Archax has recognized and set out to clear an obvious obstacle within the digital securities sector – Custodial solutions. With this in mind, they have established a working partnership with Unbound Tech; the latter of which is a cyber-security company, with a focus on digital assets.
This move is an important one for Archax, as they continue to work towards the imminent launch of their own digital assets exchange. By offering a custody solution to their clients, as well, their platform will immediately become much more flexible and appealing. It is important to note that, while Archax will be able to offer access to this custody solution, the service will remain disconnected from the actual platform. This separation will work to ensure even higher levels of security.
The flagship product from Unbound Tech would be their distributed ledger platform. This allows for data to be protected by breaking it up, and storing it across multiple parties. In doing so, the company is able to eliminate points of weakness, as complete sets of data cannot be accessed together unless allowed.
Graham Rodford, CEO of Archax, stated,
“As a digital asset exchange targeted at institutions, it was vital that we could offer the very best and most secure solution for storing clients’ wallets and keys. Unlike most crypto venues, our custody service is totally segregated from the Archax exchange, and this, coupled with the unrivalled capabilities of Unbound’s technology, means we can offer exactly what institutions need. We did an extensive evaluation of the custody partners that were suitable for us and Unbound met all our requirements and more.”
Yehuda Lindell, CEO of Unbound Tech, stated,
“Our Digital Asset Protection Platform provides an innovative approach to protecting digital assets by creating and using fragmented private keys without ever unifying them, delivering both security and speed for a seamless customer experience. This platform is being used by the world’s largest exchanges, protecting transactions in billions of dollars every day. Archax, with its institutional focus and plans to bridge the traditional and digital asset worlds, is an ideal partner to expand our market reach. We look forward to working with Archax whilst their product evolves.”
Based in London, England, Archax is a young company which was founded in 2018. The team behind the company is actively developing a digital exchange, set to be launched in late 2019. This exchange is expected to support digital securities, and will see its development aided through an upcoming STO hosted by Archax.
We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Graham Rodford, learning more about Archax in the process.
Unbound Tech is a New York based company, which was founded in 2014. Above all, Unbound Tech specializes in security based solutions for tech companies.
Unbound Tech has shown enough promise to receive the backing of multiple high-profile companies. This includes, not only Goldman Sachs, but also Citi Ventures.
Company operations are overseen by CEO, Yahuda Lindell.
In Other News
Custody solutions have been noted by many to be a weak link in the development of the digital securities sector. Industry participants have recognized this, with many seeking out ways to solve the problem. This partnership between Archax and Unbound Tech is the latest in a series of similar moves taken over the past few months.
DX.Exchange Goes Bankrupt – CX Technologies Ltd
Additionally, a host of suppliers have taken suit against the company. These suits run the gambit from unpaid bills to the alleged fraud. The well-known cybersecurity firm, White Hat Ltd is one of the company’s claiming losses due to DX.Exchange actions. Another lawsuit lists Bee2See Dotan B.S. Solutions. This is the firm that handled DX.Exchange targeted marketing. Even the company supplying the servers never got paid – Malam Team.
Writing on the Wall – DX.Exchange
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.
Security Tokens on the DX.Exchange
Will Employees and Affiliates Get Paid?
VNX Exchange Launches, Calling Luxembourg Home
While there are many hurdles yet to be cleared on the way to the mainstream adoption of digital securities, there is one that remains obvious. This would be a lack of marketplace solutions within the sector.
Looking to fill this void in the sector is VNX exchange. The Luxembourg based company has just announced the launch of their digital assets issuance platform, which will work to facilitate the tokenization and sale of assets. VNX indicates that the potential for a secondary market launch will be evaluated in time.
In an event held to mark the launch of the platform, the company even drew praise from the Luxembourg Minister of Finance, Pierre Gramegna. He stated,
“VNX is one of the success stories of Luxembourg House of Financial Technology, the LHoFT”
A Place to call Home
For those that follow the digital securities sector, a geographical trend may have been noted. With forward thinking regulations, and industry clarity, Luxembourg has begun to establish themselves as a nation open to blockchain based endeavours. This has resulted in more than just VNX calling the European nation home. The following companies are just a couple of examples of this.
While the VNX launch is a positive development for the sector, they are not the first to the table, and will not be the last. The following companies stand to be a two of the major competitors in the same space in which VNX is looking to carve out a place.
Wasting no time in the launch of their services, VNX is providing investors with access to an STO straight out of the gate.
This event will see Korean based, Streami, issue €3 million worth of digital securities. The company itself is solution provider within the world of blockchain through services ranging from a cryptocurrency exchange, to custody, and fiat gateways.
The event garnered commentary from representatives of each, VNX and Streami.
Alexander Tkachenko, CEO of VNX Exchange, stated,
“Streami offering demonstrates the real use case of asset backed tokens to finance VC investments.”
Junhaeng Lee, CEO of Streami, stated,
“I strongly believe in the development of the assets-backed digital financial instruments. VNX offering shows how fundraising for VC industry may evolve and by extension implications to the financial industry. I am very excited and proud that Streami is the first offering presented at VNX platform.”
To learn more about the structuring of these digital securities, make sure to peruse the Streami investor deck HERE.
While first conceived in 2017, VNX exchange was founded in 2018. The company operates within Luxembourg, and hopes to transform FinTech through their platform.
CEO, Alexander Tkachenko, currently oversees company operations.
Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings to Bring Digital Securities to Japan
After spending months developing within the confines of the MAS FinTech Sandbox, digital exchange, ‘iSTOX’, looks to take its first large step forward – towards Japan.
It was recently
announced that Japan based, Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings, has acquired a minority share of ICHX Tech (iSTOX ‘mother-company’).
This move represents a first for iSTOX, as the company looks to eventually offer their services to investors worldwide.
iSTOX has had a successful year, as they have been on the receiving end of various investments over this time. The first major example would be the globally renowned, Singapore Exchange (SGX), followed by a series of companies in the following months.
This latest investment, which totals $4.58M, equates to a 4.58% share in ICHX Tech. By acquiring the position, it is expected that digital securities, hosted on the iSTOX platform, will now be available to Japanese investors; this being possible through the brokerage capabilities of Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings.
MAS FinTech SandBox
One of the reasons behind the success experienced thus far by iSTOX, can be owed to the fact that they are one of a very select group to be admitted into the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) FinTech Sandbox.
This program allows for companies to trial new technologies and products, within a structured environment, allowing for continued public/client protective measures.
iSTOX is a subsidiary of Singapore based, ICHX Tech, which was founded in 2017. The company is fervently working to develop, and attain, adoption for their digital securities exchange. This platform, which is currently operative and accessible by accredited investors, is expected to make a full launch in Q4 of 2019.
CEO, Danny Toe, currently oversees company operations.
The team at iSTOX recently announced new growth, as they welcomed a new CCO – Oi Yee Choo. The following article takes a closer look Oi Yee Choo and what she brings to the table.
Operating out of Tokyo, Japan, Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings is an investment firm, which was founded in 1929. The company is able to offer its clientele a variety of services, pertinent to securities, such as brokerage, distribution, and more.
Company operations are currently overseen by CEO, Tateaki Ishida.
In Other News
Singapore has rapidly established themselves as a leader within digital securities. With clear regulation, and forward thinking, companies have been able to effectively establish themselves within the Asian nation. The following articles are a few examples, highlighting industry moves which involve Singapore.
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- The Managed Stablecoins are Securities Act of 2019 H.R. 5197
- Max Crowdfund STO Promises to Fuel Tokenization Revolution
- Securitize Increases Ties to Japan through First Acquisition
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