STO Global Exchange (STGX)
In a recent press release, STO Global-X has announced the launch of their flagship product – the STO Global Exchange (STGX). This product will be available globally, and will serve as a comprehensive platform, tailored towards the exchange of digital securities. For example, this includes services ranging from token issuance, trading, custody, and more.
The launch of this end-to-end solution for the digital securities market comes at a time when the industry if rife with advancements. Various forward thinking companies have identified the future of blockchain, and are actively developing the infrastructure to support its growth. The STGX is a perfect example of one such company.
STO Global-X is the main driving force behind the launch of the aforementioned platform. The Singaporean company was founded in 2018. It was formed as the result of a joint partnership between Coinstreet Partners and Blockchain Worx, and is poised to become a well-known name in the sector.
Above all, STO Global-X functions primarily as a service, enabling management of digital securities throughout their lifespan.
CEO of STO Global-X, Floyd DCosta, spoke on the importance of STO’s. He stated, “Security Token Offerings will radically transform the traditional world of finance…Our integrated technology platform allows for institutions to issue, manage and trade tokenized securities, putting real world assets into fractional ownership on the Blockchain.”
BMI Capital Partners
BMI Capital Partners, is a subsidiary of BM Intelligence Group. The mother company was founded in 1995, and is based out of Hong Kong. Above all, they provide consulting services for anything ranging from finances to communications.
BMI Capital Partners Chairman, Chan Heng, commented on the collaboration with STO Global-X. He stated, “The traditional Initial Public Offering (IPO) process is both costly and time consuming for management teams. In today’s highly volatile markets, companies must be able to respond to changing markets by rapidly securing capital when needed…Present capital market conditions do not efficiently support IPO’s of small and medium size companies (SMEs). STOs can provide an alternate, cost efficient way to fund the growth of SMEs.”
Coinstreet Partners Limited
Coinstreet Partners represents one of companies behind the creation of STO Global-X. They were founded in 2013, and are based out of Hong Kong. Above all, they are currently focusing on the development of a decentralized bank. This is happening with the intention of providing necessary banking services to companies in non-traditional sectors such as blockchain.
Coinstreet Partners CEO, Samson Lee, commented on the alliance with BMI. He stated, “After the first wave of crypto-currencies and utility tokens, we see a much stronger second wave coming — one that is anchored around digital assets and security tokens…Digital asset tokenization opportunities exist in many different spheres, such as equities, preferred shares, bonds, commercial debts, physical commodities, real estate, physical assets, funds or any assets providing an income stream. We expect the market size of security tokens to far exceed that of utility tokens, and are very excited to extend our services into this area in collaboration with STO Global-X and BMI.”
GreyP Scores with NeuFund STO – Black One Entertainment On Deck
While never intended to be a financially large scale STO, the event was important, as it demonstrated the effectiveness and potential for digital securities to change the way smaller, private companies raise capital.
Just prior to the launch of the STO, we detailed the events which made it possible. In the following article you can learn more about the clearance given to NeuFund by the FMA, and what it means for the platform, moving forward.
Due, in large part, to their successes, NeuFund continues to see strong growth in their client base. The company indicates that their platform investor pool now totals great than 11 thousand individuals. This growth should result in a snowball effect, as issuers are attracted to the platform due to the scope of investors. More STOs will then draw in more investors – and the cycle continues.
Details of the Raise
With regards to the GreyP STO, there were various positive figures that came out of the events. The following are a few of the details surrounding participation:
- 1017 participating investors
- Hailing from 34 different countries
- €4million raised
- Represents 179% of the target cap
This early in the developmental stage of the digital securities sector, any successful STO is an important feat. With every positive and negative experience, industry participants can adapt and grow. Recognizing the importance of the GreyP STO, Zoe Adamovicz took the time to comment by stating,
“It’s an exciting day for Neufund and huge step forward for the security tokens industry at large. We have proven that private companies can effectively utilize blockchain IPOs, whilst lowering the barrier to entry for retail investors. Neufund is the future of stock exchanges.”
Speaking with Zoe
Earlier this year, we were able to complete an exclusive interview with the CEO of Neufund – Zoe Adamovicz. In this discussion, we learn more about NeuFund, themselves, as well as the views of Adamovicz herself.
“Blockchain is one of the greatest opportunities we’ve been presented with in modern history. Decentralization is ultimately about equalizing opportunities, so a young entrepreneur from the third world receives the same access as a wealthy investor. Building solutions that perpetuate the mistakes of existing markets solely for the purpose of increasing revenues is not enough. We, as a Blockchain community, can and should do better.”
Operating out of Croatia, GreyP is a tech company, which was founded in 2013. Above all, the team behind GreyP is working to redefine ‘smart mobility’. This technology has led the company to utilize e-bikes as a development platform.
CEO, Mate Rimac, currently oversees company operations.
Maintaining headquarters in Berlin, Germany, NeuFund is a popular digital securities issuance platform, which was founded in 2016.
CEO, Zoe Adamovicz, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
NeuFund has also announced their follow-up to the successful GreyP event. This will see Black One Entertainment look to repeat this success in early 2020. While a firm date has not been announced for this STO, more information can be found in the company’s pitch deck, HERE.
Aaron Kaplan, CEO of Prometheum – Interview Series
Prior to Prometheum you were the Founder of EquityArcade, a platform that enabled consumers to buy shares in video game startups. Can you let us know how your experience at EquityArcade transitioned over to Prometheum?
EquityArcade was a Reg CF equity crowdfunding platform that allowed consumers (investors) to invest in the future revenue generated from indie game funded on the platform. Reg CF is part of the JOBS Act, which also contains the Reg A+ crowdfunding rules. Prometheum uses Reg A+ as a means to allow the general public to invest in blockchain securities. All JOBS Act regulations relate to online equity crowdfunding. As a result, we have been able to leverage many of the experiences and lessons from EquityArcade in building Prometheum’s Reg A+ offering platform.
Prometheum enables companies to raise capital by offering their own Smart Security Tokens (SSTs). Can you share with us how SSTs differentiate themselves from other industry standards such as STOs (Security Token Offerings) or DSOs (Digital Security Offerings)?
SSTs, STOs and DSOs are all different protocols that are attempting to solve the same problem. Until there’s complete regulatory clarity around certain critical components – including custody – of the blockchain securities ecosystem, it’s not possible to conclude which protocol provides the best foundation.
What’s the process for a company to launch an SST?
An issuer looking to issue a SST will submit an application for an offering to Prometheum. At that point, the issuer will submit all relevant documents that will allow Prometheum to conduct the requisite due diligence in order to determine whether the company is qualified to issue an SST. Upon passing the due diligence process, the issuer will complete the Reg A+ offering circular and submit that document to the SEC for qualification. Once qualified by the SEC, the offering will be listed on Prometheum’s offering platform and begin their capital formation activities. When the stated amount of capital is raised, there will be a closing and distribution of the SST into the investors’ Prometheum brokerage account. Upon distribution of an SST, Prometheum’s issuance platform coordinates the multi-signature, multi-stage process that is used to place investors’ SSTs in either their Master or Personal Wallet. Once the distribution occurs, Prometheum will list the SST on our retail based (i.e. open to all investors) Alternative Trading System (ATS), and secondary market trading will begin in the issuer’s SST.
What type of fees should companies expect from launching an SST and hosting it on your platform?
Our goal is to allow companies to raise up to $50m in the most efficient way possible: faster, less expensive, and easier than any other legal capital raising method. In terms of direct fees, we plan on charging issuers a small percentage of the total amount they raise (1-3% dependent on the total raised). Once a token has been distributed and is trading on the ATS, companies are charged a quarterly membership fee of $2,500 for maintaining their order book.
Indirect fees not charged by Prometheum can vary and are related to legal and prep for the creation of the Reg A documents, accounting, auditing, marketing, and other possible professional services.
SST will be Reg A+ issued. For investors who are not familiar with this legislation and what does it mean? Could you explain the benefits?
Regulation A+ allows issuers to raise up to $50 million from the general public annually, and such securities, when issued, are freely tradeable on a secondary market. Reg A+ is really the perfect regulation for issuing blockchain securities as it meets the spirit that was initially conceived by the crypto community- it allows the general public to invest, and the asset is freely tradeable upon distribution but in a regulated manner (unlike many historical token investments).
Tokens that are created on your platform will then be tradeable on a custom ATS (Alternative Trading System). Could you elaborate on how your ATS will operate?
On the surface, the ATS operates just like a traditional equities electronic market. Every token has as order book representing supply and demand for that token – bids (what buyers are willing to pay, and the number of tokens they want) and asks (offers to sell, or what sellers are willing to sell for, and the number of tokens they want to sell). This order book is managed by the matching engine which uses an algorithm to arrange the bids and asks into a price, upon the price quote the engine then utilizes time priority, and ultimately “matches” buyers and sellers when they meet at the same price. There is an online trading platform, similar to Etrade or Schwabb, which allows traders and investors to see the order book, look at charts, enter orders and see their account status and previous transactions. Through the use of omnibus accounts, other broker-dealers will be able to offer their customers access to SSTs. Our ATS intends to operate 2 sessions everyday, both 11 ½ hours long with two 30 minute breaks for settlement. When there is an executed trade, meaning an order between a buyer and seller is matched, the trade is written to the blockchain, as well as recorded to a database to ensure compliance with traditional record keeping.
Are SST tokens launched on your platform tradeable on regular security token trading exchanges such as OpenFinance and tZERO?
SSTs are compatible with Prometheum’s ATS and work as both securities and utility tokens in the Prometheum ecosystem. It may be possible for SST issuers to create a bridge to other exchanges or blockchains by building smart contracts on the Prometheum Utility Blockchain. As the equivalent of a national market system for digital assets develops it will likely be necessary for digital assets to have the ability to trade across security token exchanges and alternative trading systems.
What are Ember (MBR) tokens and what role do they play in this project?
The Ember SST fuels all SST transactions and allows holders to provide services at the protocol and application layers. Prometheum’s Ember token has both profit-making utility (work/access) and proprietary payment currency features. Ember provides the fuel for the Prometheum blockchain Network and demonstrates the versatility and value provided by a modern approach to using securities to transfer value in a decentralized, blockchain based environment. Ember is the first SST issued on the Prometheum Blockchain and sets the legal and technical precedent for further SSTs.
It seems like you are building everything from scratch, why not use an existing blockchain?
The Prometheum blockchain is required in order to ensure that regulatory requirements are met while also providing a viable method for the use of blockchain securities as utility tokens. This includes direct interaction with distributed applications as well as processes for moving blockchain securities in and out of brokerage accounts when a user wishes to trade them on the Prometheum ATS.
Is there anything else that you would like to tell us about Prometheum?
Prometheum is creating the market infrastructure needed for digital assets to go mainstream. When the SEC essentially declared that tokens were securities in the 2017 DAO report, such infrastructure didn’t exist, which meant that there were no compliant facilities for the issuance, trading, clearing, settlement and custody of token securities. Prometheum sought to fill that void and is creating the infrastructure that will allow the general public to invest and trade in digital assets, while also providing mechanisms for clearance, settlement and custody after trades are made. The Prometheum Network is meant to allow the general public to participate, which is required in order for digital assets to go from a new asset class to a mainstream asset class.
Black Manta Capital and Tokeny to Launch Licensed ‘Multi-STO Platform’
Today, a pair of Luxembourg based companies, Black Manta Capital and Tokeny, have announced the launch of a ‘multi-sto platform’.
This move represents the first licensed offering of its kind. The licensure needed to make the endeavour possible was awarded to Black Manta in early 2019, by the European regulatory body, BaFin.
The upcoming platform will operate with each company bringing unique skills to the table. They indicate that each will work within the following roles.
- Compliance adherence
- Investor Protection
- Tech provider through a white-label tokenization platform
The Finer Points
The platform, itself, is geared towards serving not only professionals, but retail investors alike, with Europe representing the target market.
STOs, to be held through the platform, look to provide access to a variety of tokens based, not only on equity, but debt instruments and fractionalized ownership, as well.
For interested parties, investor onboarding is expected to begin in early November, 2019.
The companies indicate that the launch of this platform will be facilitated through the adoption and use of framework known as the ‘Token for Regulated Exchanges’ or ‘TREX’.
The TREX framework provides a variety of capabilities including, but not limited to, the following.
- Identity Management Systems
- Validation Certificates
- Transfer Management
Upon announcing the launch of this new platform, representatives from each, Tokeny and Black Manta Capital, took the time to comment. The following is what each had to say on the development.
Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny, stated,
“Working with Black Manta Capital Partners allows the both of us to focus on what we do best. We provide the institutional grade tokenization solutions for every BMCP offering and this allows them to focus on what they do best, which is building their investor community.”
Christian Platzer, Co-Founder of BMCP, stated,
“Tokeny Solutions is one of the top global technology providers in tokenization. Having worked closely with the Tokeny Solutions team for several months, we can say: we speak the same language when it comes to the prospects for our industry and together we could not be more positive about the opportunities for security tokenization in Europe and around the world.”
Speaking with Luc
We were fortunate to have recently completed an exclusive interview with the CEO of Tokeny, Luc Falempin. In this discussion we learn more about, not only Falempin himself, but the near and long term goals of Tokeny as a whole.
Black Manta Capital
Operating out of Luxembourg, Black Manta Capital is a young company which was founded in 2018. Operating under licensure received by BaFin, Black Manta is working to establish themselves as an authority in the digital securities sector.
Managing Partners, Alexander Rapatz and Christian Platzer, currently oversee company operations.
Operating out of Luxembourg, Tokeny is a Fintech company which was launched in 2017. Above all, the team at Tokeny is working diligently to develop a suite of services meant to serve the digital securities sector.
CEO, Luc Falempin, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
While both, Tokeny and Black Manta, have been hard at work in recent months to establish, not only themselves, but the digital securities sector as a whole, it was Black Manta that most recently caught our attention. This was through their recently announced partnership, which will see Canadian based DigiMax enter European markets through licensure held by Black Manta.