Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)

Blockchain: Some legal considerations relating to Security Token Issuance

Authors: Max Ganado
Published on July 12, 2019
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Practices: Fintech & Blockchain
1. Introduction and background

Blockchain hit the world in 2008 at the time of the financial crisis. It was a reaction to the context at the time. It was motivated by all sorts of political theories and social philosophies but promoted a technology which quickly started to inspire many because of its features and qualities. It had a lot to do with failure of trust in intermediation services by banks and investment services providers, gaining traction around the concept of disintermediation and cutting out the abuse of monopolistic sectors, including those appropriating private data to their own benefit. Decentralisation and autonomy were novel concepts with powerful appeal as methods to reestablish trust through technology.

Legal Personality for Blockchains, DAOs and Smart Contracts

Authors: Max Ganado
Published on June 4, 2018
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Practices: E-Money & Payment Services, Financial Markets Regulation, Fintech & Blockchain
This paper was published in the Corporate Finance and Capital Markets Law Review No. 1 - 2018 and authored by Steve Tendon, Director at ChainStrategies, and Max Ganado, Senior Partner at GANADO Advocates.

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Re-connecting issuers and investors through Distributed Ledger Technology

Authors: Nicholas Curmi, James Debono
Published on September 3, 2018
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Practices: Fintech & Blockchain
In the modern digital age, the advent of computerisation has created pathways and connected us in ways we could never have imagined. This is in stark contrast to how the capital markets have developed, where investors and issuers have never been further apart than with the current system of intermediated holdings of securities.

Snapshot Summary Of Three Bills Related to Blockchain Technology

Authors: GANADO Advocates Blockchain Team
Published on June 11, 2018
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Malta has lately garnered an even faster momentum in pushing forward its status as Blockchain Island. Effectively quenching start-ups’ craving for regulation, the Maltese Parliament is currently running through the second reading of three proposed bills, setting the stage for a robust and comprehensive principles-based regime.

The Financial Instrument Test under the Virtual Financial Assets Act, 2018

Authors: GANADO Advocates Blockchain Team
Published on June 18, 2018
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The thrust of the Bill providing for the Virtual Financial Assets Act (the VFAA) proposed by Government is to “regulate the field of initial virtual financial asset offerings and virtual financial assets (VFAs) and to make provision for matters ancillary or incidental thereto or connected therewith.”