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KABN North America Completes Reverse Takeover of Torino Power Systems



Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – June 4, 2020) – KABN Systems NA Holdings Corp. (formerly Torino Power Solutions Inc.) (CSE: TPS) (the “Company” or “Torino Power“) is pleased to announce that its reverse take-over (the “RTO“) by KABN Systems North America Inc. (“KABN North America“) has been completed. The RTO was approved by shareholders of the Company on March 31, 2020 and is a “fundamental change” for the Company within the meaning of applicable policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange.

In connection with the RTO, effective June 3, 2020 the Company changed its name to KABN Systems NA Holdings Corp. and consolidated its shares on a 10 for 1 basis (the “Consolidation“).

The RTO was structured as an amalgamation of KABN North America and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company whereby the shareholders of KABN North America received post-Consolidation common shares of the Company in exchange for their common shares of KABN North America (“KABN Shares“). In accordance with the terms of the RTO, the Company issued a total of 59,777,942 post-Consolidation common shares to the shareholders of KABN North America in exchange for all of the outstanding KABN Shares based on a share exchange ratio of one post-Consolidation common share of the Company for each KABN Share. As part of the RTO, the Company assumed the obligation to issue common shares on the exercise of 13,799,968 warrants of KABN North America, 4,350,000 KABN North America options, and under certain other agreements and instruments. Further details can be found in the Company’s listing statement that will be available on SEDAR.

The Company also announces that on June 1, 2020, KABN North America completed its second tranche of its private placement financing of units of KABN North America (the “Units“) in connection with the RTO for additional gross proceeds of approximately $1,231,600. Each Unit was priced at $0.15 CDN and consisted of (a) one common share in the share capital of KABN North America and (b) one-half (1/2) KABN North America common share purchase warrant, with each whole warrant having an exercise price of $0.20 for a period of 18 months from the date of issue. Aggregate gross proceeds of $2.2 million were raised by KABN North America in connection with the RTO.

Exchanges of Shares

Registered shareholders of the Company will receive a letter of transmittal from the Company’s transfer agent, Odyssey Trust Company, describing the process by which shareholders may obtain new certificates or DRS Advices representing their post-Consolidation common shares. Shares held in uncertificated form by shareholders through brokerage accounts will be converted through each shareholder’s brokerage account, and shareholders are not required to take any action to surrender for exchange common shares held in this way. Until surrendered, each certificate or DRS Advice representing common shares prior to the Consolidation will be deemed for all purposes to represent the number of whole common shares to which the holder thereof is entitled as a result of the Consolidation.

Notwithstanding the letter of transmittal for KABN North America shareholders referred to in the management information circular of the Company dated February 24, 2020, the Company has determined to distribute the post-Consolidation common shares to be issued in the RTO by way of a direct “push-out” from the Company’s transfer agent.

Outstanding Shares

Following the closing of the RTO, the Company has, assuming no rounding as a result of the Consolidation, a total of 65,750,240 common shares issued and outstanding, and has reserved for issuance 19,579,367 common shares issuable pursuant to warrants, incentive stock options and other agreements and instruments. Further details can be found in the Company’s listing statement that will be available on SEDAR.

An aggregate of 27,425,000 common shares and 662,500 warrants held by Principals of the Company are, to the extent required under National Policy 46-201, subject to escrow and such shares will be released from escrow as follows: ten percent (10%) of the escrowed shares will be released from escrow on the date of listing and an additional fifteen percent (15%) will be released every 6 months thereafter.

The Resulting Issuer

The Company is now operating through KABN North America, a Canadian FinTech company that specializes in continuous online Identity Verification, Identity Management and Monetization and is currently in development to launch a digital banking and financial services platform. It is developing a financial services platform in North America (the “KABN NA Platform“) that consists of:

  • KABN ID: a reusable, Always On, compliant, biometrically-based, identity verification and validation platform that forms the engine of the KABN Network.

  • LIQUID AVATAR: a digital image-based “wallet and keyring” platform that allows users to manage their digital identity.

  • KABN’s Visa Card: an approved prepaid Visa card that includes a Mobile Banking Wallet that supports both digital and traditional currencies.

  • KABN KASH: a robust loyalty and engagement platform with cashback and card-linked programs.

KABN North America is the exclusive licensee in Canada and the United States of America of the intellectual property (the “Licensed IP“) that is comprised in the KABN ID, KABN Card and KABN KASH programs. KABN North America’s key shareholders are KABN (Gibraltar) Limited and Crypto KABN Holdings Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which are the licensors of the Licensed IP.

Liquid Avatar is a KABN (Gibraltar) Limited program and the terms of its use will be included as a new product under the current exclusive license with KABN North America.

Management and Board of the Resulting Issuer

As a result of the completion of the RTO the persons below are now directors and executive officers of the Resulting Issuer:

Benjamin Kessler – Director, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kessler has over 20 years of account management, business development, marketing and partnership experience in the financial services sector. Mr. Kessler is currently Chief Executive Officer and a director of KABN North America, as well as Chief Executive Officer of KABN (Gibraltar) Limited. Most recently, Mr. Kessler served as Managing Director, Payments Solution Group – Banc of California from January 2016 to 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Kessler served as Vice President, Global Account Management at Earthport North America TLC from 2013 to 2015. Mr. Kessler has also served as Vice President, Emerging Verticals at Mastercard Worldwide from 2006 to 2011. Mr. Kessler has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and a Master of Business Administration from the New York University Stern School of Management.

David Lucatch – Director, President

Mr. Lucatch has more than 30 years inventing technology and business solutions in the international marketing arena and over 20 years of that developing and taking to market internet and mobile based platforms. Mr. Lucatch has held senior management posts and directorships at both private and public media and technology firms and is currently President and a director of KABN North America. Mr. Lucatch has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in commerce and economics from the University of Toronto.

Bryan Loree – Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Loree is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Loree holds a Certified Management Accountant designation, a Financial Management Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and a BA from Simon Fraser University. Mr. Loree has held various senior accounting roles for public and private companies in various industries including, renewable energy, exploration, and construction.

Michael Konikoff – Chief Revenue Officer

Mr. Konikoff has over 25 years of marketing, loyalty and partnerships experience. Prior to his position with KABN as Chief Revenue Officer, Mr. Konikoff held such positions as Head of Marketing for the Toronto Parking Authority, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Engage People and Senior Vice President at Fairlane Group.

Lynn Cumiskey – Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Cumiskey is Chief Compliance Officer for both KABN Systems NA Holdings Corp. and KABN (Gibraltar) Limited. Ms. Cumiskey has an extensive background working in the technology arena with securities and corporate counsel, auditors, regulators and investment brokers and dealers, having previously held positions in both public and private firms (Canada / US / Europe) over a 20+ year career, most recently as a Vice President of Corporate Operations for an Artificial Intelligence based language translation company.

Houssam (Sam) Kawtharani – Director

Mr. Kawtharani is a director of KABN North America and the co-founder of Corl Financial Technologies Inc., a fintech that offers data-driven growth capital to startups. Prior to co-founding Corl Financial Technologies Inc. Mr. Kawtharani was the Head of Product at IOU Financial Inc., a publicly-listed online lender (TSX:IOU), where he supported the company in originating over $500 million in loans across the United States of America and Canada through continuous product development and innovation Mr. Kawtharani is also the founder and director of Sam Kay Consultancy Inc. o/a FinBlox Labs, a fintech and blockchain advisory services firm for startups, enterprises and financial institutions. Mr. Kawtharani is also currently an advisor at KABN, AuBit International, EzyStayz Holiday Rentals Pty Ltd., OmniPsarx PBC and Trusted Inc. Holdings Limited. Mr. Kawtharani has a Bachelor of Science in computer science and business administration from the American University of Beirut and a Masters in Engineering from Concordia University.

J. Patrick Mesina – Director

Mr. Mesina is currently a director of the Company, KABN North America and Cortland Credit Group Inc., as well as a director and audit committee member of TSX Venture Exchange-listed Brockton Ventures Inc. Mr. Mesina presently works as a director with a Canadian based institutional investment firm, Cortland Credit Group Inc. Mr. Mesina had served as Vice President with a Toronto based institutional investment firm AIP Private Capital Inc. from March 2012 to September 2017. Since September 2017 he has been a consultant for several companies, including Vive Crop Protection Inc. and Northern Lights Partners Inc. Mr. Mesina has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from the University of Toronto.

Ravinder Mlait – Director

Mr. Mlait has served as director of the Company since February 2015 and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since December 2015. From December 2013 to present, Mr. Mlait has served as Chief Executive Officer of Cannabix Technologies Inc., an early stage technology company listed on the CSE. Mr. Mlait has served as director and officer of Brockton Ventures Inc., a capital pool company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange since February 22, 2018. From June 2010 to present, Mr. Mlait has served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Rockland Minerals Corp., a mineral exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Mlait obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics) from Simon Fraser University in 1999 and obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia in 2010.

Re-Commencement of Trading

Trading in the Company’s shares was halted until all the requirements of the CSE have been met and the resumption of trading is approved by the CSE. The Company has delivered materials to the CSE. The Company expects that its common shares will resume trading on a post-Consolidation basis on the CSE under the symbol “KABN” on or before June 10, 2020.

For further information, please contact:

Benjamin Kessler
Chief Executive Officer
647-725-7742 Ext. 700

[email protected]

The CSE has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities under the KABN Financing in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

Forward-Looking Information and Statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and may also contain statements that may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking information and forward-looking statements are not representative of historical facts or information or current condition, but instead represent only the Company’s beliefs regarding future events, plans or objectives, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the Company’s control. Generally, such forward-looking information or forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or may contain statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “will continue”, “will occur” or “will be achieved”. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained herein may include, but are not limited to, information concerning the ability of the combined company to successfully achieve business objectives, and expectations for other economic, business, and/or competitive factors.

By identifying such information and statements in this manner, the Company is alerting the reader that such information and statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such information and statements. In addition, in connection with the forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this press release, the Company has made certain assumptions. Among the key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information and statements are the following: changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets; changes in applicable laws; compliance with extensive government regulation. Should one or more of these risks, uncertainties or other factors materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information or statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected.

Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing, and the expectations contained in, the forward-looking information and statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and statements, and no assurance or guarantee can be given that such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information and statements. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information and/or forward-looking statements that are contained or referenced herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All subsequent written and oral forward- looking information and statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf is expressly qualified in its entirety by this notice.

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Central banks and the FinTech sector unite to change global payments space





The BIS, along with seven leading central banks and a cohort of private financial firms, has embarked on an ambitious venture known as Project Agorá.

Named after the Greek word for “marketplace,” this initiative stands at the forefront of exploring the potential of tokenisation to significantly enhance the operational efficiency of the monetary system worldwide.

Central to this pioneering project are the Bank of France (on behalf of the Eurosystem), the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Korea, the Bank of Mexico, the Swiss National Bank, the Bank of England, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. These institutions have joined forces under the banner of Project Agorá, in partnership with an extensive assembly of private financial entities convened by the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

At the heart of Project Agorá is the pursuit of integrating tokenised commercial bank deposits with tokenised wholesale central bank money within a unified, public-private programmable financial platform. By harnessing the advanced capabilities of smart contracts and programmability, the project aspires to unlock new transactional possibilities that were previously infeasible or impractical, thereby fostering novel opportunities that could benefit businesses and consumers alike.

The collaborative effort seeks to address and surmount a variety of structural inefficiencies that currently plague cross-border payments. These challenges include disparate legal, regulatory, and technical standards; varying operating hours and time zones; and the heightened complexity associated with conducting financial integrity checks (such as anti-money laundering and customer verification procedures), which are often redundantly executed across multiple stages of a single transaction due to the involvement of several intermediaries.

As a beacon of experimental and exploratory projects, the BIS Innovation Hub is committed to delivering public goods to the global central banking community through initiatives like Project Agorá. In line with this mission, the BIS will soon issue a call for expressions of interest from private financial institutions eager to contribute to this ground-breaking project. The IIF will facilitate the involvement of private sector participants, extending an invitation to regulated financial institutions representing each of the seven aforementioned currencies to partake in this transformative endeavour.

Source: fintech.globa

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TD Bank inks multi-year strategic partnership with Google Cloud





TD Bank has inked a multi-year deal with Google Cloud as it looks to streamline the development and deployment of new products and services.

The deal will see the Canadian banking group integrate the vendor’s cloud services into a wider portion of its technology solutions portfolio, a move which TD expects will enable it “to respond quickly to changing customer expectations by rolling out new features, updates, or entirely new financial products at an accelerated pace”.

This marks an expansion of the already established relationship between TD Bank and Google Cloud after the group previously adopted the vendor’s Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) for TD Securities Automated Trading (TDSAT), the Chicago-based subsidiary of its investment banking unit, TD Securities.

TDSAT uses GKE for process automation and quantitative modelling across fixed income markets, resulting in the development of a “data-driven research platform” capable of processing large research workloads in trading.

Dan Bosman, SVP and CIO of TD Securities, claims the infrastructure has so far supported TDSAT with “compute-intensive quantitative analysis” while expanding the subsidiary’s “trading volumes and portfolio size”.

TD’s new partnership with Google Cloud will see the group attempt to replicate the same level of success across its entire portfolio.


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MAS launches transformative platform to combat money laundering





The MAS has unveiled Cosmic, an acronym for Collaborative Sharing of Money Laundering/Terrorism Financing Information and Cases, a new money laundering platform.

According to Business Times, launched on April 1, Cosmic stands out as the first centralised digital platform dedicated to combating money laundering, terrorism financing, and proliferation financing on a worldwide scale. This move follows the enactment of the Financial Services and Markets (Amendment) Act 2023, which, along with its subsidiary legislation, commenced on the same day to provide a solid legal foundation and safeguards for information sharing among financial institutions (FIs).

Cosmic enables participating FIs to exchange customer information when certain “red flags” indicate potential suspicious activities. The platform’s introduction is a testament to MAS’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of the financial sector, mandating participants to establish stringent policies and operational safeguards to maintain the confidentiality of the shared information. This strategic approach allows for the efficient exchange of intelligence on potential criminal activities while protecting legitimate customers.

Significantly, Cosmic was co-developed by MAS and six leading commercial banks in Singapore—OCBC, UOB, DBS, Citibank, HSBC, and Standard Chartered—which will serve as participant FIs during its initial phase. The initiative emphasizes voluntary information sharing focused on addressing key financial crime risks within the commercial banking sector, such as the misuse of legal persons, trade finance, and proliferation financing.

Loo Siew Yee, assistant managing director for policy, payments, and financial crime at MAS, highlighted that Cosmic enhances the existing collaboration between the industry and law enforcement authorities, fortifying Singapore’s reputation as a well-regulated and trusted financial hub. Similarly, Pua Xiao Wei of Citi Singapore and Loretta Yuen of OCBC have expressed their institutions’ support for Cosmic, noting its potential to ramp up anti-money laundering efforts and its significance as a development in the banking sector’s ability to combat financial crimes efficiently. DBS’ Lam Chee Kin also praised Cosmic as a “game changer,” emphasizing the careful balance between combating financial crime and ensuring legitimate customers’ access to financial services.


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