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DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V.: shares buy-back transactions for the 3-7 December 2018 period

BUCHAREST, Romania, 10-Dec-2018 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — In accordance with the ASF Regulation no. 5/2018 and art. 2 of the Commission Delegated Report (EU) 1052/2016, DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V. reports to the regulated market (Bucharest Stock Exchange “BVB”, Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority “ASF”, the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets “AFM”) the transactions which occurred under the DIGI symbol between 3-7 Dec 2018.

For details regarding the Notification of shares buy-back, please access the official website designated of Digi: www.digi-communications.ro (Investor Relations Section/Current Reports).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V. reports to the regulated market the shares buy-back transactions which occurred under the #DIGI symbol between 26 and 30 November 2018

BUCHAREST, Romania, 03-Dec-2018 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — In accordance with the Romanian National Securities Commission Regulation no. 5/2018 and art. 2 of the Commission Delegated Report (EU) 1052/2016, DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V. reports to the regulated market (Bucharest Stock Exchange “BVB”, Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority “ASF”, the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets “AFM”) the transactions which occurred under the DIGI symbol between 26-30 Nov 2018.

For details regarding the Notification of shares buy-back, please access the official website designated of Digi: www.digi-communications.ro (Investor Relations Section/Current Reports).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V.: shares buy-back transactions for the 19-23 November 2018 period

BUCHAREST, Romania, 26-Nov-2018 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — In accordance with the Romanian National Securities Commission Regulation no. 5/2018 and art. 2 of the Commission Delegated Report (EU) 1052/2016, DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V. reports to the regulated market (Bucharest Stock Exchange “BVB”, Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority “ASF”, the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets “AFM”) the transactions which occurred under the DIGI symbol between 19-23 Nov 2018.

For details regarding the Notification of shares buy-back, please access the official website designated of Digi: www.digi-communications.ro (Investor Relations Section/Current Reports).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V. reports to the regulated market the shares buy-back transactions which occurred under the DIGI symbol between 12 and 16 November 2018

 

BUCHAREST, Romania, 19-Nov-2018 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — In accordance with the FSA Regulation no. 5/2018 and art. 2 of the Commission Delegated Report (EU) 1052/2016, DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V. reports to the regulated market (Bucharest Stock Exchange “BVB”, Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority “ASF”, the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets “AFM”) the transactions which occurred under the DIGI symbol between 12-16 November 2018.

For details regarding the Notification of shares buy-back, please access the official website designated of Digi: www.digi-communications.ro (Investor Relations Section/Current Reports).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications N.V.: Digi HU’s ownership and control over Invitel is not affected by the GVH’s decision to reassess the acquisition

BUCHAREST, Romania, 15-Nov-2018 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — We would like to inform the market and our investors that, in connection with the decision issued by the Hungarian Competition Authority (Gazdasági Versenyhivatal – “GVH”) in May 2018 (the “Initial Decision”) approving the acquisition by our Hungarian subsidiary – DIGI Távközlési és Szolgáltató Kft. (“Digi HU”), as the purchaser, of shares representing in total 99.998395% of the share capital and voting rights of Invitel Távközlési Zrt. (“Invitel”) from Ilford Holding Kft. and InviTechnocom Kft., acting as sellers (the “Transaction” – the completion of which we have disclosed to the market on 30 May 2018), on 14 November 2018, the GVH issued several decisions whereby it formally withdrew the Initial Decision and it opened a new investigation (“New Procedure”) for reassessing limited aspects in connection with certain settlements where i-TV Digitális Távközlési Zrt. (“i-TV” – one of Digi HU’s subsidiaries in Hungary) and Invitel overlap.

GVH’s stated reason for withdrawing the Initial Decision is based on allegations that Digi HU has failed to proactively comment during the initial assessment on certain data regarding the territorial scope of certain telecommunications services provided by i-TV, which has been used by the GVH in its Initial Decision. On that basis, the GVH also imposed a fine on Digi HU of approximately EUR 280,000 (HUF 90,000,000).

Digi HU’s ownership and control over Invitel is not affected by the above-mentioned GVH’s decisions, as the GVH simultaneously decided on 14 November 2018 to allow Digi HU to continue to exercise control over Invitel (“Exemption Decision”) before the issuance by the GVH of a new decision on the Transaction. As a consequence, on the basis of the Exemption Decision, the implementation by Digi HU of the Transaction is not affected by the GVH’s New Procedure, except for certain limited behavioral restrictions from the Initial Decision that were reinstated.

In relation to the operation of i-TV, the GVH imposed certain behavioral interim obligations on Digi HU until the completion of the New Procedure. i-TV represents a minor part of DIGI HU’s business in Hungary.

We continue to strongly hold that Digi HU fully cooperated during the initial procedure by providing complete and accurate information, and that the GVH’s decision to withdraw the Initial Decision and to apply a fine is incorrect.

Meanwhile, we will continue to fully and in good faith cooperate with the GVH during the New Procedure in order to ensure that a new decision re-approving the Transaction is finalized as soon as possible.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications N.V., the parent holding company of RCS & RDS, reports Q3 2018 financial results

BUCHAREST, Romania, 14-Nov-2018 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”) announces that Q3 2018 financial results are available on the Company’s website.

For details, please see:
http://www.digi-communications.ro/en/investor-relations

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications N.V. will host a investor call to discuss the Q3 2018 financial results on November 14, 2018

BUCHAREST, Romania, 07-Nov-2018 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”) announces that on November 14, 2018 (at 17:00 UK time) it will host a conference call to discuss the Q3 2018 financial results.

To participate in the conference please follow the instructions from our website:
www.digi-communications.ro

A webcast of the call and the presentation materials will be available on our websites and the webcast will be archived for 30 days: www.digi-communications.ro

SOURCE: EuropaWire

DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V.: shares buy-back transactions for the 29 October-2 November 2018 period

BUCHAREST, Romania, 05-Nov-2018 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — In accordance with the FSA Regulation no. 5/2018 and art. 2 of the Commission Delegated Report (EU) 1052/2016, DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V. reports to the regulated market (Bucharest Stock Exchange “BVB”, Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority “ASF”, the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets “AFM”) the transactions which occurred under the DIGI symbol between 29 October-2 November 2018.

For details regarding the Notification of shares buy-back, please access the official website designated of Digi: www.digi-communications.ro (Investor Relations Section/Current Reports).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Privus closes funding round led by Silicon Valley and New York-based Rubicon Venture Capital and by a highly regarded Toronto based investment firm

ZUG, Switzerland, 10-Oct-2018 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Privus announced today that it has closed a funding round led by Silicon Valley and New York-based Rubicon Venture Capital and by a highly regarded, Toronto based investment firm with a successful track record in business building and technology investment. The $635,000 raised also includes funding from existing investors and management and will be used to extend Privus’s enterprise software portfolio and commercial footprint, as well as to meet growing demand for its SecurLine Cloud and TurnKey solutions, in line with the company’s government and corporate focus.

SecurLine, Privus’s flagship solution, employs open-source, state-of-the-art, peer-to-peer encryption to ensure the security, privacy and quality of communications between users. SecurLine is offered on an annual, prepaid basis for unlimited use as a cloud-based application, and as a tailored, on-premise solution, allowing clients to manage their own private network. SecurLine is available for download directly from the App Store or Google Play.

“We are focused on privacy first and foremost and have developed the company and its products on that basis. That investors of the calibre of Rubicon have joined Privus is a testament to the quality of our products and to our long-term vision,” stated Henrique Corrêa da Silva, Founder and CEO of Privus. Luis Lavradio, Founder and CFO added, “I am delighted with the success of this round and that we have been able to add two new investors that complement and strengthen an already exceptional shareholder base. They will both actively reinforce our ability to open new markets and grow our business.”

Andrew Romans, General Partner of Rubicon Venture Capital said, “I was introduced to Privus by an old friend as a blockchain-based start-up, with strong existing technology that is hard to replicate and is already generating meaningful enterprise revenue that we see growing very quickly. At Rubicon we share Privus’s vision that communications should be private and free from interference or geofencing, a vision that also makes great business sense. We use SecurLine on a daily basis to ensure our business and personal calls are kept private, and look forward to the roll out of the Privum network, which will allow anyone to access the Internet privately and securely, regardless of where they happen to be. On the treasure map of blockchain and cyber-security start-ups we place a large X on Privus.”

The long-term orientation of the Canadian principal investment firm, as well as its extensive global business network, will underpin Privus’s ability to focus on building a world-class enterprise platform with privacy and digital security at its core, and consolidate its position as a global reference in privacy and digital security.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V. reports to the regulated market the shares buy-back transactions which occurred under the DIGI symbol between 10 and 14 September 2018

BUCHAREST, Romania, 17-Sep-2018 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — In accordance with the Romanian National Securities Commission Regulation no. 5/2018 and art. 2 of the Commission Delegated Report (EU) 1052/2016, DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V. reports to the regulated market (Bucharest Stock Exchange “BVB”, Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority “ASF”, the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets “AFM”) the transactions which occurred under the DIGI symbol between 10-14 Sept 2018.

For details regarding the Notification of shares buy-back, please access the official website designated of Digi: www.digi-communications.ro (Investor Relations Section/Current Reports).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V.: shares buy-back transactions for the 27-31 August 2018 period

BUCHAREST, Romania, 04-Sep-2018 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — In accordance with the Romanian National Securities Commission Regulation no. 5/2018 and art. 2 of the Commission Delegated Report (EU) 1052/2016, DIGI COMMUNICATIONS N.V. reports to the regulated market (Bucharest Stock Exchange “BVB”, Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority “ASF”, the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets “AFM”) the transactions which occurred under the DIGI symbol between 27-31 Aug 2018.

For details regarding the Notification of shares buy-back, please access the official website designated of Digi: www.digi-communications.ro (Investor Relations Section/Current Reports).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

The Saga Continues Between UnifiedOnline/Chanbond & The 13 Cable Companies

Fairfax, VA, 03-Aug-2018 — /EPR Financial News/ — UnifiedOnline, Inc. acquired 100 percent membership interest of ChanBond, LLC on 27th October 2015. That was a portfolio of patents through which the company understands that there is a technology that allows all the major cable companies to offer high-speed data transmission over the hybrid-fiber coaxial networks. UOIP purchased Chanbond for $5,000,000 payable before October 2020 along with 44,700,000 shares of the common stock. On 21st September 2015, Chanbond files a lawsuit in District Court of U.S. against the 13 biggest cable MSOs in the country. Chanbond claims that every cable multi-system operator in the country is virtually using DOCSIS 3.0+ which is infringing upon its patents. The three alleged infringement of wideband signal distribution system patents are:

Patent #1: 7,941,822

Patent # 2: 8,341,679

Patent # 3: 8,984,565

One of the major cable modem manufacturer Cisco filed eight interparty reviews on these patents. Six of the Cisco IPRs on patent 2, and 3 were not established for IPR. Only one of eight interparty reviews was established for IPR on March 3, 2017. Chanbond and the legal team of Mishcon de Reya New York LLP which is a respected law firm are appealing the single IPR that Cisco got.

ChanBond, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc.

Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Case #:            0:18-bcaag-01886

Case Files: Apr 26, 2018

ARRIS International PLC also filed for five interparty reviews on these patents, but on July 27, 2018, the PTAB denied Arris a hearing because the petition is time-barred. Arris and Cisco are not being sued; only the thirteen cable companies are being sued for the infringement. However, the modem manufacturers are trying to invalidate the patents because their clients are at risk of patent infringement and Arris International has made it public that they have indemnified certain cable companies. This is from the “ARRIS Form” 10-K filed for March 31, 2018

From page 47 ARRIS INTERNATIONAL PLC FORM 10-K

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1645494/000119312518066821/d505150d10k.htm 

“ChanBond v. MSOs, C.A. 15-cv-00848, et al, District of Delaware (RGA). On September 21, 2015, ChanBond filed suit against several MSOs alleging infringement of three US Patents. Certain of our customers have requested that we provide indemnification. The complaint requests unspecified damages for infringement and injunction against future infringement. To date, no evidence of infringement or damages has been introduced. It is premature to assess the likelihood of an unfavorable outcome. In the event of an unfavorable outcome, ARRIS may be required to indemnify the MSOs and/or pay damages for utilizing certain technology.

Throughout all of this UnifiedOnline has remained quiet and if you search UOIP on OTCMarkets the company is listed as Caveat Emptor (buyer beware) and as Delinquent SEC reporting. On October 26, 2014, UnifiedOnline Inc. submitted the necessary 13-D with the SEC (https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1097718/000135448815005061/uoip_sc13d.htm) that they were operating in the dark. The sole manager of the company is William R. Carter, Jr. and he is the one who has exclusive and sole authority over all the activities and operations.

During this time there have been no comments from UOIP, but do not let that cloud your judgment about the validity of the company, its patents, or this case. Bear in mind that UnifedOnline retains Mishcon de Reya New York LLP which is a respected law firm, representing a diverse portfolio of clients in more than 60 countries with more than 200 litigators across New York and London. UnifiedOnline has been under the microscope of the 13 largest cable companies in the United States (billion dollar corporations) and the Federal Court System. If there were a hint of scam or any wrongdoing no one would be wasting time, energy, and money to fight these patents. Do not confuse silence on UOIP’s part with sound legal recommendations.

Keep yourself informed with the court schedule, but keep in mind that this may settle or UOIP could be bought out any moment between now and the actual trail.

https://www.docketalarm.com/cases/PTAB/IPR2018-00572/Inter_Partes_Review_of_U.S._Pat._8341679/06-01-2018-Patent_Owner/Exhibit-2043-62-EX2043_DI_271_2018_05_24_Amended_Scheduling_Order/

Please do your own research and perform due diligence before taking my word or the advice of others.

Disclosure: I am long UOIP

ANCOM authorized RCS&RDS’ request to apply a surcharge for certain roaming services supplied to its own customers traveling in the EEA

BUCHAREST, Romania, 04-Jul-2018 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. announces the publishing of ANCOM approval for RCS & RDS S.A. to continue to apply a surcharge for certain roaming services provided in the EEA for a renewed period of 12 months.

We would like to inform the market and our investors that the National Authority for Management and Regulation of Communications in Romania (ANCOM) has authorized RCS & RDS S.A., the Company’s subsidiary in Romania (“RCS&RDS”) to continue to apply a surcharge for certain mobile telephony roaming services supplied to its customers traveling in the European Economic Area (EEA), therefore including the European Union.

By decision issued on 29 June 2018, for allowing RCS&RDS to continue to recoup the costs incurred for the supply of roaming services and to continue to apply the national tariffs in Romania, ANCOM has authorized RCS&RDS’ request to apply a surcharge, on top of the national tariffs, for certain roaming services supplied to its own customers traveling in the EEA, but without going above the maximal following values:

  • 0208 Euro/minute (excluding VAT), for the calls made by its clients,
  • 0091 Euro/minute (excluding VAT), for the calls received by its clients (this value might vary in accordance with the changes brought by the European legislation),
  • 97 Euro/GB (0.00297 Euro/MB), excluding VAT.

RCS&RDS will apply the roaming surcharges starting from the first unit of consumption supplied to its own customers traveling in the EEA.

The renewed authorization issued by ANCOM will apply for 12 months starting 1 July 2018.

For information regarding the initial approval in this respect granted to RCS&RDS in 2017, we invite the market and our investors to refer to the current report issued by the Company on 30 June 2017 (http://www.digi-communications.ro/en/investor-relations/shares/current-reports/digi-current-report-30-06-2017).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications B.V.: legal acts in accordance with Romanian Law no. 24/2017 and Rule no. 1/2006 of CNVM made publicly available on the Romanian Stock Exchange (“BVB”)

BUCHAREST, Romania, 17-Jun-2018 — /EPR Financial News/ — Digi Communications B.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”) announces that on June 15, 2018 the Report regarding legal acts concluded by DIGI Communications N.V. in accordance with Romanian Law no. 24/2017 and Rule no. 1/2006 of CNVM for May 2018 was made publicly available on the Romanian Stock Exchange (“BVB”) and the Company’s website, while also being available with the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority (“ASF”) and the Dutch Authority for Financial Markets (“AFM”).

For details regarding the reports, please access the official websites designated of Digi: www.digi-communications.ro (Investor Relations Section).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF DIGI COMMUNICATIONS NV DECIDED UPON THE INITIATION OF THE CLASS B SHARES BUY-BACK PROGRAM

BUCHAREST, Romania, 16-Jun-2018 — /EPR Financial News/ — Digi Communications NV (The Company) would like to inform its shareholders and the market that, by decision from 7 June 2018, the Board of Directors of the Company decided upon the initiation of the class B shares buy-back program in accordance with the resolutions of the general shareholders meeting of the Company from 2 May 2018 (the GSM), through which the Board of Directors was authorized to acquire, for a 12 months period starting with the date of the GSM and until, including, 1 May 2019, a maximum of up to 10% of the issued class B share capital at the close of trading on the Regulated Spot Market of the Bucharest Stock Exchange on the date of the AGM, subject to a maximum price per class B share equal to the average of the highest price on each of the five trading days prior to the date of acquisition, as shown in the Official Price  List of the Regulated  Spot  Market of the Bucharest Stock Exchange plus 5% (maximum price) and to a minimum price per common share equal to the average of the  lowest  price on each of the five trading days prior to the date of acquisition, as  shown in the Official Price List of the Regulated Spot Market of the Bucharest Stock Exchange minus 5% (minimum price) – the Program.

The Program will be performed and implemented in line with the applicable legal rules and regulations relating to the buy-back programs, specifically article 5 from the European Parliament and the EU Council’s Regulation no 596/2014 regarding the market abuse and the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052, as well, in compliance with the applicable volume and price thresholds.

It is intended that the class B shares to be repurchased under the Program to be used for the purpose of the several stock option programs as already or to be further approved by the Company.

The Board of Directors of the Company has chosen BRD Groupe Société Générale S.A. as the broker handling the Program.

At the initiation of the Program, it is intended starting as of 11 June 2018 to acquire a total volume of 500,000 class B shares of the Company that can be further adjusted within the above mentioned limits by decision of the Company. During the buy-back process, the Company will comply with the volume and price thresholds as set out by the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052.

For additional information, please contact us at ipo.relations@digi-communications.ro.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications NV’s subsidiary in Hungary DIGI Távközlési és Szolgáltató Kft. acquires 99.998395% of the share capital and voting rights of Invitel Távközlési Zrt. for EUR 135.4 million

BUCHAREST, Romania, Jun-2-2018 — /EPR Financial News/ — The Company would like to inform its shareholders that, as a result of the completion of the conditions to closing provided in the share-purchase agreement (“SPA”) signed on 21 July 2017 between DIGI Távközlési és Szolgáltató Kft.(“Digi HU”), as the purchaser, and Ilford Holding Kft. and InviTechnocom Kft. (former name Invitel Technocom Távközlési Kft.), acting as sellers (the “Sellers”), the acquisition by Digi HU of shares representing in total 99.998395% of the share capital and voting rights of Invitel Távközlési Zrt. (the “Target”) was finalized today, 30 May 2018.

The total consideration paid by Digi HU to the Sellers for the acquisition of shares in the Target was of approximately EUR 135.4 million.

The Company welcomes the addition to the Digi group of a key Hungarian telecommunications operator positioned as the second-largest incumbent fixed line telecommunications and broadband internet services provider in the residential and small business customers segment in Hungary. The Target offers an extensive portfolio of services to residential and small business customers, including a variety of multimedia and entertainment services such as interactive, digital and HD television, fast internet offerings and fixed telephony services across its regional networks.

This transaction will allow the Company’s group to consolidate its position on the Hungarian telecommunications market, and to expand its customer reach and experience, as well as to create better operational synergies.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications NV approved the implementation of stock option plan to the benefit of the officers and employees of Digi Spain S.L.U.

BUCHAREST, Romania, May-28-2018 — /EPR Financial News/ — Digi Communications NV (The Company) would like to inform the market and its investors that it approved the implementation of a stock option plan to the benefit of the officers and employees of Digi Spain S.L.U., the Company’s subsidiary in Spain. The maximum number of options of class B shares allocated to this plan amounts to 35,000. The grant of the stock options under this plan will be determined based on performance criteria and the vesting will be conditional upon the passage of a minimum duration of 1 year.

Also, in addition to the stock option plan for the Romanian officers and employees with respect to which the Company informed the market and its investors in December 2017, the Company also granted on 24 May 2017 conditional stock options to a limited number of Romanian directors and employees. The number of options of class B shares granted to such directors and employees amounts to a total of 250,000 stock options. The further vesting of all option shares granted will be conditional upon several performance criteria and the passage of a minimum duration of 1 year.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

The parent holding company of RCS & RDS Digi Communications NV granted conditional stock options to several of its Directors

 

BUCHAREST, Romania, 20-May-2018 — /EPR Financial News/ — The Company would like to inform the market and its investors that, on 18 May 2018, Mr. Serghei Bulgac (Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Company), Mr. Valentin Popoviciu (Executive Director of the Company), Mr. Marius Vărzaru (Non-executive Director) and Mr. Bogdan Ciobotaru (Non-executive Director) have been granted by the Company conditional stock options pursuant to the decision of the Company’s general meeting of shareholders dated 2 May 2018. The number of options of class B shares granted as part of this stock option plan (applicable for the years 2018 and 2019) amounts to a total of 686,090 stock options. The further vesting of all option shares granted will be conditional upon several performance criteria and the passage of a minimum duration of 1 year.

More details regarding the stock options granted to each of the above-mentioned Directors are available on the Company’s website at http://www.digi-communications.ro/en/see-file/DIGI-_-AGM-2018-_-Agenda-and-explanatory-notes-21-03-2018.pdf (the Agenda and Explanatory notes published by the Company on 21 March 2018, Annex I and Annex II).

In accordance with the applicable regulations, on 18 May 2018, Mr. Serghei Bulgac, Mr. Valentin Popoviciu, Mr. Marius Vărzaru and Mr. Bogdan Ciobotaru, as persons discharging managerial responsibilities in connection with the Company, have notified the Company and the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority in connection with the grant of the above-mentioned stock options and the execution between each of them and the Company of corresponding stock option agreements.

For additional information, please contact us at ipo.relations@digi-communications.ro.

SOURCE

Worldcore: 15 countries where you may encounter problems with cryptocurrency transactions or mining

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May-10-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — 2018-2019 may be called the era of cryptocurrency regulation. After we’ve followed ICO success stories in 2016-2017, in the next 1.5-2 years we will observe various countries bringing cryptocurrencies and related processes, such as ICOs and smart contracts, out into the legislative framework.

Worldcore international company has comprised a rating of countries according to the stringency of their cryptocurrency regulations. It starts with the countries where cryptocurrencies are entirely banned, followed by those states where cryptocurrency circulation is not merely significantly restricted, but also criminalized in the framework of the national financial legislation.

Thus, there are currently four countries in the world where residents may end up in prison for several years for any cryptocurrency transactions.

  1. Nepal
  2. Bolivia
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Algeria, a recent addition to the list.

Besides the countries with criminalized cryptocurrency trade and ownership, there are numerous countries where a national ban has been imposed on specific types of cryptocurrency transactions. The degree of regulation in this sphere varies notably — from a ban on using cryptocurrency as legal tender (common in countries that have not legalized free cryptocurrency circulation) and to a complete ban on exchanges and ICOs in China (which enterprising Chinese enthusiasts forego by launching hard forks of popular currencies as ICOs and trading on foreign exchanges). Here’s a list of these states:

  1. China (ban on ICO, buying and selling cryptocurrency, advertising)
  2. India (since April 2018, the Central Bank of India has forbidden buying or selling cryptocurrency; cryptocurrency also isn’t recognized as legal tender)
  3. Russia (when cryptocurrency market regulation legislative proposal comes into effect, it will limit the legal annual transaction volume to 50,000 rubles for unqualified investors; allow purchase and sale exclusively on registered national platforms, provide for full participant de-anonymization; mining will be considered an entrepreneurial activity with mandatory sale of the mined assets on national exchanges; cryptocurrency/crypto-token will be recognized as a digital asset, but not legal tender). Cryptocurrency advertising is forbidden on certain platforms (i.e. Yandex).
  4. Vietnam (stringent national anti-money laundering regulations; gradual legalization is planned starting in August 2018)
  5. Indonesia (a ban on purchase and sale of cryptocurrency)
  6. Thailand (in February 2018, the Central Bank of Thailand has forbidden five key transactions with cryptocurrencies to financial institutions: investment, trading, establishment of cryptocurrency platforms, using credit and debit cards to purchase currency and consulting people on cryptocurrency investments).
  7. Kyrgyzstan (cryptocurrency is not recognized as legal tender, liberalization of regulations is currently under consideration)
  8. Ecuador
  9. Iceland (under the umbrella prohibitive currency regulation)
  10. Morocco
  11. Malaysia

“In the countries that have restricted cryptocurrency circulation and mining, it primarily involves cryptocurrency as a digital asset coming under the restrictions of investment or money laundering regulations. Perhaps, these states will address the issue of cryptocurrency regulation later, when the more developed countries establish adequate legislation and provide positive examples of regulation and taxation. Another aspect of the ban, i.e. in China or Ecuador, is the clearing out of the competition prior to launching a national cryptocurrency. Many countries today are implementing a partial, rather than a full ban on cryptocurrency. In case of cryptocurrencies, governments understand that it is impossible to ban them entirely. With regard to the globalization of economy and  distributed registry technologies, which form the foundation for cryptocurrencies, a complete ban will lead not only to the migration of financial assets and mining farms out of the country, but also to the departure of startups outside the country’s jurisdiction, startups that could have become taxpayers in the presence of supportive regulations,” believes Alexey Nasonov, the founder and CEO of Worldcore.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

North’n’Loans Company Starts Offering Small Business Loans in Canada

Toronto, ON, Canada, 2018-Apr-27 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — North’n’Loans adds small business loans to its range of services. Owing to this innovation, the company is now able to provide a qualified help to the small business owners in finding a reliable lender. The new service is already available on the company’s website.

The company is a Canadian service dedicated to connecting customers with direct lenders online. It provides assistance with finding quick financial solutions for Canadian citizens in many provinces. North’n’Loans.ca is not a direct lender and only aims to connect a borrower with a suitable lender.

The company used to work only with short-term loan lenders that provide payday loans in Canada. Now North’n’Loans extends the range of its services and also offers the assistance with finding a reputable small business loan lender. The newly launched financial service is available for business owners 24/7 on the company’s website.

North’n’Loans.ca aims to allow the entrepreneurs to satisfy their financial needs with the help of online lending. The service connects a business owner with a reliable lender in accordance with the information in an application form and customer’s place of residence.

A customer can apply for the service submitting the online application form on the company’s website. An applicant needs to enter basic personal data to make a request. Once the application is filed, the approval process starts and a lender contacts the customer within a short period of time. The borrower receives the money to the bank account within 24 hours after approval. The applicants do not pay any fees for using the service offered on the North’n’Loans website.

The company’s database consists of certified private lenders from different provinces. North’n’Loan gives anyone an opportunity to apply for a loan owing to a large number of different lenders. The company’s website informs that the loans are usually given on the basis of the current income and the ability to pay it back. Despite the high chances, the company does not guarantee 100% approval.

All the loans are processed completely online. The customer discusses the loans terms, application status, fees and rates directly with a lender. The company is not responsible for the borrower-lender relationship.

The company continues to improve its services and also presents a new financial blog for Canadian citizens. The articles provide recommendations for achieving financial stability and some useful tips for those who face financial difficulties. The topics enlightened on the North’n’Loans blog vary from the retirement options to the college loans details.

Apart from that, North’n’Loans created a French version of its website to make it convenient for French-speaking citizens of Canada. A language switch is added to make the service available for the residents from all Canadian regions.

Via EPR Network
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