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DeFi Technologies’ Wholly-Owned Subsidiary Valour Inc., Bitcoin Suisse AG, and STOXX Launch the 1Valour STOXX Bitcoin Suisse Digital Asset Blue Chip ETP




DeFi Technologies Inc. (the “Company” or “DeFi Technologies”) (NEO: DEFI) (GR: MB9) (OTC: DEFTF), a crypto native technology company that pioneers the convergence of traditional capital markets with the world of decentralised finance (“DeFi”), is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Valour Inc. (“Valour”), a leading issuer of exchange traded products (“ETPs”) that provide simplified access to digital assets, has partnered with Bitcoin Suisse AG, and STOXX in launching the innovative 1Valour STOXX Bitcoin Suisse Digital Asset Blue Chip ETP. This pioneering product marks a significant step forward in the digital asset market, providing a diversified investment approach to the top blue-chip digital assets in a simple and secure manner.

This new ETP is built upon the existing partnership between Valour and Bitcoin Suisse AG (“Bitcoin Suisse”), initially formed to develop Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) backed 1:1 by digital assets. This collaboration has been leveraging the unique capabilities and extensive expertise of both Valour and Bitcoin Suisse in the digital asset market. The primary focus of their joint efforts is to launch, list, operate, and distribute ETPs in both the international and Swiss markets. Swiss crypto-finance and technology pioneer Bitcoin Suisse, with its established brand recognition in the crypto assets sector, complements Valour’s role as an issuer of ETPs and provider of an exchange listing platform for digital assets.

Andrej Majcen, Chief Executive Officer of Bitcoin Suisse, commented “With this index based ETP, we are excited to be able to offer the possibility to passively diversify into the digital asset market. Our goal is to enable investors to make more informed investment decisions by providing them with professional tools in a maturing market. The Blue-Chip Index is derived methodically from a systematic rule set, making digital asset selection for portfolio diversification more accessible and less complex. Once more, Bitcoin Suisse continues to demonstrate its strength as a pioneer by delivering the first leading smart beta investment product for digital assets. With a rule based asset selection, the Blue-Chip Index is Europe’s first investment alternative to pure top market cap crypto asset strategies. We are proud to collaborate with well established and trusted partners in the global financial markets for the launch of this innovative product.“

The 1Valour STOXX Bitcoin Suisse Digital Asset Blue Chip ETP is uniquely structured to track the performance of the STOXX Digital Asset Blue Chip X Index. This index offers exposure to leading assets within the broader STOXX Digital Asset Blue Chip Index, specifically those trading on Xetra. The ETP employs a rule-based passive index methodology, meticulously designed to encompass a comprehensive spectrum of the cryptocurrency market.

Assets are classified into sectors such as Cryptocurrency, General Purpose Smart Contract Platform, Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Utility, and Culture, using the Bitcoin Suisse Global Crypto Taxonomy (GCT). The selection of assets is based on a rigorous multi-step process aimed at identifying the most influential and representative assets in each sector. This selection is re-evaluated quarterly, ensuring the ETP remains reflective of the dynamic digital asset market.

“With a maximum weighting limit of 30% for each underlying crypto, the new 1Valour STOXX Bitcoin Suisse Digital Asset Blue Chip ETP serves as the perfect tool for entering the crypto world with just one position in your portfolio,” adds Marco Infuso, Chief Sales Officer at Valour. “It can be used as a kind of satellite approach in an institutional portfolio and is ideal as a monthly savings plan solution for retail customers.”

This ETP is the result of a synergistic collaboration between Valour, Bitcoin Suisse, and STOXX, each bringing unique strengths to the table. Valour provides its proven expertise in ETP issuance, Bitcoin Suisse offers its deep-rooted experience in the crypto-finance and technology domain, and STOXX contributes its renowned capabilities in index creation and management.

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Virtualness want to be the Canva of Blockchain:Kirthiga Reddy




Virtualness is positioning itself as the Canva of the blockchain world, according to Kirthiga Reddy. Reddy, the former Managing Director of Facebook India, is now the CEO of Virtualness. She believes that the platform can empower users to create content and communities in the virtual space, similar to Canva’s success in the design world.

Virtualness aims to provide tools and resources that simplify the process of creating and managing virtual communities. Reddy envisions the platform as a one-stop destination for individuals and businesses looking to leverage the power of blockchain technology for community building.

The platform offers a range of features, including customizable templates, social media integration, and analytics tools, designed to streamline the creation and management of virtual communities. Reddy highlights the platform’s user-friendly interface and intuitive design as key factors in its appeal to users.

Virtualness is tapping into the growing demand for virtual experiences and communities, driven by the shift towards remote work and digital interaction. Reddy sees immense potential in the platform’s ability to democratize access to blockchain technology and empower users to create meaningful connections in the virtual world.

With Virtualness, Reddy aims to democratize access to blockchain technology and empower users to create meaningful connections in the virtual world. She believes that the platform has the potential to revolutionize the way people interact and collaborate online, much like Canva has transformed the design industry.

Virtualness has already garnered attention from investors and industry experts, positioning itself as a promising player in the burgeoning virtual community space. Reddy’s vision for the platform reflects her deep understanding of the digital landscape and her commitment to driving innovation in the blockchain industry.

Overall, Virtualness is poised to make a significant impact in the virtual community space, offering users a powerful tool to create, manage, and monetize their virtual experiences. With Reddy at the helm, the platform is well-positioned to become the go-to destination for virtual community building, much like Canva has become synonymous with design excellence.


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Sei Foundation proposes a version 2 network upgrade to bring EVM compatibility




Sei Foundation, the overseeing entity of the Sei blockchain operating at Layer 1, has taken a significant stride towards version 2 of its network, as revealed in an announcement made on Monday. Spearheaded by Sei Labs, this upgrade aims to elevate the blockchain’s performance by introducing a high-performance instance of parallelized Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM).

Following the necessary approval of the governance proposal, the network upgrade is scheduled to take place one week later. This swift timeline underscores the Sei team’s dedication to continually enhancing the efficiency of their network.

The introduction of Sei’s parallelized EVM marks a notable technological advancement in the company’s operations. This innovation enables Ethereum-based contracts to be seamlessly deployed on the Sei platform, resulting in near-instantaneous execution. Such a feature drastically reduces transaction validation times, significantly elevating existing efficiency and effectiveness standards.

Version 2 of Sei’s blockchain, slated for release, will support Ethereum and parallel execution, akin to other high-performance blockchains like Solana. This development further solidifies Sei’s standing as a formidable player in the industry. The upcoming Sei v2 update will also compete with other parallelized EVMs, including popular ones like Monad and Neon, in the fiercely competitive blockchain landscape.

Sei Labs has already indicated that the current upgrade is poised to attract significant interest, given the applications available on Ethereum. Notable investors and partners such as Uniswap, Frax, X2Y2, Bancor, Balancer, Rarible, Layer Zero, Nansen, and The Graph are currently in discussions with Sei to access v2. The anticipated adoption of Sei v2 is a significant testament to the platform’s potential to emerge as a leading hub for blockchain collaboration.

Since its beta launch on the mainnet within Cosmos in August 2023, Sei has primarily focused on applications developed with Rust that run on Cosmos. However, with the introduction of Sei v2, the team intends to expand its reach by engaging both new and existing users and optimizing network compatibility. This strategic pivot aims to foster inclusivity and adaptability for development.

Having secured substantial funding in April 2023, Sei Labs is now prioritizing the transition to Sei v2. The successful funding round, which raised $30 million across two rounds from investors such as Jump and Multicoin Capital, underscores Sei Labs’ commitment to supporting the Sei blockchain ecosystem financially and technologically.

The recent developments at Sei exemplify a strategic direction aimed at enhancing the blockchain’s efficiency and competitiveness. By embracing cutting-edge technological innovations and bolstering support for Ethereum-based applications, Sei positions itself as a potential catalyst for its services and a significant player in the blockchain industry. Investors and the broader tech community are closely observing how this substantial change could shape the future of blockchain.


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Brazil Central Bank Crafting Crypto Regulation Plan, Expected by Year’s End




Brazil’s central bank has revealed a multi-phase strategy to regulate cryptocurrency and virtual asset service providers, intending to finalize the regulatory framework by the year’s end.

These regulations will establish guidelines to ensure and enforce increased transparency regarding the potential benefits and risks associated with these investments, the bank stated. It opted for a phased approach to effectively oversee Brazil’s cryptocurrency service market.

“The contributions received will be utilized as we proceed, and the regulatory proposals are slated for completion by the end of 2024,” the bank added.

Reuters reported that the central bank’s recent decision delays the finalization of the process, following a 2022 law granting the bank authority to formulate these regulations.

During a congressional hearing in the previous year, Otavio Damaso, the central bank’s director of regulation, anticipated completing the crypto regulations by June 2024.

In December 2023, the bank conducted a public consultation on the matter, concluding in January. Subsequently, it announced a new public consultation scheduled for the latter half of this year.

The central bank informed Reuters that the initial consultation aimed to gather feedback from the public on the proposed regulations, also addressing aspects not covered by the 2022 law, such as the segregation of assets by virtual asset service providers. To this end, the first public consultation necessitated “considerable dedication from the involved teams.”

Additionally, the bank is progressing with the regulation of stablecoins, especially those utilized for payments and foreign exchange.

Brazil Restricts Crypto Contributions in Elections
In an effort to curtail cryptocurrencies’ role in campaign finance, Brazilian authorities recently enforced a ban on crypto donations to political parties and candidates.

The electoral court defended this ban, underscoring the importance of transparency and traceability in campaign financing. It reiterated its commitment to safeguarding elections “against irregular or illicit practices.”


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