Ripple’s Brad Garlinghouse Hints Firm May Seek IPO Within 12 Months

DAVOS, Switzerland – Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse said an initial public offering (IPO) is seen as the “natural evolution for the company,” perhaps even this year. “I think over the next 12 months you’re definitely going to see IPOs in the crypto, blockchain space. I’m not sure we want to be first but we certainly don’t want to be last either, so I expect we’ll be on the leading side of that, not the lagging side,” Garlinghouse said. He also said his cross-border payments company has been in communication with the…

Crypto Asset Firm Amun Launches Inverse Bitcoin ETP

Digital asset issuer Amun is launching a new financial product, this one for traders who predict bitcoin’s price will drop. Announced Thursday, Switzerland-based Amun has launched the 21Shares Short Bitcoin ETP (SBTC) on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX), an exchange traded product tracking bitcoin’s price movements inversely. If bitcoin’s price climbs, traders lose. If it falls, they win. “If you’ve ever tried trading options or futures, you’ll see that it’s pretty difficult,” Amun CEO Hany Rashwan said in a phone interview. “It’s not the easiest thing which is why it’s…

Law Firm Representing Quadriga’s Ex-Users Want Info About ‘Shadow Bank’ Crypto Capital

Miller Thomson, the court-appointed legal counsel for former users of the QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange, is asking for help identifying any records related to Crypto Capital, which may be holding some of the exchange’s funds. In a letter emailed to the exchange’s former customers and posted to its website, Miller Thomson wrote that Crypto Capital Corp., a “shadow bank” registered in Panama, “may have been a payment processor” for the exchange and is asking any customers who have emails or other documents which might be related to Crypto Capital to forward…

Regulated Fintech Firm Monerium to Issue E-Money on Algorand Blockchain

A regulated European startup plans to bring fiat currency transactions onto the Algorand blockchain. Iceland-based Monerium, which has a European Economic Area (EEA) e-money license, has entered into a non-exclusive partnership with Algorand. Announced Tuesday, the deal will see the two companies collaborate on developing “real-world use cases that are enabled by advanced blockchain technology” using Monerium’s “programmable” e-money, according to W. Sean Ford, Algorand’s COO. Monerium allows clients to develop blockchain-based financial services, such as cross-border settlements, using any fiat currency of choice, such as the euro, pound sterling…

Blockchain Dispute Resolution Firm to List On London Stock Exchange

A company that uses smart contracts to manage arbitration and dispute resolution around blockchain transactions announced on Jan. 17 its intention to list on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Proof of Trust Ltd did not give any financial details or timetable for the listing, but CEO Dean Armstrong said that the company was excited at the prospect of the listing and “look[s] forward to providing investors with the opportunity to share in this groundbreaking project.” Insurance protocol for smart contracts and blockchain transactions The company describes its…

Blockchain Arbitration Firm Proof of Trust Plans London Stock Exchange Listing

A firm that’s developed tech to resolve disputes arising from blockchain smart contracts has said it plans to list on the London Stock Exchange. As reported Friday by Alliance News (via London South East), The Proof of Trust aims to float on the LSE’s Main Market. “We at The Proof of Trust are excited at the prospect of a full listing on the main market of the company’s shares and we look forward to providing investors with the opportunity to share in this groundbreaking project,” said lawyer and Proof of…

Crypto Analytics Firm Elliptic to Tell US Congress Privacy Coins Need Stricter AML Rules

A crypto analytics startup will recommend that U.S. Congress call for more stringent anti-money laundering (AML) enforcement around exchanges facilitating the trade of privacy coins during a hearing on how cryptocurrency is being used in human trafficking. At a Wednesday hearing revisiting landmark legislation passed 20 years ago, the House of Representatives’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission will look at the impact of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, as well as analyze new, technology-enabled threats that need to be addressed. Liat Shetret, head of policy and research at crypto forensics…

Blockchain Firm BitFury Partners With UN on Forest Project in Kazakhstan

Blockchain development firm Bitfury is set to partner with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on a project to conserve and increase Kazakhstan’s forestland. As the Astana Times reported on Jan. 14, the project aims to help the country to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 15% over the coming decade to meet its commitments in the 2016 Paris Agreement. Offsetting Bifury’s carbon footprint Bitfury and the UNDP are poised to sign an agreement later this month with the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources to create a…

Analytics Firm Training Students to Detect Cryptocurrency Scams

Cryptocurrency analytics firm CipherTrace has launched “Defenders League,” a program designed to provide students with the training and tools necessary to investigate crypto-related scams.  On Jan. 13 CipherTrace announced partnerships with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Middlesex University London, and the Blockchain Acceleration Foundation (BAF). The Defenders League will initially consist of graduate students from Middlebury and Middlesex, along with BAF students at nine universities located across California. CipherTrace’s chief financial analyst, John Jeffereies, told Cointelegraph that the Defenders League’s objective is to make the crypto economy…

Asian Conglomerates Lead $31M Round for Blockchain Remittance Firm Lightnet

Lightnet, the company behind the Velo Protocol, recently raised $31.2 million in a Series A round. The funding was led by major financial and business groups including UOB Venture Management, Seven Bank, Uni-President Asset Holdings, HashKey Capital, Hopeshine Ventures, Signum Capital, Du Capital and Hanwha Investment and Securities, according to a press release on Monday. UOB Venture Management is the investment arm of Singapore-based multinational United Overseas Bank, while Seven Bank is part of the group owning the 7-Eleven franchise in Japan. Further adding to the notable roster of backers,…