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PV01 Issues First Digital Bond to Blue-Chip Stablecoin Investors




B2C2, Keyrock and BlockTower Capital purchase a $5M bond denominated in USDC and issued under Bermuda’s Digital Asset Business Act.

HAMILTON, Bermuda, April 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — PV01 ( announces the first sale of a digital native bond on the public Ethereum blockchain under English law, the gold standard of the global bond market.

Issued on April 8th and successfully redeemed a week later, the bond was backed by a US Treasury Bill and earned a yield of 5.10%. Represented by a transferable token, the bond can also be used as collateral. Using Coinbase to convert USDC, it enables lightning-fast same-day investment in US treasuries. Settled on the blockchain, it moves in seconds, much faster than traditional bonds.

After raising $9M last year to evolve the debt capital markets, PV01 has completed their proof of concept by successfully structuring and leading a $5M digital issuance out of a dedicated vehicle, with investors including B2C2, Keyrock and BlockTower. The proceeds were used to purchase a US Treasury Bill and exchanged for a corresponding ERC-20 bond token, backed one-for-one by the government bond. The entire lifecycle of this digitally native asset took place on chain from issuance to settlement to trading to transfer to redemption, without the need for a central security depository. This completes the first step in PV01’s mission of developing the first-of-its-kind on-chain debt market.

PV01’s bonds represent a crucial innovation in financial plumbing,” said Thomas Restout, CEO of B2C2. “The ability to fully change the ownership of bonds on-chain is an opportunity to use fast-moving and safe collateral to support trading activity with exchanges and counterparties.


“The fusion of the security and reliability of traditional bonds with the immutability and transparency inherent in blockchain technology has given rise to a truly groundbreaking and superior financial instrument,” said Kevin de Patoul, CEO of Keyrock. “We are thrilled to collaborate with PV01 and honored to be among the pioneers in the tokenization of bonds. This initiative aligns seamlessly with Keyrock’s overarching mission to tokenize all forms of value, ushering in a new era of financial innovation.”

PV01’s commitment to developing a trusted institutional-grade platform that brings the fixed income market on chain is reflected in both Bermuda’s leading reputation as the jurisdiction of choice for digital asset companies and the combined legal expertise of Hogan Lovells and Walkers Global that helped facilitate the first digital native bond issued on a public blockchain under English Law.

About PV01:

PV01 is a leading global blockchain finance provider founded in 2023 by B2C2 founders, Max Boonen and Flavio Molendini. The company acts as the arranger and broker-dealer for issuers of digital bonds, and manages the structuring, book-building and sales process to qualified non-US institutional investors through a non-custodial platform. PV01 raised $9mn in seed funding from Tioga Capital, BlockTower, and Ryze Labs. Learn more at

Media Contact:
Tim Reed
Your Partners, LTD
[email protected]


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HTX Appoints Singapore National Goalkeeper Hassan Sunny as Chief Safeguarding Officer




SINGAPORE, June 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — HTX, a leading cryptocurrency exchange, proudly announces the appointment of Singapore national football team goalkeeper Hassan Sunny as Chief Safeguarding Officer.

“The partnership between HTX, the ‘People’s Exchange’, and Hassan Sunny, the ‘People’s Goalkeeper’, is a perfect match,” said Justin Sun, Member of the HTX Global Advisory Board. “Together, we will work to ensure the safety and security of user assets in the ever-evolving crypto world. Just as Sunny fearlessly protects his goal on the field, HTX is committed to protecting every user’s assets with the same determination and resolve, providing the safest and most reliable investment environment possible.”

Sunny also expressed his excitement about joining the HTX family, stating “I am excited to be part of HTX. I can’t wait to embark on this journey with the team.”

Sunny has been called a national hero in China for his outstanding performance in the final group match of the first round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers against Thailand on June 11th. Despite facing relentless attacks, Sunny made an incredible 11 saves, including a crucial one in stoppage time. Singapore ultimately lost the match 1-3, but their result helped China qualify for the next round at the expense of Thailand.

About HTX:


Founded in 2013, HTX has evolved from a crypto exchange into a comprehensive ecosystem of blockchain businesses that span digital asset trading, financial derivatives, wallets, research, investment, incubation and other areas. HTX serves millions of users worldwide, with a business presence covering over 160 countries and regions across five continents. Its three development strategies – “global development, technology drives development, and technology for good” underpin its commitment to providing comprehensive services and values to global cryptocurrency enthusiasts.


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New seed-stage VC fund from Finland secures €6 million in initial close for €30 million blockchain fund




Helsinki-based Equilibrium Ventures (EQV), a new seed-stage venture capital fund focused on the crypto sector, has successfully closed the first round of its €30 million fund, raising €6 million from limited partners (LPs). This milestone highlights growing interest in blockchain startups and a promising future for the European crypto ecosystem.

The fund is led by an experienced team of partners: Mika Honkasalo, Henrik Sundvik (formerly of Bain & Company), and Christopher Ahn (ex-Molten Ventures investor). Equilibrium Ventures aims to attract and support founders with deep technical expertise in blockchain technologies, covering areas such as zero-knowledge proofs and smart contracts, essential for developing advanced blockchain solutions.

Equilibrium Ventures has attracted a diverse group of backers, including strategic investors, family offices, and notable LPs like Sebastien Borget, co-founder of the metaverse platform The Sandbox. This support underscores the fund’s credibility and signals growing confidence in crypto investments despite recent market challenges.

Dedicated to crypto infrastructure, Equilibrium Ventures emphasizes rigorous technical due diligence and value addition for pre-seed and seed engineering firms. With a network of about 70 blockchain engineers, mainly based in Europe, the fund is well-positioned to help startups develop robust blockchain technologies.


The renewed interest in venture capital investment in blockchain, bolstered by evolving regulatory landscapes in the US and Europe, is expected to increase investor confidence in the crypto sector. Equilibrium Ventures, with its technical expertise and strategic support, is poised to become a significant player in Europe’s crypto venture scene.

Looking ahead, Equilibrium Ventures aims for a second close by the end of this summer, targeting 80% of the total fund. This progress indicates strong momentum and the potential for significant contributions to the European blockchain ecosystem.


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Riot Platforms Acquires 14% Stake in Bitfarms Ltd.




Riot Platforms, Inc. has announced its acquisition of a 14% stake in Bitfarms Ltd., as detailed in a recent press release by Riot Platforms. This move aligns with Riot’s strategy to influence corporate governance within Bitfarms.

Acquisition Details

On June 13, 2024, Riot Platforms purchased 1,432,063 common shares of Bitfarms Ltd., representing about 0.35% of Bitfarms’ issued and outstanding common shares. The shares were bought on the Nasdaq Stock Market and other open markets at an average price of approximately $2.70 per share, totaling $3,870,293.46.

Before this acquisition, Riot held 56,194,973 common shares of Bitfarms, equating to 13.65% ownership. With the new shares, Riot now holds 57,627,036 common shares, resulting in a 14% stake in Bitfarms.


Strategic Intentions

Riot Platforms intends to call a special meeting of Bitfarms’ shareholders to nominate several independent directors to the board, citing concerns over Bitfarms’ corporate governance. Riot seeks to influence Bitfarms’ strategic direction and enhance its governance standards.

Riot is continuously reviewing its investment in Bitfarms and may adjust its position based on factors such as market conditions and the company’s financial status. Potential actions include increasing or decreasing its stake, entering into hedging transactions, or proposing additional strategic measures.

Forward-Looking Statements

The press release includes forward-looking statements subject to risks and uncertainties, reflecting Riot’s current expectations and assumptions. Riot cautions investors to consider these risks before making investment decisions.


Riot’s vision is to become the leading Bitcoin-driven infrastructure platform, focusing on a vertically integrated strategy with Bitcoin mining operations in Texas and electrical switchgear engineering in Colorado.


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