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Altvesto & DigiShares Partner to Provide Institutional and Professional Investors with Access to Tokenized Assets

Altvesto, a company focused on deal structuring for infrastructure and real estate projects, and DigiShares, a company providing its clients with white label blockchain solutions for asset tokenization, signed a partnership agreement.

According to the agreement, the two companies will develop an investment platform specifically designed for tokenization of large infrastructure (e.g. clean energy) and real estate projects and attracting funds from a wide range of institutional and professional investors, e.g. pension funds and family offices.

Assets will be acquired by sub-funds of the alternative investment fund launched by Altvesto and listed on traditional stock exchanges in the EU. The shares of these sub-funds will be issued in a digital form on a DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) platform provided by DigiShares. The DLT register of shareholders will be two-way synchronized with the CSD through a custodian, so transactions taking place on the Altvesto platform will be mirrored “in the real world”, and transactions made through stock exchanges will be immediately reflected in the DLT register.

This innovative Collective Investment Scheme is the first attempt to build a bridge between traditional capital markets and the world of tokenized assets. Thus, traditional investors will get access to new investment opportunities through the interface of a stock exchange, while project founders will be able to reach capital markets and get liquidity easier, cheaper and faster than in the case of IPOs.

The companies will announce the first STOs on the platform in September when Altvesto is planning to bring its +1 billion investment portfolio to capital markets.

Ivan Aleksandrov, co-founder of Altvesto: “We see great potential in our collaboration with DigiShares. As an investment banking institution, we want to focus on the legal and organizational aspects of STOs and working with investors. We are happy that we found a reliable technological partner able to cover our needs in IT infrastructure and provide us with a secure and compliant technological solution.”

Claus Skaaning, CEO of DigiShares: “One of the main obstacles to the further development of the tokenized securities market is the hesitation of institutional investors from entering the market. Altvesto represents one of the best initiatives in the current market to bridge the blockchain and traditional finance world to provide institutional investors with the benefits of tokenized securities while at the same time providing an acceptable, robust and compliant infrastructure for them. DigiShares is proud to be selected as a key partner in this endeavor.”

Altvesto

Altvesto is an international company represented in Poland, Hungary, Switzerland and Malta. The company has developed a way to raise capital for tokenized assets through traditional stock exchanges, using the Alternative Investment Funds framework.
Legal name: Altvesto sp z o.o.
Headquarters: Warsaw, Poland, ul. Franciszka Klimczaka 1, postal code 02-797
WWW: www.altvesto.com
Contact for any queries:
Ivan Aleksandrov, co-founder, [email protected]

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Digishares is a blockchain company headquartered in Denmark. The company develops white-label technology for the issuance and management of tokenized securities. The company is currently conducting its own STO (Security Token Offering).
Legal name: DigiShares A/S
Headquarters: Th. Staunings Vej 48, 9210 Aalborg, Denmark
WWW: www.digishares.io
Contact for any queries:
Claus Skaaning, CEO, [email protected]

DigiShares Featured in “Masters of Blockchain” Book and Cryptotwins Interview

DigiShares, the white-label platform solution for tokenizing securities, has been recently featured in Andrew Roman’s “Masters of Blockchain, Digital Assets, and the New Capital Markets”, one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date books on blockchain and tokenization. This came about, as the company’s CEO, Claus Skaaning, was invited to contribute a chapter about the development of the STO market and its benefits.

Skaaning has also been interviewed by the Cryptotwins, whose popular Youtube channel, ValueTokenized, provides educational content to help businesses learn about tokenization. Our CEO has talked about the challenges and benefits of carrying out an STO and how DigiShares can contribute to the new financial infrastructure provided by the blockchain technology. It all comes into the context of the company’s ongoing STO, which is one of the first in Europe to also target retail investors.

Masters of Blockchain” and DigiShares’ role in the new capital markets
“Masters of Blockchain” is a book written by Andrew Romans, author, CEO, and partner at several venture capital firms, which explores the entire blockchain and tokenization domain, from the rise of cryptocurrencies and token economies to what that means for startups, corporations, or investors. Claus Skaaning, CEO of DigiShares, has been invited to contribute a chapter in this book, where he delves into the development and benefits of security tokens.

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DigiShares featured in “Masters of Blockchain”

“Almost all companies in the STO industry quote the World Economic Forum figure of 10% of the global GDP moving to the blockchain by 2028 ($7.8 trillion), implying that a huge new market is developing. […] We are seeing two trends right now. The first is a massive increase in the number of market entrants providing products and services for the STO industry. The second is a massive growth in blockchain technology being adopted by established financial companies.”

“One major benefit of STOs is clearly the future tradability of the security. […] Forthcoming security token exchanges will make it much easier and less expensive to have your tokenized securities traded. This increased liquidity will surely attract many investors to STOs.”

Skaaning also mentioned how the Danish issuance platform DigiShares is part of this revolution: “In my company, we are focused on one application of blockchain technology – how to represent stocks on the blockchain. Even though it was written long before blockchain, the Danish securities regulation actually supports this quite well. Stock certificates may be digitized. The entire process around share registers, voting, shareholder meetings, etc. may be digitized. […] In practice we are storing an encrypted named stock certificate within each token. Each token represents one share in the company. Tokens will have smart contracts that check against a whitelist of investors to determine whether a given transfer to a new owner is compliant. Such securities can be “passported” into other EU member states and possibly even outside the EU, making Denmark a solid destination for STOs.”

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Cryptotwins interview DigiShares CEO Claus Skaaning
In their latest video, the two popular Cryptotwins, Xenia and Masha Vyazemskaya, have featured DigiShares. Their Youtube channel, ValueTokenized, is dedicated to getting tokenization industry insights from interviews with professionals in the field, the most recent one being Claus Skaaning. Our CEO talked about the challenges and benefits of carrying out a security token offering in the context of DigiShares’ ongoing STO, which is one of the first in Europe to also target retail investors, and about the company’s goals and plans for the future, as well as its role in the new financial infrastructure. Watch the video here.

DigiShares is partnering with other companies in the industry in order to provide customers with better and more complete solutions. One of these projects, Altvesto, is a legal framework where investors can have shares in both tokenized and non-tokenized versions. Skaaning: “This legal framework is expected to be a step to attract institutional investors to come more easily into the domain of security tokens. We need to build some bridges to the traditional financial world in order to make it easy for them to accept the risk of adopting a new technology”.
DigiShares has also recently entered a partnership with the Finnish company, Empirica, focused on building the AI-based investor community platform, Binvestor, that will be a network for investors and companies seeking funding. DigiShares and Empirica will collaborate on building up the community and DigiShares will be the platform of choice for future STOs launched through Binvestor.

Cryptotwins interview DigiShares CEO Claus Skaaning

About DigiShares
DigiShares provides a platform for issuance and post-issuance management of tokenized securities. It helps with the initial design of the security token such that it fulfills the requirements of the issuer jurisdiction, using the most popular security token protocols and helping ensure that the token may later be traded on forthcoming security token exchanges. DigiShares is your trusted partner to ensure that your digital shares will be compliant and liquid.

DigiShares is currently conducting its own STO, learn more here.

DigiShares and Empirica Finland to Join Forces on Investor Community Platform

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DigiShares, one of the leading providers of security tokenization technology, is pleased to confirm its latest partnership with Empirica Finland Oy, a leading blockchain and AI solutions provider. With this new cooperation, we are making further inroads into the digital securities sector and will be better able to bring liquidity to future issuers of security tokens.

The DigiShares and Empirica partnership is focused on building the AI-based investor community platform, Binvestor, that will be a network for investors and companies seeking funding. DigiShares and Empirica will collaborate on building up the community and DigiShares will be the platform of choice for future STOs (Security Token Offerings) launched through Binvestor.

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Empirica Finland Oy is a Finland-based provider of blockchain and AI solutions for several industries such as fintech. Empirica’s core is to find solutions for companies and industries and then create the technical platform to make those solutions work.

The Binvestor investor community is launched as a subsidiary of Empirica Finland Oy and is headed towards its own STO that will be conducted on the DigiShares platform in September/October 2019.

Binvestor is a network bringing together investors and companies seeking investments with disrupting features we’ve never seen before. The (B)investors that are approved to become members will own Binvestor Inc., make its decisions and share in its profit. Binvestor also aims to make the Private Equity market global, secure, fast and free of friction and middle-men by using the latest advances in blockchain and artificial intelligence by building solutions itself or partnering with leading players in the field such as DigiShares for conducting STOs.

Digital securities for the world
Through DigiShares, company securities can be digitized and issued as tokens on the blockchain. Each token represents a security such as shares, bonds or customized securities with profit-sharing, revenue-sharing or other rights.

Via DigiShares, verified and approved investors are able to purchase tokens – benefiting from immediate settlement, wider access to international investors and enhanced liquidity. Because of its programmable automation, transactions will have fewer vulnerabilities to errors. Investors signing up for DigiShares STOs will in the future also have the option of joining Binvestor and vice versa.

“The success of any capital raise today is contingent on the availability of liquidity, i.e., access to a large number of potentially interested investors. We are now taking steps, together with Empirica, to launch Binvestor to help increase the chances of a successful fund raise for DigiShares and Empirica clients”, said Claus Skaaning, CEO of DigiShares.

Skaaning added: “This partnership will provide a very attractive proposition to both traditional and crypto investors who are interested in the new world of blockchain-based capital raises, called STOs. Empirica is a very reputable and skilled provider of blockchain technology with a very wide network of investors in the Nordics and hence the perfect partner to launch this initiative”

“The potential benefits of digital securities are obvious. Decentralizing trust and reducing the need for financial middlemen are other very appealing aspects. With the industry for security tokenization growing very quickly now and becoming an increasingly viable option to raise capital, industry expertise must seek collaboration to provide end-to-end solutions”, and most of all make private equity market global like it never has been, said Aleksi Aaltonen, CEO of Binvestor Inc.

Aaltonen added, “We are looking forward to further collaboration with DigiShares on this initiative. We see them as a leader in this segment – they are among the first in Europe – and indeed the first in the Nordics – to provide a platform for startups, investment funds and real estate funds to issue shares as tokens and offer them for sale, fully regulated in their jurisdictions. Through Binvestor we hope to offer investors easier access to interesting investment cases that were previously only available to institutional investors.”

About DigiShares
DigiShares provides a platform for issuance and post-issuance management of tokenized securities. It helps with the initial design of the security token such that it fulfills the requirements of the issuer jurisdiction, using the most popular security token protocols and helping ensure that the token may later be traded on forthcoming security token exchanges.

DigiShares is your trusted partner to ensure that your digital shares will be compliant and liquid.

DigiShares is currently conducting its own STO, learn more here.

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About Empirica
Empirica Finland Oy is a leading European developer of blockchain and AI solutions with years of experience in these technologies and versatile customer projects. Empirica’s focus is to create solutions to boost its customers’ business using these cutting edge technologies in tandem with traditional technologies. Empirica is also active in creating and boosting start-ups.

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DigiShares Raises Capital on Blockchain and Starts Their Public STO

DigiShares has now completed the first round of their capital raise, a private placement round. The financing round was carried out as an STO (Security Token Offering) through DigiShares’ own issuance and shareholder management platform. An STO is a type of capital raise where shares are issued and offered for sale, as tokens on the blockchain rather than traditional shares.

With the first funding round completed, DigiShares will now launch the second phase of their capital raise, a public offering of approximately EUR 1 M, a small capital raise under EU regulations. Equity in the form of security tokens will be offered for sale.

Investors will receive shares in DigiShares with full voting rights, full rights for dividends, similar to a normal share. It is expected that the shares will be listed on a European security token exchange within 1 year after the sale to provide liquidity for investors. Also, investors will receive early access to participate in forthcoming capital raises on the DigiShares platform.

DigiShares is among the first in Europe to provide a software platform that can be used for investment funds, real estate funds, and later stage startups to raise funding by issuing shares as tokens on the blockchain and offering them for sale. These tokens represent securities and are fully regulated under the issuer’s jurisdiction. Tokens can represent equity, bonds or other types of customized securities with revenue-sharing rights, voting rights, etc. DigiShares helps design the tokens and smart contracts to correctly represent these securities and the platform then manages the entire process related to the registration and verification of investors, distribution and signing of subscriptions forms and shareholder agreements, continuously updated shareholder registers, as well as the distribution of dividends, voting, etc.

DigiShares partners with international exchanges for the listing and trading of security tokens as well as investor networks to help ensure that issuers can sell their tokens and provide investors with future liquidity. DigiShares also partners with legal advisors across many jurisdictions to provide assistance with setting up SPVs, drafting private placement memorandums, prospectus documents, etc.

Compared to traditional forms of capital raises such as private placements, public offerings, and IPOs, an STO is less expensive and more “liquid” since it is easier to reach global investors. The biggest benefit by far is the fact that security tokens are tradeable and will soon be traded on special exchanges in Europe. This means that angel investors putting money in startups will no longer be stuck for 5-8 years but may immediately trade their shares with others. In a similar manner, investors into real estate projects and investment funds may achieve liquidity much sooner than before. For this reason, investors are expected to prefer STOs over traditional forms of capital raise which will in return make it easier for companies to raise capital with an STO – and potentially allow for increased valuations.

The platform is provided under the DigiShares brand, but also increasingly as a white-label solution for companies that want to operate their own issuance platform. This could be STO consultants, legal and financial advisors, equity crowdfunding platforms, etc.

Claus Skaaning, CEO of DigiShares: “The swift completion of our private placement rounds seems to indicate a significant investor interest in the new world of tokenized securities. DigiShares is working with many partners to help bring the ecosystem into place such that companies can raise capital easier and with lower cost – and investors can enjoy much increased liquidity on their investments.”

The STO market is viewed as the “new ICO” and foreseen to become a very large market in the future, for instance by the World Economic Forum which has predicted that securities amounting to 10% of the GDP will be tokenized by 2025 ($12-14 trillion).