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ST8 Launched in an Effort to Help French SMEs

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ST8 Launched in an Effort to Help French SMEs

ST8

A trio of companies has just announced a joint effort, aimed towards SMEs based in France. The result of this is known as ST8.

ST8 is described as a ‘digitized financing solution’. By taking advantage of accommodating regulations within France, ST8 looks to provide SMEs with more effective access to capital, through the use of security token offerings.

Through the strength of each company, ST8 is able to offer a bevy of services, which cover the entire gamut required to successfully issue, and manage, compliant security tokens.

Commentary

In their press release, representatives from each of the three founding companies took the time to comment on the event discussed here today. The following is what each had to say on the matter.

Fabien Aufrechter, Head of Havas Blockchain, stated,

The expertise of our three firms forms a complementary and strategic offer for companies looking for innovative funding solutions. The tech and reputational expertise we provide allows us to deliver an institutional grade service for our clients.

Paul Bougnoux, President of Psion Finance, stated,

ST8 is a strategic alliance between digital and finance. As technology has advanced, digitalization is becoming more and more useful for the financing needs of firms. Hence the fact that we are proud to participate in the creation of this consortium to carry a new, end-to-end digital financing solution. This offer is also built on our core expertise: the financing of French businesses, which is the core of our economy.”

Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny, stated,

In the near future, the tokenization of financial securities will become the main source of funding for SMEs. The benefits on both the buy-side and sell-side are overwhelming and allow for lower costs, and therefore reduce the barriers of entry for actors. Its a matter of creating trusted and compliant tools in the ecosystem that these players can rely on. This is the main inception behind ST8, a 360° solution for a significant driver of the French economy.”

Havas Blockchain

Havas Blockchain is based out of France, and was founded in 2018. Company services revolve around blockchain related endeavours. The company strives to provide ‘comprehensive support for blockchain projects and crypto-assets’.

Psion Finance

Psion Finance is also based out of France, and represents the STO division of Largilliere Finance. The goal of Psion is to provide end-to-end services for companies considering tokenization.

Tokeny

Tokeny is a Luxembourg based company that was founded in 2017. Above all, Tokeny is a compliance platform. With a focus on the digital securities sector, Tokeny has developed various solutions to facilitate compliance among industry participants.

In Other News

Tokeny has made the news lately in a variety of ways. They have announced services solving industry problems, while facilitating the STOs of promising upstarts. Here are a few articles detailing recent achievement by Tokeny.

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Blue Ocean Management Partners Invests in Blue Ocean Technologies

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This week, Blue Ocean Management Partners, LLC announced an investment in New York-based Blue Ocean Technologies, LLC. The firm intends to utilize its experience to provide much-needed senior management to Blue Ocean Technologies. The news showcases growing interests in the Blue Ocean platform.

Blue Ocean Technologies

Blue Ocean Tech seeks to expand the development of the after-hours markets for U.S.-listed securities, including ETFs and related securities. The new platform will provide U.S.-based traders the ability to track off-hours market movement and react accordingly. Importantly, investors will now be able to better manage risks.

Additionally, the platform provides opportunities for foreign investors to have after-hours access to the U.S. capital markets. Providing 24-hour access to the securities markets is important for a myriad of reasons. For one, it provides users with more investment opportunities. This data and technical services are critical for the functionality of numerous regulated trading venues.

Blue Ocean Technologies via Homepage

Blue Ocean Technologies via Homepage

Strategic Partnerships

Speaking on the developments, Blue Ocean Management CEO and President Ralph Layman described how the strategic partnership brings much-needed senior management resources to the platform. In turn, this experienced leadership can help guide the platform through its next growth stages.

For its part, Blue Ocean Management will provide management and expertise. The firm has experience building FinTech firms from startup. As such the company seeks to expand the support for 24-hour market access for both securities and EFTs. Together, securities and EFTs are the second largest class of investments across Asia and Europe.

Major Backing Continues

Blue Ocean management isn’t alone in its quest to further develop the off-trading hour capabilities of firms. Already, the FinTech firm managed to secure support from some of the largest players in the game. One such investor is tZERO.

tZERO

Earlier in the year, Overstock.com’s blockchain subsidiary tZERO became another major backer in the Blue Ocean platform. tZERO is a market pioneer in the space and their backing showcases the true potential that Blue Ocean’s 24-hour strategy possesses.  tZERO has filed numerous blockchain patents over the last two years. The firm is at the forefront of blockchain adoption.

Discussing the investment strategy, tZERO’s CEO, Saum Noursalehi praised the new partnership. He explained how the maneuver allows tZERO to “focus on its important strategic initiatives with digital securities.” tZERO seeks to tokenize the traditional financial markets over the next 5-10 years.

Blue Ocean Moves Forward

As the more industries migrate to a blockchain-based system, it’s important that developers create the ecosystem to support the robust capabilities of these new platforms.  Both analysts and traders agree that 24-hour access to markets is one of the best ways to spur growth. This line of thought becomes more evident when you consider that this new strategy opens up the US market to international investors in a way previously unimaginable.

The Blue Ocean platform brings greater efficiency and transparency to capital markets. In this way, analysts predict the platform to be disruptive to the current systems. You can expect to hear more from this unique platform as development continues over the coming months.

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BnkToTheFuture Eyes U.S. Based STOs through BMI Capital Investment

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Strategic Investment

Recently, BnkToTheFuture has shed light on their future aspirations through a new investment. This move saw the Cayman Islands based company acquire a stake in United States based broker/dealer, BMI Capital.

By acquiring a stake in the company, BnkToTheFuture now gains the ability to make use of existing licensure held by BMI Capital – including their status as a registered broker/dealer.

U.S. Expansion

With the future of blockchain holding a global appeal, many industry participants have announced their intent for expansion beyond their own borders.

The following articles demonstrate a few of these decisions, as companies beyond BnkToTheFuture look to enter foreign countries.

Smartlands Sets for Expansion into U.S. with New Agreement

DigiMax Eyes European Expansion through Black Manta Partnership

Broker/Dealer

The importance of becoming a broker/dealer, by proxy or otherwise, cannot be understated. The designation allows for a company, such as BnkToTheFuture, to expand their services to include the buying and selling of securities.

For more information on the role assumed by broker/dealers, make sure to check out our terminology page.

What is a Broker/Dealer

Commentary

BnkToTheFuture CEO, Simon Dixon, recently spoke with CoinDesk regarding the future of security tokens. He stated,

“We forecast by 2020 up to 50 percent will opt for an innovative security token that improves the potential for returns for investors over traditional equity. We are aiming to build a new industry and asset class.”

Building a Foundation

Over the past few months, any have noted that the digital securities sector is slow to take off. With other capital generation events, such as ICOs, having experienced rapid growth in the past, many expected the same from digital securities.

A growing amount of companies have entered the sector from various points around the world. Each of these companies are hard at work developing the necessary infrastructure to support future growth.

It is important to recognize, however, that STOs are completed in a regulatory compliant manner, which requires participants to hold a variety of designations, such as that of a broker/dealer. Attaining these capabilities takes time.

The companies involved are not trying to run before they walk. A more strategic approach is being taken to ensure that the industry is ripe for growth when true adoption occurs.

BnkToTheFuture

Founded in 2011, BnkToTheFuture is a Cayman Islands based investment platform. The company specializes in utilizing new technologies, such as blockchain, to facilitate the offering of high potential opportunities for investors and companies alike.

BMI Capital

This United States based investment firm which was founded in 2012. With licensure attained through FINRA, BMI Capital is able to operate as a broker/dealer.

CEO, Robert H. Trapp, currently oversees company operations.

In Other News

Over the course of the last year, we have covered events pertaining to BnkToTheFuture on various occasions. The following articles share insights into a few of these events.

BnkToTheFuture Invests in Blockchain Consultancy Firm, Diacle

BnkToTheFuture to Utilize Altcoin.io for Security Token Exchange

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Legend Siam Security Token Offering Facilitated by VEWC

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Curated STO

Via East West Capital has recently opened up regarding an STO which they curated recently. This STO was a capital generation event which saw the distribution of tokenized securities associated with a cultural theme park in Thailand, known as Legend Siam.

Legend Siam Tokens

In this event, investors gained access to what the issuer calls ‘Legend Siam Tokens (LST)’. These tokens were treated as securities, and were offered through Reg. D guidelines under the SEC.

While details on the tokens, themselves, are scarce at this time, it appears as though they took shape as some type of real-estate backed token, based on the cultural theme park.

Expanding Exposure

As the digital securities sector continues to develop, participants are being drawn in from new, interesting markets. In the past year we have reported on STO opportunities surrounding, but not limited to, the following industries.

With the announcement surrounding Legend Siam, we can now add ‘Theme Park’ and Commercial Real Estate to that list.

Commentary

Via East West CEO, Oh Shen King, took the time to elaborate on STOs, stating,

“We predict a rise in the potential and demand for tokenized securities because digital ownership on the blockchain provides so many advantages over legacy investments, and tech-savvy investors are seeing the value proposition in real-time…This addition to our business is just a natural extension of our vision for a crowd-financed world, and we provide 100% transparency to all our investors.”

Via East West Capital

Operating out of Southeast Asia, Via East West Capital is an investment firm focused on ‘tokenized asset investments’.

CEO, Oh Shen King, currently oversees company operations.

Legend Siam

Legend Siam is a well-known attraction in Thailand. It operates as a popular theme park, built with the intention of promoting Thai history and culture.

In their release, it is indicated that the park now spans over 65 acres, with hundreds of shops, and various attractions. In total, the park now has an estimated worth of over $131 million.

In Other News

Thailand has made it obvious that they are vying to become a leader in the blockchain industry, including digital securities. This much was made evident in a recent decision by their government to potentially legalize security tokens. In addition to this, there have been various blockchain based companies welcomed into the MAS FinTech Sandbox.

Thai Government Moves to Legalize Security Tokens

MAS Fintech Sandbox Welcomes Capital Markets Platform ‘iSTOX’

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