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Northstake Partners with Coinify to Offer Regulated Institutional Staking Services

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The partnership will see Northstake extend its virtual asset investment products to Coinify’s premier clients, accelerating institutional exposure to the crypto-staking industry

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Aug. 15, 2023  /PRNewswire/ — Northstake A/S, a regulated virtual asset service provider offering compliant staking products for institutions, has announced a strategic partnership with Coinify. Coinify is a global virtual currency platform and brokerage facilitating payments infrastructure for cryptocurrencies. Through this collaboration, Northstake will provide staking services for Coinify’s premium institutional and high net worth individual (HNWIs) clients, and Coinify will provide Northstake clients with a secure white-glove OTC desk (Coinify+) to help with their cryptocurrency buy and sell orders.

Jesper Johansen, Founder, and CEO of Northstake, said:  “Our collaboration with Coinify marks an important step toward addressing the need for regulated staking services amongst risk-aware institutional investors. Until now, institutional investors have been presented with few opportunities to securely access yield-generating crypto assets, given the lack of standardized compliance and consolidated risk management solutions in the sector. Further to this, as the digital asset industry continues to expand and evolve, adhering to regulatory requirements has become increasingly difficult. Northstake is dedicated to offering secure and compliant routes into crypto staking for institutional clients, including HNWIs.”

By gaining direct access to Northstake’s virtual assets services, Coinify’s clients will be able to safely access Northstake’s regulatory compliant staking service. The partnership will allow Northstake’s clients to leverage Coinify’s white glove service, Coinify+, which will allow Northstake clients to purchase Ethereum (ETH) tokens, and a host of other crypto assets, using traditional payment methods such as credit cards and bank transfers.

Northstake is a fully regulated investment provider under the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority and the 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive. Its mission is to enable professional clients to participate in staking, with minimal counterparty risk and full collateralization of investments. Northstake adheres to the highest possible standards to minimize legal and counterparty risks through anti-money laundering measures and audited proof of assets staked. Further to this, Northstake protects all client funds using multi-party computation (MPC) provided by Fireblocks.

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Andrew Bellingham, Head of Strategic Sales at Coinify, said: “Coinify’s partnership with Northstake addresses the growing market demand from institutions to partake in virtual asset staking and the decentralized finance sector, under the security of a stringent regulatory environment. We aim to present the most secure pathway for our clients to participate in alternative asset staking, by leveraging our white-glove OTC desk, Coinify+, allowing clients to diversify their digital asset portfolios. As such, we look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration with the talented team at Northstake.”

Jesper Johansen, CEO & Founder of Northstake is available for interviews. 

About Northstake A/S

Northstake A/S is a highly-regulated, custodial, virtual asset service provider offering compliant staking products for institutions. Northstake offers a variety of investment vehicles including single, multi-asset, thematic staking, and yield-generating products in addition to a suite of OTC and algorithmic trading services. Based in Denmark, Northstake acts as a bridge between traditional finance and the crypto world, simplifying and securing the way institutions invest in crypto. Through its proprietary multi-chain crypto staking platform, it carves out accessible pathways for investors to build yield-generating crypto products, giving investors the opportunity to be part of building the economies of tomorrow. Northstake A/S  (VASP, FTID: 17520) is regulated under the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority (DFSA) and the 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5).

About Coinify

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Coinify ApS is an established global virtual currency platform actively offering solutions in +180 countries. Established in 2014 and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, Coinify offers a secure, compliant, and user-friendly interface for individuals and businesses to engage with cryptocurrencies. Coinify works alongside national and international regulatory bodies to ensure and adhere to the highest industry standards and comply with international laws, such as the EU 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive. As a founding member of the Blockchain and Virtual Currencies working group under the European Commission, Coinify is proud to help and shape new regulations and guidelines that will ensure the safety and security of the cryptocurrency industry for its customers and partners. For more information, visit www.coinify.com.

 

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Blockchain Firm Squad Labs Raises $10 Million for Smart Wallet

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Squad Labs announced that its Series A funding round, led by Electric Capital with participation from RockawayX, Coinbase Ventures, L1D, Placeholder, and Mert Mumtaz, will propel the launch of its Fuse smart wallet. The company aims to establish Fuse as a premier solution for securing and compounding personal digital wealth amid the growing onchain economy.

According to the company’s news release on June 12, smart accounts and smart wallets are gaining traction across blockchains as they offer a more intuitive, secure, and programmable user experience. Fuse abstracts seed phrases and provides features like wallet recovery, 2FA capabilities, and enterprise-level security for personal custody, simplifying the choice of storing digital wealth on-chain.

In addition to securing funding, Squad Labs also announced the public testing launch of Fuse on iOS. This move is part of their strategy to expand accessibility and refine functionality ahead of a full market release.

Meanwhile, a recent report from PYMNTS Intelligence explores blockchain’s role in enhancing cross-border payments. It suggests that integrating blockchain can streamline payment processing, enable digital-to-fiat currency conversion, and introduce stablecoins for faster and cost-effective cross-border transactions. Business-friendly decentralized finance (DeFi) solutions further automate and secure transactions via smart contracts, reducing dependence on traditional payment systems and enhancing security and transparency.

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The report underscores the significance of educating businesses and end-users about the benefits of blockchain-based cross-border payments. It advocates for partnerships with FinTechs and proactive engagement with financial institutions to drive adoption and improve industry-wide support for blockchain technologies in payments.

Overall, Squad Labs’ funding round and Fuse’s development represent strategic advancements in blockchain technology aimed at enhancing digital wealth management and transforming cross-border payment landscapes.

Source: pymnts.com

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TON Blockchain Surpasses Ethereum in Daily Active Users

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Ethereum’s comparative underperformance relative to TON can be attributed to several factors, notably the migration of a significant portion of its user activity to layer 2 scaling solutions. These solutions were not factored into the comparison with TON.

During a week marked by global crypto market fluctuations and cautious investor sentiment, The Open Network (TON), backed by Telegram, has seen substantial growth in user activity, surpassing Ethereum in daily active users.

Since the beginning of the month, TON and Ethereum have been closely vying for user engagement. However, leveraging Telegram’s extensive user base of 900 million, TON has consistently outpaced Ethereum for ten consecutive days starting June 1.

On June 3, TON achieved a significant milestone with 568,300 daily active addresses (DAAs), according to Artemis data. In contrast, Ethereum has not reached this level of activity since September 13, 2023.

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Delving Deeper
Ethereum’s apparent lower activity compared to TON can be attributed to various factors, including the adoption of layer 2 scaling solutions designed to enhance transaction throughput and reduce fees by processing transactions off the main Ethereum blockchain.

Consequently, the majority of Ethereum’s transactional activities have shifted to these layer 2 networks.

For instance, on June 11, the top three Ethereum layer 2 networks—Arbitrum, Base, and Optimism—collectively registered 1.3 million daily active addresses. This highlights that while Ethereum’s primary network may appear less active, substantial transactional volume is occurring on these secondary layers.

New Milestones and Market Performance
Despite the challenges of comparing directly with Ethereum, TON has demonstrated significant growth. Amidst the recent global market volatility, the network’s native token, Toncoin (TON), reached a milestone of $7.76 earlier this month, marking its highest valuation since launch.

Although Toncoin has since experienced a decline of over 12%, industry analysts remain optimistic about its future trajectory.

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A pseudonymous analyst, “Crypto King,” has forecasted a potential rise to $10 for TON in the near term, citing its robust user base, rapid infrastructure development, and Telegram’s support.

Another expert, Alex Clay, shares this positive outlook, suggesting short-term price targets of $10.5 to $11.6 for TON despite broader market downturns.

Furthermore, data from Token Terminal indicates promising long-term indicators for TON, showing a 3.6% rise in fully diluted market capitalization, a 76.3% increase in token holders, and a 26.0% growth in revenue and fees over the past 30 days.

Despite a slight decrease in trading volume by 11.6%, these metrics underline a strong underlying growth trend for TON.

Source: coinspeaker.com

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Brickken is selected to participate in the European Blockchain Regulatory Sandbox

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Brickken, a startup based in Barcelona at the forefront of real-world asset tokenization, has been chosen to participate in the European Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) Regulatory Sandbox. This initiative aims to establish legal clarity for decentralized technologies like blockchain by identifying legal and regulatory hurdles to deployment. It will provide confidential guidance, legal counsel, and regulatory expertise.

Facilitated by the European Commission, this program will enable regulators to deepen their understanding of cutting-edge blockchain technologies and foster dialogue between public institutions and private entities such as Brickken.

By joining the European Regulatory Sandbox, Brickken gains the opportunity to refine and enhance its solutions within a secure environment. This will bolster its credibility with institutional clients, market operators, and bond issuers, facilitating its expansion into new markets. Brickken seeks to become a strategic partner for various participants in capital markets, enhancing operational efficiency and promoting technological synergy in digital asset management.

Edwin Mata, CEO and co-founder of Brickken, expressed excitement about this selection, emphasizing:

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“This opportunity validates our innovative approach to asset tokenization and allows us to collaborate closely with regulators and industry leaders to strengthen the blockchain ecosystem. The knowledge and experience gained in this regulatory sandbox will be invaluable for our future growth and success.”

Brickken’s inclusion in this sandbox marks a significant milestone in its mission to revolutionize the tokenization industry. Recently selected for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Scale program for tokenization and digital assets, Brickken continues to advance blockchain adoption among institutional clients, banks, and capital markets. Additionally, the company has forged partnerships with industry leaders like Psalion and Chainlink, known for their real-world asset tokenization technology.

In collaboration with Coinbase, Brickken aims to set new standards in infrastructure and market structure for real-world asset tokenization. Leveraging Coinbase’s technology such as Wallet and Base, Brickken brings its expertise in tokenization and technology to build robust solutions.

Established in Barcelona in 2020 by Edwin Mata, Yassir Haouati, Bram Duindam, and Dario Lo Buglio, Brickken has experienced rapid growth, operating in over 14 countries and tokenizing assets exceeding 200 million euros. With a client base of over 50, the company has achieved over 100% growth compared to the previous year and is expanding into new verticals.

Brickken’s digital asset platform specializes in tokenizing financial instruments such as equity and debt, catering to entities of all sizes, asset types, and jurisdictions. Offering robust technological support, Brickken enables market entry without the need for proprietary technology development. This positions Brickken to serve diverse sectors including real estate, startups, institutions, venture capital funds, and family offices, facilitating efficient digitization and management of assets.

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Source: cointelegraph.com

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