INX A Cryptocurrency Firm To Hold First-Ever SEC-Approved Tokenized IPO (#GotBitcoin?)
INX exchange taps Israeli crypto startup GK8 for crypto custody. INX A Cryptocurrency Firm To Hold First-Ever SEC-Approved Tokenized IPO (#GotBitcoin?)
The SEC-approved IPO holder prefers to store crypto 100% offline.
INX, a cryptocurrency firm holding the first-ever token initial public offering, or IPO, approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, has chosen a digital asset custody provider.
According to a Sept. 16 announcement, INX has enlisted Israeli crypto startup GK8 for digital asset custody on its upcoming crypto exchange.
INX tweeted that the platform will use GK8’s end-to-end platform for managing and safeguarding digital assets. The platform includes GK8’s patented “air-gapped vault that can create, sign, and send blockchain transactions while staying 100% offline,” INX noted.
Based in Gibraltar, INX is planning to raise $117 million from its ongoing security token IPO targeting both retail and institutional investors.
After raising $7.5 million as of Sept. 10, INX’s began accepting cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), and USD Coin (USDC) on Sept. 14. With the raised funds, INX intends to set up a multiservice digital asset platform as well as a cash reserve fund.
GK8 was founded in 2018 by Lior Lamesh and Shahar Shamai, cybersecurity experts who previously worked together in a classified Israeli cyber unit. The startup is said to be managing over $1 billion in digital assets for global banks, exchanges, and custodians. eToro, an Israeli social investment giant, became one of the company’s first customers in 2019, Lamesh told Cointelegraph.
The Israeli crypto custody provider is known for its highly provocative stance on the crypto wallets industry. GK8 claims to be able to store and transact crypto without any connection to the internet. In July 2020, GK8 posted an article that says that “no cold wallet is really cold if it requires internet connection to run a blockchain transaction.”
INX Crypto Exchange Has Started Distributing Tokens From Its Blockchain-Based IPO
The cryptocurrency and security token exchange’s blockchain IPO is the first of its kind and gives observers and issuers a ground-level view of what’s going on through the Etherscan block explorer.
The public can see roughly the number of investors receiving INX tokens after putting money into the sale by watching the number of holders on the token tracker. (Some of these are internal operational transactions, however, such as when Tokensoft loads the distribution smart contract.)
Traditionally, to get information on who beneficially owns an interest in shares held at central securities depositories like the Depository Trust Company, investors or issuers would have to go to the investment banks or broker-dealers who coordinated the sale.
“I love that investors can purchase and get the tokens directly from the issuer the same day,” said Mason Borda, CEO of Tokensoft. “Over time, as our technology and processes mature, this will all occur in real time.”
Per INX’s IPO prospectus, the company was required by U.S. regulators to first raise $7.5 million before being able to distribute tokens or raise funds in the form of crypto.
SEC-approved Crypto IPO Issuer INX Acquires STO Platform OpenFinance
The crypto industry records another major acquisition in 2020.
According to an official announcement, INX has signed a term sheet for the acquisition of OpenFinance, which operates as a registered broker-dealer in compliance with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.
With the new deal, INX is set to acquire OpenFinance’s broker-dealer and alternative trading system business including its systems, digital asset listings, client base and licenses.
OpenFinance’s listings include firms like major industry venture capital firm Blockchain Capital, Spice VC and Lottery.com. INX’s representatives said that their company will assure continuity of operations and service to OpenFinance’s customer base.
Shy Datika, president and founder of INX, outlined that the new acquisition will bolster INX’s leadership in the the digital assets’ ecosystem, stating:
“Digital securities represent a new evolution in traditional capital markets. There are massive benefits of listing and trading digital assets versus traditional equities. Openfinance has pioneered this space and earned the respect of Wall Street, the blockchain community, and U.S. regulators.”
Openfinance CEO Jim Stonebridge highlighted that INX and Openfinance share the same vision of providing a safe and regulated ecosystem for listing and trading of digital assets. “We believe that regulatory oversight, combined with liquidity, will make digital assets the financial instrument of choice for companies and investors seeking to access and raise capital,” Stonebridge noted.
The latest news comes amid the INX’s ongoing initial public offering, or IPO, registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Launched in August 2020, the $117 million IPO claims to be the first-ever security token IPO that is registered with the SEC. Starting from Sept. 14, INX’s IPO has been accepting major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH).
INX To Boost Its $117M IPO With Token Listings On Global Exchanges
Raising $10 million out of $117 million to date, INX expects to finish the IPO by year’s end.
Global digital asset trading platform INX is expanding its ongoing initial public offering, with listings on exchanges worldwide.
In a move to boost the liquidity in its $117 million IPO, INX has applied with the Canadian Securities Exchange to list its security token. The listing application is subject to the approval of the CSE, according to an Oct. 30 announcement from INX.
According to INX’s representatives, the company expects to list the INX token on many other global exchanges, but the CSE will be the first. “This will provide dramatically higher access to capital and liquidity on a global scale, impacting the legacy equity way of the stock exchanges of the world,” a spokesperson for INX said.
CSE CEO Richard Carleton said that the exchange is working hard to list new solutions that “cater to a rapidly changing and increasingly digitized capital markets environment.” He also said:
“Digital securities represent a logical evolution in how investment instruments are constructed, issued, and traded on a regulated marketplace.”
INX is now in the midst of its IPO that is the first of its kind ever approved by the United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission. A spokesperson for INX told Cointelegraph that the firm is also the first to receive SEC approval to offer its token to both institutional and retail investors. INX is offered to global investors subject to each locations’ regulation, the representative stated.
As INX expects to finish its IPO by the end of 2020, the $117 million target could prove a challenge for the firm. After launching the IPO in late August 2020, INX raised “more than $10 million” as of Oct. 27. Shy Datika, INX co-founder and president, said that INX has an “understanding with a few institutional investors for tens of millions more.”
INX has been accepting major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) for its IPO since Sept. 10.
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