🚨 RED ALERT: George Soros Just Invested In PolySign!April 20, 2022 10:24 pm
Red alert folks!
George Soros has just taken an equity position in PolySign…
Now, maybe that’s not a “red alert” for you.
Maybe you like George Soros or think he’s a good guy.
I suspect many of you do NOT think that, but to each their own.
Whatever your thoughts on the man, it’s still a 🚨 RED ALERT because if this guy is investing, you might want to go along for the ride…
But that’s just my opinion.
Here was the announcement from PolySign:
Today, PolySign announced the acquisition of @MGStoverCo, creating the world’s largest vertically integrated full-service digital asset fund administrator, and our Series C round of funding led by @Cowen_Inc, Soros Fund Management, Brevan Howard and @GSR_io. Link to article:
— PolySign (@PolySignInc) April 13, 2022
Let me back up a moment in case you don’t know what PolySign is or why this is important.
What is PolySign?
As with Ripple Labs, PolySign was created by Arthur Britto (who to the best of my knowledge has never been photographed to this day — or at least not on the Internet) and David Schwartz:
The tech team is led by Arthur Britto (founder of Ripple) and David Schwartz (Ripple’s chief cryptographer).
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— 𝗕𝗮𝗻𝗸XRP (@BankXRP) July 26, 2018
The company has been largely extremely secretive since its founding, leading the Digital Asset Investor to always whisper “PolySign” whenever he talks about them, because it’s like they are not supposed to be spoken of.
They have flown largely under the radar, if that’s even possible.
Just as the big brokerage companies provide “custody services” for stock ownership, PolySign aims to do the same for crypto.
In other words, when you buy Apple stock from Morgan Stanley, you don’t actually get a stock certificate.
Have you ever thought about that?
It’s because these big institutions provide that “custody” service and you just get credit for the ownership on a ledger.
Many people (perhaps rightfully) claim that this system of custody leads to bad bookkeeping and re-hypothecation, but that’s a story for another day.
Right now, the important thing to understand is that PolySign aims to fill this role for crypto.
Now do you get how big this is?
George Soros does and you might want to perk up and pay attention:
Soros investing in Polysign. Time to pay attention. https://t.co/hwTBfptVAp
— Anders L 🏁 (@X__Anderson) April 13, 2022
George Soros has now invested in Polysign! Didn't he recently meet with Gensler?
— Stuart Young 🏴 🇪🇺 (@StuYoungXRP) April 14, 2022
Here’s more on the Soros investment, from BusinessWire:
PolySign Inc., in its latest development to improve the quality and breadth of digital asset infrastructure available to institutional investors, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire MG Stover for a mix of cash and PolySign stock. MG Stover is an industry leader in digital fund administration with an impressive client base including more than $40 billion in digital assets under administration, the world’s largest by a wide margin. The acquisition of MG Stover’s best-in-class fund service capabilities will enable PolySign to deliver a comprehensive, vertically integrated custody, trading and administration offering to institutional investors for cryptocurrency and digital assets. This near-term development accelerates PolySign’s product development plan and paves the way for future service enhancements focused on institutional investors and asset managers.
“I am proud to welcome the entire MG Stover organization to PolySign.”
Alongside this acquisition, PolySign will complete its Series C capital raise, adding new investors to its shareholder base, including Soros Fund Management, Brevan Howard, and GSR. Cowen Digital will also add to their equity position.
MG Stover complements PolySign’s industry-leading digital asset custody and trading offerings for institutional investors. The acquisition closely follows PolySign’s notable developments in 2021, when the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Standard Custody & Trust Company, LLC, received its trust charter from the New York Department of Financial Services, one of the most well-developed and highly-respected digital asset regulators in the world. Prior to this, PolySign announced its strategic partnership with Cowen Digital, Cowen Inc.’s digital asset division, which also led PolySign’s $53 million Series B round of funding. Cowen and PolySign have since integrated PolySign’s next-generation digital banking technology into Cowen’s innovative, non-conflicted sales and trading platform. These advances have enabled PolySign to provide institutional investors with secure, compliant access to the multi-trillion dollar digital asset market.
“MG Stover is the ‘go-to’ administration partner for many of the most sophisticated and successful investors in digital assets. Matt Stover, MG Stover’s Founder and CEO, is widely regarded as a visionary in our sector, and we are excited to gain his expertise as a shareholder and a core member of our leadership team,” said PolySign CEO Jack McDonald. “I am proud to welcome the entire MG Stover organization to PolySign.”
“Our success in building institutional best practices for the digital asset ecosystem has helped foster a sector that has grown to over $2 trillion of assets,” said Matt Stover, Founder and CEO of MG Stover. “Joining the PolySign team is going to bolster our core fund administration offering and enable us to develop new capabilities that will shape the way institutions engage in digital assets for years to come.”
PolySign expects to complete the acquisition of MG Stover in Q2 2022.
Macquarie Capital and Cowen served as financial advisors with Perkins Coie and KL Gates serving as legal counsel for PolySign; Houlihan Lokey served as financial advisors, and Bryan Cave served as legal counsel to MG Stover.
PolySign is a transformative financial technology company providing institutional investors with cutting-edge blockchain-enabled infrastructure in support of digital assets across the capital markets and payments sectors. PolySign’s New York-regulated custodian, Standard Custody & Trust Company, is a next-generation Qualified Custodian offering novel, patented technology for securing secret keys. For more information, please visit polysign.io.
About MG Stover
MG Stover is a full-service fund administration firm that services hedge funds, private equity funds, and venture capital funds. As the largest digital fund administrator in the United States, MG Stover delivers world-class solutions for institutional investors operating in the alternative investment space, including specialized fund accounting, treasury management, KYC/AML due diligence and offshore compliance. MG Stover has also built a leading proprietary back-office data aggregation and reconciliation software that supports the reporting process of hundreds of digital asset funds. For more information, please visit mgstover.com.
Here’s more on how PolySign may fit in to the overall ecosystem:
1) Who were the key developers of XRPL/ILP?
2) Who were the key developers of Polysign?
3) Who is the key developer of Codius?
XRP+POLYSIGN+CODIUS=$700 Trillion Mrkt💥 pic.twitter.com/HlPHXmasOL
— Esoteric XRP 🇺🇸 🚀✨ (@Naturalmed777) April 27, 2020
Many are not convinced this will end well (for humanity):
It’s all part of the great reset. Ripple a digital remittance software company is going live with polysign. An institutional custodian and soros is a large contributor in that pic.twitter.com/20UwANB8dA
— BallsdeepinXRP ☀️ (@1in36twist) April 17, 2022
Others (yours truly) just want to go along for the ride:
— QuantumTurtle (@QuantumTurtleX) December 13, 2021
And in a hilarious bit of trivia, this has led to the nearly-anonymous Arthur Britto now following TWO people on Twitter:
Breaking news: Arthur Britto now follows 2 people. He added the CEO of Polysign! 👀 pic.twitter.com/aSI6rZTN5q
— Anders L 🏁 (@X__Anderson) July 31, 2021
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