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Swarm Markets expands licensed DeFi to Polygon Network

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Swarm Markets GmbH, the first licensed decentralized finance (DeFi) platform, announces its decentralized exchange (DEX) is now available on the Polygon Network. Trading on Polygon is a lower-cost option for users of the BaFin-regulated DEX and its existing Ethereum-based products. Swarm Markets is the first licensed automated market maker (AMM) protocol available on the layer 2 solution.

The Polygon implementation effectively removes network fees from consideration for users because it costs just a few cents per transaction, as opposed to Ethereum fees, which regularly top $100 USD per transaction. Transacting on Polygon will allow investors to swap in and out of positions more actively to better respond to market volatility.

Swarm Markets joins an industry trend to offer alternatives to Ethereum’s rising network fee, alongside DEX Uniswap, NFT platform OpenSea, and metaverse market leader Decentraland who all added support for layer 2 solutions within the last year.

Philipp Pieper, co-founder of Swarm Markets, said: “Access to DeFi needs to be at a price point that isn’t cost prohibitive to Main Street investors, which is why expanding our licensed AMM to layer 2 solutions is crucial. Web3 is coming for financial markets and we’re building trustless infrastructure that gives people autonomy to build wealth while retaining control of their assets at all times.” 

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Swarm Markets’ native token SMT has already been ported to the Polygon blockchain, extending the DeFi platform’s incentive and reward system onto the new chain. Users will get discounts on platform fees if they pay with SMT as well as earn rewards for trading and providing liquidity to swap pools.

MATIC, Polygon’s native token, is among the new assets added to Swarm Markets along with a MATIC faucet, where verified users will receive a one-time transfer of enough MATIC to pay for 5-6 transactions directly from Swarm Markets. A blockchain bridge within the platform UI will help investors move assets seamlessly from Ethereum to Polygon to take advantage of the low-fee pools.

“DeFi promises to drive innovation that simply isn’t possible in traditional finance, bring services to the unbanked and give regular people access to wealth management tools currently only available to elite institutions,” said Sandeep Naiwal, Polygon’s co-founder. He added, “As part of that mission, we are very excited to support Swarm Markets in their scaling efforts.

Swarm Markets’ newly announced SX1411 token standard is also compatible with Polygon, along with other EVM-compatible blockchains. SX1411 is a highly adaptable framework for managing asset tokens. The new standard allows Swarm Markets to support tokens backed by underlying assets whether “off-chain,” such as certain regulated securities, or “on-chain,” like NFTs.

Timo Lehes, co-founder of Swarm Markets, said: “We’re creating infrastructure, products and services that preserve the innovation of DeFi combined with the reassurance of regulation. We are driving growth of the entire DeFi ecosystem by implementing low-fee layer 2 solutions and bringing traditional financial products on-chain, like securities, to better serve consumers.”

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Last month, Swarm Markets announced a partnership with German bank Volksbank Mittweida to digitize bonds on the Polygon blockchain. The registered bonds are some of the first regulated securities to be issued on Polygon.

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Legal Luminary Sarah Brennan Champions Pioneering Crypto Regulation Approaches

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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.

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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.

Source: shakirabrasil.info

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Italy Ramps Up Crypto Oversight in Line with MiCA

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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.

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

Source: coinfomania.com

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1inch Network Teams Up with Blockaid for Shield API

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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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Source: cryptotimes.io

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