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The Millbrook Accord

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The Millbrook Accord

Taking place in Queenstown, New Zealand, was the recent Blockchain South Leadership Summit.  This summit was hosted at the Millbrook Resort, and led to the formation of what is being called the Millbrook Accord.

The Millbrook Accord is a title which represents a group of companies working together to advance services surrounding the digital securities industry.  While current members totalling 12, the number of participants will surely grow with time.

Founding members of the accord are as follows,

  • NEM
  • tZero
  • Gibraltar Stock Exchange
  • Techemy
  • Sharespost
  • Hyperlink Capital
  • Blockchain Labs
  • Bankorous
  • Alchemist Ventures
  • Anypay
  • Global Advisors
  • ERCDEX

Verified Token Framework

Representing some of the leading figures within the sector today, the accord has first tasked themselves with creating industry standards.  This will be known as the ‘Verified Token Framework’.

The purpose of this framework is to establish a set of standards and guidelines.  This will allow present and future digital security issuances to ensure, not only regulatory compliance, but interoperability among platforms.  This framework will take shape through a democratic environment among Millbrook Accord members.

Per the VTF website, ‘The Verified Token Framework introduces standards and procedures that can be seamlessly utilized by Token Issuers to ensure that their Security Tokens comply with worldwide transfer restrictions, thus opening up a global pool of Security Token liquidity.’

For those interested in learning more about the VTF, be sure to check out their whitepaper HERE.

NEM

While each member of the Millbrook Accord brings their own unique expertise and resources, NEM is an interesting participant. 
While, to date, a select few companies have created their own security token protocols, the vast majority rely upon variations of the ERC-20 standard.  This means that although executed in a unique manner, these tokens are still based off of the Ethereum blockchain.

Through the addition of NEM, the Millbrook accord introduces a leading blockchain platform.  This marks the first time that another platform will be used in such a manner, stressing the importance of interoperability. No other framework has yet to incorporate multiple blockchains.

NEM is a promising platform with adoption seen on varying levels worldwide.  Rather than being a variation of another project (aka ‘fork’), NEM was built from the ground up to be as efficient, and versatile as possible.

Quotes on the Matter

To date, one of the largest names in the industry is that of tZero.  A product of crypto enthusiast, Patrick Byrne, tZero has the resources and clout to see through the development of the aforementioned framework. 

tZero CEO, Saum Noursalehi, commented, “In order for the security token movement to grow, companies need to agree on an unbiased standard.  The Verified Token Frameworkis a step toward ensuring that digital assets are interoperable and that the unique challenges presented by security tokens are addressed.”

Meanwhile, Blockchain Token Association Chairman, Jeff Pulver, commented,“In the Voice over Internet Protocol era, we invited industry leaders to bring their production-ready code to quarterly bake-offs, where developers sought to make their code interoperable. The result was a free and open source set of standards, which ultimately led to interoperability of services. We believe a similar collaborative approach to technological advancement will assist in the acceleration of blockchain adoption and the maturation of the global security tokens ecosystem.”

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Security Token Issuers to Benefit from alliance of ‘Issuance’ and ‘VStock Transfer’

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Issuance partners with VStock Transfer

Just announced today, deal marketing platform, Issuance, has partnered with stock transfer agent, VStock Transfer. This alliance was formed as Issuance saw a need on behalf of security token issuers.  This was the ease of token registration and transfer.

As a result, partnering with a transfer agent such as VStock Transfer, allows companies having completed a digital security offering the ability to utilize services and experience based upon decades of experience in securities law.

These teams should be able to hit the ground running, as Issuance CEO, Darren Marble, has had previous experience working with VStock Transfer. Through their ability to provide experience, along with cost saving measures, it’s no wonder why Issuance has partnered with VStock Transfer.

Commentary

The CEOs of each company discussed the partnership at hand.

Yoel Goldfeder, CEO of VStock Transfer, stated, “As an SEC-compliant transfer agent who has had the pleasure of working with a range of companies from private to pre-IPO issuers to NYSE American, NASDAQ and OTC listed companies, it was a seamless pivot into digital securities…We look forward to working with Issuance, an industry pioneer who will help to fuel the capital raising component for our clients.”

Darren Marble, CEO of Issuance, stated, “As digital securities continue to merge with the capital market infrastructure, support from companies such as VStock Transfer are critical to remain compliant throughout the lifespan of a DSO…We are thrilled to add VStock Transfer to our growing network of strategic partners and provide valuable registry and transfer services for our clients and their shareholders.”

VStock Transfer

VStock Transfer is based out of Woodmere, New York, where they provide services as an SEC registered ‘stock transfer agent’. The company is spearheaded by CEO, Yoel Goldfeder – a seasoned attorney specializing in corporate and securities law.

For a deeper look at what services VStock Transfer is able to provide, make sure to visit their website HERE.

Issuance

Issuance was founded in 2018, and is based out of Los Angeles, California.  Above all, the main purpose of the company is to act as a bridging platform. For example, this means working to connect investors with appropriate digital securities issuers.

Make sure to check securities.io again for future news on Issuance, as they have indicated future plans to tokenize themselves.

Recent News

Issuance is rapidly developing into a well-rounded company.  For instance, this marks just one of various strategic partnerships announced in recent weeks.

Here is a look at a few of our other articles detailing those endeavours.

Issuance and Tokeny – Partnering with a Goal of Interconnectivity

‘PCG Holdings’ Shows Belief in Security Tokens with Investment in Issuance

Exclusive Interview with Issuance CEO – Darren Marble

Issuance partners with Prime Trust

Vertalo and Issuance join Forces

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Digital Securities Platform DX.Exchange, Survives First Week Scare

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Dx.Exchange has had quite the tumultuous week. As the exchange closes its first week of operation, the team behind the project was able to dodge a potentially damaging situation.

From hordes of investors signing up pre-launch, to potentially disastrous glitches, here is a brief look at the problems that plagued week 1.

Details of the Problem

Upon launch of the platform, an anonymous user took it upon themselves to evaluate DX.Exchange. Shockingly, the user found information leaks that could potentially be harmful to a variety of parties.

Information being leaked ranged from password reset links, to names, email addresses, and more. With this, if someone were so inclined, they would be able to create backdoor entrances to user’s accounts.

It isn’t hard to imagine what kind of havoc a malicious individual could wreak.

Problem Solved

In an attempt to allay investor’s fears, Dx.Exchange has reached out the public with the following statement.

“We would like to thank the vigilant reporter, and our supportive community, who together with, brought his issue to our attention. We are happy to report that the vulnerability has been successfully patched, and no user funds were compromised. Our launch was met with a stellar response from our community eager to trade cryptocurrencies and digital stocks. Customer funds were always safe, our multi layer advanced monitoring and defense mechanism was able to avoid any further issue.”

This statement came after the company scheduled platform maintenance within hours of the news breaking.

Caught out Attention

DX.Exchange originally caught our attention due to the manner in which they offer their services. Rather than hosting digital securities of companies that have decided to tokenize, DX.Exchange has taken a different approach.

They are purchasing traditional shares of publically traded companies, and then issuing their own security tokens to investors, representing ownership of the shares. Due to the method in which this transaction takes place, the shares are held by DX.Exchange. However, investors holding the associated security token receive the full range of benefits associated with them (dividends, equity etc.).

Examples of these companies notably include Apple, Tesla, Amazon, and others.

Skeptics Abound

The CEO of DX.Exchange has stated that due to their licencing and region of operation, the SEC has no means in which to stop them from offering these services.

However, there are many skeptics of the exchange that believe it will eventually face due recourse. Through what means is unclear, but there are certainly going to be companies that do not want their shares tokenized in such a fashion.

Dx.Exchange

DX.Exchange is based out of Estonia, and was founded in 2018. Above all, the company acts as an online exchange, providing investors access to a variety of digital assets.

Prior to the events discussed here today, we recently spoke about DX.Exchange and the companies recent launch. To learn more about DX.Exchange, make sure to read the article below.

DX.Exchange to Tokenize Publically traded Securities

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tZERO Completes Distribution of Security Token

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Token Issuance

In a recent press release, tZERO has announced that it has finished distributing their native token. This token goes by ‘TZROP’, and is known as a digital security – representing ownership in tZERO itself.

While tZERO finished the token creation process months ago, per regulations, it was mandated that they remain in lock-up for a 90-day period. During this time, tokens were to be held by a third party custodial service.  Finally, this 90-day lockup came to an end on January 10th, resulting in the aforementioned distribution and press release.

Successful STO

This issuance process comes months after tZERO completed a wildly successful security token offering, or ‘STO’.  For example, taking place over a roughly 2 month span in mid-2018, tZERO was able to raise $134 million USD.  In addition, this raise was made possible through investments seen from over 1000 parties worldwide.

Commentary on the Issuance

Multiple representatives from tZERO spoke on the importance of this token issuance.

tZERO Executive Chairman, Patrick Byrne, stated, “The issuance of the world’s first public cryptosecurity, OSTKP, in 2016 was tZERO’s Chuck Yeager moment: we broke the speed of sound by introducing the concept of real-time trade settlement. Today marks our Yuri Gagarin moment, where we leave behind the confines of the known world of traditional capital markets and take the first steps towards a new market powered by blockchain.”

tZERO CEO, Saum Noursalehi, stated, “This is one of the first Security Token Offerings on a decentralized public network, and was conducted in full compliance with the U.S. securities laws…This is an exciting milestone for tZERO, and we are even more enthusiastic about the opportunities this will create for private and public companies wishing to raise capital through security token offerings, and for investors who wish to trade those securities.”

Next Up?

The next step to be taken by tZERO, and the most anticipated by investors, will be the launch of a trading platform. The company originally launched a prototype of this platform on April 9th of 2018.  However, it is anticipated that a full launch will occur midway through 2019.

The launch of this platform will facilitate trading via secondary markets.  Thereby, imbuing new levels of liquidity to previously illiquid assets.

Recent News

We have recently reported on progress being made by tZERO. For instance, here are a look at a few noteworthy events from recent days.

tZERO is rounding into Form, After Being Awarded a Recent Patent

GSR Capital turns to tZERO for the tokenization of ‘Cobalt’

tZERO

tZERO is based out of New York, and is a subsidiary of Overstock.com. Each are products of Patrick Byrne’s, who has recently noted that he will be increasing his focus on the development of tZERO.  Above all, this subsidiary acts as a platform to facilitate various services aimed towards security tokens.

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