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Membrane’s State-of-the-Art Digital Asset Derivatives Platform Supports Inaugural OTC Trade for XBTO and Arbelos




MIAMI, Jan. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Membrane Labs, Inc., a leading digital asset management software firm, announces the launch of its next-generation derivatives management platform. The platform enables a seamless end-to-end management of OTC derivatives transactions, including the ongoing management of portfolio-level collateral and trade flow settlement. The platform redefines derivatives trading management in the digital asset space for institutions, solving operational efficiency and risk management issues while providing a superior OTC trading experience. The first trade on the platform took place earlier this week between two industry leaders, XBTO and Arbelos Markets, utilizing Membrane’s end-to-end infrastructure.

“Clients see Membrane’s platform as a game-changer in the digital asset space,” said Carson Cook, CEO of Membrane. “Our technology streamlines derivatives trading and counterparty risk management on one platform. Collaborating with XBTO and Arbelos, we set new standards for institutional access to capital markets and portfolio management. Membrane’s platform enhances the safety and efficiency of the crypto OTC market.”

Mike Geraci, Membrane’s Head of Derivatives, said “Membrane is unlocking the true potential of the OTC derivatives market and solving the fragmented nature of the ecosystem by providing an integrated toolset for direct market access, settlement, custom pairs and valuations, and collateral management.  With this infrastructure in place, we expect robust trading volumes and liquidity to gravitate to OTC markets.”

Arbelos Markets is a principal trading firm specializing in derivatives, from the high-touch to programmatic. Joshua Lim, CEO of Arbelos, highlighted the platform’s impact: “Membrane’s platform addresses several critical challenges in our industry. The seamless integration of booking, managing collateral with smart contracts, and executing trades, coupled with advanced margin functions, is a smart approach to crypto derivatives trading. This is a significant step in mitigating operational risks and enhancing our company’s trade efficiency.” Shiliang Tang, President of Arbelos, added, “The ease of updating margin requirements and collateral movement with enhanced visibility through Membrane has significantly simplified our operational processes. This has further provided a level of transparency to the bilateral derivatives landscape that has been sorely lacking within the industry. We’re excited to be pushing the boundaries forward.”

Established in 2015, XBTO offers a comprehensive platform for digital assets and tailored investment solutions catered to sophisticated non-US investors and institutions. Paul Eisma, Head of Options and Trading at XBTO, said, “As a pioneer in institutional crypto finance, XBTO is proud to be a counterparty in the inaugural OTC digital asset options trade using Membrane’s technology. Membrane has developed cutting-edge institutional OTC options tools that cover every aspect of the trading life cycle, including collateral and margin management, RFQ, settlement, and reporting.”


About Membrane Labs

Membrane is a software infrastructure provider for enterprise-grade capital market access integrated with a custody-agnostic settlement network for OTC spot trades, loans, derivatives, and associated collateral management with fully customizable report creation.

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Legal Luminary Sarah Brennan Champions Pioneering Crypto Regulation Approaches




Sarah Brennan, an accomplished figure in corporate and securities law, serves as General Counsel at Delphi Ventures, focusing on investments in the Web3 space. With over 14 years of experience in securities law and a deep involvement in digital assets since 2017, Brennan also co-leads LeXpunK, a collective dedicated to establishing legal frameworks for decentralized digital communities.

In a candid interview with a prominent cryptocurrency news outlet, Brennan discussed various critical topics. She addressed the emergence of crypto super PACs, funded significantly by major firms like Ripple and Circle, to counter strict SEC regulations. Brennan viewed the SAB 121 bill, backed by the US administration, as potentially isolating the crypto community from broader financial integration.

While acknowledging the influence of centralized entities in advocating for crypto interests, Brennan cautioned against replicating traditional financial hierarchies within the crypto sphere, which contradicts its revolutionary ethos. She expressed concerns about monopolistic scenarios that could dominate the crypto landscape, exerting excessive control over essential industry components and traditional financial operations.

Regarding regulatory challenges, Brennan advocated for tailored regulations to manage systemic risks posed by large centralized crypto institutions. She criticized the current regulatory opacity and inconsistency, which she believes have fostered suboptimal business practices. Through LeXpunK, Brennan endeavors to pioneer experimental legal structures that could redefine regulatory compliance for token issuances, though reception from policymakers has been lukewarm.


Looking ahead, Brennan emphasizes the need for proactive regulatory approaches using antitrust measures to prevent crypto monopolies, promote decentralization, and target bad actors. However, she highlighted the persistent communication gap between crypto-literate legal advocates and hesitant regulators as a significant obstacle.

Brennan continues to drive forward her mission through new advocacy platforms aimed at shaping the future of cryptographic regulation, navigating complexities to ensure balanced and effective regulatory frameworks in the evolving crypto landscape.


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Italy Ramps Up Crypto Oversight in Line with MiCA




Italy is preparing to strengthen its oversight of cryptocurrency markets to align with the European Union’s Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulatory framework. This initiative, initially enacted in 2022, aims to impose stricter monitoring of digital asset markets, particularly targeting insider trading and market manipulation. Under the new decree, fines ranging from 5,000 to 5 million euros ($5,400 to $5.4 million) will be imposed based on the severity of violations, reinforcing compliance and market integrity.

For blockchain firms and decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols, MiCA presents significant challenges. These entities must decide between fully decentralizing their networks or complying with MiCA’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations. Fully decentralized networks are exempt from reporting requirements but risk non-compliance if they employ foundations or intermediaries moderating communities.

Centralized exchanges like Binance are adapting to MiCA by categorizing stablecoins as authorized or unauthorized, aligning with regulatory requirements without delisting these assets from spot markets. Uphold has similarly adjusted by delisting certain stablecoins for compliance purposes.

Despite regulatory pressures, experts are optimistic about stablecoins’ future. Figures like Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle, predict stablecoins could represent 10% of the money supply within a decade. They anticipate widespread adoption driven by benefits such as financial inclusion, lower remittance costs, and seamless cross-border commerce via public blockchains.


This regulatory framework underscores the transformative potential of stablecoins and blockchain technology within the global financial system.


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1inch Network Teams Up with Blockaid for Shield API




1inch Network has collaborated with Blockaid to introduce the 1inch Shield API, a pioneering advancement in Web3 security. This collaboration aims to enhance user protection within decentralized finance (DeFi) by bolstering defenses against fraudulent tokens. Blockaid, renowned for its expertise in Web3 security solutions, utilizes advanced data analytics and machine learning to swiftly identify and flag scam tokens, safeguarding users from potential financial risks.

The 1inch Shield API also addresses compliance with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations through continuous screenings of blockchain addresses. Powered by TRM Labs, this feature scrutinizes addresses for associations with sanctioned entities and illicit activities, preemptively restricting suspect addresses to prevent regulatory infractions.

Additionally, 1inch integrates Etherscan Pro’s blocklisting capabilities to proactively blacklist suspicious addresses, further fortifying its security measures.

This initiative marks a significant milestone in DeFi security, promising unparalleled levels of security and compliance. As 1inch continues to deploy this technology across its platform, it aims to provide developers and users with enhanced protection and confidence in navigating the Web3 landscape.



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