Hong Kong Stock Market Regulator ‘Reluctant’ to Greenlight Bitmain IPO, Sources Report

Hong Kong stock market regulator is reportedly reluctant to allow Bitcoin mining equipment manufacturer Bitmain to conduct an initial public offering (IPO) in the city. Local English-language newspaper South China Morning Post (SCMP) made this claim in an article published Dec. 19, with reference to anonymous sources.

Citing two “sources familiar with the matter,” SCMP poured more cold water on the plans of mining giant Bitmain to go public, just a day after the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) told Cointelegraph that any hesitation on part of the company was “rumors.”

According to the publication’s sources, Hong Kong’s stock market regulator thinks it is “premature for any cryptocurrency trading platform – or business associated with the industry – to raise funds through an IPO in Hong Kong before the proper regulatory framework is in place.”

As a result, SCMP suggests, current conditions “could be an insurmountable hurdle” for Bitmain and other cryptocurrency companies planning to launch an IPO.

Controversy has surrounded the mining giant’s IPO plans ever since rumors about them leaked into the community earlier this year.

Various factors — such as alleged poor sales — have already contributed to doubts about the likelihood that the IPO will be successful.

HKEX meanwhile repeated its refusal to comment on the Bitmain case when queried by SCMP.

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India's National Stock Exchange Trials Blockchain E-Voting for Listed Companies

The National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) is testing a blockchain platform developed by Elemential Labs to conduct e-voting for listed companies, local news outlet Hindu BusinessLine reports September 27.

The NSE’s pilot will entail tokenizing voting rights and using the blockchain platform to connect the firm, registrar and transfer agents (RTA), and the regulator. Hindu BusinessLine notes that tokenized votes are both easy to transfer and to proxy, and the test will reportedly be used to evaluate how easy it is to audit the entirety of the voting procedure using blockchain.

Sankarson Banerjee, CTO of projects at NSE, is quoted as saying that the blockchain system offers features that can bring the exchange “closer to an environment of improved corporate governance and compliance,” outlining that:

“The immutable nature of blockchain will ensure that every action taken by a network participant is transparent to the regulator. Additionally, the smart contract framework enables synchronisation of the vote count process between the company and the regulator in real time.”

Elemential Labs’ platform uses the Hyperledger framework, and NSE will reportedly take charge of developing and managing the front-end application of the system.

Elemential CEO Raunaq Vaisoha echoed Banerjee in advocating for blockchain’s power to ensure regulatory compliance in real time and to offer “highly transparent and clear corporate governance,” which he considered to be “an operating standard that most companies aspire to.”

As reported earlier this month, the Union Cabinet of India — the country’s chief decision-making body led by prime minister Narendra Modi — has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BRICS members on collaborative research into blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies (DLT).

This summer, the Indian state of Telangana announced it would be signing several MoUs with blockchain firms as to eventually implement the technology across government services.

As blockchain makes inroads with the country’s government, India’s Supreme Court is currently in the midst of reviewing the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s controversial ban on banks’ dealings with crypto-related entities. Just this week, the court listened to the final round of petitions on the ban, which has officially been in force since July 6.

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Report: Hong Kong Stock Exchange Eyeing Blockchain Firm Acquisitions

Insider sources have suggested that the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) is eyeing takeovers in the blockchain and other tech sectors, according to a Bloomberg article published September 21.

Bloomberg cites “people with knowledge of the matter” as saying that the exchange is considering a change in strategy due to stalling trading links with exchanges in China, citing worsening U.S.-China trade relations as a further cause for concern.

The sources reportedly told Bloomberg that HKEX CEO Charles Li has met with “at least three investment banks” to discuss diversifying the exchange’s model, including a possible set of takeovers in the “data, analytics and blockchain sectors.” Due to the sensitivity of the matter, Bloomberg’s sources asked to remain anonymous.

They reportedly suggest that Li has been looking to the venture capital arms of U.S.-based stalwart exchanges CME Group Inc. and Nasdaq Inc. “as possible models,” with Bloomberg noting that Nasdaq saw 19 percent of its 2017 revenue from data products and 13 percent from market technology.

By contrast, Bloomberg’s data indicates that HKEX generated almost 100 percent of its 2017 revenue from clearing and trading fees.

Bloomberg’s sources further allege that potential technology acquisitions were “the focus” of two recent key HKEX meetings — a strategy discussion with senior managers on September 10, and a board member meeting on September 12. They report that the exchange is due to launch a three-year strategy plan starting in 2019, of which the details are currently under discussion.

Banny Lam, head of research at CEB International Investment Corp., told Bloomberg in an email that:

“The strategy is in the right direction but it is not easy to achieve the targets. HKEX needs to maintain a momentum of growth by exploring new businesses.”

According to Bloomberg, HKEX has “struggled to integrate” its 2012 acquisition of London Metal Exchange, and the article cites an unnamed HKEX advisor as saying that there are “industry concerns” surrounding the success of future deals.

As previously reported, within China itself, blockchain has been making inroads into the very infrastructure of major stock exchanges. Earlier this summer, the world’s fourth-largest stock exchange, the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) released plans to adopt the technology for use in securities transactions.

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is also planning to implement blockchain to replace its current system for processing equity transactions, a switch that is currently slated for spring 2021.

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Shanghai Stock Exchange Partners With Major Insurance Firms to Improve Industry With Blockchain

The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) and Insurance Asset Management Association of China (IAMAC) have agreed to cooperate on improving the insurance and pension industries with the use of blockchain tech. China Securities Journal newspaper reported on the partnership Monday, August 20.

China Securities Journal wrote that the SSE, the world’s fourth largest stock exchange, was joined by several major insurance industry players, including the IAMAC, Changjiang Pension Insurance Company, Tokyo Maritime Sunshine, and others.

The stated goal of the new group is “to create a new, high-efficiency, low-cost and safer insurance industry” through the use of blockchain technology. The article clarifies:

“The digital transformation of enabling insurance will build a blockchain service platform to solve the bottleneck problem of enterprise innovation. With convenient and efficient application development, flexible deployment mode and visual monitoring and operation platform.”

As Cointelegraph reported July 12, the Shanghai Stock Exchange had revealed its plans to use blockchain in its securities transactions, indicating the increasing level of adoption of the distributed ledger technology (DLT) by larger institutions.

Last week, a major U.S.-based entrepreneurial accelerator Y Combinator announced the launch of its new China-based division to “build a long-term local organization that will combine the best of Silicon Valley and China and create a lot of innovation.”

Earlier this month, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which operates the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), has unveiled its plans to build an “open and regulated, global ecosystem for digital assets” in cooperation with Microsoft and others.

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First Crypto Firm IPO on London Stock Exchange Raises $32.5 Million

A crypto mining company has raised £25 million (about $32.5 million) through an IPO on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). 

U.K.-based Argo Mining (ticker: ARB), which provides “accessible” crypto mining via a subscription service, is the first crypto company to be listed on the LSE. The company raised £5 million (about $6.5 million) more than its initial goal of £20 million through the IPO. 

Argo kicked off on the exchange with about 156 million shares accounting for 53.2% of its issued shared capital, according to a company document. Shares were priced at 16 pence, giving the business a total market valuation of £47 million pounds (about $61.2 million).

“Argo’s admission to the London main market is a major step in the company’s development and will put us in a strong position to execute our long-term growth strategy,” executive chairman Jonathan Bixby said in the document. “We are delighted with the strong response from investors which will enable us to grow our business in multiple jurisdictions.”

The company won approval from the UK Listing Authority in May to be listed on the exchange, and subsequently released its crypto mining subscription service in June. According to its website, Argo offers consumers three packages differentiated by the capacity of the mining power provided. BTG, ETH, ZEC and ETC are currently supported. All of its packages are sold out.

Bixby told the Financial Times around the time of the release that Argo wants to be “the Amazon Web Services of crypto.”

“More than 90 percent of crypto mining is done by elites on industrial scale because it is technically very difficult to do,” Bixby was quoted as saying. “It is incredibly expensive to buy, up front, the hardware you need at $5,000 a machine.”

Several other mining companies in the space are also considering IPOs.

As previously reported by CoinDesk, market leader Bitmain is rumored to be conducting a pre-IPO funding round and to be considering going public. Two other China-based mining hardware makers, Canaan Creative and Ebang Communication have both filed IPO applications with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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Korea’s Financial Watchdog Calls for Stock Trading on a Blockchain


South Korea’s primary financial watchdog has backed the use of blockchain technology as the core infrastructure for trading stocks in the country.

First reported by domestic news publication Korea Joongang Daily, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) has advocated the use of blockchain for stock trading in a report focused on the subject released on Thursday. In a significant backing of the technology, the FSS called on the country’s regulatory agencies and firms to jointly work and develop an integrated blockchain system that negates the use of a conventional centralized ledger and system to track transaction.

Blockchain technology offers the promise of safer and tamper-proof transactions, the FSS report said, suggesting that conventional transaction systems with an overseer or centralized record-keeper is riddled with inefficiencies and vulnerable to hacking attacks.

The FSS also researched the use of blockchain technology among stock exchange transactions in several countries including Japan, the United States and Australia.

As reported by CCN, the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) – Australia’s largest stock exchange – will become the world’s first major exchange operator to implement blockchain technology for its clearing and settlement system with a planned rollout in 2020. In doing so, the ASX is replacing its existing post-trade system that has been operational for the last 25 years.

In the United States, Nasdaq – the world’s second-largest stock exchange by market capitalization – has already launched Linq, a blockchain platform that enables private companies to trade their shares on the platform. The Japan Exchange Group (JPX), Asia’s largest stock exchange operator, has also established a consortium to specifically research blockchain applications in late 2016 and has since received a regulatory green-light from Japan’s financial regulator to use the decentralized technology as the code driver for its trading infrastructure.

Urging regulators, authorities and the financial industry to come together in developing a blockchain stock trading platform, an excerpt from the FSS report added:

There should be no barrier between public institutions and private companies in developing a blockchain system.

The FSS report went on to add that Korea’s embrace of blockchain is still in a preliminary stage, despite the notable successes of major trails including a 7-month pilot of imports and exports from Korean shipping ports tapping a blockchain developed by Samsung SDS, the IT subsidiary of electronics giant Samsung.

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Korea's Financial Regulator Wants to Use the Blockchain for Stock Trading

South Korea’s financial watchdog is advocating for a blockchain-based stock trading system.

The Financial Supervisory Service’s (FSS) appeal was part of a new study published by the agency on Thursday, which was first reported on by Korea JoongAng Daily. The study reportedly encourages South Korean regulatory agencies and companies to collaborate on the development of the proposed system, and also examines the use of the blockchain by stock operators around the globe.

The usage of blockchain in stock trading is already well established, with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) first trialing distributed ledger tech for its settlement and clearing system, called CHESS, in 2016. ASX said in April that it expects to roll out the new system in 2020.

Likewise, U.S. stock market Nasdaq unveiled a blockchain-based private securities platform in 2017, and the London Stock Exchange experimented with using the blockchain to replace paper trading certificates later that year. The Japan Exchange Group (JPX) also founded a consortium to explore blockchain applications to capital markets infrastructure in 2017.

The study reportedly noted that the exploration of blockchain use cases in Korea has only recently started, and that cooperation between private and public companies would be integral to the success of any future system.

“There should be no barrier between public institutions and private companies in developing a blockchain system,” the FSS was quoted as saying.

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Gibraltar Stock Exchange’s Blockchain Platform Opens to Public Trading

The UK Overseas Territory of Gibraltar launched its Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) July 23, a press release confirmed, opening up cryptocurrency trading.

The GBX was first announced by the Gibraltar Stock Exchange at BlockShow Asia conference in November 2017

GBX, which will ultimately function as a multifaceted ICO and trading ecosystem, currently offers three crypto-to-fiat pairs: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and its own Rock (RKT) token to USD. CEO Nick Cowan commented in the release:

“The launch comes at a time when the cryptocurrency and token markets are reaching a new stage of maturity.”

The move preempts Gibraltar’s plans to enact formal ICO regulations which could open up the tiny peninsula to a host of ICO activity.

In March, GBX claimed it had already received interest from around 200 ICO operators, a number almost equal to the entire ICO cohort of 2017.

Gibraltar has also been active in blockchain regulation, with the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) in December announcing what it described as “the first instance of a purpose-built legislative framework for businesses” which are “craving” regulatory support.

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PR: Vaultbank to Bring Free Stock Trading with Margin, Top 20 Cryptos, 120+ Fiat Currencies

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SAN FRANCISCO — Vaultbank announces the addition of free stock trading to its October Launch. This is in addition to crypto trading and issuance of security tokens. With all of these services on one platform, users will have a single platform solution to invest globally, trade digitally, and cash out locally.

The Vaultbank Platform is currently in beta testing. A tiered global rollout is scheduled to begin in October 2018. Prospective users are invited to join the waitlist on Vaultbank’s homepage at vaultbank.io.

Through this newly formed partnership, Vaultbank has built a solution for Retail and Hedge Fund investors allowing them to trade U.S. equity securities (NYSE, Nasdaq, OTC) that are priced greater than $1.00 per share. These customers will have the ability to trade on margin and access real-time market data, as well as the ability to short.

This partnership allows Vaultbank to utilize its existing broker dealer for equities trading. Vaultbank is in the process of obtaining its own licenses and approvals for the creation, sale, and trading of tokenized securities in addition to dozens of utility tokens.

Aaron Travis, COO of Vaultbank, shares: “The addition of traditional equity securities on our platform enables our customers to utilize a single platform solution for all of their investing needs. Whereas they would previously use 3-4 other platforms, the Vaultbank Platform will allow individuals from 120+ countries to fund their account with their native fiat, trade an array of digital assets, and cash out to their mobile wallet or bank account. This development is in line with our goal of being a leader in the convergence of traditional finance with the digital asset space through the use of blockchain technology.”

ABOUT VAULTBANK

Vaultbank
Vaultbank is a FinTech company innovating the convergence of two worlds – traditional investments and digital assets. Vaultbank utilizes blockchain technology to create, issue and trade financial instruments through a single platform. By providing the next generation suite of financial services, Vaultbank will allow for the buying, selling, and spending of cryptocurrencies, tokenized securities, and traditional equities on web-based and mobile platforms.

For more information visit: https://vaultbank.io

The Vaultbank Platform
The Vaultbank Platform intends to be one of the first platforms to compliantly facilitate the global trading of both utility and security tokens. Vaultbank has been working with regulatory agencies and other governmental bodies to acquire necessary licenses and comply with strict KYC/AML, FATCA and accreditation requirements in jurisdictions all over the world.

The VB Token
Vaultbank intends to generate profits and distribute dividends to VB Token holders. The VB Tokens represent partial ownership stakes in Vaultbank and its VB Fund and are backed by non-voting shares of Vaultbank held in equitable trust.

The Vaultbank Board of Directors
The Vaultbank Board of Directors includes former BlackRock CIO Ken Kroner, Chairman of the Board Austin Trombley, former Third Point Capital Partner Keri Findley, former MasterCard Head of Digital Commerce (MEA) Aaron Oliver, and Gyft co-founder CJ MacDonald.

MEDIA CONTACT: John Nahas – john.nahas@vaultbank.io – +1-818-438-9707

Disclaimer: Vaultbank refers to a group of companies that includes Vaultbanc Ltd., a Singapore public company limited by shares, and certain of its affiliates. This press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in the United States or elsewhere. Some of the statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements include those relating to our expectations, estimates and intentions regarding our business and our industry, and are generally identified by the words “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” believes,” “plans,” “will be” and similar expressions. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond our control. Other than as required by law, Vaultbank does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. Vaultbank is not a bank as defined under the Banking Act of 1933 or any other applicable law in the United States, Singapore or elsewhere.

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Vaultbank to Bring Free Stock Trading with Margin, Top 20 Cryptos, 120+ Fiat Currencies


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SAN FRANCISCO — JULY 19, 2018  Vaultbank announces the addition of free stock trading to its October Launch.  This is in addition to crypto trading and issuance of security tokens. With all of these services on one platform, users will have a single platform solution to invest globally, trade digitally, and cash out locally.

The Vaultbank Platform is currently in beta testing. A tiered global rollout is scheduled to begin in October 2018. Prospective users are invited to join the waitlist on Vaultbank’s homepage at vaultbank.io.

Through this newly formed partnership, Vaultbank has built a solution for Retail and Hedge Fund investors allowing them to trade U.S. equity securities (NYSE, Nasdaq, OTC) that are priced greater than $1.00 per share. These customers will have the ability to trade on margin and access real-time market data, as well as the ability to short.

This partnership allows Vaultbank to utilize its existing broker-dealer for equities trading. Vaultbank is in the process of obtaining its own licenses and approvals for the creation, sale, and trading of tokenized securities in addition to dozens of utility tokens.

Aaron Travis, COO of Vaultbank, shares: “The addition of traditional equity securities on our platform enables our customers to utilize a single platform solution for all of their investing needs. Whereas they would previously use 3-4 other platforms, the Vaultbank Platform will allow individuals from 120+ countries to fund their account with their native fiat, trade an array of digital assets, and cash out to their mobile wallet or bank account. This development is in line with our goal of being a leader in the convergence of traditional finance with the digital asset space through the use of blockchain technology.”

ABOUT VAULTBANK

Vaultbank is a FinTech company innovating the convergence of two worlds – traditional investments and digital assets. Vaultbank utilizes blockchain technology to create, issue and trade financial instruments through a single platform. By providing the next generation suite of financial services, Vaultbank will allow for the buying, selling, and spending of cryptocurrencies tokenized securities and traditional equities on web-based and mobile platforms.

For more information visit: https://vaultbank.io

The Vaultbank Platform

The Vaultbank Platform intends to be one of the first platforms to compliantly facilitate the global trading of both utility and security tokens. Vaultbank has been working with regulatory agencies and other governmental bodies to acquire necessary licenses and comply with strict KYC/AML, FATCA and accreditation requirements in jurisdictions all over the world.

The VB Token

Vaultbank intends to generate profits and distribute dividends to VB Token holders. The VB Tokens represent partial ownership stakes in Vaultbank and its VB Fund and are backed by non-voting shares of Vaultbank held in equitable trust.

The Vaultbank Board of Directors

The Vaultbank Board of Directors includes former BlackRock CIO Ken Kroner, Chairman of the Board Austin Trombley, former Third Point Capital Partner Keri Findley, former MasterCard Head of Digital Commerce (MEA) Aaron Oliver, and Gyft co-founder CJ MacDonald.

MEDIA CONTACT: John Nahas –  [email protected] – +1-818-438-9707

Disclaimer:  Vaultbank refers to a group of companies that includes Vaultbanc Ltd., a Singapore public company limited by shares, and certain of its affiliates. This press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in the United States or elsewhere. Some of the statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended.  Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements include those relating to our expectations, estimates and intentions regarding our business and our industry, and are generally identified by the words “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” believes,” “plans,” “will be” and similar expressions.  Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond our control. Other than as required by law, Vaultbank does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. Vaultbank is not a bank as defined under the Banking Act of 1933 or any other applicable law in the United States, Singapore or elsewhere.

 

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