Coinsquare acquires publicly traded crypto exchange CoinSmart

Canada’s crypto exchange landscape appears to be consolidating after Coinsquare, one of the largest digital asset trading platforms in the country, acquired CoinSmart for an undisclosed amount.  On Thursday, Coinsquare announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to purchase all issued and outstanding shares of CoinSmart’s wholly-owned subsidiary Simply Digital. Once the deal becomes final, CoinSmart will hold a roughly 12% ownership stake in Coinsquare on a pro-forma basis. Shares of the CoinSmart crypto exchange, which trade on the NEO Exchange, were up 67% on Friday, largely in…

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Coinsquare chief operating officer shares thoughts on being the first regulated crypto dealer exchange in Canada

It’s a story that still haunts the early generation of Canadian crypto users to this day. Four years prior, Gerald Cotten, co-founder of Canada’s then-largest cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX, died under mysterious circumstances in India. But, before his passing, Cotten took virtual keys for digital wallets and moved them into cold storage, leading to the permanent loss of $190 million in user funds. The incident triggered a crisis of confidence in the country’s emerging crypto sector and made regulators deeply skeptical of blockchain technology. However, old wounds eventually heal. Fast forward…

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Coinsquare launches Quick Trade mobile app with instant funding

Coinsquare, the Toronto-based digital currency platform, has announced a new mobile trading application designed to simplify the buying and selling of cryptocurrencies in Canada.  Quick Trade was officially unveiled Monday, allowing commission-free transactions of Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BTC). A total of 15 trading pairs are available at launch, with “many more digital assets to be onboarded over the coming months,” the company said. The app is available on Android and Apple devices alongside Coinsquare’s existing mobile application, which is an extension of its web-based…

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Coinsquare exchange adds new board members

Coinsquare, a crypto exchange that has been under the scrutiny of Canadian regulators following allegations of wash trading, said it will be adding two new members to its board of directors. In a Nov. 25 announcement, the exchange said Nicholas Thadaney and Wendy Rudd are joining its board. Thadaney was President of the Toronto Stock Exchange and Rudd is currently a board member for the Canadian Regulatory Technology Association. The new appointments follow a major change in leadership mid-year. In July, CEO Cole Diamond and President Virgile Rostand stepped down…

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Canadian Regulator Accuses Coinsquare of Wash Trading

Canadian regulator Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has accused embattled exchange Coinsquare of market manipulation and misleading clients about trading volumes. The OSC alleged Coinsquare, which has been accused of wash-trading and reports of a hack, had “engaged in conduct contrary to Ontario security laws.” The regulator also named founder Virgile Rostand, CEO Cole Diamond and chief compliance officer Felix Mazer as respondents.  A hearing regarding the case will be held on July 21.   In its complaint, the OSC said Diamond directed Rostand to inflate trading numbers in March 2018. Rostand…

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Coinsquare CEO Accused of Orchestrating Wash Trades

In the latest blow to the embattled Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare, reports are accusing the platform’s top executive of orchestrating a wash-trading scheme in clear violation of securities law. Wash-trading refers to an exchange artificially inflating its trade volume through executing larger zero-fee market trades into their own orders, creating the appearance of large trading activity without any assets changing hands. The practice is illegal in traditional asset markets due to its propensity for price manipulation. The accusations levied at Coinsquare were reported by Vice on June 13, with the…

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Coinsquare Acquires Decentralized Cryptocurrency Exchange StellarX

Canada-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare has acquired decentralized exchange (DEX) StellarX. Announcing the news on Thursday, the firm said the purchase comes it acquired stellar wallet BlockEQ last December. That product will be rebranded to become the “anchor wallet” for the StellarX platform going forward. Coinsquare did not disclose the cost of the acquisition. StellarX is a “full featured” decentralized exchange app native to the stellar protocol and offering trading in a range of cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies – the latter being unusual for a DEX, allowing users to fund with fiat…

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Coinsquare Lists Blockchain ETF On Toronto Stock Exchange

Coin Capital Investment Management Inc. (Coincapital), the portfolio management division of the Coinsquare digital asset trading platform, has listed a blockchain exchange traded fund (ETF), the STOXX Blockchain Patents Innovation Index Fund (LDGR), among two new ETFs the company has listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Coincapital, which is registered with the Ontario Securities Commission, has become Canada’s newest ETF provider following the introduction of the LDGR and the STOXX B.R.AI.N. Index Fund (THNK), the company’s first ETFs.   The LDGR and THNK ETFs were scheduled to commence trading on…

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