Hong Kong exchange delists securities tokens

Gatecoin, a Hong Kong cryptocurrency exchange, is to delist tokens with security properties
10 October 2017   2099

Gatecoin, a Hong Kong cryptocurrency exchange, has announced the plans to delist all tokens that double as securities.

Thus, according to the company, the exchange is "currently awaiting the results of a regulatory compliance review by the legal advisors on the legal status of specific tokens" that the company have listed on the exchange. "The review will determine whether a token that we have listed fits the category of a security under the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Ordinance, and if so whether the token founders have taken steps to structure their token in accordance with the SFC’s framework", - Gatecoin team details. 

As reported, the tokens categorized as securities will be delisted from Gatecoin. Once the company has confirmed which of these tokens are to be delisted, clients will have one week to trade their tokens for Bitcoin (BTC) or Ether (ETH). After this period, both trading and deposits of that token will no longer be available through Gatecoin exchange.

Yet, Gatecoin will still be able to store the delisted tokens in the wallets on behalf of clients that maintain balances after trading and deposits have been disabled. Clients continuing to hold balances in these delisted tokens will be provided with a one-month period to withdraw these funds from their Gatecoin accounts.

South Korea to Invest $1B in Blockchain Startups

Blockchain is a revolutionary technology and an integral component of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, local authorities believe
19 February 2019   103

Until 2022, Seoul authorities are investing 1.2 trillion South Korean won ($ 1.07 billion) in fintech startups working with distributed ledger technology. This is reported by CoinDesk.

Funds will be allocated for the development of new technologies through the Seoul Innovation Growth Fund, created last year by local authorities. The foundation will support startups working on various solutions, including those that are in the early stages.

In the first half of this year, the Fund will allocate 13.25 billion won ($ 11.75 million) and 8.4 billion won ($ 7.45 million) in the second half of 2019. For the Korean authorities, the blockchain is a revolutionary technology and an integral component of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The officials also noted that the average investment per start-up at an early stage of development in South Korea is almost seven times lower than, for example, in Silicon Valley.

Last fall, Seoul authorities submitted a five-year development plan for the blockchain industry.