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tZERO’s BSTX Joint Venture Receives Approval as National Securities Exchange Facility

tZERO, a leader in blockchain innovation and liquidity for digital assets, announced today that its Boston Security Token Exchange LLC (BSTX) joint venture with BOX Digital Markets LLC received approval for its rulebook for the nation’s first regulated blockchain-enabled securities exchange, which offers faster settlement, proprietary and transparent blockchain data feeds, and improved market quality for early-stage companies.

BSTX Board Member and tZERO Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Legal Officer Alan Konevsky stated, “This is a watershed event in the digital evolution of the securities markets and the trading experience. With BOX Digital’s experience in building and operating a sophisticated securities exchange and tZERO’s industry-leading blockchain technology innovation, we have brought together our organizations’ combined expertise to drive innovation.”

BSTX strives to offer U.S. capital markets three main benefits:

  • Faster Settlements. Market participants will be able to elect accelerated settlement (i.e., T+0 or T+1) for securities listed on BSTX. This approach is consistent with the accelerated settlement capabilities supported by the National Securities Clearing Corporation (NSCC) and the Depository Trust Company (DTC).
  • Blockchain-Secured Market Data. Market participants will be able to view proprietary market data related to trading activity occurring on BSTX through its private, permissioned blockchain, increasing transparency.
  • Access for Early-Stage Companies. Issuers will have access to innovative solutions to improve trading quality by unlocking liquidity and democratizing access to companies and assets.

Konevsky continued, “tZERO is committed to evolving legacy systems and innovating the ways that securities and value can be custodied, transferred, and traded using digital technology. We look forward to launching BSTX as a platform for a range of innovative products.”

In June 2018, tZERO and BOX Digital announced a joint venture to build the first blockchain-integrated and compliant national securities exchange. BSTX operates a fully automated, price/time priority execution system for the trading of certain securities and the BSTX Market Data Blockchain, which records certain order and transaction information occurring on BSTX. BOX Exchange, a national securities exchange registered with the SEC under Section 6 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, will operate and regulate BSTX.

About tZERO

tZERO Group, Inc. (tZERO) and its broker-dealer subsidiaries provide an innovative liquidity platform for private companies and assets. We offer institutional-grade solutions for issuers looking to digitize their capital table through blockchain technology, and trade on a regulated alternative trading system. tZERO, through its broker-dealer subsidiaries, democratizes access to private assets by providing a simple, automated, and efficient trading venue to broker-dealers, institutions, and investors.

About BOX Digital

BOX Digital is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BOX Holdings Group LLC, which owns and operates BOX Market, an equity options marketplace and a facility of BOX Options Exchange LLC. BOX Options Exchange is a Registered National Securities Exchange under Section 6 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

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