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.
Libra to Utilize KoreConX in Upcoming Digital Security Offering
KoreConX has recently announced that they have been chosen by Libra Project to host an upcoming digital security offering.
This event will see Libra Project raise capital for their green initiative. Primarily, Libra Project is working to develop renewable energy sources, with the goal of bringing 1st world amenities, such as reliable power, to 100 million humans.
This endeavour represents the first fully compliant DSO to target, and be hosted, within Africa and the Middle East – also the primary regions in which the project can affect the most change.
In making the announcement of their partnership, the CEO of each, KoreConX and Libra, took the time to comment. The following is what each had to say on the matter.
Hans Fraikin, CEO and Cofounder of Libra Project, stated,
“Libra Project is thrilled to enter into this new partnership with KoreConX…Their world-class digital securities asset management protocol will accelerate our plan to become the first fully compliant DSO (digital security offering) in the Middle East and Africa. Ultimately, this partnership supports Libra Project’s mission of democratizing access to impact investments all the while bringing clean energy to hundreds of millions of people in Asia and Africa.”
Oscar Jofre, CEO and Cofounder of KoreConX, stated,
“The Middle East is a very important region for us. We want the regulators and companies in the Middle East to know that there is a provider that does things the right way and will meet their regulatory obligations. We are truly glad that more and more companies are starting to realize the transformation that comes with blockchain, and the ways it can simplify doing business.”
Libra Project is a U.K based company, operating out of London. The company maintains satellite offices in a variety of locations, including Abu Dhabi. Libra Project is actively developing their own service, known as Blockchange. This will act as a bridging platform, connecting green initiatives start-ups with interested investors.
Company operations are overseen by CEO, Hans Fraikin.
KoreConX is a New York based company, which was founded in 2016. Through their KorePartners Ecosystem, and in-house services, this young company is able to offer clients a comprehensive digital securities issuance platform.
Company operations are overseen by CEO, Oscar Jofre.
In Other News
Libra represents a growing trend surrounding ‘green’ projects. Another company which is utilizing blockchain to tackle global issues is Almond. Not only did we recently detail their company, but we had the pleasure of interviewing their CEO. Check out the following articles to learn more about Almond, and what they are doing to better the world.
Securitize DS Token Protocol goes Open Source
The security token issuance platform, Securitize raised eyebrows amongst the cryptocommunity this week after releasing its DS Token code to the public. The move goes along with the crypto sectors long-held stance of open-source projects. Now, programmers from across the globe have a chance to test and advance the platform’s core coding.
News of Securitize’s decision spread quickly after the announcement was made at Coindesk’s latest Consensus 2019 conference. Consensus is one of the largest blockchain conferences in the world. Securitize used the hugely popular seminar to ensure their announcement received the proper attention and publicity the company desired.
A Proven Standard
Discussing the decision, Securitize co-founder and CEO,Carlos Domingo first explained how Securitizes’ Digital Securities Protocol proved itself over the last year. He then took a moment to explain why the decision opens many doors for the company.
Domingo sees a future where developers are now able to create and test Dapps based on the Digital Securities Protocol (DS). Dapps are a crucial component of any token standards in the marketplace. As a result, analysts continually point out that the Dapps propel a project forward.
Dapps are Important
For example, Ethereum is by far the most widely used platform to launch security tokens. In most instances, security tokens launch as a variant to the ERC-20 protocol. The main difference being that these tokens also include the necessary regulatory compliance mechanisms found in security tokens. Likewise, ERC-based Dapps are among the most prevalent in the market.
Now Securitize wants to capture some of the excitement and added functionality that Dapp developers bring to the table. Domingo commented on the need to provide these developers with a viable venue to actually make a difference with the code.
In a company blog post, Securitize elaborates on this theory. Here, Securitize states the importance of their strategy. Basically, the firm spent the last year perfecting their coding and proving that it is reliable enough for real-world use. Now, the DS protocol is ready to go to the next level.
DS Token Protocol
According to the blog post, the goal of the DS protocol is to provide the “proper Digital ownership Architecture to address all aspects of the digital securities lifecycle.” Company officials now hope that the cryptocommunity will step up and really put the DS protocol to the test.
DS Token Code
The newly released coding includes five main interfaces in which developers can interact, test, and build on the coding. The first component is the DSServiceConsumerInterface. This portion of the coding is what enables the other component to interact in a seamless fashion.
Next, the DSTokenInterface is the actual token protocol. As expected, the coding shares many aspects of the ERC-20 protocol but with some key differences. These upgrades include investor-centric balances.
The DSTrustServiceInterface is where developers can assign trust roles in the context of the DS token. This is how developers are able to authorize high-level users and developers within the platform.
A DSRegistryServicesInterface is used to define the Registry Service of the tokens. This is where the token holds all relevant ownership information. Consequently, this section is a critical component when discussing token compliance.
Finally, the DSComplianceServiceInterface is how tokens are able to continually check to ensure compliance throughout its lifecycle. Secondary compliance concerns are a major issue in the security token sector. This protocol is what enables DS tokens to remain within the legal guidelines of digital securities. Importantly, this protocol plays a major role in secondary market compliance as well.
Securitize Steps up its Game
The decision to go open-source is a smart one on the part of Securitize. The crypto sector was built on open-source projects such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Securitize is now in line to continue this legacy and push its DS token protocol to new heights.
DigiMax Designated ‘Exempt Market Dealer’ by OSC
DigiMax has recently announced that they have successfully been granted a designation as an ‘exempt market dealer’.
This designation, doled out by the Ontario Securities Commission, will allow for DigiMax to issue digital securities on behalf of their client, without the need for a prospectus. As a result, DigiMax will see their advisory, and issuance platform, become more flexible, providing client easier access to capital.
Exempt Market Dealer
For the majority of companies issuing securities within Canada, a prospectus is needed to remain regulatory compliant. There, however, exists a subset within capital markets, which allows for companies to forgo this step. This subset is known as an exempt market, and typically indicates that less protective measures are put in place for companies granted exempt status.
For more information on exempt markets, and those taking part, click HERE.
A prospectus is a form of documentation which is typically required by regulatory bodies, such as the Ontario Securities Commission. The documentation consists of a thorough outlining and description of a companies planned actions, pertaining to a capital generation event.
In making their announcement, DigiMax CEO, Chris Carl, took the time to comment. The following is what he had to say on the matter.
“We are very excited to have been granted registration as an EMD in the jurisdiction of Ontario in Canada…This registration allows us to serve Ontario based corporations and investors as an exempt market dealer in various forms of funding, and to market such offerings to institutional or accredited investors. Working with our growing network of similarly registered dealers in other countries, DigiMax Global Solutions is well on its way to becoming the leader of a global syndicate of dealers able to assist companies to raise capital around the world.”
DigiMax is a Canadian company operating out of Toronto, Ontario. Since operations were launched in 2017, DigiMax has developed a platform which facilitates capital generation events in the form of digital security offerings.
Company operations are overseen by CEO, Chris Carl.
Ontario Securities Commission
The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), is a government run, regulatory body, which oversees the enforcement of various acts. Each of which has been designed to protect investors through the creation of fair and honest markets.
In Other News
The digital securities sector has seen various large developments as of late. We have seen huge conglomerates make their entrance, while existing industry participants hone their platforms and services. Here are a few noteworthy events from recent weeks.
- Libra to Utilize KoreConX in Upcoming Digital Security Offering June 25, 2019
- Securitize DS Token Protocol goes Open Source June 25, 2019
- DigiMax Designated ‘Exempt Market Dealer’ by OSC June 24, 2019
- Velocity Ledger to Utilize Security Suite through HCL Cyber Group June 23, 2019
- Mt. Pelerin Release STO Launching Service Amidst Path to Full Banking June 22, 2019