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Malta – at the centre of the Distributed Ledger Technology

Categories Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, ICOs, Malta, Law, DLT Regulation, Smart Contracts, E&S Group, Technology, Cryptocurrency Exchange, Tokens, VFA Act

Malta – at the centre of the Distributed Ledger Technology

In the light of the new blockchain laws presented by the government of Malta, many fintech organisations praised the government’s progressive approach to these set regulations. The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprises and Industry organised an interesting and detailed conference titled; ‘Blockchain: The New Regulatory Framework.’ E&S Group employees attended this conference to understand more about the three laws soon to be in force.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, Hon. Silvio Schembri opened up the panel. He spoke about how Malta is becoming a Blockchain Island soon implementing laws that will ensure a safe crypto market on the island. Various influential people coming from various financial sectors spoke about the importance of blockchain technology. The discussion revolved around how the laws will help Malta in the sphere and being a trailblazer in the industry.

Many stakeholders coming from various industries in particular finance, legal, and IT attended the conference. Many interesting points came up during the discussions which brought about how private institutions are reacting to Malta’s DLT shift. In fact, some Maltese banks are welcoming ICOs as their clients. A bank, in particular, AgriBank has started to open up bank accounts to ICO clients. However, they have not started to accept cryptocurrency trading as it is still a bit of a grey area. Strict due diligence procedures also need to be followed by MLRO, making sure that all necessary AML procedures are in place. In addition, an MFSA representative spoke about the Financial Instrument test, VFA agents need to adhere to, presenting their final findings to the authority.

Since the industry is still in its initial stages, AML procedures need to be processed. In fact, the FIAU will have an important role to safeguard Malta’s reputation, seizing fraudulent companies from operating in Malta.

 

Are you looking for the best country to operate your ICO? Is Malta on your list and wish to know more what it offers? Check out the link here or send us an email on [email protected] or by calling us on +356 2010 3020. We make things happen!

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Is blockchain technology vital for ICOs to function?

Categories Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, ICOs, Malta, ICO Legal Service, E&S Group, Technology, Tokenomics, Advisory, Tokens, Utility Tokens, Security Tokens, Ethereum, VFA Act, ESTS Initiative

Is blockchain technology vital for ICOs to function?

Every Initial Coin Offering (ICO) works by means of blockchain technology. Subsequently, blockchain is the source that issue tokens, trade cryptocurrencies and aid miners to operate the platform. This technology is combining many industries both private and public to use this advanced system of collecting data.

ICOs and Tokens

Although blockchain can function on its own, it is widely used by ICOs. Many companies and startups are moving towards a blockchain era of things. A surge of investors are spending their money on various projects and digital currencies that are exceeding the market cap by trading volume. However, most ICOs issue their cryptocurrency by means of tokens. In reality, ICOs are projects that are designed by founders offering a service to their followers. Most companies opt for a blockchain based ICO to remove any third parties. Money needed to start off the project is collected by means of crowdfunding. Tokens, another word for cryptocurrencies are issued to whoever funds and supports the initiative.

What will happen when ICOs reach their Soft cap and Hard Cap?

During the Virtual Financial Assets (VFA)  offering stage, ICOs invest in their marketing projects to attract more investors. During the VFA offering process, ICOs would need to reach their soft cap and then the estimated hard cap. When the VFA offering ends, every ICO takes a different path. Some of the currencies end up on the market cap, trading their tokens with other cryptocurrencies while others continue with their intended project.

Blockchain a decentralised platform.

Blockchain is a decentralised platform for storing data. This new technology is becoming an important platform for processing transactions. Every transaction is verified by means of computer nodes connected to each other. Besides Bitcoin, new blockchain based cryptocurrencies started to take over the market. One of the most popular blockchain platform by far is the Ethereum platform. Created by Vitalik Buterin, the Ethereum platform has become the ideal platform since it is easy to set up. The Ethereum platform works via smart contracts. These digitalised contracts work to facilitate, verify or enforce the negotiation or performance of a contract. Meanwhile, these contracts eliminate the use of third parties. The majority of ICOs tend to use the Ethereum platform for smart contracts.

Legal advice to ICOs.

Despite the fact that ICOs require blockchain technology to work, legal advice is of the utmost importance. Signing up your ICO in a progressive jurisdiction such as Malta would help the project reach its final stages. An interdisciplinary firm based in Malta, E&S Group, offers an array of services assisting ICOs from their concept stage up the actual offering. Advisory service offered to prospective ICO clients are blockchain, tokenomics, taxation, and opening a Malta company, to name a few. To date, E&S Group has successfully advised over 40 ICOs, all reaching their hard cap.

Now is the chance to set up your dream ICO project in Malta. E&S Group will help you achieve your dream. For further information regarding our ICO Legal Service please click here.  Or contact us on +356 2010 302  or by email on [email protected]

If you have an upcoming ICO and would like to take part in ESTS Seed Competition, please follow this link to know what is required of you to participate.

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The MFSA published a Consultation Paper on Regulations under the VFA

Categories Malta, Law, E&S Group, Technology, Regulation, MFSA, VFA Act

The MFSA published a Consultation Paper on Regulations under the VFA

 

A consultation paper has been published by the MFSA proposing Regulations under the (VFA) Virtual Financial Assets Act. The report published on the 4th of July stated that since the Bill has reached its final enactment stages, the MFSA started drafting the legal notice setting out the regulations. The Authority addressed the following regulations being, exemptions, fees, control of assets and administrative penalties and appeals.

Through this consultation paper, the MFSA is seeking a constructive feedback from the industry regarding the draft regulations, the Virtual Financial Assets Regulations which will be issued under the Act. The aim of these regulations is to maintain financial stability, thus promoting market integrity and ensure the protection of the investor.

The MFSA Consultation Paper on Regulations under the VFA Bill goes public from July 4th until 20th July 2018.

 

If you would like to know more about the ICO Legal Services please contact us directly on +356 20103020 or by email at [email protected]  or by following this link.

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