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Dutch crypto company Libereum has announced the acquisition of Spanish soccer club Elche CF, who are based in the province of Alicante. The move provides another sign that the crypto world’s interest in sports sponsorship and partnerships is growing.
Libereum and Elche Share Joint Vision
Libereum, a company which is “primarily aimed at making cryptocurrency widely accessible to the average person,” has put down an initial payment of €4.3 million ($ 4.9 million) for the Spanish club. The acquisition marks a trend in the crypto world for bringing cryptocurrency to sports with the hope that P2P cash could be adopted as a means of payment in stadiums, club shops, websites and elsewhere.
The acquisition of the club, who play in the Segunda División A (Spain’s second professional association soccer division) is part of Libereum’s plans to bring the club back up to the premier division and make their own cryptocurrency, the liber, an integral part of the club’s financial system.
“The purchase of Elche CF, a beautiful football club that shares our vision of a cryptocurrency future and is willing to actively communicate it to its supporters, is fantastic news,” Cem Kumlar, the founder of Libereum, said in a statement. “The team has been working very hard to achieve this and I would like to express my thanks to all those who have contributed to this impressive and intensive process.”
Libereum’s main objective is to invest in soccer clubs, with the goal of generating demand for its coin. The company has ambitious goals of overhauling everything from transfer deals and ticket sales to merchandising and stadium catering, aided by cryptocurrency.
Growing Relationship Between Crypto and Soccer
Libereum is not the only company focusing on football in the hope of re-energizing the game with the aid of crypto. In August, investment platform Etoro launched partnerships with seven English Premier League soccer clubs – Brighton & Hove Albion, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, and Tottenham Hotspur – paying for the deals in bitcoin core (BTC).
The landmark move made the social trading and multi-asset brokerage platform the first company to ever pay for a Premier League partnership in bitcoin. The company has since said its goal is to have the sport fully embrace blockchain technology. U.S. managing director at Etoro, Guy Hirsch, said they were “looking to integrate cryptocurrencies into mainstream football in the near future.”
He added: “Educating the masses on crypto assets will ultimately increase public participation in the market, improving the rate of adoption and providing an incentive for merchants and vendors to begin to accept cryptocurrencies as payment.”
Earlier this year, Gibraltar United decided to introduce cryptocurrency salary payments for its players, while English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers started its season by announcing sponsorship from cryptocurrency exchange Coin Deal.
With the most popular sport in the world being introduced to cryptocurrencies, and NBA basketball teams following suit, it may not be long before crypto is propelled into the big league.
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Wirex on Friday announced it had introduced International Bank Account Numbers (Iban) on its Euro accounts for customers in Spain and France. The bitcoin and cryptocurrency wallet firm also doubled account thresholds for users within the 31-member European Economic Area (EEA) to between $ 18,560 and $ 20,000, meaning customers can credit their accounts by that much.
Spanish and French Users of Wirex Now Have Ibans, Spending Limit Doubled
London-based Wirex, a crypto-based Visa card payments company, said on September 28 that it had raised the funding limits for account holders in the EEA to £15, 000, €16,000 and $ 20,000. An Iban, a function which allows for cross-border payments for citizens of the European Union (EU) and elsewhere around the world, has been introduced for users in Spain and France, the company said.
According to Wirex co-founder and chief executive officer Pavel Matveev, the development is a result of collaborative efforts “with our financial partners, we have been able to expand our payment offering.” Matveev said:
The Iban is a long list of alphanumeric characters, capturing a series of important data, including country code, check digits and domestic bank account number, which are necessary when making international payments. Ibans were first used by the EU two decades ago to help smoothen across-the-border payments within the economic bloc, but have now expanded to about 70 countries worldwide.
Wirex, which had 900,000 customers at the end of 2017, said it had seen a surge in demand for its product offerings, necessitating the 100% account limit spend, but did not provide further detail. The company forecasts demand for its Visa card, which allows for bitcoin and conventional currency payments, to continue to firm.
“Our recent steps towards providing a more streamlined and well-rounded service are reflected in the IBAN and account limit updates,” said the company.
Wirex reported a few weeks ago it will be expanding operations to Canada after it got a Fintrac and Money Service Business registration in the country. The move will give Wirex access to Canada’s more than 600 different bitcoin ATMs, the world’s second biggest concentration of such cash machines after the US.
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PR: Brock Pierce and Company Will Bring Together Exchanges, and Regulators Around Spanish Crypto Summit FuturamaAugust 24, 2018 | dailybusinessnews
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Brock Pierce, considered to be the center figure of cryptocurrency culture, tweeted about an upcoming event that will have all blockchain lovers, raving to go, or as crypto enthusiasts would say, ‘Futurama to the moon!’
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All parties represented in the Spanish Congress have voiced support for a new draft legislation introducing favorable crypto regulations in the country. We’ve covered the details in today’s edition of Bitcoin in Brief. Also, Slovenia adopts a crypto action plan, Estonia drops plans to issue a national cryptocurrency, and Hungary claims it’s ready to join the global blockchain market.
Spanish Parties Call for Favorable Crypto Regulations
Lawmakers in Spain, who have earlier this year reviewed proposals to introduce incentives for crypto companies, have now issued a unanimous call for adopting regulations that favor the implementation of crypto and blockchain technologies. These should be introduced to the market “through controlled testing environments.” A draft legislation aimed at achieving the goal, proposed again by the ruling People’s Party, has just won support from all parliamentary groups in the Finance and Public Function Committee of the Spanish Congress.
The legislative initiative calls for promoting the advantages of the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, including cost savings through the elimination of intermediaries in payments and transfers and the benefits it offers when it comes to raising capital, especially for startups. Its sponsors urge support for projects to build authorized blockchain technology networks, Europa Press reported.
The draft approved by Spain’s leading parties also turns attention to the perils associated with crypto-related operations, calling for “adequate dissemination of information about the risks” assumed by investors, as well as their rights and the guarantees they can rely on. According to Spanish deputies, the approach will help to avoid “economic damages that are impossible to repair”, such as those linked to high-risk financial products.
Lawmakers call on the government in Madrid to support the initiative and join the efforts of the National Securities Market Commission and the Bank of Spain in that direction. They also insist on reaching a common position in regards to the use and the regulation of cryptocurrencies on European level and ask the executive branch of power to work with other EU countries and institutions to achieve that.
Slovenia Adopts Crypto and Blockchain Action Plan
The government in Ljubljana has adopted an action plan to underpin the implementation of blockchain technology in Slovenia and create a regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies. According to the Economy Ministry, the plan entails a series of measures designed to also regulate Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Slovenian authorities hope to establish a safe and stable legal environment to help the creation, growth and development of blockchain technology-based projects and startups.
Another goal is to transpose in the national legislation the legal provisions adopted by European and other relevant institutions, STA reported. Local officials believe that the application of blockchain technologies can improve the competitiveness of the Slovenian economy. The government also backed the creation of a European Blockchain Hub as a link between public and private stakeholders in the field, both in Slovenia and within the EU. On Thursday, the Slovenian Ministry of Economy was tasked to get actively involved in the hub.
Estonia Backpedals on Plans for National Crypto
Estonian officials have scaled down plans to issue a national cryptocurrency, which were criticized some time ago by both the European Central Bank and local banking authorities. According to Siim Sikkut, who is in charge of the country’s IT strategy, Estonia has dropped its intentions to peg the Estcoin to the common European currency and offer it to all citizens. The digital tokens will instead be distributed as an incentive to e-residents of the Baltic country, Sikkut said in an interview, Bloomberg reported. These are foreign nationals who use Estonia’s electronic identification system to remotely sign documents and set up companies.
The tech-savvy former Soviet republic was one of the first European nations to come up with plans for a national cryptocurrency. Similar initiatives have been discussed in Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, the UK, and other countries. The idea, however, was not appreciated by the ECB management. In September, the bank’s president, Mario Draghi, criticized the proposal declaring that “No member state can introduce its own currency. The currency of the Eurozone is the euro.”
“We agreed in discussions with politicians that Estcoin will proceed as a means for transactions inside the e-resident community. Other options aren’t on the table. We’re not building a new currency,” Siim Sikkut said. This was confirmed by the author of the Estcoin plan, Kaspar Korjus, who also noted that the details are still being analyzed for potential benefits. Estcoin “would definitely not be a national ‘cryptocurrency’,” he emphasized. Estonia’s e-residency program has so far issued ID cards to more than 35,000 foreigners. The majority of the participants are from Finland, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.
Hungary Prepared to Join the Global Blockchain Market
Blockchaineum 2.0, arguably the largest blockchain summit in Central and Eastern Europe, recently gathered major stakeholders in Budapest to discuss blockchain-based solutions and other hot topics related to the implementation of the technology around the world. While many in Europe are just starting to take blockchain seriously, Hungary has been preparing for some time and now claims it’s ready to join the global blockchain market.
“Many regulatory rules have been laid down recently on European level, and it is in Hungary’s best interest to make use of them in order to become a regional center. Although, this won’t happen because of regulation, but rather on purely market basis,” said Tamás Czeglédi, quoted by the Budapest Business Journal. He is one of the organizers of the event and is working to put his country on the European blockchain map.
Hungarian business wants to jump on the blockchain bandwagon ahead of regional competitors and it has created a Blockchain Competence Center (BCC) earlier this year to prove its intentions. “Whereas the EU had been focusing on regulation until around a year ago, the past few months saw a shift towards a more practical approach,” said Péter Benedek, the CEO of BCC. “The newly established Ministry for Innovation and Technology, along with the enhanced national digital wellbeing strategy, can help local blockchain players embrace innovative solutions and improve their fundraising potential,” he added.
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A lawyer whose rant against Spanish speakers in a New York City eatery went viral posted an apology online on Tuesday, saying that how he expressed himself was “unacceptable.” “To the people I insulted, I apologize,” Aaron Schlossberg said in a post to his Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. “Seeing myself…
Spain’s financial regulator has clarified its position on regulated investment funds investing directly in cryptocurrencies. These type of funds are legal under Law 22/2014, and investments can be made through three types of legal entities.
Funds Directly Investing in Cryptocurrencies
Spain’s National Securities Market Commission (CNMV – Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores) recently clarified its position on registered funds investing in cryptocurrencies directly. The CNMV is the Spanish government agency responsible for regulating the securities markets.
In a Questions and Answers document addressed to fintech companies on activities and services that can have a relationship with the Commission, one of the questions was “Can a fund registered by the CNMV directly invest in cryptocurrencies?” The Commission replied:
This type of funds would have a legal place in Law 22/2014, which regulates, in addition to venture capital entities, other collective investment entities of closed type and their management entities.
Law 22/2014 establishes, among others, closed-end collective investment entities (EICC), closed-end investment funds (FICC), and closed-end investment companies (SICC), Iclg describes.
EICC, FICC, or SICC
The CNMV explained that the investments could be made through EICC, FICC, or SICC.
For EICC, Article 2.1 of the above law mandates that “the divestment policy of its participants or partners” must meet two requirements. Firstly, the fund’s “disinvestments [must] occur simultaneously for all investors or participants,” the Commission detailed. Secondly, “what is received by each investor or participant is based on the rights that correspond to each one of them, according to the established terms in its bylaws or regulations for each class of shares or participations.”
Both FICC and SICC have their own “numerous requirements and conditions,” the CNMV noted. For example, an FICC registered with the Commission must be “managed by a management company of closed-end type collective investment entities (SGEIC) or by a collective investment institution management company (SGIIC) that is authorized to manage this type of funds.” The Commission also noted that “the FICC and the SICC are not subject to the supervision of the CNMV (except [for] self-managed SICC)” based on the provisions of article 85 of Law 22/2014.
While registered funds can theoretically invest in cryptocurrencies directly, the Commission emphasized that there are many factors to consider, reiterating:
The investment of FICC and SICC in cryptocurrencies raises a series of practical problems on how to comply with the regulations regarding the valuation of assets, the management of liquidity and the custody guarantee.
Europa Press reported earlier this month that the CNMV “will apply [its] securities regulations to cryptocurrencies until there is European regulation.” The news outlet quoted CNMV’s general director of Strategic Policy and International Affairs, Víctor Rodríguez, saying:
The approach adopted by the CNMV is to try to apply the existing securities regulations as long as we do not have an international or European reference standard.
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