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Top US cryptocurrency exchange invests in Malta-based blockchain company

Palladium chairman Paolo Catalfamo, right, shaking hands with Bittrex CEO and founder Bill Shihara, centre, as Bittrex chief strategy officer Kiran Raj looks on.

Palladium chairman Paolo Catalfamo, right, shaking hands with Bittrex CEO and founder Bill Shihara, centre, as Bittrex chief strategy officer Kiran Raj looks on.

Bittrex, one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, has just bought a 10 per cent stake in Palladium, a Malta-based blockchain company.

Bittrex, whose technology is designed to build and power crypto trading platforms to provide reliability and security, is based in the US and is a leader in the global blockchain revolution.

Paolo Catalfamo, founder and chairman of Palladium, said: “We are excited to have such a global player on board. Bittrex’s investment in Palladium is a confirmation of Malta’s sound decision to be at the forefront of regulating blockchain technology.”

Palladium made the news last month after it launched one of the world’s first fully regulated tokenised convertible warrant to give investors peace of mind and a stake in the future of virtual currencies.

Its issue of a tokenised convertible warrant is regulated by a prospectus approved by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and subject to stringent EU rules. It will give investors the right to convert the tokens into shares of Palladium, three years after the issue date.

Bittrex, which was founded in 2014 by three cybersecurity engineers, provides real-time trade execution, digital wallets and industry-leading security practices. Palladium’s shareholders are Investar Holding, which owns 85 per cent of the company, and Unikrn (15 per cent). Investar is a holding company fully owned by Prof. Catalfamo; while Unikrn, founded by former Microsoft Ventures CEO Rahul Scood, is based in Las Vegas and is a leader in eSports.

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