BUX Raises $12.5 Million, ESMA Praises Binary Bans: Editor’s Pick

Catch up on the top and most interesting stories in the forex and crypto space over the past week.

It’s been a busy week in the foreign exchange (forex) and cryptocurrency industries. In case you missed any of the top and most interesting news in the space, here is a recap in our best of the week segment.

Interview with Intertrader’s CEO Shai Heffetz

Intertrader has been quietly making some big changes. Recently the broker has acquired two firms – Sigma Trading and Argon Financial.

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With those two acquisitions in mind, as well as a large-scale rebranding effort on the part of Intertrader, Finance Magnates spoke with the CEO of the broker, Shai Heffetz, to find out what the firm’s plans are for the future.

You can take a look at the whole interview here.

BUX Raises $12.5 Million to Acquire Ayondo UK Subsidiary

This week, retail brokerage BUX announced that it had raised $12.5 million in funding. As Finance Magnates reported, that money will be put towards acquiring Ayondo Markets Limited (AML), the UK-regulated subsidiary of brokerage giant Ayondo.

The money that BUX raised came predominantly from venture capital firms Velocity Capital and Holtzbrinck Ventures.

ESMA Praises Binary Bans and CFD Restrictions

Over the past few months, more and more financial regulators within Europe have either implemented permanent national rules that mirror the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) product intervention measures against binary options and CFDs or have announced they are planning to do so.

This week ESMA issued five positive opinions on the introduction of similar rules by other national regulators across Europe. As you can expect, the pan-European regulator is extremely pleased with the movement. Read more here.

Craig Wright Ordered to Show Up in Court

Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed creator of Bitcoin, has been ordered by a Florida judge to attend court proceedings next week after his motion to postpone the case or allow his attendance via video conferencing was rejected.

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The case, which was filed against Wright by the estate of the late IT security‎ expert Dave Kleiman, alleges him of stealing between 500,000 and 1 million bitcoin. Find out the details here.

Broadridge Acquires RPM Technologies for $300 Million

Having only announced the deal last month, Broadridge Financial Solutions revealed this week that it had completed its acquisition of RPM Technologies, a Toronto-based provider of enterprise wealth management software solutions and services.

As Finance Magnates reported, Broadridge is going to pay $300 million to acquire RPM Technologies. Though there were several sellers, Bayshore Capital – a Canadian real estate, financial services, and technology private equity firm – was RPM Technologies’ biggest shareholder.

Interview: STOs Are the Future of Fundraising

Various kinds of token sales have been an extremely important part of the rise of cryptocurrency. Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs) and Security Token Offerings (STOs) have typically been the most popular choice.

However, in an interview with Finance Magnates, Adv. Ziv Keinan, the founder of Ziv Keinan Digital Assets Lawyers, said that STOs are the future of crypto fundraising.

But that’s not all he said, as Keinan also discussed the past, present, and future of the Security Token space. Check out the full interview here.

Seed CX Partners with Caspian

Seed CX, an institutional digital asset exchange, is expanding its reach through a new partnership with Caspian, which provides a crypto portfolio and risk management platform, as Finance Magnates reported.

Under the partnership, Seed CX will be integrated as a trading venue on Caspian’s trading and portfolio management system, which includes an OEMS, PMS, and RMS. Once the integration is complete, Caspian’s users would be able to access Seed CX’s crypto asset exchange.

Two Ex-Swissquote Execs Launch Guru Capital SA

After stepping down from his role as head of FX trading at Swissquote, Ryan Nettles is now a Managing Partner at Guru Capital SA, a private equity firm based in Switzerland. Joining Nettles is Luca Merolla, who is the second Managing Partner and a former executive at Swissquote.

Nettles confirmed the new venture to Finance Magnates and said Guru Capital is currently seeking investment opportunities with active companies in the EMEA and APAC regions who have a special focus on FX & CFD brokerage, asset management, and FinTech.

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