May 21, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs | Regulation
A cryptocurrency fund of hedge funds is launched for the retail sector.

A cryptocurrency fund of hedge funds is launched for the retail sector. An investment manager who deals specifically in cryptocurrency and blockchain has announced the launch of a hedge fund that will cater to the needs of retail investors. The fund is called “The Apex Token Fund”, and it is hoping to raise up to […]

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May 21, 2018
E&S Group | Blockchain | Tokenomics Conference | Tokenomics
E&S Group at Tokenomics Conference at Tallinn University, Estonia.

E&S Group at Tokenomics Conference at Tallinn University, Estonia. E&S Group Director, Dr Christian Ellul is participating in a Tokenomics Conference in Estonia. This event is going to take place on the 23rd and 24th May at the Tallinn University. The conference will be solely focused on discussing the token-based economy. Experienced blockchain leaders will […]

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May 18, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Crypto brokers in Europe want more regulations to increase transparency.

Crypto brokers in Europe want more regulations to increase transparency. Cryptocurrency brokers based in the EU are demanding more transparency at the hands of industry regulators. It has become clear that digital currency brokers would much rather face clear-cut rules and increased transparency in the market as opposed to dealing with the stigma that surrounds […]

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May 18, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | 3D Printing
How 3D printing could be a game-changer for blockchain.

How 3D printing could be a game-changer for blockchain. When it comes to applications of blockchain technology, it seems that supply chain management is leading the way in terms of being the first to “go live”. There have been many successful pilots, proof of concepts and early roll-outs in this sphere and the future is […]

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May 17, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
Blockchain is now used as the world of transparent and low-cost advertising.

Blockchain is now used as the world of transparent and low-cost advertising. A new online advertising platform is allowing both businesses and individuals to pay for their campaigns by cryptocurrency. They also give publishers an innovative way of monetizing their content through websites and blogs. The founders of AdCoin all have experience as entrepreneurs and […]

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May 17, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Global Cryptocurrency is predicted by ex-Trump advisor.

Global Cryptocurrency is predicted by ex-Trump advisor. The former Goldman Sachs executive, Gary Cohn who used to head up Donald Trump’s National Economic Council until last month, added his opinion to the global crypto-conversation. “I’m not a big believer in Bitcoin” he told CNBC, “but I am a believer in blockchain technology.” He then went […]

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May 16, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Corporations adopting blockchain technology can boost their industry.

Corporations adopting blockchain technology can boost their industry. Lately, big corporations have adopted blockchain technology to their business system. Only last month, in the US, Walmart started to use blockchain to manage its food business. In effect, the company is adding its food suppliers onto their blockchain platform, as a result, increasing transparency, reducing waste […]

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May 16, 2018
Technology | Credit Rating Agencies | Insurance | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Blockchain tipped as a game changer for the insurance industry.

Blockchain tipped as a game changer for the insurance industry. Fitch Ratings, one of the “big three” credit rating agencies has said that it believes blockchain is a game-changing technology. In a report released last week, it stated that the insurance industry is a fertile ground for the capabilities of blockchain. A useful tool Fitch […]

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May 15, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Blockchain sets its sights on the jewellery industry.

Blockchain sets its sights on the jewellery industry. International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) has recently announced that it will be collaborating with jewellery industry leaders to create a platform that will track the supply chain across all involved industries. Ethical tracking Built on Hyperledger Fabric, the so-called TrustChain initiative will enable the tracking of precious metals and […]

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May 15, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
When ICOs make financial sense.

When ICOs make financial sense. Many have compared blockchain technology to the early days of the internet. Innovative, disruptive and world-changing, it is impacting every aspect of the economy and the world of business. Those who are able to think outside of the box as well as imagine a new business that is based on […]

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May 14, 2018
Bitcoin | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Payments
Can you pay your staff with Bitcoin?

Can you pay your staff with Bitcoin? The world of cryptocurrencies is going from strength to strength and it is becoming more obvious that it has the potential to substantially disrupt the way we live our lives. With governments now jumping on the bandwagon and a huge under-the-table -payment process for freelancers, many are wondering- […]

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May 14, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
A new era – Industries eyeing Blockchain technology for better stability.

A new era – Industries eyeing Blockchain technology for better stability. There is little doubt that 2018 is going to be an incredible year for the world of Blockchain. As international regulatory agencies, governments, and ground-breaking crypto companies continue to work together on substantial policies regarding mainstream applications of the technology, it is hoped that […]

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May 11, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Ripple dominates the financial sector with its blockchain-based solutions.

Ripple dominates the financial sector with its blockchain-based solutions. One of the top cryptocurrencies in the world, Ripple has added five new money transfer operators from Asia and Europe to xVia. Three of the operators come from the UK- RationalFX, FairFX, and Exhange4Free, one comes from Georgia- UniPAY, and the last one comes from Malaysia- […]

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May 11, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Mortgages
Crowdsourced mortgages now available on the blockchain.

Crowdsourced mortgages now available on the blockchain. Research shows that whilst 80% of millennials want to buy their own homes rather than rent, the problem is that they are often unable to access favourable financial support. Popular opinion has perpetuated a myth that millennials don’t want to buy property and as such, as singlehandedly bringing […]

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May 10, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
Blockchain, eSports, and increased transparency.

Blockchain, eSports, and increased transparency.   During the last few years, both blockchain technology and eSports have seen a large increase in popularity. Esports has transitioned from being declared “not a real sport” by the head of ESPN, to being regularly shown on the Worldwide Leader, and even accepted as a medal sport for the […]

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May 10, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs | Cryptocurrency Exchange
The future of decentralised exchanges and off-chain atomic swaps.

The future of decentralised exchanges and off-chain atomic swaps. Whilst the cryptocurrency economy champions itself as being decentralised in nature, ironically it has usually relied on centralised platforms of exchange. This provides problems as these exchanges will often hold funds in large “honeypot” addresses that are prime pickings for sophisticated hackers. This has resulted in […]

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May 9, 2018
The Blockchain Island | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory | Malta | Cryptocurrency Exchange
Bitmora, a crypto exchange company is moving to Malta.

Bitmora, a crypto exchange company is moving to Malta. For every company, the launch of a product is an exciting time to be in, however, state governments are bringing many problems for cryptocurrency exchange companies. Bitmora, a crypto exchange company announced its intention to expand their offices to Malta, hence postponing its US official launch. Recently […]

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May 9, 2018
iGaming | Regulatory | Malta | GDPR
Maltese Gaming companies can follow specific GDPR guidelines presented by MGA.

Maltese Gaming companies can follow specific GDPR guidelines presented by MGA. Last Friday 4th May, the MGA released a document with specific guidelines on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) directive which will come to effect on May 25th, 2018 by the European Data Protection Board. The EU Commission will enforce the GDPR directive […]

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May 8, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Blockchain technology and the world of mobile application security.

Blockchain technology and the world of mobile application security. For those that do not know, the blockchain works by recording data in what is known as a hash. This hash contains data relating to the transaction such as a timestamp and a link to the previous block. These blocks are then stored anonymously by everyone […]

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May 8, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
How blockchain technology can help small businesses grow.

How blockchain technology can help small businesses grow. Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto is known for his work on the informal economy and the importance of business and property rights. When he published his classic The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else, he couldn’t possibly know of the […]

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May 7, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Ethereum blockchain will assist in deep space exploration.

Ethereum blockchain will assist in deep space exploration. A NASA funded research project is planning to use the Ethereum blockchain to improve and automate its spacecraft navigation and improve space communication. The project will be headed by Dr Jin Wei Kocsis an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Akron. She […]

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May 7, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Advertising agencies can benefit from Blockchain Technology.

Advertising agencies can benefit from Blockchain Technology. You don’t have to look far to find an article extolling the virtues of blockchain and heralding it as an answer to all of humanities problems. Whether this praise is well-founded or not remains to be seen, but in short-term, blockchain does have some solutions for the business […]

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May 4, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Why do we need to look at evolving encryption again?

Why do we need to look at evolving encryption again? Just over 10 years ago, the perfect cipher was created. A One-Time Pad (OTP) was a ground-breaking technique which offered users a one-time encryption key meaning that a small number of participants and applications could communicate securely with each other. In 2018, the OTP allowed […]

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May 4, 2018
Tax | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Investors guide to Cryptocurrency Taxes.

Investors guide to Cryptocurrency Taxes. Over the last 12 months, cryptocurrencies have overtaken pretty much every single other traditional asset. Since the beginning of 2018 alone, the value of crypto coins has increased at a rate surpassing 900%. Given this huge increase in value, the likelihood is that investors are going to have to hand […]

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May 3, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Trading
Bitcoin Futures Trading are now part of Goldman Sachs services

Bitcoin Futures Trading are now part of Goldman Sachs services. Goldman Sachs, a giant investment bank will use its own money to trade bitcoin futures for its clients. This statement was reported by the New York Times, on Wednesday 2nd May. The report added that the bank does not have a set date as to when […]

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May 3, 2018
Economy | The Blockchain Island | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs | Malta
How blockchain is creating economies.

How blockchain is creating economies. When it comes to disruptive technologies, Blockchain has to be the hottest trend for 2018. A totally incorruptible digital distributed ledger technology, it is inspiring innovative projects across the globe from behemoths like IBM to small agricultural startups in Kenya. Blockchain technology removes the need for an intermediary and it […]

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May 2, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
Blockchain: Solving the energy crisis in developing nations.

Blockchain: Solving the energy crisis in developing nations. Across much of the developed world and particularly in the world of cryptocurrencies, access to energy as a basic commodity is often taken for granted. According to the latest figures, over 1.2 billion people worldwide lack energy access and many more experience an inconsistent access or exorbitantly […]

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May 2, 2018
The Blockchain Island | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory | ICOs | Malta
Malta has the largest cryptocurrency by trading volume.

Malta has the largest cryptocurrency by trading volume. An analyst from Morgan Stanley, Sheena Shah, published a report about cryptocurrency exchange. This research measured the trading volumes of cryptocurrencies found on all legal exchanges around the world. A team conducted by Morgan Stanley, (an American investment banking company), were surprised to find out that Malta […]

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April 30, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Empowering artists through the use of blockchain technology.

Empowering artists through the use of blockchain technology. When you think of blockchain, you probably don’t immediately think about artists. Your first thought will probably be related to Silicon Valley, complex code, and geeks rather than a cutting-edge technology that can help artists preserve the integrity of their work. It may, therefore, come as a […]

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April 30, 2018
Technology | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
How our society can benefit from Blockchain technology

How our society can benefit from Blockchain technology Blockchain started out as a means to enable the Bitcoin currency has now developed through proof-of-concept and pilots that are highlighting new use cases every day. This burgeoning industry is driven by a plethora of tech start-ups across areas such as identity management, property management, supply chain […]

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April 27, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | University
Stanford University studies blockchain and social impact.

Stanford University studies blockchain and social impact. There is huge potential when it comes to blockchain and its ability to drive social impact, but how much is hype and how much is reality? Many people believe that blockchain is set to infiltrate and revolutionise pretty much every major industry in existence, as well as altering […]

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April 26, 2018
The Blockchain Island | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs | Malta
Malta – A cryptocurrency hub 

Malta – A cryptocurrency hub Malta is paving its way of becoming one of the friendliest jurisdictions in the world in the blockchain and cryptocurrencies sector. The Maltese government has presented three laws to parliament focusing on DLT and virtual currency regulation. The purpose of these laws is to facilitate blockchain based companies to shift […]

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April 26, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
SEC’s position regarding cryptocurrencies

SEC’s position regarding cryptocurrencies The start of 2018 has been a little rock for the cryptocurrency market, and unlike last year it is a rare occasion for us to see all the coins in the green. Whatever your opinion on this ongoing market “shift” might be, one thing that has not suffered yet is the […]

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April 25, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory
Blockchain – can it help our environment?

Blockchain – can it help our environment? Shortly after the dawn of the internet, it became revered and known as a bit of technology that held the key to solving the problems of humanity. It was hailed as a miracle that would shine a light across every inch of the world, bringing knowledge to those […]

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April 25, 2018
The Blockchain Island | DLT Regulation | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory
DLT and Cryptocurrency laws were presented in the Maltese Parliament.

DLT and Cryptocurrency laws were presented in the Maltese Parliament. Yesterday Tuesday 24th April, the Maltese Parliament has presented and passed three bills associated with the distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrency. Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri presented the first reading of the following laws in parliament; The Malta Digital Innovation Authority Bill, the Technology Arrangements and […]

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April 24, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Bank of England are launching a blockchain based Proof of Concept

Bank of England is launching a blockchain based Proof of Concept. Britain’s Central Bank, the Bank of England (BoE) has recently published a Proof of Concept (PoC) which explores the potential possibilities of allowing users to share their data over a secure network. Teaming up with blockchain infrastructure provider Chain, they have examined several issues […]

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April 24, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Blockchain used for UBS trading platform.

Blockchain used for UBS trading platform. The blockchain finance trading platform, Batavia is seeking to attract more industry involvement. They are eyeing financial institutions and fintech startups to collaborate with them in this project. In 2016, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), a multinational technology company has paved its way into the blockchain industry. Recently IBM […]

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April 23, 2018
Cryptocurrency | Regulatory
ESMA announce changes to capital requirements.

ESMA announce changes to capital requirements. Recently, measures were announced that would limit the availability of leverage that would be on offer to retail traders as well as introducing a mandatory negative balance protection. Regulators in Europe have informed licensed retail brokers that they will need to review the permits that they hold. In a […]

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April 23, 2018
European Parliament | Cryptocurrency | European Commission
European MEP’s agreed on stricter regulations on cryptocurrencies.

European MEP’s agreed on stricter regulations on cryptocurrencies. During a sitting at the European Parliament on Thursday, 19th April 2018, MEPs voted for stricter regulations in the crypto sector. Through this directive, crypto exchanges and wallet providers will be subjected to closer regulations. The European Union is taking such measures to help trace and detect […]

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April 20, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
New venture capital fund sees Coinbase turn early seed investor.

New venture capital fund sees Coinbase turn early seed investor. Coinbase, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchanges and what is known as a crypto “unicorn” has announced it will launch a venture capital fund of its own to fund early-stage startups in the upcoming industry. Based in San Francisco, they made the announcement on […]

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April 20, 2018
New ICO - ChiliZ | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
$27 MILLION RAISED THROUGH PRIVATE PLACEMENT BY OUR CLIENT, MALTA-BASED CHILIZ.

$27 MILLION RAISED THROUGH PRIVATE PLACEMENT BY OUR CLIENT, MALTA-BASED CHILIZ. CHILIZ – AN ESPORTS PLATFORM WHERE FANS CAN CROWD-MANAGE THEIR FAVOURITE TEAMS Our client, chiliZ is a blockchain-based platform that allows enthusiasts to crowd-manage sports and esports teams and organisations. The inspiration finds its roots in traditional sports, specifically football’s La Liga, with their […]

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April 19, 2018
Blockchain | smart contracts
Huawei has set up BaaS platform – as the Blockchain Service.

Huawei has set up BaaS platform – as the Blockchain Service. Last Tuesday, 17th April, Huawei announced their intention to emerge their company in the blockchain sphere. The news was revealed during Huawei’s analyst conference in Shenzhen, with the introduction of their platform entitled (BaaS) blockchain-as-a-service also known as the Blockchain Service (BCS). Huawei designed […]

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April 19, 2018
Blockchain
Another country is set to embrace the power of blockchain.

Another country is set to embrace the power of blockchain. The Chilean government has been one of the latest to step forward in support of blockchain technology by announcing that it will be using a blockchain to record energy sector statistics. The National Energy Commission which forms a part of the Energy ministry stated that […]

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April 18, 2018
New ICO - Clear Aid | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
ClearAid Pre-Token Offer is LIVE NOW! – An innovative solution for blockchain supported donations for charity.

ClearAid Pre-Token Offer is LIVE NOW! – An innovative solution for blockchain supported donations for charity. E&S Group is proud to announce that its client ClearAid Ltd has launched its Pre-Token Offer! The reason behind this exciting project is to offer an opportunity to the public to donate to charity through the ClearAid platform operating […]

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April 18, 2018
The Blockchain Island | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Malta
Malta welcomes Neufund to the Blockchain Island.

Malta welcomes Neufund to the Blockchain Island. On Tuesday 17th April 2018, the Maltese government welcomed another blockchain company, Neufund. This Berlin-based Ethereum blockchain based company, Neufund works by allowing companies to issue tokens raising money through the blockchain platform. In addition, companies working on the mentioned platform issue tokens similar to shares of stock. […]

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April 17, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory
UK regulators should evaluate Ripple’s suggestions.

UK regulators should evaluate Ripple’s suggestions. Regulators in the UK have not yet decided as to how to regulate cryptocurrencies. The third largest cryptocurrency, Ripple is hoping that the UK will move fast in regulating cryptocurrencies, ending this long battle. Ryan Zagone, Ripple’s head of regulatory regulations argued that UK regulators should find a balance […]

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April 17, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs | New ICO - Contract Vault
Contract Vault TOKEN PRE-SALE LIVE NOW! –the brave new world of smart contracts

Contract Vault – the brave new world of smart contracts We are Pleased to Announce that our Client Contract Vault Pre-Sale registration is now live! Contract Vault have developed a unique concept using Blockchain technology bringing along an easy way to create, customise, manage and deploy legal contracts. Through Blockchain technology, users will be provided in […]

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April 16, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | smart contracts
What does the future have in store for Blockchain?

What does the future have in store for Blockchain? When we first heard the word “Bitcoin” back in 2009, no one could quite get their head around the idea of a decentralised digital currency, “who would ever use a digital coin instead of a real one?”. Back then, a single Bitcoin was worth just a […]

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April 13, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Despite price fall, retail adoption of Bitcoin is growing.

Despite price fall, retail adoption of Bitcoin is growing. This week, a top US-based electronics retailer “Newegg” expanded its Bitcoin integration to its platform in Canada meaning that millions of its Canada-base clients can now purchase its products with Bitcoin. The CEO of Newegg, Danny Lee stated that as the value of Bitcoin has skyrocketed […]

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April 13, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs | Citycurrency
Another city is set to launch its own cryptocurrency. 

Another city is set to launch its own cryptocurrency. In an interview with CoinDesk Korea, city mayor Park Won-soon presented his plans to launch Seoul’s own cryptocurrency. During the interview, Mr Park said: “As Seoul is the world’s leading city in the field of information and communications, including the Fourth Industrial Revolution, I think we should […]

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April 12, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory | European Commission
Malta amongst 22 nations to sign The European Blockchain Partnership.

Malta amongst 22 nations to sign The European Blockchain Partnership. The European Commission has taken a positive stance with regards to Blockchain and FinTech technologies. It was only last February, since the EU Commission launched the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum, helping European actors to engage in Blockchain.  Moreover, the Commission is structuring European crowdfunding […]

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April 12, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Malta
OKEx is moving its operations to Malta

OKEx is moving its operations to Malta. Following in Binance’s footsteps, OKEx another top 5 crypto exchange, has set its intentions to setup operations in Malta. Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri said that the OKEx announcement is a certificate of trust in Malta. “The fact that Malta is at […]

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April 11, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory | ICOs
2018 will bring more investment and less volatility for the crypto market.

2018 will bring more investment and less volatility for the crypto market. A leading analyst and founding partner of Orichal Partners, Adrian Lai stated that in 2018, the crypto market will lead to a maturing stage. He estimates that it will significantly increase crypto trading volume, particularly among institutional investors. Lai referred to the exorbitant […]

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April 11, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory | ICOs
Distributed ledger technology law passed in the state of Arizona.

Distributed ledger technology law passed in the state of Arizona. Arizona passed the Corporations/Blockchain Technology bill known as House Bill 2603 on April 3rd 2018. This law was passed by Arizona’s governor, Doug Ducey, to encourage corporations to submit their data using blockchain technology. The previous bill, Arizona Revised Statues, had already supported “signatures and […]

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April 10, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory | ICOs
Regulation should be in place with regards to ICO – SEC

Regulation should be in place with regards to ICO – SEC The ICO and cryptocurrency industry has flourished throughout the years. Many governments are choosing to regulate them to encourage investors and identify fraudsters.  With such regulations in place, it will encourage more investors choosing regulated ICOs. It is crucial for investors to know where they […]

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April 10, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory | ICOs
How are regulators going to cope with the growing ICO market?

How are regulators going to cope with the growing ICO market? In the first quarter of 2018, over $5 billion was raised via ICOs, an impressive 31% more than the whole of 2017 combined. ICOs are without a doubt, the most controversial fundraising technique in existence with little to no established financial regulatory framework and […]

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April 9, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
Charities are seeking to use Blockchain Technology.

Charities are seeking to use Blockchain Technology. One of the UK’s most well-known and respected charities- English Heritage, has recently announced plans to utilise Blockchain technology to enhance the level of trust in the donation procedure. The charity itself carries out a wide range of work with a focus on the preservation and conservation of […]

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April 6, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory
Banks have set strict regulations on cryptocurrency purchases.

Banks have set strict regulations on cryptocurrency purchases. Recently, many banks have taken strict measures restricting customers from purchasing cryptocurrencies through their services.  Such banks that have already taken this approach are JPMorgan, Chase and Bank of America. Lately, Bank of Montreal has banned its customers from using Interac debit cards to purchase their crypto. […]

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April 6, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory
The Bank of England announced plans to use Distributed Ledger Technology.

The Bank of England announced plans to use Distributed Ledger Technology. The Bank of England has followed in the footsteps of many other leading institutions, by announcing that they are considering utilising Distributed Ledger Technology to aid its operational efficiency. “The Bank of England has set out its vision for a renewed Real Time Gross […]

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April 5, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory
A cryptocurrency task force has been established in the UK

A cryptocurrency task force has been established in the UK Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are daily gaining interest with startups. Since government regulations are not yet in place, governments are still encouraging startups to invest in this technology. However, globally, governments are seeing the need to control and monitor blockchain users to prevent deception from companies. […]

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April 4, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Two central banks are exploring the possibilities of using Blockchain for securities settlements.

Two central banks are exploring the possibilities of using Blockchain for securities settlements. The Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank have recently made it known that they have been conducting intensive research into the potential Blockchain technology has to transform securities settlements. A part of a research project known as Project Stella, this […]

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April 4, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Universities are designing specialised courses in Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies.

Universities are designing specialised courses in Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. In recent years, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies have seen a surge in popularity. Both investors and entrepreneurs are looking to understand the Blockchain industry better. In fact, many universities around the US, have designed specialised courses in Blockchain and cryptocurrencies.  These universities have observed that nowadays students […]

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April 3, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs | Malta
The Maltese government is already receiving responses on the consultation on DLT regulation.

The Maltese government is already receiving responses on the consultation on DLT regulation. Last February, Hon. Silvio Schembri, responsible for the Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, published a document entitled: ‘Malta a leader in DLT Regulation’. When this document was launched, the government called for a public consultation regarding this proposal. The Malta Information […]

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April 3, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Malta
Maltese Insurance agencies can benefit from Blockchain technology.

Maltese Insurance agencies can benefit from Blockchain technology. The Blockchain technology is becoming popular in various industries. In October 2016, five major insurance companies and reinsurance undertakings sought the need to work together through Blockchain technology. These group of companies called B3i group are Aegon, Allianz, Swiss Re, Munich Re and Zurich Re. These companies […]

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April 1, 2018
iGaming | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Malta To Allow Acceptance of Crypto by Igaming Companies

Malta To Allow use of Crypto by $100bln  Igaming Industry The  Malta Gaming Authority, one of the world’s biggest authority when it comes to online gaming, has just issued a white paper to consult on the use and acceptance of Crypto by online gaming companies. This is massive news for crypto in general. Malta’s IGaming […]

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March 29, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
Another country has launched their national cryptocurrency.

Another country has launched their national cryptocurrency. In the past few months, countries like Cambodia and Venezuela are facing threats from international sanctions. In fact, these countries are looking to invest in their own cryptocurrencies. Recently some countries have been suffering from hyperinflation, hence their population is getting poorer. Cryptocurrencies are the only source to […]

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March 29, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Law
Wyoming passed the law on Utility tokens.

Wyoming passed the law on Utility tokens. On February 19th, 2018, the State of Wyoming passed a utility token law. Wyoming has already passed four bills with regards to blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Wyoming State found that it is important to also regulate utility tokens thus providing a clear definition by law. This has become an […]

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March 28, 2018
Economy | Blockchain | ICOs | Malta
Malta to become a stepping stone to all ICO founders.

Malta to become a stepping stone to all ICO founders. Malta’s government has taken a proactive approach with regards to ICOs, and crypto-exchange companies. Only last Friday, Binance, a crypto-exchange giant, announced that it will start operating its business in Malta. Last February, Hon Secretary Silvio Schembri stated that the government is implementing blockchain regulation […]

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March 28, 2018
New ICO - Arkadia Lending | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
ARKADIA LENDING LTD PRE-TOKEN OFFER LIVE NOW! – Bringing a fresh view to the world of international lending.

ARKADIA LENDING LTD PRE-TOKEN OFFER LIVE NOW! – Bringing a fresh view to the world of international lending. ARKADIA LENDING LTD PRE-TOKEN OFFER LIVE NOW! – Bringing a fresh view to the world of international lending. We are pleased to announce that our client, ARKADIA LENDING LTD’s Pre-Token Offer is now Live! Through the establishment […]

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March 27, 2018
iGaming | Remote Gaming | Law
Malta’s New Commercial law speeds up Gaming Business Court proceedings.

Malta’s New Commercial law speeds up Gaming Business Court proceedings. On Friday 23rd March, Justice Minister Owen Bonnici confirmed that a new addition to the commercial law is in its final stages. This law will be in force on the 9th of April, even though it still requires support by the judiciary before it is […]

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March 27, 2018
Blockchain
Speculation about Google venturing into Blockchain Technology.

Speculation about Google venturing into Blockchain Technology. Google, the multi-billion-dollar company is thinking of invest in blockchain technology. This statement was first reported by Bloomberg on Wednesday, which was gathered from anonymous sources. It stated that Google is developing a “blockchain-related” platform to help support its cloud business. Even more so, last September, Google submitted an […]

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March 26, 2018
E&S Group | Bundle Network | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
E&S Group appointed as advisors to Bundle Network’s ICO.

E&S Group appointed as advisors to Bundle Network’s ICO. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Christian Ellul, of E&S Group, has been appointed as Legal Advisor for Bundle Network’s ICO. Bundle Network’s concept is to exchange all cryptocurrency available in the market. In addition, this single platform enables people to bind different currencies into […]

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March 26, 2018
NEO Regulation | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Why the recent EU crypto regulatory wave is huge news for NEO.

Why the recent EU crypto regulatory wave is huge news for NEO. In recent weeks, the EU has taken the driving seat on the acceptance and regulation of crypto in general. Lead by Malta, this regulatory drive is focused towards the acceptance and not clamping down as was in previous announcements around the world. This week’s announcement of Binance […]

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March 26, 2018
Tax | European Commission | Malta tonnage tax | Income tax
Good news for the Maltese tonnage tax system.

Good news for the Maltese tonnage tax system. The European Commission has concluded their decision with regards to Maltese tonnage law. This inspection has been ongoing since October 2011 and was finalised on the 7th of February 2018. In fact, during the assessment the Commission found that Malta’s tonnage tax system is in line with […]

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March 23, 2018
European Commission | GDPR | Law
The GDPR – A New Era in Data Protection Law

The GDPR – A New Era in Data Protection Law In today’s day and age, companies and businesses are relying more and more on data processing of their clients, which is why every company and business must be aware of the latest development in data protection law: the General Data Protection Regulation (the ‘GDPR’). The […]

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March 23, 2018
Business | Modern | Economy | Financial Services | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory | ICOs | Bank | ICO Legal Service | Malta
Binance, the world’s top crypto exchange moving to Malta.

Binance, the world’s top crypto exchange moving to Malta. One of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by traded value is seeking a fresh start on a little Crypto island in the Mediterranean. Binance, founded last year in Hong Kong, will soon start a “fiat-to-crypto exchange” in Malta. In an interview, Zhao Changpeng stated that it […]

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March 22, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Bank
Partnership deal set between Barclays and CoinBase

Partnership deal set between Barclays and CoinBase On Wednesday 14th March, Barclays struck a deal with Coinbase. Barclays is now the first major British bank to be in partnership with a cryptocurrency exchange. With this agreement, British customers can now access cryptocurrencies through the bank. In fact, this will encourage more British lenders to engage […]

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March 22, 2018
New ICO - Wealthe | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
WEALTHE TOKEN PRE-SALE LIVE NOW! – Creating Real Estate Wealth

WEALTHE TOKEN PRE-SALE LIVE NOW! – Creating Real Estate Wealth We are pleased to announce that our client, Wealth Migrate’s Pre-sale is now Live! Today, almost half of the world’s wealth is held in real estate. However, only 12% of the population have the disposable income to be able to access it. Moreover, quality real […]

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March 21, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
Blockchain – A Game changer for the Gaming industry?

Blockchain – A Game changer for the Gaming industry? In recent years, the gaming industry has started to create Augmented Reality (AR) games. Many programmers and software developers are creating games with the use of virtual reality. In fact, games using this technology providing players to immerse in this visual and audio world. One thing that […]

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March 21, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
Kodak shifting their business to the ICO industry

Kodak shifting their business to the ICO industry The SAFT structure stands for Simple Agreement for Future Tokens. This structure works for investors that wish to sell their tokens through the blockchain. It is important to note that all SAFT tokens are in fact security tokens. Moreover, government institutions are responsible to regulate such tokens. Furthermore, […]

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March 15, 2018
iGaming | Malta | Law
The MGAs New Gaming Bill to be Tabled in Parliament

The MGAs New Gaming Bill to be Tabled in Parliament The Hon. Silivio Schembri, The Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy & innovation has announced that a motion has been presented in Parliament for the first reading of the new Gaming Bill. This bill will seek to repeal all the existing legislation and replace […]

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March 14, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
The World’s first Blockchain monument.

The World’s first Blockchain monument. Last Tuesday, in Slovenia’s fourth largest city, Kranj, a monument commemorating the blockchain technology was unveiled on a roundabout. In Kranj, many companies have started dealing with blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Through blockchain’s surging popularity, the residence of Kranj came up with the idea of installing the symbol on the […]

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March 14, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICO Legal Service
PwC is the latest international company to launch a blockchain related product.

PwC is the latest international company to launch a blockchain related product. Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), one of the big four international accounting firms has announced a trial of a blockchain analytics tool which will trade digital tokens. The software will help companies to guard against the misuse of tokens for illicit means. PwC’s Hong Kong […]

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March 13, 2018
Financial Services | Blockchain | European Commission
The European Commission released a FinTech Action Plan

The European Commission released a FinTech Action Plan On Thursday 8th March, the European Commission released an Action Plan that provides opportunities to FinTech financial services. FinTech – is short of Financial Technologies. During the release of the Action Plan, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society stated that: “Technologies like blockchain can […]

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March 8, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Mercedes-Benz has invested in the blockchain technology

Mercedes-Benz has invested in the blockchain technology In recent years Blockchain technology has been gaining momentum in businesses. Various agencies have been looking into this new technology. In fact, companies have started designing tokens for their loyal customers. Moreover, the blockchain industry has affected many industries, some being the car manufacturing industry. Cointelegraph auf Deutsch […]

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March 7, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory
Malta is “very smart” to implement DLT regulations, stated Apple co-founder

Malta is “very smart” to implement DLT regulations, stated Apple co-founder Yesterday, 6th March 2018, Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) held a conference for their employees, IT students and technology enthusiasts. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was one of the main speakers. During the event, Mr. Wozniak stated that the Maltese government is very brave in looking […]

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March 7, 2018
Blockchain | Regulatory | ICOs
Cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan set up self-regulatory body

Cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan set up self-regulatory body At the moment, the Japanese government have given operational licenses to a total of 16 cryptocurrency exchanges. An announcement from a government spokesperson this week has stated that they will be working together to create a self-regulatory body with the aim of increasing trust in the cryptocurrency […]

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March 6, 2018
Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
9 Industries that will be disrupted by Blockchain

9 Industries that will be disrupted by Blockchain The incredible popularity of blockchain and the possibilities it presents mean that is becoming irresistible to many forward thinking companies. Those that don’t adapt to this new and exciting technology will soon find that they are getting left behind. Whilst it is understandable that some people are […]

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March 5, 2018
Blockchain
Advantages of Blockchain for businesses

Advantages of Blockchain for businesses There are many advantages of using Blockchain technology. This article will look into 5 important advantages of Blockchain technology. These are: Reducing costs, Increasing traceability, Improving customer experience, Verifying ownership and proving identity, and Enhancing security. Blockchain technology has increasingly gained popularity in the past few years. We are seeing […]

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February 28, 2018
Cryptocurrency | Regulatory | ICOs
Startup backed by Goldman Sachs buys Poloniex cryptocurrency exchange

Startup backed by Goldman Sachs buys Poloniex cryptocurrency exchange   Circle, a startup backed by Goldman Sachs has purchased leading cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex. The aim is to solidify its position as one of the leading cryptocurrency players in the market. Whilst the exact value of the deal remains confidential, Circle will now control a marketplace, […]

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February 26, 2018
Legal Notice
NEWS ALERT: NOTIONAL INTEREST DEDUCTION RULES

NEWS ALERT: NOTIONAL INTEREST DEDUCTION RULES Notional Interest Deduction Rules (the “NID Rules”) have been published by means of Legal Notice 37 on the 2 February 2018, as envisaged in the 2017 budget.  NID Rules shall become applicable as from the 2018 year of assessment, aiming to bring in line the tax treatment of equity […]

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February 23, 2018
New ICO - BehaviourExchange | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
BEHAVIOUREXCHANGE TOKEN PRE-SALE LIVE NOW! – IDENTIFYING ONLINE VISITORS AND CUSTOMIZING WEBSITE CONTENT IN REAL-TIME

We are pleased to announce that BehaviourExchange’s Token Pre-sale is LIVE – Today, 23rd of February 11AM UTC. Our client developed BehaviourExchange, unique system for identifying online visitors and customizing website content according to each visitors profile in real-time, using blockchain technology and token economy. BehaviourExchange is able to automatically show different content to each […]

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February 19, 2018
Blockchain | Regulatory | ICOs
The Maltese Government releases a consultation paper dedicated to DLT, digital innovation, and cryptocurrency related technology.

The Government of Malta has announced a Consultation paper that relates to a dedicated digital department that will be known as the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MIDA) as well as a comprehensive legal framework to support Distributed Ledger Technology Platforms and related service providers. Released by the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy, and […]

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February 15, 2018
Business | Financial Services | Regulatory
Debating new laws on the MFSA act – A new autonomous company registry

During the annual IFSP conference titled, ‘Efficiency and Innovation, the way forward for Malta’s Financial Service Industry’, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services Silvio Schembri, announced that a separate, standalone registry of companies is going to be created. This motion is still in progress however it will help the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA), to focus […]

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February 14, 2018
New ICO - Yoo Ping | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
Yooping ICO Live now! – Block spam, Whitelist friends, Charge anyone else!

Our client, Yooping, has come up with an ingenious use of blockchain and smart contracts, allowing you to choose your communication preferences, allowing you to accept, reject or charge a fee. Yooping, provides decentralised trust, ideal for cross vendor communication. Yooping technology work via smart contracts. By taking a financial risk, you will be awarded […]

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February 13, 2018
Business | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory
Why is it vital to regulate Cryptocurrencies?

During Yahoo Finance’s cryptocurrency event in New York, a recurring theme was of the regulation of cryptocurrencies. They were discussing the outcome of Tuesday’s hearing of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. There needs to be regulation to avoid shady transactions and control illegalities. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), argued that it is time that […]

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February 8, 2018
Business | Blockchain | Regulatory | ICOs
SEC and CTFC Hearing- Bitcoin, DLT, ICOs and education of the masses.

Earlier this week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) met in Washington D.C. to discuss their applicable roles in Blockchain, virtual currencies, and ICOs. The open-air session took place over two hours, and both sides were given an opportunity to put forward their opinion and views in […]

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February 8, 2018
Business | Economy | Regulatory
CCP’s Second Stress Test Resulted fit to stand economic turmoil.

Last Friday, 2nd February 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), published their results on their second stress test. This outcome was to check if Central Counterparties (CCP) will survive in economic turmoil, within different financial institutions. This second stress test aided in checking if the EU CCP system is able to withstand Clearing […]

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February 8, 2018
Business | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
A new Forum is launched by the European Commission – Blockchain Observatory and Forum (BOF)

On February 1st, 2018, the European Commission has launched the Blockchain Observatory and Forum (BOF). The European Union, (EU) realized the need to be part of the digital single market with regards to blockchain technology. This new development is going to boost European actors to engage with multiple stakeholders working on such blockchain activities. Blockchain […]

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February 2, 2018
Business | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Taipei Partners with IOTA – A Smart city is being created

Taipei Partners with IOTA – A Smart city is being created Taipei a city in Taiwan chose to team up with IOTA, to become a smart city. By this, inventors of the Internet of Things (IoT) will help residents to have a number of new technology features through utilization of Blockchain or Distributed Ledger. The […]

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January 31, 2018
Business | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Long awaited Hyperledger Sawtooth is Ready for Business Use

After being considered as one of the most promising code bases in the Hyperledger blockchain consortium, Sawtooth software from Intel is now ready for use by enterprises. In news released this week, version 1.0 of Sawtooth offers features that are inspired by both public blockchain and by Bitcoin, but that have been reimagined and repackaged […]

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January 29, 2018
Business | Visual Composer | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency
Starbucks announces plans to start accepting cryptocurrencies, except Bitcoin

International coffee emporium, Starbucks has announced that it will become one of the first high-street businesses to accept cryptocurrency for payment as it moves to incorporate blockchain in its payment strategy. But in a devastating blow for Bitcoin, which saw its value plummet last week, the company has ruled out accepting it as payment. This […]

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January 26, 2018
Business | Modern | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
What is coming up in the crypto-world in 2018?

There is no doubt that 2017 was an important year for both Bitcoin, and the evolution of cryptocurrencies as a whole. The year was full of interesting innovations, exciting developments, and many tumultuous increases and decreases in value, so what does 2018 have in store? These are some of the events we are looking forward […]

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January 25, 2018
Business | Modern | Economy | Financial Services | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory
ESMA opens consultation on potential CFD and binary options measures to protect retail investors.

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has just published a consultation on potential product intervention measures relating to the provision of contracts for differences (CFDs), including rolling spot forex, and binary options to retail investors. This is in line with a statement published by ESMA in the end of 2017 which highlighted the possibility […]

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January 24, 2018
Business | Modern | Economy | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory
US Government is the latest to give blockchain technology the seal of approval

With the World Economic Forum in Davos drawing nearer, many are expecting cryptocurrencies and Blockchain to take centre stage, with many related panels, and speakers on this year’s agenda. The US Government has always been visionary and forward thinking when it comes to technology, and Blockchain is no exception. Over the last few years, they […]

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January 18, 2018
Business | Modern | Economy | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory
Malta in world first legal framework for blockchain services

Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri has announced that Malta will be launching the world’s first legal framework that will create regulation for Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet of Things (IOT). The announcement was made whilst addressing the “Unlock Blockchain” conference which was held at the Dubai International Financial Centre, which Parliamentary Secretary Schembri was attending to […]

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January 17, 2018
Business | Modern | Economy | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
UNICEF gives vote of confidence to Blockchain Start-ups

World renowned charity, The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced its intentions to invest in start-ups that utilize blockchain technology, with the aim of helping children across the world. In a press release made public on 16/01, the U.N programme stated that it will offer equity free investments of $50,000- $90,000 to seed-stage start-ups […]

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January 16, 2018
Business | Modern | Economy | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | ICOs
DAICO – New ICO Fundraising Model announced

Co-founder of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin has just announced a new, decentralized fundraising model that has been created specifically for the Ethereum network, called DAICO. The aim of this new proposal is to offer a more democratic and fair way of monitoring an ICO which is the current method of raising funds on the Ethereum network. […]

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January 4, 2018
Business | Shipping | Tax | Regulatory | Malta
The European Commission conditionally approves Maltese tonnage scheme

The European Commission has conditionally approved under European Union State aid rules the Maltese tonnage tax scheme for a period of 10 years. In order to comply with EU state aid rules, Malta agreed to make changes to the scheme to meet the commission’s objections to it. In particular, Malta agreed to restrict the scope […]

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January 2, 2018
Business | Regulatory | Malta
Effected Changes on Register of Beneficial Owners

The Companies Act (Register of Beneficial Owners) Regulations, 2017 will come into force on 1st January 2018 and will implement the relevant provisions on beneficial ownership information of Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2015.  The following important changes should be noted: – As from 1 Jan […]

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December 7, 2017
Business | New ICO - Reftoken | Blockchain | Cryptocurrency | Regulatory | ICOs | Malta
E&S Group at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Malta

Senior Advisor to E&S Group, Jan Sammut will be speaking at the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Malta today at 5 p.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel. Jan is a founder of an ICO RefToken, a blockchain based affiliate marketing platform to leverage the technological paradigm shift that the Ethereum blockchain has brought about. At the conference […]

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November 30, 2017
Business | Employment | Economy | iGaming | Remote Gaming | Regulatory | Malta
Malta Gaming Authority together with MCAST launching European Gaming Institute of Malta.

The (EGIM) European Gaming Institute of Malta was officially launched yesterday at the offices of the MGA. The Gaming Institute was launched together with the MCAST and the MGA and will officially set up a course at MCAST which will equip students with necessary skillset and knowledge for working in the gaming industry. Junior Minister […]

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November 6, 2017
Uncategorized
E&S Group’s clean up day

Last Friday, 3 November E&S team organized a clean-up event around St George’s Bay area. A well coordinated and organised event resulted in collection of a large amount of garbage bags. E&S Group constantly implements various initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint and to promote an environmentally friendly attitude among its employees. Littering and illegal dumping […]

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May 22, 2017
Business | Tax | Regulatory
The FAMILY BUSINESS ACT (Chapter 565)

This Act is the first of its kind in Europe and is intended to address the various needs of family businesses. The Ministry of the Economy, Investment and Small Business of the Government of Malta created this Act to encourage the regulation of family businesses and their governance. Furthermore, it aims to assist family businesses […]

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