Riot Blockchain Plans Launch of Regulated Cryptocurrency Exchange in the US
William Suberg's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 42%
Publicly traded United States-based company Riot Blockchain has filed with the Securities and Exchanges Commission to launch a new regulated cryptocurrency exchange called RiotX in the U.S. by the end of Q2 2019. The regulator published the documents on March 14.The company declares in the filing that its subsidiary, RiotX Holdings Inc, would operate the new exchange.
Per the filing, the exchange will also be collaborating with exchange software provider Shift Markets. As Cointelegraph reported in August last year, the SEC had intensified its investigation into crypto mining firm Blockchain Riot, which first came to the regulator's attention in April 2018.The SEC's investigation and subpoena information request began after Riot Blockchain changed its name to include blockchain at the peak of industry hype, and shifted their focus from biotechnology to mining. The regulator had previously noted that firms that changed their name to include blockchain would face increased scrutiny.
More recently, a dedicated analysis by Cointelegraph provides details about another similar instance: Long Blockchain Corp., previously known as Long Island Iced Tea, a publicly traded company that shifted from its beverage production business to mining. As of the beginning of March, Long Blockchain Corp. sold their beverage business, more than a year after their name change.
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