made or commenced against or in
relation to it or any material part of its assets
- The project or its team member (including but not limited to founders and
consultants) is under investigation for a suspected breach of, or is convicted for
an actual breach of, any applicable laws, statutes and regulations
- The project carries out market misconduct such as wash trading, market
manipulation or insider trading
- Any other situation KuCoin may deem risky for its users or platform.
While it is unclear which of these situations Polymath found themselves in, they find themselves getting delisted nevertheless.
Above all, Polymath works to provide the services needed for companies to launch their own security tokens. The company remains flexible in their offerings, through the use of multiple variants of the ERC-1400 token standard – each variant being tailored towards a specific sector.
In Other News
Don’t let this article overshadow the progress that Polymath has been making in multiple months. Polymath recently found themselves being listed on both Bithumb and Poloniex, despite getting delisted from KuCoin. In addition, we recently detailed a partnership formation between Polymath and LeadBest. For more information on each of these events, check out the articles below.
DX.Exchange Goes Bankrupt – CX Technologies Ltd
Additionally, a host of suppliers have taken suit against the company. These suits run the gambit from unpaid bills to the alleged fraud. The well-known cybersecurity firm, White Hat Ltd is one of the company’s claiming losses due to DX.Exchange actions. Another lawsuit lists Bee2See Dotan B.S. Solutions. This is the firm that handled DX.Exchange targeted marketing. Even the company supplying the servers never got paid – Malam Team.
Writing on the Wall – DX.Exchange
Employees and suppliers knew to take action earlier in the month after the firm closed its doors unexpectedly. At the time, DX.Exchange owner Pinhas Patarkazishvili cited the rising costs and dwindled profits the exchange had left. He told employees that he was searching for a merger or acquisition and if that he was unsuccessful, the company would permanently cease operations.
Security Tokens on the DX.Exchange
Will Employees and Affiliates Get Paid?
VNX Exchange Launches, Calling Luxembourg Home
While there are many hurdles yet to be cleared on the way to the mainstream adoption of digital securities, there is one that remains obvious. This would be a lack of marketplace solutions within the sector.
Looking to fill this void in the sector is VNX exchange. The Luxembourg based company has just announced the launch of their digital assets issuance platform, which will work to facilitate the tokenization and sale of assets. VNX indicates that the potential for a secondary market launch will be evaluated in time.
In an event held to mark the launch of the platform, the company even drew praise from the Luxembourg Minister of Finance, Pierre Gramegna. He stated,
“VNX is one of the success stories of Luxembourg House of Financial Technology, the LHoFT”
A Place to call Home
For those that follow the digital securities sector, a geographical trend may have been noted. With forward thinking regulations, and industry clarity, Luxembourg has begun to establish themselves as a nation open to blockchain based endeavours. This has resulted in more than just VNX calling the European nation home. The following companies are just a couple of examples of this.
While the VNX launch is a positive development for the sector, they are not the first to the table, and will not be the last. The following companies stand to be a two of the major competitors in the same space in which VNX is looking to carve out a place.
Wasting no time in the launch of their services, VNX is providing investors with access to an STO straight out of the gate.
This event will see Korean based, Streami, issue €3 million worth of digital securities. The company itself is solution provider within the world of blockchain through services ranging from a cryptocurrency exchange, to custody, and fiat gateways.
The event garnered commentary from representatives of each, VNX and Streami.
Alexander Tkachenko, CEO of VNX Exchange, stated,
“Streami offering demonstrates the real use case of asset backed tokens to finance VC investments.”
Junhaeng Lee, CEO of Streami, stated,
“I strongly believe in the development of the assets-backed digital financial instruments. VNX offering shows how fundraising for VC industry may evolve and by extension implications to the financial industry. I am very excited and proud that Streami is the first offering presented at VNX platform.”
To learn more about the structuring of these digital securities, make sure to peruse the Streami investor deck HERE.
While first conceived in 2017, VNX exchange was founded in 2018. The company operates within Luxembourg, and hopes to transform FinTech through their platform.
CEO, Alexander Tkachenko, currently oversees company operations.
Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings to Bring Digital Securities to Japan
After spending months developing within the confines of the MAS FinTech Sandbox, digital exchange, ‘iSTOX’, looks to take its first large step forward – towards Japan.
It was recently
announced that Japan based, Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings, has acquired a minority share of ICHX Tech (iSTOX ‘mother-company’).
This move represents a first for iSTOX, as the company looks to eventually offer their services to investors worldwide.
iSTOX has had a successful year, as they have been on the receiving end of various investments over this time. The first major example would be the globally renowned, Singapore Exchange (SGX), followed by a series of companies in the following months.
This latest investment, which totals $4.58M, equates to a 4.58% share in ICHX Tech. By acquiring the position, it is expected that digital securities, hosted on the iSTOX platform, will now be available to Japanese investors; this being possible through the brokerage capabilities of Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings.
MAS FinTech SandBox
One of the reasons behind the success experienced thus far by iSTOX, can be owed to the fact that they are one of a very select group to be admitted into the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) FinTech Sandbox.
This program allows for companies to trial new technologies and products, within a structured environment, allowing for continued public/client protective measures.
iSTOX is a subsidiary of Singapore based, ICHX Tech, which was founded in 2017. The company is fervently working to develop, and attain, adoption for their digital securities exchange. This platform, which is currently operative and accessible by accredited investors, is expected to make a full launch in Q4 of 2019.
CEO, Danny Toe, currently oversees company operations.
The team at iSTOX recently announced new growth, as they welcomed a new CCO – Oi Yee Choo. The following article takes a closer look Oi Yee Choo and what she brings to the table.
Operating out of Tokyo, Japan, Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings is an investment firm, which was founded in 1929. The company is able to offer its clientele a variety of services, pertinent to securities, such as brokerage, distribution, and more.
Company operations are currently overseen by CEO, Tateaki Ishida.
In Other News
Singapore has rapidly established themselves as a leader within digital securities. With clear regulation, and forward thinking, companies have been able to effectively establish themselves within the Asian nation. The following articles are a few examples, highlighting industry moves which involve Singapore.