Cryptocurrency Exchange Bithumb Speeds Up Development in STOs
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Bithumb Speeds Up Development in STOs

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Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has just announced a new partnership which it believes will speed up its STO platform development. It signed an MOU with Standard & Consensus, a rating service for blockchain, and has recently invested in Codebox, a firm specializing in security tokens. 


Bithumb is making it clear that it is actively pursuing STOs to be offered on its platform. One of the biggest Korean exchanges, the company recently invested in Codebox. The firm specializes in issuing and managing security tokens. Bithumb plans to utilize Codebox’s own mainnet called “CodeChain” which allow for tokens to be programmable based on legal requirements.

Another company Bithumb is working closely with is Standard & Consensus (SNC), having signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week. The exchange plans to work with SNC China for deal sourcing, fund procurement, and public offerings for security tokens. In the MOU, it states that SNC will be responsible for the analysis and assessment of security token offerings.

Exchanges Look to Security Tokens

With the development of their STO platform, Bithumb is looking to control all bases when it comes to security token offerings: from programming the token to issuing to trading. The idea hinges on their US partner and fintech firm seriesOne with who they are building an Alternative Trading System (ATS). The license from the SEC is still pending.

With IEOs becoming more popular, it seems that exchanges are quickly becoming the platform for token offerings. STOs provide us with a new, legally-reassuring option where tokens are compliant already on-chain. Many exchanges are looking into it, but Bithumb seems to be taking the most concrete steps to this end.


Do you believe Bithumb’s exchange will serve as a hub for security token trading in the future? Let us know your thoughts below. 

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May 25, 2019

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Tim Fries Tim Fries is the cofounder of The Tokenist. He has a B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Tim served as a Senior Associate on the investment team at RW Baird's US Private Equity division, and is also the co-founder of Protective Technologies Capital, an investment firms specializing in sensing, protection and control solutions (IoT).