The First Crypto Firm listed by London Stock Exchange

London-headquartered Argo Blockchain has gained the approval from London Stock Exchange to list its stocks on the exchange
11 June 2018   3179

Argo Blockchain is a cloud-based crypto mining company that operates on a subscription-based model. It bgan its business last year considering the increasing difficulty in the mining cryptocurrencies because of the involvement of ASICS and big mining players. The company’s operations are based in Canada’s Quebec province and also is to extend its base to Iceland and China.

Crypto mining enthusiasts can mine any of the 4 cryptocurrency options - Bitcoin Gold, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and Zcash - provided by the company remotely on its mining rigs. This is a huge plus for the blockchain-built companies as this will be the first crypto organization to get listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Setting up a computer rig to mine cryptocurrency is challenging, inefficient and expensive. I knew that we had to change the game and democratize the process so that crypto-mining could become a mainstream consumer activity.
Mike Edwards
Co-Founder, Argo 

Argo is aimed to charge clients $25 or £18 a month for the mining activity. Nevertheless, it is not planning to establish a separate mining pool and will stick to the existing ones. Also, it will not support any digital tokens for its users and will limit one contract at a time for each customer.

Binance Singapore Unit to Apply For License

Under the new law, aimed at regulating crypto paymetns and trading, firms must register with the Monetary Authority to receive a license
17 February 2020   70

Binance, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange unit, has applied for a license under the new Payment Services Act, which entered into force on January 28.

We have already applied. We submitted the application pretty fast. Binance’s Singapore entity has been in close touch with the local regulators, and they have always been open-minded.

 

Changpeng Zhao

Founder and CEO, Binance

Under the new law, crypto companies in Singapore must register with the Monetary Authority and receive one of three licenses: an exchange of money, a standard or large payment institution. The measure is aimed at regulating payments and crypto trading using requirements for participants in the traditional finance industry. Zhao did not specify which of the licenses Binance Singapore chose.

Binance has been offering crypto-fiat trading services in Singapore since April 2019 and works with eight coins, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. The trading platform is supported by Vertex Venture Holdings, a venture division of Singapore's Temasek Holdings.