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Blockchain asset fund TaaS announces three additions to advisory board

Token As A Service (TaaS), a tokenized closed-end fund (CEF) dedicated to blockchain assets, has announced three new additions to its Board of Advisors.

According to the official release, serial entrepreneur and investor Mike Costache, blockchain technology and digital currency trading expert Marshall Swatt, and legal expert Arnold Spencer are joining the Board of Advisors. Existing advisors include John Wong (fund management expert) Sergey Rabenko (legal consultant), Patrick Salm (financial risk and fund specialist), and Pascal M. Bommeli (serial entrepreneur).

Costache is co-founder and Managing Partner of KrowdMentor, a strategic crowdfunding advisory and investment firm with a portfolio of 20 startups. Since 2011, he has been a member of Tech Coast Angels, the oldest and largest network of angel investors which has invested $185 million in over 300 deals and raised more than $1.5 billion from venture capitalists. He was previously President of Leo & Leo, a management and franchise representation service with clients including Maserati, Segway, NetJets, PrivatSea, Sunseeker Yachts, NetSuite, Marsh, Orgil Greenhouses, Miss Universe, and Rockstar Energy. Costache will serve as a TaaS advisor covering the venture capital and investment sectors, providing assistance in fundraising and negotiations.

Swatt is the founder and major investor at ATS Inc., a pioneer in algorithmic trading systems focused on strategies in exotic financial instruments such as cryptocurrencies. As the former CTO of Coinsetter and Cavirtex, North America’s leading VC-backed bitcoin exchanges, Swatt brings over 20 years of strategy, operations, business development and technical experience to TaaS’ board. Swatt will serve as TaaS’ technology and trading advisor, drawing on his experience providing technology design and development consultation for corporations including Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Financial, Condé Nast, MoMA, and National Geographic.

Arnold A. Spencer is Managing Director of Spencer & Associates, a corporate criminal defense firm, and General Counsel at Coinsource, the world’s largest bitcoin ATM network. He will serve as TaaS’ strategic U.S. legal advisor, bringing experience and insight in compliance, U.S. federal criminal law, securities and financial fraud, anti-money laundering, asset forfeiture, and federal trials.

The team of experts joins the board ahead of TaaS’ highly anticipated Initial Coin Offering (ICO), launching on March 27, 2017. 

“TaaS is proud to have established a world-class board of advisors ahead of our ICO. We believe this diverse team of experts places TaaS in the best position possible for ongoing success”, Ruslan Gavrilyuk, Co-Founder and President of TaaS said.

In addition, TaaS announced that it has engaged Otonomos, a legal services platform, to provide expertise and execution for company operations in Singapore. Otonomos will provide regional-specific legal support and assist with communications with the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Furthermore, TaaS has selected Cubits as its service provider for its operations outside of the USA. TaaS will utilize the Cubits platform as a reliable, trustworthy gateway for its customers to buy and sell bitcoin outside of the USA. Cubits services more than 50 countries and 17 currencies.

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