What is SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce’s safe harbor proposal and the implications surrounding it. By Vanessa Malone In a speech last week, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce announced a proposal for a three-year “safe harbor” for tokens offerings which would exempt the sale of tokens or cryptocurrencies from certain federal securities law requirements. Token project issuers […]Continue Reading

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Horizon receives strategic investment & welcomes new Chief Strategy Officer, what’s next?

By Vanessa Malone This week, we announced that Horizon has received a strategic investment from Element ASA, an innovative investment company with a growing interest in blockchain technology projects with defensible IP.  In addition, we also welcomed James Haft, founder and CEO of PALcapital, LLC who will be providing services to Horizon as the Chief […]Continue Reading

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Dialogue with the Regulators: Navigating Blockchain & Fintech Across Europe

What our blockchain compliance forum is about and why it should be on your list of blockchain conferences to attend in 2020 By Vanessa Malone Worldwide annual spending on blockchain solutions has nearly tripled since 2017. Forecasts suggest that spending will continue to grow to an estimated $16 billion by 2023. The biggest sector accounting for […]Continue Reading

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The EU steps up its crypto compliance laws for 2020

5AMLD- what’s in store for the blockchain community and how fintech can stay ahead of global regulation By Vanessa Malone The U.S. isn’t the only country cracking down on compliance initiatives surrounding blockchain and digital assets in 2020. Globally, anti-money laundering(AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements have continued to increase and become more applicable […]Continue Reading

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Sports, fan-engagement, and blockchain

By Vanessa Malone Technology has completely evolved the way fans experience sports. Social media, fantasy sports, live streams, forums, in-game betting, and more have all taken the sports viewing experience out of the stadium and into the hands of fans. Today, these surrounding forces have become permanent introductions to the sports ecosystem. In some cases, […]Continue Reading

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2020- The year the blockchain community stops leading the conversation with “blockchain”

By Vanessa Malone The blockchain community has hit some incredible milestones in the past year. And while its important for these conversations to continue among current community members in order to share new ideas, developments, and implications regarding the technology; at times it seems the community remains in an echo chamber where only the people […]Continue Reading

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A Proposal for a Federally Sponsored Blockchain

Guest Post By Jon Normile, Horizon’s SVP Exchange Compliance Note: Please note that the opinions in this piece are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the company. Blockchain technology will revolutionize how we manage our data and how we empower users. It will streamline processes, remove operational friction and eliminate the inefficiencies […]Continue Reading

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Horizon’s biggest milestones of 2019

2019 was a big year for us! We launched our one-stop-shop for digital securities technology, powered the first secondary trading venue for blockchain bonds in Brazil, launched our Series A, and more. As we kick off 2020, we want to first look back at our biggest accomplishments from 2019. January 2019- Launched CustodyWare to enable […]Continue Reading

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2020-the year of blockchain and digital securities

By Vanessa Malone It seems that in the tech world, each year is deemed the year of (fill in the blank) for some aspect of blockchain technology. 2016 and 2017 were the years of initial coin offerings (ICOs) which took the market by storm and generated an estimated $20 billion in capital. Unfortunately, with the […]Continue Reading

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Horizon’s technology powers first tokenized bond with secondary trading for its subscribers on Ethereum public blockchain

By Vanessa Malone This week we announced that our client Piemonte Holding, an A-rated Brazilian bank which develops and manages tailor-made investment products, has closed its R$ 66m (US$ 16.2m) private bond issuance and successfully completed the launch of a secondary market for the Piemonte “Smart Bond” on Ethereum using Horizon’s compliance, custody, and blockchain […]Continue Reading

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