Services supporting this ability have already gone live, with Mercury FX having handled the integration into the Swarm platform.
The goal is to eventually support a bevy of FIAT currencies. In doing so, it is hoped that the flexibility afforded to potential investors helps grow the industry. Until now, the amount of potential participants has been limited. This is due to only offering access to digital securities through investment via BTC / ETH.
This move follows a recent trend that sees STOs accepting various forms of currency. For instance, just recently SHIPNEXT announced that investors may take part in their token offering through use of AMBER tokens.
It should be expected that many will begin to accept various forms of payments, as understanding and acceptance of STOs grows.
Acting as one of the leading STO platforms in the industry, SWARM currently has various STOs on the go. For example, here are a few companies making use of their services. With the aforementioned announcement, investors can now more easily take part in these opportunities.
- Viejo San Juan Comunidad RE Fund (VSJ)
- Fractionalized ownership of real estate in Old San Juan
- SparkLabs Smart City & Smart Planet Fund (SPRK)
- Develop technology for a sustainable Earth
- FarmCoin (FARM)
- Develop infrastructure for over 700 million unbanked African farmers
- TheArtToken (TAT)
- Tokens backed by art – A stable asset class representing massive wealth
The Swarm platform was launched in early 2018, and is based out of California. Above all, they market themselves as a ‘fully decentralized capital market place that democratizes investing by using the power of the blockchain’.
Swarm CEO, Philipp Pieper, commented on the development with Mercury FX. He stated, “It’s become obvious that familiarity and trust are key to investors in order to create adoption for digital securities. Fiat gateways create that reliable and convenient entry point, so that people can now commit their fiat currencies against the investment opportunities on Swarm…The team at Mercury FX brings the experience, scale, and global reach to make this happen for investors.”
Swarm has had a very active year, as can be seen in their various established partnerships. For instance, here are a few that have working relationships with Swarm:
For those interested in learning more about the Swarm platform, make sure to read their whitepaper HERE.
Mercury FX is a London based company that was established a decade ago, in 2008. Above all, they specialize in offering currency services as an alternative to banks.
The company made waves earlier this year, as one of the first to partner with Ripple. As a result, that relationship saw the use of XRP facilitate growth within the remittance market.
Speaking on the partnership with Swarm, was Mercury FX founder, Alastair Constance. He stated, “We are thrilled to be working with Swarm, and to bring this innovative solution to so many investors,” said Alastair Constance, Founder of Mercury FX. “Swarm’s open technology is a perfect complement to Mercury FX, and they share our mission of constantly finding better ways to safely connect people and their money.”
Validity Labs Joins the International Token Standardization Association ITSA
This week, the Swiss-based blockchain educational and infrastructure platform, Validity Labs confirmed the firm joined The International Token Standardization Association (ITSA). The decision to join the ITSA comes at a crucial stage of the EU’s STO regulatory development. The move demonstrates a further push for a more robust framework to support the expanding security token sector.
Validity Labs is one of the leading providers of blockchain-based decentralized applications in the region. The firm gained notoriety as an early mover when it entered the market back in 2015. At that time, the firm was the first blockchain education company in Switzerland.
Validity Labs – A Premier Blockchain Service Provider
Since then, Validity Labs assisted numerous developers and startups with educational and technical support. This support included hands-on workshops that covered a wide range of blockchain-related subjects. These topics include subjects like learning to program smart-contracts. Additionally, the firm provided educational classes for legal professionals, issuers, accountants and asset managers.
Today, Validity Labs is one of the premier platforms for blockchain-powered decentralized applications. Importantly, the firm now offers end-to-end STO implementation services with the goal to bridge the line between technology and legal compliance within the sector.
International Token Standardization Association (ITSA)
ITSA is a Non-profit German law association that specializes in token taxonomy. Token taxonomy is the identification, classification, and analysis of blockchain-based tokens. As such, the group is a leading voice for the promotion, development, and implementation of comprehensive security token market standards.
Token taxonomy continues to be a hot point of discussion within the market. Recently, regulators started prosecuting tokens that they believe violated the current securities laws. As more regulations come into place, a token’s classification can have a huge impact on the overall liquidity, profitability, and functionality a token possesses. Consequently, a token’s profitability depends on its classification in many instances.
ITSA Sees Growth
ITSA continues to see expansion in the EU market. To date, the firm includes some of the biggest names in both the finance and blockchain spaces. For example, the group already works with a host of universities including the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, University of Mainz, TU Munich, and the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies in London.
Additionally, the group secured many important bank members over the last two years. These organizations include. Commerzbank’s Main Incubator, Bank Frick, MME, Börse Stuttgart, Bundesverband Deutscher Banken, and the German Investment Funds Association BVI).
ITSA Prepares for the Digitized Economy.
Importantly, ITSA provides startups with a plethora of helpful information. Startups can seek out support and know-how in the areas of blockchain-enabled solutions, decentralized applications, tokenization, and security token offerings. To date, the group already has helped startups SolarisBank, CryptoTax, and Ambrosus achieve growth.
Validity Labs – A Bright Future
The decision to join the ITSA was a smart maneuver. On top of all of the technical and legal support the firm now has access to, they also are a part of a huge network of blockchain professionals. This network will help Validity Labs achieve its lofty goals in the market.
Agora Innovation Secures Funding for IVE.ONE Platform
This week, the security token issuance platform, Agora Innovation announced that the firm successfully completed a seven-digit pre-series A investment round. Notably, the main investor was FinLab EOS VC. Now, Agora Innovation is set to expand its capabilities. Specifically, Agora seeks to launch its highly-anticipated IVE.ONE security token ecosystem in the coming weeks. The news showcases more demand for tokenization platforms within the EU and Asian markets, as well as, a major milestone for the IVE.ONE team.
IVE.ONE is a regulated issuing and investment platform for trading tokenized securities. Importantly, the platform enables the global trading of digitized securities within the legal framework of a specific region. The use of blockchain technology provides more efficiency in the sector because it enables developers to integrate compliance mechanisms directly into the platform’s tokens.
One of the main concerns for developers of the IVE.ONE platform was scalability. Scalability continues to plague Proof-of-Work blockchains such as Bitcoin. In order for large blockchain adoption to increase, projects need to emerge with the highest scalability possible. As such, IVE.ONE utilizes a unique dual-blockchain setup. The platform can accommodate both ERC20 and EOSIO blockchain tokens.
IVE.ONE promises to deliver some unique and powerful tools to the market. The platform enables advanced tokenization and investments into regulated securities. On top of the tokenization benefits, the firm also provides a proprietary verified digital identities system.
This system utilizes a blockchain verification system to link users to their respective blockchain wallet addresses. Once linked, the platform employs a rule engine to ensure all the tokens remain aligned with the varying national regulatory requirements set forth.
Agora Innovation – Dual Blockchain Approach
Discussing the new platform’s capabilities, Evgeny Matershev, Agora Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer described the excitement felt by developers after gaining access to the EOS blockchain. Matershev described how the dual-blockchain approach provides greater flexibility for issuers and investors. Additionally, he spoke on how recent updates to EOSIO can ensure the future scalability of the entire project.
Also, Phong Dao, Agora Co-Founder, and CEO chimed in on the status of the project. He described how his firm utilized a seed investment from HTGF one year ago to bring the project to fruition. Notably, he touted how the project provides a better ecosystem for digital assets on the blockchain
Dao explained that the firm will now expand marketing and sales activities into the Asian market. He also stated that the eventual goal is to expand into the EU within the coming year. Lastly, he spoke on the firm’s next moves. These maneuvers include an STO scheduled for the second quarter of 2020.
FinLab EOS VC
Importantly, FinLab EOS VC was the main investor during this funding round. FinLab EOS VC is one of the first and largest investors focused specifically on financial services technologies in the EU market. Also, Stefan Schütze, Managing Director of FinLab EOS VC Fund spoke on how the platform incorporates a complete and automated regulatory framework with an easy to navigate interface.
IVE.ONE is Set to Launch
Considering the added usability and functionality IVE.ONE promises to investors and issuers, there are sure to be some significant advantages over the competition. You can expect to hear more about this exciting project as the launch date approaches.
Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) Prepares Blockchain Clearing System Launch
This week, executives from the Australian Securities Exchange ASX made some encouraging statements regarding the firm’s shift towards blockchain technology. The company has spent several years contemplating how to best upgrade its current outdated clearing and settlement system – CHESS. Now, thanks to a team of ingenuitive developers, the entire Australian securities market will now enjoy more efficiency, transparency, and security.
Importantly, ASX was one of the first major securities firms to embrace blockchain technology in the country. Over the last few years, the company shifted its attention to tokenization and security tokens. These technologies are far more efficient than the current business systems in place.
Discussing the upgrade in a recent interview, ASX CEO, Dominic Stevens described the excitement surrounding the entire project. He explained how the new system provides the entire industry with a more streamlined alternative. Specifically, Stevens touted the improved clearing and settlement times the system boasts.
Traditionally, clearing and settlement can take upwards to a week to complete. This delay is due to the involvement of a host of third-party verification systems. All of which add to the total costs of the transaction. In comparison, tokenized securities can settle in hours because they operate in a trustless manner that requires no other verification.
Stevens also spoke on the power of risk management and process automation that the new system brings to the market. In terms of risk management, security tokens create liquidity in the sector. As such, this liquidity provides investors with more options. Additionally, smart contracts provide issuers with the ability to integrate certain processes and regulatory requirements directly into a token’s protocol.
In order to create a new clearing system that could accomplish all the required tasks, ASX made a strategic partnership with the US-based firm Digital Asset (DA). For its part, DA agreed to create and manage the blockchain underpinnings of the platform.
DA is a blockchain infrastructure provider that serves enterprise-level clientele. The firm is well-recognized in the sector. Previously, DA made global headlines after the firm secured $35 million in Series C financing from ASX in December 2019. Today, you can see that funding went to good use.
ASX Prepares to Launch New System
According to company documentation, ASX seeks to begin industry testing as early as July 2020. Unfortunately, the firm provided no additional information as to exactly how, and who would participate, in the new system’s launch.
The land down under continues to shine in the blockchain realm. Ever since government officials proclaimed cryptocurrency legal way back in 2017, the entire industry has experienced growth. Today, Australia holds the registration to 312 exchanges.
ASX – Taking the Australian Blockchain Market to New Heights
This latest news is sure to spark the interests of securities firms globally. Many of these firms have been on the fence regarding blockchain integration. For now, ASX is set to take a leading role in the global market pending a successful launch of its new clearing system.