Global private capital platform CapBridge Pte. Ltd. has garnered a license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to operate a security exchange known as 1exchange (also called 1X), which became operational on November 21, 2018. The exchange is designed to organize liquidity for private companies prior to exit events like an M&A (merger and acquisition) or an IPO (initial public offering).
In an interview with Bitcoin Magazine, CEO and founder of CapBridge Johnson Chen said that the process of obtaining the license took nearly two years. Steps included identifying the business case and ensuring IT systems were in place that included proper risk management and strict governance.
“We also had constant dialogue with industry experts in regulations and securities laws, as well as engagement with regulations,” he says.
In addition, CapBridge is working with global blockchain technology firm ConsenSys. Both ventures have announced plans to build a fully compliant, private securities exchange on the public Ethereum blockchain.
Chen says that at first, key features of the exchange will include smart contracts-based permissioning and fiat settlements such as bank transfers. Initially, this will prevent investors from participating with cryptocurrencies, which he says can still be very volatile.
“We aim to build a trustworthy infrastructure, and we have the ability to trade regulated instruments globally with reduced or zero counterparty risk,” he comments.