Greek Court Accused of Violating the Rights of Alleged Btc-e Operator, Postpones Hearing

Greek Court Accused of Violating the Rights of Alleged Btc-e Operator, Postpones Hearing

News

The judges at the Greek supreme court have been accused of violating Alexander Vinnik’s rights. The alleged Btc-e operator has been detained in Greece since July last year. The hearing against his extradition to France has also reportedly been postponed.

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Rights Violation

Alexander Vinnik, who allegedly operated the former cryptocurrency exchange Btc-e, has been detained in Greece since July last year. He was accused by the U.S. of laundering $4-9 billion through the exchange.

Greek Court Accused of Violating the Rights of Alleged Btc-e Operator, Postpones HearingZoe Konstantopoulou.

His attorney, Zoe Konstantopoulou, told a court session on Monday that the judges of the Greek supreme court “have blatantly breached the rights” of the Russian national, Tass wrote. The session was to appeal against the ruling of Vinnik’s extradition to France.

Konstantopoulou was quoted as saying: “You have violated the rights of Alexander Vinnik, who hasn’t received an official translation of the French request by November 17 … those documents haven’t been translated into Russian, they have no seals and signatures … You only employ this practice towards Vinnik because he is a Russian. You wouldn’t do this with any Greek, or EU citizen.”

A Sputnik correspondent reported from the court on Monday that the hearing for the appeal of Vinnik’s extradition to France has been postponed until Nov. 29.

The Charges and Extradition Requests

Greek Court Accused of Violating the Rights of Alleged Btc-e Operator, Postpones HearingVinnik was detained in Greece on July 25 last year on a warrant issued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). A grand jury in the Northern District of California indicted Vinnik and Btc-e for operating an unlicensed money service business, money laundering, and related crimes. “The indictment alleges that Vinnik obtained funds from the hack of Mt. Gox and laundered those funds through various online exchanges, including his own Btc-e and a now defunct digital currency exchange, Tradehill, based in San Francisco, California,” the DOJ wrote.

Greek Court Accused of Violating the Rights of Alleged Btc-e Operator, Postpones HearingAfter Vinnik was detained, Russia sought his extradition. France also sent a similar request in June and Greece is pressing criminal charges against him, Tass conveyed. In May, he allegedly confessed to charges of fraud and money laundering.

Vinnik, however, told the news outlet that he was only a technical expert at Btc-e. “I gave some advice to that platform. That’s not a crime, and the exchange itself is not a crime, it is just a platform for exchanging cryptocurrency,” he claims.

Furthermore, the New York Times reported that Vinnik is accused of operating Btc-e at a time when American prosecutors say “hackers used such funds to finance the electronic break-in at the Democratic National Committee and other targets.”

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Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, but It’s Not an ETF

Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, but It’s Not an ETF

Finance

New.Bitcoin.com has confirmed that the exchange-traded product tracking an index of five leading cryptocurrencies will start trading on Switzerland’s principal stock exchange on Nov. 21. The exchange has also confirmed that this product is not an exchange-traded fund (ETF). The country’s financial regulator, Finma, explains the differences.

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Differences Between ETPs and ETFs

Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, but It’s Not an ETFThe news of the cryptocurrency exchange-traded product (ETP) by Zug-based Amun AG having been approved by Switzerland’s principal stock exchange, Six Swiss Exchange, spread throughout the crypto community over the weekend.

The product tracks an index of five major cryptocurrencies: BTC, XRP, ETH, BCH, and LTC. While Amun’s website refers to this product only as an ETP, some believe that it is an exchange-traded fund (ETF).

Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, but It’s Not an ETFETPs and ETFs are two different products, listed under different categories on Six Swiss Exchange.

A spokesperson from Finma, Switzerland’s financial regulator, told news.Bitcoin.com:

It is important to separate ETPs from ETFs, as ETPs are not subject to the Collective Investment Schemes Act (Cisa) and are therefore not supervised by Finma.

Noting that ETFs “are funds that are traded on an exchange and normally track the performance of an index,” he emphasized that “In Switzerland, these products are subject to the Cisa.”

A spokesperson from Six Swiss Exchange also confirmed to news.Bitcoin.com that Amun Crypto is an ETP, not an ETF, adding that the product will start trading on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The exchange clarified:

ETPs are collateralized, noninterest-earning bearer debt securities which replicate an underlying [asset] (generally from the commodities sector), either on a regular or leveraged basis. Like ETFs, they trade in a multi market-making segment, but in legal terms they are not funds.

ETFs, ETPs and ETNs

On its website, Six Swiss Exchange detailed different types of “passive financial products in Switzerland.” The first two on the list are ETF and ETP.

Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, but It’s Not an ETF

The document indicates that ETPs include exchange-traded notes (ETNs) and exchange-traded commodities (ETCs). ETNs are a type of debt security that trades on exchanges and promise a return linked to a market index or other benchmark. ETCs also trade on exchanges but provide exposure to commodities and commodity indices.

Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, but It’s Not an ETFFurthermore, ETFs and ETPs also carry different risks. “ETFs are separate pools of assets,” Swiss Funds and Asset Management Association described in its report on ETFs and Index Funds. “In the event of the insolvency (bankruptcy) of the provider (e.g. the fund management company or custodian bank), the assets and rights of the ETF can be segregated, and there is no issuer risk in this regard.” Debt securities, however, “often entail an issuer risk that is hard to calculate,” the report author noted.

Public Misunderstanding Led to Trading Suspension

Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, but It’s Not an ETFXBT Provider’s exchange-traded products have also been misunderstood by the public.

In September, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) temporarily suspended trading of the company’s products — Bitcoin Tracker One and Ether Tracker One — due to the inconsistencies of their descriptions.

The commission wrote:

The broker-dealer application materials submitted to enable the offer and sale of these financial products in the United States, as well as certain trading websites, characterize them as ‘exchange traded funds (ETF)’ … Other public sources characterize the instruments as ‘exchange traded notes (ETN)’.

In addition, the SEC noted that “the issuer characterizes them in its offering materials as ‘non-equity linked certificates’,” which “are not principal protected” and “do not bear interest.”

Citing “a lack of current, consistent and accurate information” of the two investment vehicles which resulted “in confusion amongst market participants regarding these financial instruments,” the SEC justified its decision to suspend their trading.

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Cryptocurrency Exchange-Traded Product Live on Swiss Stock Exchange Next Week

Cryptocurrency Exchange-Traded Product Live on Swiss Stock Exchange Next Week

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An exchange-traded product tracking an index of five leading cryptocurrencies reportedly will start trading on Switzerland’s Six stock exchange next week. The product will be available to both retail and institutional investors.

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Trading on Six Swiss Exchange

The Financial Times reported on Friday that Switzerland’s Six exchange has given a green light to a cryptocurrency exchange-traded product (ETP). The news outlet elaborated:

The Amun Crypto ETP, which will start trading next week on the Six exchange in Zurich, has been designed to track an index based on the movements of five leading cryptocurrencies.

Cryptocurrency Exchange-Traded Product to Trade on Swiss Stock Exchange Next WeekSix Swiss Exchange is Switzerland’s principal stock exchange, trading a wide range of securities. According to the exchange, ETPs “are secured, bearer debt securities that do not earn interest,” so they “are not subject to the Collective Investment Schemes Act (Cisa) and, as such, are not supervised by Finma.” The exchange has a separate category for exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Hany Rashwan, co-founder and CEO of Amun, explained that the crypto ETP “had been constructed to meet the same strict standards required of conventional exchange-traded products widely used by investors,” the publication conveyed. He was quoted as saying:

The Amun ETP will give institutional investors that are restricted to investing only in securities or do not want to set up custody for digital assets exposure to cryptocurrencies. It will also provide access for retail investors that currently have no access to crypto exchanges due to local regulatory impediments.

Tracked Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrency Exchange-Traded Product to Trade on Swiss Stock Exchange Next Week

The underlying investment of Amun ETP is Amun Crypto Basket Index (ticker: Hodl5), its website details. Mv Index Solutions (Mvis) and London-based fintech company Amun Technologies Ltd. launched the index in September. The ETP was subsequently launched by Amun AG, a subsidiary of Amun Technologies Ltd. located in Zug, Switzerland. Mvis is a subsidiary of Vaneck which currently has an application with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to list and trade a bitcoin ETF.

Cryptocurrency Exchange-Traded Product to Trade on Swiss Stock Exchange Next WeekAmun Crypto Basket Index’s allocation.

Amun Crypto Basket Index “tracks performance of the top 5 crypto assets in terms of market cap and liquidity, providing diversified exposure to the crypto space while using its proprietary methodology to effectively manage the volatility associated with less liquid/smaller crypto assets,” its website describes.

The company explained that the basket excludes cryptocurrencies that are tied to a fiat currency such as tether, are designed to be anonymous such as monero and zcash, lack sufficient liquidity, trade on non-reputable exchanges, or have been traded for less than 6 months. According to the Financial Times, the ETP will carry an annual management fee of 2.5 percent.

Currently, the basket comprises 48.69 percent BTC, 25.72 percent XRP, 17.60 percent ETH, 5.11 percent BCH, and 2.88 percent LTC. It is rebalanced “monthly to ensure an accurate representation of the current crypto market,” the company explained.

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