Initial Coin Offering (ICO) vs. Security Token Offering (STO) in 2019
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Initial Coin Offering (ICO) vs. Security Token Offering (STO) in 2019

The buzz­word for alter­na­tive fundrais­ing has been ICO for a “long time” —  “long” in rela­tion to the short lived tech­ni­cal world we are all work­ing in. In actu­al terms, the hype last­ed less than 2 years. There has been plen­ty of good and bad news around the ICO, very recent­ly a lot more bad...

MFSA Publishes Consultation Guide on Cybersecurity Regulations for Blockchain Companies and VFA Agents
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MFSA Publishes Consultation Guide on Cybersecurity Regulations for Blockchain Companies and VFA Agents

Few indus­tries are more affect­ed by digi­ti­sa­tion than the finan­cial indus­try. This is par­tic­u­lar­ly evi­dent in Mal­ta in view of the many Fin­tech start-ups and, of course, the boom around the inno­v­a­tive blockchain tech­nol­o­gy. Accom­pa­ny­ing this is the cre­ation of vir­tu­al finan­cial assets and the pro­vi­sion of dig­i­tal finan­cial ser­vices using Dis­trib­uted Ledger Tech­nol­o­gy (DLT)....

Malta’s New Tech Authority: Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA)
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Malta’s New Tech Authority: Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA)

The Mal­ta Dig­i­tal Inno­va­tion Author­i­ty (the “MDIA”) is reg­u­lat­ed by the Mal­ta Dig­i­tal Inno­va­tion Author­i­ty Act, Chap­ter 591 of the Laws of Mal­ta. It is an inde­pen­dent organ­i­sa­tion hav­ing dis­tinct legal per­son­al­i­ty and  com­plete auton­o­my from oth­er bodies/ per­sons. It was estab­lished to address the devel­op­ment of all Inno­v­a­tive Tech­nol­o­gy Arrange­ments (“ITAs”) and Inno­v­a­tive Tech­nol­o­gy...

First Experience with Blockchain Law in Malta
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First Experience with Blockchain Law in Malta

The ubiq­ui­tous term ‘Blockchain’ has been often used in a non­cha­lant man­ner yet clos­er scruti­ny is required to dis­sem­i­nate what exact­ly is meant by: ‘Blockchain Law’. To be both pre­cise and metic­u­lous at the same time, there is no such thing as a con­spic­u­ous­ly con­ceived statu­to­ry Blockchain frame­work. Instead, there are a few laws and...

Strict Application Process: Why you can trust your VFA Agent
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Strict Application Process: Why you can trust your VFA Agent

The ful­crum of every suc­cess­ful com­mu­ni­ty is the prin­ci­ple of ‘trust’. Hav­ing con­fi­dence in rely­ing on a trust­ed authority/agent will cer­tain­ly help make the finan­cial ser­vices sec­tor more trust­wor­thy and reli­able. Giv­en the very risky world which is already asso­ci­at­ed with Cryp­tocur­ren­cies and Ini­tial Coin Offer­ings (ICOs), a prop­er strat­e­gy is required by all and...

OECD report: ICOs for SMEs an appropriate form of financing — under certain conditions
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OECD report: ICOs for SMEs an appropriate form of financing — under certain conditions

While Ini­tial Coin Offer­ings were recent­ly only much dis­cussed among cryp­to fans and com­mon­ly con­sid­ered to be scams, they are now receiv­ing more and more atten­tion from the gen­er­al pub­lic. As ven­ture cap­i­tal firms and start-ups explore whether they are suit­able as alter­na­tive forms of financ­ing, con­ser­v­a­tive and insti­tu­tion­al investors are also begin­ning to take...

4 Different Crypto Licenses in Malta explained
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4 Different Crypto Licenses in Malta explained

A lot of hype is being gen­er­at­ed (and right­ly so!) about how Mal­ta is going to reg­u­late and licence vir­tu­al finan­cial assets (VFAs) when oth­er coun­tries are treat­ing VFAs as hot pota­toes. But what exact­ly IS reg­u­lat­ed licenced? Is it the VFA itself? Is it the com­pa­ny issu­ing the VFA? What about ser­vices relat­ing to...

Essential things you need to know to understand Blockchain and its Potential for Change
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Essential things you need to know to understand Blockchain and its Potential for Change

Let’s start off by com­par­ing the evo­lu­tion of the inter­net with the evo­lu­tion of blockchain to under­stand the whole con­cept of Blockchain and how the world could shift towards digi­ti­sa­tion, and poten­tial­ly change; here is all you need to know. The inter­net as we know it was first launched in 1994 and peo­ple were scep­tic...

Malta Warns Of Crypto Scams & Takes Blockchain Risks Seriously
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Malta Warns Of Crypto Scams & Takes Blockchain Risks Seriously

The Mal­tese finan­cial super­vi­so­ry author­i­ty MFSA warns the pub­lic against a fraud­u­lent online provider called “Bit­coin Rev­o­lu­tion”. In the state­ment from 25 Jan­u­ary on the MFSA web­site, atten­tion is drawn to the ille­gal activ­i­ties of the com­pa­ny. The pre­vi­ous­ly unknown per­pe­tra­tors adver­tise their project on a vari­ety of domains, most recent­ly on the web­site https://the-bitcoin-revolution.org....

5 Good reasons for locating a business in Malta, Blockchain Island
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5 Good reasons for locating a business in Malta, Blockchain Island

For inno­v­a­tive start-ups and tech com­pa­nies work­ing with blockchain and DLT tech­nol­o­gy, choos­ing the right oper­at­ing site is not easy. Unclear legal frame­works, often scep­ti­cal reg­u­la­to­ry author­i­ties or inad­e­quate infra­struc­ture can rep­re­sent sig­nif­i­cant obsta­cles to the company’s devel­op­ment and growth. One coun­try stands out here as a par­tic­u­lar­ly strik­ing pos­i­tive exam­ple: Mal­ta. Known as “Blockchain...