Templum and Liquid M Capital to Launch Regulated Platform for Initial Coin Offerings

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Templum, and its affiliated broker dealer Liquid M Capital, LLC, announced today a strategic partnership to launch a digital asset platform, known as Templum, offering both primary issuance of Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) and the secondary trading of both registered and unregistered digital assets as securities through an Alternative Trading System (“ATS”).

Templum’s strategic partnership with Liquid M Capital will allow it to utilize Liquid M Capital to create a turn-key solution for the initial issuance and secondary trading of ICOs as unregistered private securities. Templum’s proprietary technology and intellectual property combined with Liquid M Capital’s ATS will provide ICO investors with the first of its kind platform for the sale and secondary trading of digital tokens.

ICOs are increasingly popular as an efficient and innovative way of raising capital. ICOs have raised approximately $2.2 billion to date in 2017, compared to $100 million for all of 2016, according to CoinSchedule.com. While experiencing tremendous growth, the ICO market has operated independently of jurisdictional securities laws. However, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released an investigative report on July 25, 2017, regarding DAO tokens that concluded that their sale and trading was in violation of U.S. securities laws. The SEC further concluded that offers and sales of digital assets by “virtual” organizations in the U.S. are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws.

“Templum’s model is designed to build upon ICO innovation by adhering to existing regulations to add the essential element of investor protection,” said Chris Pallotta, founder and chief executive officer, Templum. “By doing so, we hope to increase widespread acceptance of ICOs that will attract more capital interest in innovative, growth-oriented companies and result in the overall growth of the global digital asset market.  We believe that once our platform is fully established it will become the primary destination for transacting in digital assets worldwide.”

“We’ve long advocated for a strong digital asset ecosystem for both issuers and investors, and sought to preserve the best elements of the ICO community,” said Vince Molinari, chief executive officer, Liquid M Capital. “With the DAO report, we can reasonably conclude that most digital assets are likely to be treated as securities by U.S. regulators. Templum will meet the need for compliant ICOs and secondary trading liquidity in a single destination.”

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) – Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He’s written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein’s professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he’s travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’ travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he’s raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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