Gibraltar bourse becomes first to own blockchain exchange

Gibraltar bourse becomes first to own blockchain exchange

The Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange, a subsidiary of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange Group, has been granted a full licence as a provider of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC).

The licence means that the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX) has become the first stock exchange in the world to own a regulated blockchain exchange.

The introduction of Gibraltar’s DLT regulatory framework in January 2018, making Gibraltar the first jurisdiction to introduce regulations around DLT, was heralded as a hugely significant step for the fast evolving global blockchain ecosystem. The framework has helped nourish Gibraltar’s fertile ground for blockchain and crypto innovation.

“Securing authorisation as a DLT provider here in Gibraltar is affirmation of our tireless efforts to position the GBX among the premiere Digital Asset Exchanges globally. Today’s announcement renews our ambition to create a world leading, institutional-grade token sale platform and Digital Asset Exchange. We’re incredibly excited to build on this wave of momentum following our full-scale public launch in July,” said Nick Cowan, CEO of the Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange.

Attaining a full DLT licence caps a significant phase of sustained progress for the GBX, which underwent its full-scale public launch in July 2018, thereby opening the exchange to members of the public. Unique features include fiat onboarding for customers, as well as a number of trading pairs. Dollar onboarding is currently available for customers, with multiple dollar pairs available to trade on the platform. In the near future, there are plans to offer a greater number of fiat currency onboarding options on the exchange, as well as a more extensive list of trading pairs.

“This licence means a great deal to the entire GBX community, not least our users. From the very beginning we have sought to build a platform defined by stringent regulatory safeguards and effective risk-based controls, while promoting the sensible and sustainable development of the industry. Today’s authorisation is an endorsement of this long held position and evidence of the hard work put in up to this point,” continued Cowan.

As part of the initial application assessment, the GBX began communication with the GFSC to determine whether its proposed business activities would require licencing. Upon confirmation, a full submission was then subject to an initial risk assessment by the GFSC.

“Gibraltar has found the right blend of sensible and supportive regulation, which has helped position the jurisdiction as a lodestar for the global cryptocurrency space, while allowing blockchain companies to flourish.

“Gibraltar’s emergence as a leading crypto hub hasn’t happened as a result of rushed regulatory action, but rather a methodical, considered approach. Crucially, here in Gibraltar there has been a realisation that the pursuit of innovation should never come at the expense of sustainability and long-term development. I look forward to seeing this trend continue in the months and years ahead,” added Cowan.

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Christopher Copper-Ind

Christopher Copper-Ind is editor-in-chief of International Investment. Before this, he was editorial director of The Business Year, from 2014 to 2017.

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