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Three blockchain mining companies – NGS Crypto, NGS Digital, and NGS Group – along with their directors, Brett Mendham, Ryan Brown, and Mark Ten Caten, are facing legal action from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for allegedly operating without a license, in violation of Australia’s Corporations Act. ASIC initiated legal proceedings against these entities on April 9, citing concerns about their non-compliance with financial regulations and their solicitation of Australian investors.

According to ASIC, the NGS companies promoted blockchain mining packages with fixed-rate returns to Australian investors, encouraging the transfer of funds from regulated superannuation funds to self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) for conversion into cryptocurrency. Approximately 450 Australians invested a total of around USD 41 million in these packages, raising concerns about potential financial losses.

The legal action filed by ASIC alleges that the companies violated section 911A of the Corporations Act, which prohibits companies from providing financial services without a valid Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL). ASIC is seeking interim and final court orders to prohibit the NGS companies from offering financial services in Australia without an AFSL.

ASIC Chair Joe Longo emphasized the importance of investors carefully considering the risks before investing in crypto-related products through their SMSFs. Longo stated that ASIC’s actions send a message to the crypto industry about the regulator’s commitment to ensuring compliance with regulations and protecting consumers.

In a separate development, the Federal Court appointed receivers for the digital currency assets associated with the NGS companies and their directors to safeguard these assets amid concerns about the risk of dissipation. Mendham was also issued a travel restriction order, preventing him from leaving Australia.

While a court date for the proceedings has not been set, ASIC’s investigation is ongoing, with the regulator continuing to gather evidence and build its case. It is worth noting that the investigated companies share a similar name with NGS Super, a legitimate Australian pensions provider, leading to potential confusion among investors. NGS Super clarified that it is not involved in selling cryptocurrency or related products and has taken legal action to protect its trademark and members’ interests.

Source: iclg.com

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Financial Evolution: Merging Traditions with Fintech and Blockchain Innovations at MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit

The financial industry is undergoing a seismic shift as fintech and blockchain technologies pave the way for unprecedented innovation and transformation. At the upcoming MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit, a high-profile panel titled “Financial Evolution: Merging Traditions with Fintech and Blockchain Innovations” will delve deep into this exciting evolution. This session will explore how established financial institutions are integrating these advanced technologies to revolutionize services, enhance security, and increase efficiency.

Moderator: Anna Agu

Leading the panel is Anna Agu, CEO and Managing Partner at Lex Law Office OU and Director at Lex Law Office LT UAB. With her extensive legal expertise in the fintech sector, Agu is perfectly positioned to guide the discussion, ensuring a thorough exploration of the delicate balance between maintaining traditional financial principles and embracing innovative technologies.

Panelists:

  • Merit Leib – Compliance Consultant at LEIB Regulatory & Compliance Risk Consulting
  • Astra Tikas – Founding Board Member of INO (Internet Native Organization)
  • Dr. Dean Rakic – Chief Scientist at Blockcontrol
  • Saulius Racevicius – Senior Associate of PSP Lab LLP and Board Member of the Fintech Hub LT
  • Evaldas Krampas – CEO at SpectroCoin and Head of Crypto Hub Lithuania

Why Attend?

The “Financial Evolution: Merging Traditions with Fintech and Blockchain Innovations” panel at the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit is a must-attend for professionals across the financial sector. Here’s why:

  1. Gain Comprehensive Insights: Learn from top experts about the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in fintech and blockchain.
  2. Regulatory Perspectives: Understand the importance of compliance and how to navigate regulatory challenges effectively.
  3. Technical Knowledge: Dive deep into the technical aspects of blockchain integration and learn about cutting-edge developments.
  4. Practical Implementation: Gain practical insights into how traditional financial institutions are successfully integrating new technologies.
  5. Networking Opportunities: Connect with industry leaders and peers who are driving innovation in finance.

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This panel provides a unique opportunity to stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly evolving financial landscape. Join us at the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit to explore how fintech and blockchain technologies are reshaping finance and what it means for the future. Engage with industry leaders, gain actionable insights, and network with peers at the forefront of financial innovation.

Secure your spot today and be part of this transformational journey. Don’t miss the chance to be involved in discussions that will shape the future of finance. See you at the MARE BALTICUM Gaming & TECH Summit!

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North America B2C E-Commerce Market & Payment Innovation Trends Report 2024 – By 2025, Digital Wallets are Expected to Make Up Over a Quarter of Canada’s Online Payments

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