Blockchain Securities Lending presented in Israel

The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange has declared the development of a blockchain-based securities lending platform that is to enable direct lending
18 May 2018   417

The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) declares its new ‘Blockchain Securities Lending (BSL)’ project will basically rebuild the internal market by using some instruments of blockchain technology’s core facets such as direct peer-to-peer transactions, smart contracts and immutable data recording. The ‘private’ blockchain platform will be constructed on enterprise blockchain software Hyperledger Sawtooth and will use Intel as a technology partner to coify transaction data and save it private within the platform, among participants of a transaction. Accenture will head the joint-effort by processing the project, adopting it into the current systems and providing cybersecurity consulting to the further safety of the platform.

TASE specifies that the platform will support a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all ways of securities lending activities that will also be able to serve large volumes of safe transactions in faster timeframes as well as ‘operating in shorter-term positions’. The blockchain platform will also assist to decrease costs significantly for custodians and their customers. 

The Blockchain technology will present a new level of safety for securities lending and will support growth for transactions based on this new platform.
Ittai Ben-Zeev,
Chief Executive, TASE

The elaboration of the blockchain platform will first display an initial proof of concept (PoC). A wider deployment of the blockchain-based lending platform for the real-world will be promoted.

SEC to Cease Simex Securitites Trading

As reported, under the federal securities laws the SEC can suspend trading in a stock for 10 days
23 October 2018   41

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suspended trading in securities of the American Retail Group (OTC: ARGB), also known as Simex, Inc. This is reported on the website of the agency.

According to representatives of the regulator, the decision was caused by false statements by the company about partnership with a “qualified and approved custodian”. The company also conducted an ICO, which allegedly "officially registered in accordance with the requirements of the SEC."

The SEC does not endorse or qualify custodians for cryptocurrency, and investors should use vigilance when considering an investment in an initial coin offering.
 

Robert A. Cohen

Chief, SEC Enforcement Division’s Cyber Unit

As reported, the SEC can suspend trading in a stock for 10 days and generally prohibit a broker-dealer from soliciting investors to buy or sell the stock again until certain reporting requirements are met.

Also earlier this month, the American regulator recommended investors to "be vigilant when considering the possibility of investing in the ICO."