Business Continuity in these Challenging Times

By Peter Hall, Horizon’s Chief Information Officer Many of you will be aware of former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, and his now famous, or infamous speech depending on your point of view, quoting ‘known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns’. Although the language he used could be considered torturous, his tenet was a […]Continue Reading

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The importance of Know Your Customer (KYC) for securities offerings

What you need to know about KYC and how to keep your securities offering compliant and competitive in 2020 By Vanessa Malone The exempt securities offering market is on the rise. In 2019, 69.2% of all new capital raised was through an exempt securities offering. With the SEC’s newly proposed set of amendments to harmonize common […]Continue Reading

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The missing link in Reg CF and Reg A+ securities offerings

By Vanessa Malone As we discussed in last week’s blog, the amount of capital raised through exempt securities offerings has outpaced the level of capital formation through registered securities offerings. The SEC’s recent capital formation report outlines a set of amendments to simplify and improve common securities exemptions issuers utilize to raise capital. Included in the proposal, […]Continue Reading

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A new wave of investment opportunity may be coming to U.S. investors

By Vanessa Malone Currently, companies seeking to raise capital by issuing securities go about it in two ways. They could register and offer their securities to the public through what’s known as an initial public offering “IPO” or they could issue their securities to select investors through what’s known as a private placement. Under federal […]Continue Reading

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Why financial institutions should look to the blockchain for customer onboarding

How blockchain can help enhance KYC/AML requirements By Vanessa Malone With the ever-increasing Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance requirements companies are facing in the financial services arena, deploying technology solutions to keep up has become more of a mandate than a recommendation. Global penalties for financial institutions have reached $36 billion […]Continue Reading

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Increasing KYC/AML compliance without sacrificing user experience

By Vanessa Malone In today’s digital world, users have come to expect high-tech, high-touch interfaces, personalized experiences, security, and transparency. We see this demand across social media platforms, online shopping, banking, investing — almost every aspect of our everyday activities are becoming increasingly digitized.  On one side, this is great. With new technology comes new and creative […]Continue Reading

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Blockchain Research Bytes #6- Can Software Engineering help us detect fraud on the blockchain?

By Ashish Rajendra Sai Article: “Reverse engineering the blockchain as illustrated using eigen decomposition.” Authors: Farshad Ghassemi Toosi; Jim Buckley; Ashish Rajendra Sai ; Andrew Le Gear Affiliation: Irish Software Research Centre & Horizon Globex Article Category: Fraud detection Why this article? The argument that bitcoin has no intrinsic value has been thrown around in academic […]Continue Reading

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Blockchain Research Insights #4-Will bitcoin be safe if the exchange rate falls?

By Ashish Rajendra Sai Article: “Assessing The Security Implication Of Bitcoin Exchange Rates” Authors: Ashish Rajendra Sai, Dr. Jim Buckley, and Dr. Andrew LeGear Affiliation: Irish Software Research Centre & Horizon Globex Article Category: Security Why this article? : Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are subject to the constant changes in real world value, e.g., the volatile […]Continue Reading

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Why we believe Open Order Book will become the industry standard for trading digital securities on the blockchain

This week, we announced the launch of our digital securities exchange software, Open Order Book, to power order-driven digital securities exchanges around the globe. The technology pairs with a retail trading app where investors of all levels can buy, sell, and instantly settle digital assets directly from their smartphone. Open Order Book is not just a […]Continue Reading

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Horizon Adds Ethereum Wallet Forensics to AML Screening Solution

This week, we announced the launch of a new Ethereum wallet forensics feature which was added to our anti-money laundering “AML” software solution, AMLCop. The new feature enables AMLCop to continually screen Ethereum wallets against a database of wallet addresses directly or indirectly involved in phishing, hacks, or scams. This offers ERC-20 issuers and all […]Continue Reading

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