Sumner Global Launches $100M Securitized Token Offering (STO) in Middle East

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Ahead of its planned London IPO, the Sumner Group plans to offer the Middle East’s largest STO to date for up to $100mln which will fund Sumner Group Holdings regional and global activities.

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David Sumner, Chairman & CEO of SGH said:

“This is an exciting moment for Sumner Global and Sumner Group Holdings. This fundraise will allow us to strengthen our portfolio companies and execute our growth strategy throughout the region and globally. We are very grateful to our cornerstone investors for their participation.

“Security Token Offerings are a far cry from the days of ICO’s. Investors in the SGHX STO will receive tokens that are digitally programmed, and asset backed through a combination of public and private companies. Prior to any public sale launch, the tokens will be verified as fully compliant with regulations enforced by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

 “In launching this STO, we are offering potential investors access to a digital asset backed by a diversified portfolio of natural resources, building materials, digital media and healthcare recruitment companies. Security backed by real assets.”

The company is raising funding through its Singapore-registered subsidiary, Sumner Global, which will sell the SGHX token. Abu Dhabi investors Blue Rock Capital and Blue Stone Capital representing Khalifa Hasan Ali Saleh Al Hammadi have signed intentions of $10 million each, the company said in a statement.

  • Targeted private/public raise of up to $100 million
  • $20 million cornerstone investment under agreement from key Abu Dhabi private investors: Blue Rock Capital and Blue Stone Capital representing Khalifa Hasan Ali Saleh Al Hammadi
  • Proceeds to finance identified UAE acquisition and to support existing global businesses
  • Group supported by non-Executive Directors Lord Chadlington and former Goldman Sachs executive Jide Zeitlin

Funds raised will support the strategic growth of SGH’s portfolio companies and allow the integration of blockchain technology throughout the group to increase efficiency. In addition, SGH’s first major UAE based acquisition, currently under option, will be realized as SGH readies itself for a London Stock Exchange debut.

Prominent Abu Dhabi investors Blue Rock Capital and Blue Stone Capital representing Khalifa Hasan Ali Saleh Al Hammadi have signed intentions of $10 million each. The remaining $80 million will be raised through private sales and subsequent listing of SGHX tokens on a suitable exchange, followed by a prospective public STO.

David Sumner is an entrepreneur and long-term investor and is based in the UAE. He has over 15 years of experience in developing successful global business platforms focusing on the healthcare, clean technology and mining sectors with a specific interest in UK capital markets.

Sumner Global will facilitate the Security Token Offering and as a result, SGH will become one of the world’s first long term global investment holding companies to raise capital through this funding mechanism. A public launch will be in accordance with the regulations of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Having received the requisite legal and regulatory approvals, SGH will issue up to 400,000,000 Class B Shares to Sumner Global as issuer of tokens (SGHX Tokens). These SGHX tokens will be secured against digitized rights attaching to the Class B Shares. 

SGH is a diversified holdings company which acquires builds and manages businesses across the globe for the long term. The company currently holds interests in six businesses – VI Mining; SG Recruitment; Cleantech Building Materials; Glam Holdings; Fendix Media; and UAE Oil Services. These businesses are at various stages of maturity, from venture capital to publicly traded.

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Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

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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