Canadian Blockchain Company BitRush Ordered to Stop Trading by Securities Commission


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Canadian Blockchain company BitRush, a Toronto-based FinTech company listed at the Canadian Stock Exchange with offices in London and Vienna, has been advised by the Ontario Securities Commission to cease all trading in, and all acquisitions of, securities of the company, whether direct or indirect. 

The order, a copy of which will be made public and available for review on the Canadian Securities Administrators website on Dec. 5, 2016, has been issued as a result of the company not having filed the required chief executive officer and chief financial officer certifications of interim filings, that should have been filed together with the interim financial statements of the company and related management’s discussion and analysis, for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2016, as required by National Instrument 52-109 (certification of disclosure in issuers’ annual and interim filings).

The company has called a meeting of the board of directors to investigate the matter, and intends to file amended financial statements, MD&A and certifications as soon as possible to obtain the revocation of the cease trade order.

BitRush is a pioneering Canadian fintech company focused on cryptographic Blockchain technology. BitRush has chosen to go to the public markets as a start-up to allow all types of investors, from individuals to institutions, to participate in the potential value appreciation of a fintech company that otherwise would usually have taken place in the private markets accessible only to venture capitals and accredited investors.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC. Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including where hs is interim CMO,, Inchain, Chronobank, eGaas and others. He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List.

As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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