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Moontec2018 – Cold but Friendly

Categories Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Conference, Event, Estonia, Moontec18

Moontec2018 – Cold but Friendly

The Nordic Blockchain Conference Moontec 2018 took place in the Estonian capital on 26-27th of November. This year the Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel) hosted the event, which attracted about 400 participants from the Baltic States, Russia, Central Europe and the US.

Moontec 2018 was made remarkable thanks to the high-quality speeches delivered by the representatives of large institutions, big companies and international agencies such as Maersk, Lloyd’s Register, DataDash, OKEx, Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT University, Microsoft, e-Residency, IBM, and Interpol amongst others. The speakers attracted attendees’ attention by providing informative data and real use-cases on two parallel-running stages covering topics such as the Next Generation of Intelligent Systems, the future of National States in the 21st Century, how cryptocurrencies are disrupting and liberating emerging markets, how Maersk + IBM are digitising global trade with blockchain technology, cryptocurrency related crimes and investigation challenges, Blockchain for Food: Hype or Hope, and many more.

Estonia is perceived as a crypto friendly country for both ICO and digital start-ups among the crypto community due to a relatively simple procedure with regards to company registration and obtaining crypto licenses. Nevertheless, entrepreneurs consistently face issues when opening bank accounts, hiring qualified employees and being fully secure when conducting an STO in this northern country. The Estonian legal framework is designed according to a sand-box model and ideally suits the needs of the operational ICO with the utility tokens.

It was also noted that several blockchain-based companies are looking for the opportunity to relocate their headquarters to Malta and incorporate the company on the Island. The E&S team took part in the event and witnessed a huge interest in Malta. We also had an opportunity to discuss the legal peculiarities of Estonian framework with Estonian colleges, visit the Ülemiste City technology campus and find new partners.

New jurisdictions are arising, regulation is getting more sustainable and the digital industry itself is maturing in 2018! Contact us today by sending an email on [email protected] to find out more about the ICO-related services we provide.

 

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Nordics Blockchain Summit returns to Estonia

Categories iGaming, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, E&S Group, Regulation, Conference, Moontec18

Nordics Blockchain Summit returns to Estonia

Moontec is an internationally recognised Nordic event, devoted to blockchain technology and its implementation in various industries and is proudly hosted in Tallinn every year.

When Estonia started building its information society about two decades ago, there was no digital data being collected about its citizens. The general population did not have internet access or even devices with which to use it. For this reason, it took great courage to invest in IT solutions and take the information technology route within that scenario.

Since this decision was taken in 1997, the best step-by-step implemented e-solutions have made Estonia one of the world’s most developed digital societies. With the application of e-Governance, e-Tax, X-Road, Digital ID, I-Voting and e-Residence this Nordic country is moving towards real-time economy and industry 4.0.

At the end of October, ‘WePower’ the Estonia based energy company announced the successful delivery of a landmark; a nationwide pilot project in conjunction with transmission system operator, TSO Elering.

Representing a significant step forward in the digital energy sector, the initiate will convert energy consumption and production data onto the blockchain on a national scale. This is the first research and development project that aims to eventually enable consumers to purchase green energy directly from producers, with all relevant information stored on the blockchain.

Estonia benefits from 100% countrywide smart meter coverage and a data sharing platform called Estfeed, which allows customers to download and share their data with whoever they choose. This made the country the ideal location for such a pilot, as it already had much of the required infrastructure in place and fully functioning.

The interest towards blockchain in Estonia has never been higher. The momentum is shifting from a focus on learning and exploring the potential of the technology, to identifying and building practical business applications. Today, many tech companies started investing in blockchain Research and Development, yet they have no clear guidelines on its effectiveness.

This year’s Moontec, held between the 26th and 27th November, is dedicated to finding answers to the biggest challenges faced by blockchain nowadays, such as regulation, application in real-world practice and market adoption.

E&S Group team is attending the event to talk about the use of blockchain technology in the legal, iGaming and logistics industries. In order to make the system work on a European scale, the representatives of the Blockchain Island community should connect with the specialists from the Digital Nation, allowing the blocks to build an effective network.

Meet us in Tallinn on between the 26th and the 28th November. Please send an email to [email protected] to arrange an appointment or contact our team members directly: Yuliya Khrenova and Rick Goddard.

 

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The Pharma Counterfeit Problem on a Global Scale

Categories Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Regulatory, ICOs, Malta, Law, E&S Group, Conference, Blockchain Leadership Summit

The Pharma Counterfeit Problem on a Global Scale

The investments into blockchain technology in the healthcare industry are growing rapidly, reaching $200M according to a recent report of the major consortium R3. The implementation of the DLT technology in the healthcare industry is caused by the emerging problem of pharma counterfeit and ineffective supply chains.

Anything that makes money will be counterfeited. This affects patented medications as well as generics. Expensive, prescription drugs, such as those used in AIDS or cancer therapy, are especially lucrative for dubious businesses. Antibiotics are the most commonly counterfeited drugs, particularly in low-income nations where medicines are prohibitively expensive for many people. In high-income countries, there is a growing trend toward fake “lifestyle” medications.

Illegal trade takes place around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that counterfeit medicines worth 73 billion euros are traded annually. Dubious online pharmacies that conceal their true location deliver globally – reaching countries such as Germany, UK, Italy, Spain etc. or the USA. Supplies from illegal internet pharmacies – those without appropriate certification – are up to 50% counterfeits.

The extent of the problem varies greatly between regions and individual countries, and also depends largely on temporary supplies. The problem is highly dependent on how tight legal controls are. The WHO estimates that in some areas in Africa, Asia, and South America, more than 30% of medicines in circulation are fake. In some countries in Eastern Europe, the proportion of fake medicines can be more than 20%.

The current state of healthcare and pharma records is incoherent and irrational due to a lack of common architectures and standards that would allow the safe transfer of sensitive information among stakeholders in the system. Blockchain application in the healthcare industry, while still at the early stage of development, it presents various opportunities such as:- keeping track of patients’ health, new insights on population health; and supports the direction toward value-based care.

There are already several use-cases in the pharma industry: blockchain can help with verifying the authenticity of returned drugs and compliance in the pharma supply chain. Merck in partnership with SAP has developed the SAP Pharma Blockchain POC app for the use-case. Blockchain protocols in clinical trials can provide transparency and traceability of consent.

Another groundbreaking use-case in pharma is the prevention of counterfeit drugs and medical devices. One of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world based in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis AG, has made a tremendous progress in this direction. They have been experimenting with blockchain since 2016 and have run various proofs of concept (PoCs). Today, their primary tech development is aimed to identify counterfeit medicines and track temperature with real-time visibility for all participants in the supply chain, using Blockchain and IoT.

They are also working on a public-private partnership between the European pharmaceutical industry and the EU – the IMI Blockchain Enabled Healthcare program. The program aims to partner the pharma industry with a consortia made up of SME blockchain companies, universities, clinical labs, hospitals, patient representatives and others. It’s a wide-ranging project that includes counterfeit drug detection, supply chain, patient data, and clinical trials.

The potential of the blockchain implementation in the healthcare industry will be discussed on Blockchain Leadership Summit in Basel. If you would like to attend one of the most significant events of the year with us, E&S Group will be happy to give you an exclusive 50% discount for any ticket. All you have to do is to use the promo code: BLS2018_exclusiveE&SGROUP. If you would like to get further information on this event please send us an email on [email protected].

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The Blockchain Industry Needs 3 things: pioneers, mass adoption and E&S Group

Categories Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, ICOs, E&S Group, Conference, ESTS Initiative, Malta Blockchain Summit, Event

The Blockchain Industry Needs 3 things: pioneers, mass adoption and E&S Group

The biggest event of the year, Malta Blockchain Summit, lived up to its expectations with an incredible 8,500 turnout. The Summit was full of highlights, with interviews from Sophia the robot, to entertaining discussions from blockchain evangelist, John McAfee.

Attendees had an opportunity to visit the vivid exhibition with more than 400 companies represented, enjoyed the keynotes of the conference, witnessed the hackathon and attended workshops on investment, marketing, business development and many other topics.

The presence of media and PR agencies representatives on the exhibition and during public speeches provided the companies and individuals with the decent level of publicity. E&S Group directors were interviewed several times during the event being asked numerous questions on the DLT industry development in Malta, legal framework of the country and the firm`s tokenized services.

E&S Group successfully conducted an ICO in February 2018 and issued ESTS utility tokens, that can be exchanged on the legal services and consultancy the company provides. ESTS tokens were also given out during the Malta Blockchain Summit. On Friday afternoon, there was a draw of 500,000 ESTS tokens for those people who had signed up to the services.

The networking opportunities at the Malta Blockchain Summit were second-to-none. Every night there were a lot of dinners, parties, meet-ups and meetings organised despite the evening events scheduled in an official program of the summit.

E&S Group hosted an exclusive after-party which occurred on the last day of The Malta Blockchain Summit, 2nd of November. More than 300 partners, clients and industry influencers got the invitation and joined us that night. The high level of the event organization and the hospitable atmosphere didn’t leave the guests indifferent. The company received numerous positive feedbacks from the attendees, such as:

“Thanks for a great evening! What a great way to round out the conference” – David Doepel, Media & Blockchain Entrepreneur and Researcher, said.

“Well done Christian and Karl for your party with a touch of class. Very impressed with the high calibre of global clients and contacts you have. Keep it up!” –  commented Ralph Liu, Investment Banker and Venture Investor.

According to the opinion of Martin Glettler, Executive Director PayMagnet Technologies Ltd, “the blockchain industry needs three things: pioneers, mass adoption and E&S”.

Living in a truly transformative age, companies need to act quickly and rationally to changes, with a special focus on the areas in which its competence will stand out against strong international competition.

E&S Group follows the industry trends and has already advised over 90+ ICOs. If you want to know more about our services please contact us at [email protected].

 

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Visit stand 76 at the Malta Blockchain Summit

Categories Blockchain, ICOs, Malta, The Blockchain Island, E&S Group, Technology, Conference, Malta Blockchain Summit

Visit stand 76 at the Malta Blockchain Summit

The next big Blockchain event is starting this week. The Malta Blockchain Summit is welcoming numerous companies offering or operating on the blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrency industry to showcase their products and services while inviting important speakers to refer to the tendencies happening in this growing sector. So far, there will be 418 companies exhibiting their services to the DLT-professionals, enterprises and general public involved in this space.

E&S Group team is taking part in this summit, where our professionals representing different company`s departments will be speaking with prospective clients and partners about our services offered. The stand is located at the EXPO Floor, next to the Stand number 76 Gold. A brief highlight of what you will find at our stand is the following: we will be showcasing our top clients and you will be able to meet both them and potentials. Our directors will also be attending the summit and present at the E&S Group stand to guide prospective clientele through our corporate and legal services. Merchandise gifts will be also distributed to those visiting our stand.

ESTS tokens will be also given out during the Malta Blockchain Summit. On Friday afternoon, there will be a draw for those people who have signed up to our services, and a winner can get 500,000 ESTS tokens. ESTS tokens are utility and can be exchanged on the legal services and consultancy the E&S Group provides.

Come and visit us this Thursday and Friday at the Blockchain Summit where you will get to know who we are; win fantastic prizes, and get on board with us on a fantastic journey of success. E&S Group will “make things happen”. Send us an email on [email protected] to make an appointment.

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E&S Group is attending the Largest Swiss Blockchain Summit 

Categories Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Regulatory, ICOs, Malta, Law, E&S Group, Conference, Blockchain Leadership Summit

E&S Group is attending the Largest Swiss Blockchain Summit 

Switzerland has set bars to remain at the forefront, maintaining its position as a world leader in this technology. Statistics released by the investment group Crypto Valley Venture Capital (CVVC) show that over 600 companies and institutions are now located in Switzerland and neighbouring Liechtenstein, with 3,000 people employed. The report of CVVC is mostly focused on the TOP 50 companies in the blockchain industry based in the ‘Crypto Valley’.

“Switzerland is extremely well located on the Blockchain map”, explains Vincent Pignon, Blockchain adviser to the State of Geneva. According to the earlier report from PwC, Switzerland used to be the second in ranking at a global scale in 2017, just right after the USA, in terms of attracting the funds with ICOs.

In 2018, Switzerland is still holding on to its leading position in the industry by cooperation with Lichtenstein, in addition, assisting the banking sector to reform their banking access rules. The country maintains one of the biggest entrepreneurs and blockchain developers’ communities in the world and hosts the DLT-related events on a regular basis.

The largest Swiss Blockchain Summit, Blockchain Leadership Summit takes place on the 23rd and 24th of November, 2018. This key industry event will welcome 2500+ attendees, opinion leaders and industry drivers including:- investors, politicians, start-ups, executives and over 70 top speakers and experts. The topics discussed during the 2-day event will focus on Governance and Leadership in Blockchain, Financial Regulation, Institutional and Corporate Investment Sector, Taxation, Legalization and Insurance of Crypto Assets.

The first summit in Zurich was organised in March by InnMind, the first Swiss-made global business ecosystem for the innovative community, start-up founders, experts, investors, mentors and service providers. The event got the status of a global Think Tank of decision and policy makers from blockchain and crypto world united 30 world’s top experts, 500 professionals, proactive investors, and startups.

E&S Group team is going to Basel, the cultural capital of Switzerland, its oldest university city and the centre of European science, to join the community of the leading digital economy influencers and represent the Blockchain Island.

To learn more, visit: https://innmind.com/about

If you would like to attend one of the most significant events of the year with us, E&S Group will be happy to give you an exclusive 50% discount for any ticket. All you have to do is to use the promo code: BLS2018_exclusiveE&SGROUP. If you would like to get further information on this event please send us an email on [email protected].

 

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A Second Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference in Malta

Categories Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Malta, Bitcoin, Anti Money Laundering, Conference, DLT, Smile-Expo

A Second Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference in Malta

On October 23, Smile-Expo will conduct the second Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference in Malta. This meeting of top industry experts will become the 50th-anniversary event of the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference series.

Malta was chosen as the country to organise such event, not by chance. Throughout the year, the island kept on hosting various conferences, summits and blockchain related events. One of the most DLT-friendly countries took the lead in a number of blockchain community members and visiting experts. The government drafted and will soon enact positive and encouraging ICO regulations, innovative bills with guidelines for the industry, and companies moving their businesses to the island – this is definitely a sign of successful technological development.

The guests participating in this event will have an opportunity to meet with 50 experts from top world corporations. Speakers will pay to such topics as blockchain in education, AML policy, and cryptocurrency trading. Apart from discussing the financial sphere, professionals will turn to the innovative usages of DLT. Invited speakers will share knowledge about DLT integration into transportation, gaming industry, real estate sector, the healthcare sphere, and AI. Crypto specialists will provide the existing use cases and will emphasize the advantages of the technology’s innovative implementation.

There are 5-panel discussions scheduled:

  • Blockchain and IoT.
  • The World Gets Tokenized.
  • Tales and Adventures of Blockchain Hacking.
  • ICO’s: Opportunity or Threat?
  • Legal and Regulatory Challenges in Blockchain.

E&S Group provides a range of services including ICO Legal Services, Corporate Services, iGaming, International Tax Planning, Financial Planning, Tokenomics, and take part at the event. If you are attending the Conference and you would like to meet our representative there, please contact us by sending an email on [email protected].

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MFSA organised a seminar titled: Due Diligence and Cybersecurity in Relation to DLT

Categories Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Regulatory, Malta, The Blockchain Island, DLT Regulation, Smart Contracts, Technology, Trading, Regulation, Artificial Intelligence, Tokens, Conference, MFSA, DLT, Privacy

MFSA organised a seminar titled: Due Diligence and Cybersecurity in Relation to DLT

 

Last Tuesday, 11th September, MFSA organised a day seminar for those who work in the field of DLT and Fintech which took place at Corinthia Palace Attard. The seminar titled ‘Due Diligence and Cybersecurity in Relation to DLT’, discussed many challenging issues that the DLT is facing. Many topics were discussed during this seminar, with a particular focus on cybersecurity, hacking and fraud.

E&S Group was represented by its team who gained a better insight into this ever-growing space.

Speakers from around the world, (most notably coming from France, Germany, England and the USA), attended the seminar. They spoke about their concern about hackers’ attacks which are made every day, and also covering the topic of frauds. In fact, in the past few years, many banks have experienced some kind of attack, with the consequence of losing their customers’ money. As a result, this has made the DLT space to look like a high-risk sector. However, everyone working in a network is subjected to an attack. The speakers all agreed that the blockchain technology needs to implement some sort of due diligence on the platform, preventing any hacks and tarnishing the sector further.

Moreover, it was discussed that crypto investors should conduct a due diligence procedure, helping banks and exchanges to identify who is fraudulent or not. Those institutions that do not follow any due diligence procedures are subjected to hackers accessing customers’ wallets, thus resulting in the bankruptcy of the company. In order to prevent such theft in the sector, cryptographers are creating complex algorithms to prevent such wrongdoings. This will help maintain the system to stay safe in combination with constant checks done to make sure no access is given to intruders. Mrs Maria Vello from Cyber Defence Alliance pointed out that that hackers are not anonymous and many criminals who stole money from banks have been caught by police.

VFA Agents in DLT

The event also highlighted the importance of VFA Agents. Accountants, auditors and lawyers who are applying to become a licenced VFA Agents have to go through a rigorous procedure, including, an exam, an interview and the applicable due diligence. The MFSA stated that this procedure is important to eliminate any “bad practises” within the industry. Moreover, the licenced VFA Agents need to conduct the Financial instrument test on their clients, thus presenting all the required information, one of which being the white paper, to the authority.

Malta has become the leading jurisdiction to have a friendly approach on DLT sector. At E&S Group we have helped over 80 ICOs to launch their project in Malta. If you would like to join these companies but require further advice, please contact us at [email protected] or by telephone on +356 2010 3020. We make things happen!

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The last recording made by Julian Assange  to be Shown on World Ethical Data Forum in Barcelona, September 19th and 20th, 2018

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The last recording made by Julian Assange  to be Shown on World Ethical Data Forum in Barcelona, September 19th and 20th, 2018

Australian-born WikiLeaks founder since 2006, Julian Paul Assange, became scandalously known to the whole world in 2010, when WikiLeaks published a series of leaks including the Collateral Murder video (April 2010), the Afghanistan war logs (July 2010), the Iraq war logs (October 2010), CableGate (November 2010) and much more. Nearly 750,000 classified, or unclassified but sensitive, military and diplomatic documents were disclosed to WikiLeaks by Chelsea Manning, an American activist, politician, and former United States Army soldier. Following the 2010 publication of US diplomatic and military secrets, the federal government of the United States launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks.

Assange was granted refuge at Ecuador’s embassy in 2012 while he was on bail in the UK over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden. The Swedish criminal investigation was dropped in 2017, but the British arrest warrant for breaking his bail conditions remains active. On 27 July 2018, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno revealed that he had begun talks with British authorities to withdraw the asylum for Assange who must ultimately leave the country’s London embassy, where he has lived for six years.  Assange has been cut from internet connection, computers and phones, although he still speaks to his lawyers.

After Julian Assange claimed asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012, and especially in the five months since Ecuador cut his internet and communication channels, effectively silencing him, Ms.Jennifer Robinson has become increasingly prominent as a voice for Assange and WikiLeaks, winning profound admiration for her passionate, composed, eloquent and rigorous advocacy of civil liberties. Her speech at the World Ethical Data Forum this September will explore many issues, including data and information privacy, individual rights, and her experiences representing Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in the unambiguously hostile climate of the mainstream media and the adversarial relation to several states (including notoriously the US) they find themselves in.

Julian Assange had managed to record the last video before his communication channels were cut off by the Ecuadorian embassy in March. An hour long, this never before seen video, covering subjects such as the conditions of his detainment, his reasons for beginning Wikileaks and his treatment at the hands of the press, the meaning and importance of cryptography, and the recent advances in AI hacking, cyber-warfare and surveillance technologies, is scheduled to be shown in Barcelona.

Talks and presentations on the forum will range over areas including mass data and data-analytic technologies, their use and safeguards, the importance of limits or lack of limits to access for security agencies and government, data rights, the commercial use of data by marketing, media organizations and big business, as well as recent innovations in artificial intelligence, the development of cryptocurrency and ICO regulation, and the benefits and pitfalls of blockchain technology and its future applications.

Currently, the positions that people and companies take on the spread of information ethics can be described as a spectrum or even ethical agnosticism. As regulatory frameworks are created for new technological advances and begin to evolve and take shape, so would the position of influencers, entrepreneurs, lawyers on what may or may not be the correct be determined by which to administer and administrate technologies. The question is, where do YOU stand?

For more information on the event, please visit: worlddataforum.com

 

Interested in legal consultancy in Malta? Contact us by email at [email protected] to find out more.

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E&S Group directors are participating at the Futurama Blockchain Innovators Summit

Categories Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, ICOs, Malta, E&S Group, Technology, Conference, DLT

E&S Group directors are participating at the Futurama Blockchain Innovators Summit

 

2018 is the year of radical growth in the blockchain sphere. Events on this technology have been organised around the world, focusing their agenda on the future of the crypto industry.

The Futurama Blockchain Innovators Summit has commenced on the island of Ibiza from the 10th till the 13th of September. Many influencers from around have been invited to participate and discuss the way forward about the blockchain sector.

Many key speakers who will be addressing issues that the Blockchain and crypto industry are being faced by various countries. Dr. Christian Ellul, founder of E&S Group will be mediated and speaking in a discussion titled, “The Battle of Crypto Jurisdictions: Which One, Why, How, When, Who, Where and So What?”.

Malta has been the friendliest jurisdiction to pass three regulations on the DLT sector. In fact, on the 3rd of July, the Maltese parliament unanimously passed three progressive laws, encouraging blockchain companies to set up in Malta. It is believed that these regulations are to be implemented in the coming months. While other countries around the world are quite stringent to accept such technology.

 

If you require further information about the Maltese laws regarding the DLT and crypto space, send us an email on [email protected] or call us on +356 2010 3020. E&S Group will make things happen!

 

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