The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) plans to obtain a “Digital Assets Operating License” from Thailand’s Finance Ministry in preparation for its launch of a security token exchange, as reported by the Bangkok Post. To obtain the operating license, SET must demonstrate that it can implement sound front and back office systems and secure token wallets.
Thailand has joined the race with Malta and Singapore to become the leading hub for security token trading over the next few years. Most security token industry observers peg Malta as leading the pack at present, with its regulated security token exchange already being sandboxed by the Malta Stock Exchange. Even so, SET aims to catch up and win the race to be the first stock exchange in the world to launch a regulated security token trading platform.
Pattera Dilokrungthirapop, chairwoman of Thailand’s Association of Securities Companies and vice-chairwoman of SET’s board of governors, told the Bangkok Post, “Securities companies that are members of the SET plan to apply to become brokers and dealers for digital asset trade on the new exchange. The SET is expected to have an upper hand compared with licensed digital asset exchanges in terms of having large capital and trust”.
SET and its members hosted an investment seminar over the first weekend in February showcasing the outlook for security tokens as a developing industry and the value that the new exchange may add to it.
The security token exchange license would be the second digital asset operating license for SET. Coindesk reported in May 2018 that SET had launched a crowdfunding marketplace, “LiVE,” built on blockchain technology for peer-to-peer trading to help startups access new capital.
With an eye to catching the growing investment trend in digital assets, Thailand issued a royal decree last May that enabled businesses to register as a broker-trader for digital assets. The Finance Ministry is charged with granting crypto operating licenses, while Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission is tasked with regulating initial coin offerings, token exchanges, and token brokers under the Emergency Decree on Digital Asset Businesses once a license is issued.
The Stock Exchange of Thailand’s move to set up a crypto exchange is part of its three-year strategic plan (2019-2021) for “Creating Partnership Platform to Drive Inclusive Growth” to “slim down costs and broaden business opportunities for the entire capital market industry, aiming to boost efficiency and become Thailand’s one-stop capital market platform.”
In January, Cointelegraph reported that Thailand’s finance ministry had granted digital asset business licenses to four firms: Bitcoin Exchange, Bitkub Online, Coins TH Co., and Satang Pro. Cash2coin and Southeast Asia Digital Exchange (SEADEX) were denied a license on account of insufficient KYC processes and inadequate IT infrastructure. A third application from Coin Asset is still under consideration.
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Boerse Stuttgart Subsidiaries to Benefit from Investment by SBI Holdings
It is fair to say that SBI Holdings has decided to go all-in on blockchain based endeavours as of late. This has been made evident through various high profile investments. The most recent of which include Ripple, Securitize, and now Boerse Stuttgart – the latter of which we will discuss here today.
In an effort to usher in higher levels of adoption surrounding digital securities, SBI Holdings has invested in multiple branches of the Boerse Stuttgart group.
- Boerse Suttgart Digital Exchange
- Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures
Plans Moving Forward
In their announcement, it is clear that the rationality behind this new partnership is geared around global expansion. With SBI Holdings operating within Japan, and the various branches of the Boerse Group operation throughout Europe, the pair should find the partnership mutually beneficial.
Beyond simple expansion, the pair of companies closed out their announcement by elaborating on their plans. They stated,
“The SBI Group and the Boerse Stuttgart Group are partners in the digital asset business in Asia, including Japan, as well as in Europe. We will work together to build a global digital asset finance ecosystem utilizing blockchain.”
Upon announcing these investments, representatives from each, SBI Holdings and Boerse Stuttgart, took the time to comment. The following is what each had to say on the matter.
Yoshitaka Kitao, CEO of SBI Holdings, states,
“Due to the decentralized nature of digital assets, it is our top priority to find globally suitable partners to build our digital asset ecosystem. The SBI Group, with its trading platform for digital assets and other relevant companies, will make full use of the cooperation with the Börse Stuttgart Group to respond to the global customer interest in digital assets.”
Alexander Höptner, Chairman of the Management Board of Boerse Stuttgart GmbH, states,
“Asia and Europe are currently the fastest growing markets for digital assets. With the SBI Group, we have found an ideal partner to realize our vision of an efficient, global ecosystem along the value chain of digital assets. In addition to the exchange of knowledge and technology, the collaboration also covers the issuance, listing and trading of digital assets across borders, as well as brokerage services and building the first global bridge for custody.”
The Boerse Stuttgart Group consists of various branches such as Boerse Stuttgart Digital Exchange, and Boerse Stuttgart Digital Ventures. These two branches, in particular, have a focus on blockchain based endeavours, including the eventual creation of a secondary marketplace for digital securities.
An acting subsidiary of SBI Group, SBI Holdings, was launched in 1999. The company maintains headquarters within Tokyo, Japan, where they seek out, and establish, strategic partnerships with high potential companies.
CEO, Yoshitaka Kitao, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
In recent months, each of the companies discussed here today have found themselves in our news feed. Whether launching a digital exchange, or making strategic investments, both companies have been quite active. The following articles are just a couple discussing recent moves by both.
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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.