Two Steps Forward
The past week has brought us multiple noteworthy developments from TokenMarket. These announcements included not only a new partnership, but regulatory approval, as well. This marks an exciting time for TokenMarket, as their hard work towards offering STOs is finally coming to fruition.
To begin, TokenMarket has officially received a formal approval for the completion of their own STO. This green-light was given by the FCA, and paves the way, not only for the TokenMarket STO, but for the platform to begin hosting token events for a variety of companies.
With this in mind, various companies are standing by in anticipation of completing their own STOs through TokenMarket. The following three are expected to be the first to do so.
- Reward and redemption system for mobility based rewards
- Incentivising sustainable spending habits through blockchain
- Cryotech Nordic
- Health and wellness through ‘Cryo Cabins’
Upon being granted entrance to the FCA sandbox, TokenMarket Managing Director, Ryan Hanley, spoke on the news. He stated,
“We are delighted to announce the FCA’s approval for our STO, with the launch expected imminently. We look forward to exiting the sandbox, completing our fund raise and tokenised equity issuance, and then cracking on with launching STOs for other ambitious businesses…Access to finance is still a big issue for SMEs- it remains difficult and expensive, and this is holding back economic growth, and job and wealth creation. We hope our own STO can demonstrate that you can use blockchain technology to transform the way capital is raised.”
“At the same time, we want to offer our wide and deep pool of international investors the type of exciting investment opportunities that were previously closed off to them. We believe STOs promise nothing less that the transformation and democratization of capital markets.”
Leading up to their announcement regarding the FCA, TokenMarket also announced a strategic partnership with CMS equIP.
This partnership was formed in an effort to offer clients (SMEs), a more well-rounded experience, when hosting an STO. While TokenMarket will offer a platform which facilitates these token events, CMS equIP is able to assume the roles of a legal advisor, trainer, and networker. Together, these two companies offer a service greater than the sum of their parts.
The following is what representatives from each company had to say on the partnership.
Ryan Hanley, Managing Director of TokenMarket, stated,
“SMEs are the backbone of any modern economy, but many are held back by the scarcity and expense of growth finance. STOs open up a new, cheaper, easier way for ambitious companies to raise capital. Today’s announcement is an exciting milestone for bringing STOs further into the mainstream. By partnering with CMS equIP, not only will we identify companies with the most commercial promise, but we will offer these companies another, crucial level of support in navigating the world of STO financing.”
Charles Kerrigan, Banking Partner at CMS equIP, stated,
“We are pleased to partner with TokenMarket. TokenMarket are a young and innovative company representing a number of exciting businesses from across the blockchain community who boast exceptional qualities that we seek from early-stage businesses joining the CMS equIP programme. Our partnership will also provide real value for equIP members who are interested to explore the STO framework of financing via TokenMarket’s investment platform and community. We are excited to be working with TokenMarket and their clients, and look forward to the synergies that this partnership will bring.”
TokenMarket is a European company, which was founded in 2016. The company maintains headquarters in Gibraltar, and gears its operations towards providing a crowdfunding platform. This includes services facilitating the issuance of security tokens.
Company operations are overseen by Managing Director, Ryan Hanley.
CMS equIP is a UK based company, which was founded in 2015. As their name would suggest, they function in a manner to equip SMEs with the tools to complete a capital generation event. This comes primarily in the form of legal advice, but extends to include training, and networking opportunities.
In Other News
Over the past few months, we have detailed events surrounding TokenMarket various times. This includes companies which intend to host an upcoming STO through their platform. Check out the articles below to learn more about these offerings, and the company bringing them to you.
Securitize Increases Ties to Japan through First Acquisition
Japan is Calling
Over the past few months, we have seen an increase in activity surrounding digital securities, within the island nation of Japan. One company which has found themselves at the center of these developments, on multiple occasions, is none other than Securitize.
Securitize has continued along their path into the country with another recent acquisition of a small company, known as BUIDL.
Details of the Acquisition
For the time being, details on the acquisition are scarce. Securitize has not divulged the amount of money this move required, nor the amount of equity they acquired.
What is clear, however, is that companies are showing an increased interest in Japan, since steps were recently taken to clarify the framework surrounding the digital securities sector.
What do they offer?
What is known is that BUIDL is a blockchain tech provider, in addition to being a consultation firm. The company’s marquee product is known as ‘Shiedl’, and operates as a blockchain based network analysis and compliance tool.
Securitize indicates that this move is about helping more than just themselves, but the industry as a whole. In the hands of Securitize, and the influence they hold on the industry, BUIDL has the ability to greatly help grow digital securities within Japan.
With this acquisition marking an important step taken into Japanese markets, Securitize CEO, Carlos Domingo, took the time the comment. He stated,
“By acquiring BUIDL, a proven security token leader and blockchain innovator in Japan, Securitize is immediately better positioned to help develop the institutional-grade security token industry in Japan, Asia and beyond.”
Operating out of Tokyo, Japan, BUIDL was founded in 2018. Above all, the company specializes as a blockchain consulting firm with a focus on developing real world application for the technology.
CEO, Jun Hasegawa, currently oversees company operations.
Based in the United Stated, Securitize is an issuance platform which was founded in 2017. In the time since, the company has established themselves as a leader within the sector. This was achieved through ,not only the development of their own platform, but through strategic collaborations and acquisitions, such as the one discussed here today.
CEO, Carlos Domingo, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
Securitize is not the only company attempting to develop the digital securities sector within Japan. We recently reported on a nearly 100 year old investment firm, Tokai Tokyo, and their foray into the industry.
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.
Horizon Globex Eyes Growth through Series A
One of the leaders within the digital securities sector – Horizon Globex – has just announced the launch of their Series A raise.
This move represents the first time that ownership in Horizon Globex has been made available to outside investors. It marks an important juncture for Horizon Globex, as they look to ramp up their operations through various means.
By taking this step, it validates the hard work that the company has put in over the past few years. No longer are they simply an idea with great potential. They are now a company with various strategic partnerships, working products, and growing levels of adoption (primarily through technology licensure).
Details of the Raise
Over the course of this raise, the company hopes to generate up to $5 million in investments. The event will be structured in accordance with Reg D (rule 506).
Horizon Globex notes the following areas as those which will benefit from the funds generated:
- Global expansion of digital marketplaces
- Research and development
- Strategic acquisitions
- Sales and marketing
- Develop a Multi-Lateral Trading Facility (MTF)
The Game Plan
Looking forward, Horizon Globex indicates that their intention is to generate future revenue streams through the licensure of their tech solutions. The funds generated in their Series A are noted to be used to further develop these solutions. The following are a few examples of the solutions they offer:
- Open Order Book
Horizon Globex CEO, Brian Collins took the time to elaborate on their Series A, and what it is they are trying to do. He stated,
“We’re gearing up to help power a globally connected network of regulated blockchain-trading venues which we believe have the potential to drive the next generation of secondary market liquidity…We are thrilled to give investors the opportunity to own a stake in our fintech business as well as in any future growth in our software licensing business…Capital markets are evolving right now, and we believe that Horizon is at the forefront of this evolution with our proprietary end-to-end suite of blockchain solutions and services that deliver a harmonized rule-book for transparent secondary trading of securities using a blockchain.”
Speaking with Brian
We were fortunate to have completed an exclusive interview earlier this year with Horizon Globex CEO, Brian Collins. In this discussion we learned more about various solutions developed by the company.
Founded in 2010, Horizon Globex is a ‘software-as-a-solution (SaaS) provider, which operates out of Zug, Switzerland. In the time since their launch, the company has managed to develop a diverse stack of blockchain based solutions, meant to serve the nascent digital securities sector.
CEO, Brian Collins, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
Going back to the Horizon Globex game plan of licensing their solutions – they already have a track record of successful pulling this off. In recent months, we reported on, both, the development of their exchange software and its subsequent licensure to the Antiguan Government. Check out the following articles to learn more.
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