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The Digital Asset Review
MAY 14, 2019
NYC BLOCKCHAIN WEEK HIGHLIGHT
Digital Asset Summit
May 15

Digital Asset Summit (DAS) is the only institutionally focused conference during Blockchain Week. It is a conference that helps bridge the gap between the legacy financial system and the nascent world of digital assets.

Familiar concepts such as market infrastructure, trading and liquidity, and derivatives will be front and center, but they will be discussed in the context of distributed ledger technology and the emerging field of “decentralized finance."

SEC Approves New Silicon Valley Stock Exchange Backed by Marc Andreessen, Other Tech Heavyweights

"Backed by top Valley figures such as venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, the Long-Term Stock Exchange was born out of concern from the nation's tech elite who were frustrated about the public market's focus on near-term profit. Its mission is to create a 'market that reduces short-term pressures and encourages a steady cycle of innovation and investment in long-term value creation would benefit companies and their investors alike,' according to its website. "

FinCEN Issues Guidance on Convertible Virtual Currencies

"On May 9, 2019, the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued guidance (the “Guidance”) on the applicability of FinCEN’s regulations to convertible virtual currencies in certain business models, which summarizes and clarifies existing FinCEN interpretive guidance. The Guidance contains useful information, the new or significant aspects of which are summarized below. "

From Neue to Now: How Helvetica Evolved for the 21st Century
by Emma Tucker

It's been six decades since Helvetica® was released, and in that time the typeface has remained the go-to choice for clarity and neutrality. However, as with many typefaces, the demands on it have increased. Helvetica's famous Swiss simplicity is now expected to perform in a growing range of environments and at a wider spectrum of sizes than ever before.

Designers and studios might be deeply familiar with Neue Helvetica®—which was released in 1983—but it's the product of a pre-digital era. "

It’s About Time for Stock Ledgers on the Blockchain
"On April 30, 2019, Maryland’s governor signed into law a bill that allows for Maryland incorporated companies to maintain their stock ledgers on the blockchain. Maryland is now part of an elite club of states that allow this, Delaware being the most notable given that it is home to two-thirds of listed Fortune 500 companies and 85% of the IPOs in the United States."

Spotted at Consensus New York: eBay Hints at Crypto Acceptance

"eBay could be about to enter the crypto world. If advertisements at the Consensus conference in New York are true, the e-commerce giant could be adopting crypto payments in the immediate future.

Although there has not been an official announcement, the news would allow eBay’s 180 million active buyers to start using cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. This could have a direct impact on the mainstream adoption of crypto assets around the world. "

Santander, LeasePlan Testing Nivaura’s Blockchain-Based Floating Rate Bond

"Capital markets startup Nivaura has developed what it’s calling “the first commercially viable floating rate bond using blockchain technology,” and the new instrument is now being tested by banking giant Santander and LeasePlan, the vehicle leasing company

Announced to coincide with CoinDesk’s Consensus 2019 in New York, Nivaura said other clients working on its floating rate notes (FRNs) include the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) and Premfina, a growth-stage premium financing service provider in the insurance industry. "

SEC Commissioner implores the Agency to Provide Regulatory Clarity for Cryptocurrency

SEC commissioner Hester Peirce—the highest position in the agency second to the chairman—implored the Commission to provide regulatory clarity to the crypto industry.

At the Securities Enforcement Forum in Palo Alto, California, Peirce urged the Securities Exchange Commission to take action on crypto:

'It is not the SEC’s overzealous action that has stifled the crypto industry, but its unwillingness to take meaningful action at all.' "

Vertalo Partners with Digital Securities Platform seriesOne
Vertalo described the partnership with seriesOne as “more proof of the convergence of finance, technology, and entrepreneurship. Vertalo expects the partnership to enable the two teams to bring more deals to market, onboard more investors, while creating more financing and liquidity options for investors and other market participants.

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