The Gibraltar Stock Exchange welcomes BitcoinETI (ticker: BTCETI), an asset-backed Exchange Traded Instrument that is invested exclusively in bitcoin, making it the first European regulated product for the leading digital currency.
The Bitcoin Exchange Traded Instrument (ETI) was approved for admission to listing on GSX on 22-Jul-2015 and will be co-listed on Deutsche Börse this week under the symbol “BTCETI”.
Gibraltar Stock Exchange Partnership Model
“GSX is an EU regulated market which offers efficient and cost effective solutions for innovative companies and financial products. We look forward to supporting the BitcoinETI in its entry to the public markets” said Nick Cowan, Managing Director of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange.
BitcoinETI is issued by iStructure PCC PLC, a Gibraltar based company. The issue is the result of a close partnership between a number of stakeholders in Gibraltar including Argentarius ETI Management Limited (Listing Member of GSX and securitisation specialist), Gibraltar based FinTech specialists Revoltura Limited (an iStructure PCC PLC subsidiary), the Government of Gibraltar, and the Financial Services Commission (Gibraltar’s regulator).
“By listing the ETI on the Gibraltar Stock Exchange, which is an EU regulated market, we are able to bring a high-level of transparency and liquidity to investors. BitcoinETI is available through regulated brokerage firms across Europe and settlements are handled through Clearstream/Euroclear, just like any other securities” says Ransu Salovaara, CEO of Revoltura.
Bitcoin is an electronic, internet-based “cryptocurrency”. Bitcoin transactions are grouped together and verified in a series of “blocks” called a “blockchain”. The bitcoin blockchain is open for anyone to read and, for even extreme practical purposes, impossible to alter.
The potential uses for bitcoin, the blockchain, and surrounding technology also extend beyond currency and financial services, for example, smart contracts, land registry, and product tracking.
Revoltura Limited, the sponsor of BitcoinETI, sees the leading digital currency as a new asset class that will find its way into many portfolios.
“Bitcoin’s annual growth was last year 30% and as of July 2016 the growth year to date is another 50%. Also importantly, the daily trading volume is around €1bn” says Ransu Salovaara, CEO of Revoltura Limited.
Exchange Traded Instruments
The structurer and arranger of BitcoinETI, Argentarius ETI Management, provides European securitisation flexible solutions to investment managers through new models of structured finance.
Andreas Woelfl, CEO of Argentarius, explains “An Exchange Traded Instrument is a stock exchange traded security that is backed by an underlying asset or a basket of assets and delivers the delta one performance of the underlying. European sophisticated investors such as asset managers, pension funds, and private bankers have now the possibility to capture the performance of Bitcoin through an EU stock exchange”.
The new Bitcoin ETI forms part of a series of early initiatives that will establish Gibraltar as a virtual currency hub. Revoltura has plans to introduce and list further digital currency and disruptive technology instruments in the near future.
Albert Isola, Minister for Financial Services and Gaming:
“We continue to work with the private sector and our Regulator on an appropriate regulatory environment for operators in the digital currency space and the launch of this ETI on our stock exchange demonstrates our ability to be innovative and deliver speed to market. I am delighted to welcome BitcoinETI to Gibraltar and congratulate GSX and Argentarius on this initiative.”