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TokenMarket Gains FCA Approval, While Partnering with CMS equIP

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TokenMarket Gains FCA Approval, While Partnering with CMS equIP

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.

Upcoming STOs

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.

  • DOVU
    • Reward and redemption system for mobility based rewards
  • Almond
    • 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.”

He continued,

“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.”

Partnerships

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

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

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.

TokenMarket to Host Security Token Offering

Almond – Be the Change the Earth Needs

Interview Series – Oliver Bolton, CEO of Almond

DOVU Announces April STO Dates

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Square Awarded Patent for Payment Network Supporting Securities

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Square Awarded Patent for Payment Network Supporting Securities

After nearly 1 ½ years, payment processer, Square, has successfully been awarded a patent centered on establishing a ‘cryptocurrency payment network’.

Details of the Patent

The patent, which was initially filed on September 14, 2018, was done so by Square, Inc.  While the patent obviously goes into great depth, describing how exactly the proposed payment network will function, the following is a short excerpt summarizing the overall goal.

“Specifically, the present technology permits a first party to pay in any currency, while permitting the second party to be paid in any currency. In this way, the technology provides benefits that remove barriers to transactions that might inhibit international commerce, or commerce with certain types of currency.”

The invention of the technology, described throughout, is attributed to three individuals.

The Intriguing Part

What makes this particular patent notable for those following the digital securities sector, is the direct reference to securities.  It is stated,

“The disclosed technology addresses the need in the art for a payment service capable of accepting a greater diversity of currencies including fiat currencies (US dollars, Euro, Rupee, etc.), and non-fiat currencies including virtual currencies including cryptocurrencies (bitcoin, ether, etc.), commercial paper (loans, contracts, forms, etc.), and securities (stocks, bonds, derivatives, etc.), than a traditional payment system in a transaction between a customer and a merchant, and specifically for a payment service to solve or ameliorate problems germane to transactions with such currencies.”

While details are scarce on how exactly securities will play into the mix, the potential for them to be seamlessly transferred between parties is surely intriguing.

Jack Dorsey

There are a select few people that have become synonymous with Bitcoin and blockchain in general; Jack Dorsey is one of these.

Throughout the past few years, he has, not only been a vocal proponent of Bitcoin and blockchain technologies, but actually acted on his words.  Through payment processing company, Square, in which Dorsey is both the Founder and CEO, the world has seen glimpses of the potential for Bitcoin as it is integrated into their services

Dorsey recently caught the attention of many as he noted that which many have – Africa holds massive potential for the adoption of, and benefitting from, blockchain.  This realization has prompted a, soon to be undertaken, 6-month journey to the continent by Dorsey, as he works towards establishing blockchain based solutions to benefit the populace.

Square

Founded in 2009, Square maintains headquarters in San Francisco, California.  Above all, Square acts as a tech provider for payment processing solutions.  Their rapid rise in popularity over the past decade has seen the company expand beyond U.S. borders into various countries including, but not limited to, Canada and Japan.

CEO, Jack Dorsey, currently oversees company operations.

In Other News

With a rapidly developing sector, many industry players are looking to protect their intellectual property.  As such, we have found ourselves, on a variety of occasions, covering these events.  The following articles touch on a few patents filed over 2019, in addition to an interesting concept involving a ‘Patent Finance Market’.

Walmart Files a Crypto Patent for New Stable Coin

‘TOME’ Patent Awarded to tZERO by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Templum Markets and IPWe to Develop ‘Patent Finance Market’

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3 More Executives Leave SDX Due to Discrepencies

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SDX Exchange lost 3 executives in January 2020

The blockchain-based digital asset trading venue SDX continues to have a rough start to the new year. This week, another high-level executive announced their departure from the firm. The news brings the number of executives who left the company in January 2020 up to three. The news demonstrates a realignment and shuffling of SDX’s business plan. Also, it showcases the growing pains associated with these changes

According to company documentation, all of these executives departed from their full-time positions in January. The three individuals to leave are Alex Zinder, an architecture lead at SDX, Ivo Sauter, SDX’s head of clients and products, and Sven Roth, the firm’s chief digital officer. The later of the trio agreed to stay on as an external advisor to SDX.

In a recent interview, Sauter explained the motivation behind his decision to leave. He touched on a number of critical changes made throughout the firm. These changes included a shift from the platform’s original vision. He explained that at first, the platform was to utilize the banking sector as a bridge into the rest of the market.

However, this strategy quickly changed as SDX began to tailor its platform specifically, and solely for use by banks. Sauter described how these changes effected moral and fueled the growing dis-alignment between executives and owners. He explained that originally, the platform was to be much more inclusive. For example, SDX was to enable startups to provide services around its features.

Corporate Culture

Sauter also took a moment to touch on the negative effects this corporate culture had on the project. He explained that, in his opinion, a bit more separation needed to occur between SDX and its mother company, the Swiss stock exchange operator SIX Group. Apparently, these feelings of discourse only grew as the mother company took more and more influence on SDX’s day to day operations.

SDX Office via SIX

SDX Office via SIX

Additionally, Sauter explained how the big-company approach also inhibited the company’s ability to save. Large corporations require much more reporting. In turn, this reporting raises operating costs. Additionally, smaller firms have more liberty in terms of flexibility and risk management. In the end, the corporate approach made many of the executives feel as if they had been stifled.

Despite the discrepancies, Sauter stated that he had left on good terms. He went as far as to claim that he was at a point in his career that he had no desire to have his contract renewed. Consequently, SDX chose to not offer a renewal.

Challenges in the Market

As with any major corporate reshuffle, there are going to be individuals that no longer fall in line with the platform’s overall goals. Discussing these challenges, a SIX spokesman touched on the changes and what they mean to the project. They explained that whenever you have a concept built from scratch, there are going to be many ups-and-downs associated with the development. In the end, the firm acknowledged that these changes have begun to add up with the spokesperson stating that the firm has “spent quite a few Swiss francs” on the ordeal.

SDX Moving Forward

From the tone of SDX’s past employees, the company is undergoing some heavy internal changes. As such, there is no way to determine exactly how these personnel changes will affect the overall strategy the company has chosen to follow. One thing is for sure, SDX appears to have made a priority shift towards servicing the banking sector exclusively with its new platform.

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Tokeny Upgrades investorID with ONCHAINID

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ONCHAINID

There is no such thing as the launch of a completed product.  Times change, technology is upgraded, and needs vary.  A successful product will often see various iterations and updates throughout its lifespan, in an effort to serve its intended market.

With that in mind, tokenization platform, Tokeny, has announced the launch of ONCHAINID.

An Evolution

ONCHAINID is essentially version 2.0 of their previously released investorID – a solution geared towards whitelisting investors.  ONCHAINID looks to oust traditional ‘central-systems’, in favour of a more decentralized approach.  Along with this approach, ONCHAINID looks to build upon what investorID was able to offer, with various new functionalities.

Tokeny notes that this product is built on providing clients with 3 main features:

  • Data enrichment
  • Direct ownership of securities
  • Customer accounts management

For those interested in learning about the initial launch of investorID, and to see how Tokeny arrived at ONCHAINID, make sure to peruse the following article.

Tokeny Announces European Launch of investorID

Commentary

Upon announcing ONCHAINID, Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny, took the time to comment, elaborating on the move and why it was needed.

Luc Falempin stated,

“For financial institutions to move away from analogue processes and step in to the digital era, they need reliable and compliant standards.  Most of the protocols created for digital securities failed to recognise that identity across the value chain is essential to apply compliance for the issuance and transfer of tokenized securities.  ONCHAINID, and its open ecosystem, is the most credible solution to securely and accurately identify market players and their assets on the blockchain.”

He continued,

“To achieve our vision of a digital capital markets there needs to be a secure and institutional-grade system that enables the creation of digital identities for issuers, agents, investors and securities.  This is why we have created ONCHAINID, to bring forth a shared and controlled data-rich ecosystem that transforms traditional finance into a truly digital and connected industry.”

Speaking with Luc

In our ongoing interview series, we have had the pleasure of hosting an exclusive discussion with Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny.  Here, we learn more about what exactly Tokeny has to offer (including the predecessor of ONCHAINID).

Interview Series – Luc Falempin, CEO of Tokeny

Tokeny

Founded in 2017, Tokeny maintains headquarters in Luxembourg.  Since launch, the team at Tokeny has been hard at work, developing a variety of solutions, targeted towards the digital securities sector.  One such solution is, aforementioned, ONCHAINID discussed here today.

CEO, Luc Falempin, currently oversees company operations.

In Other News

Tokeny has had a successful few months.  It was only recently that we were reporting on the company being included in 2019’s ‘FinTech 50’ – A comprehensive list of the top European companies within the industry.

Tokeny Makes the FinTech 50

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