World’s first digital security certificate / token backed by hard assets, or what will come to be known as asset tokenisation.
Dr. Chris Kacher has been involved in blockchain technology since early 2013 when he first bought bitcoin whilst it was trading around $10. He was involved in early meetings with Vitalik Buterin among others starting in 2013 before ethereum went public. His average cost was $0.68/ETH. Once the youngest trader and head of fundamental and technical stock market research for William O’Neil & Co., Inc., he consistently outperformed the group of all-star, hand-picked traders and is known as a techno-fundamental investor in stocks having achieved a KPMG verified return of +18,241% from the years Jan 1996 – Dec 2002 which covered both bull and bear markets.
He applies similar strategies to cryptocurrencies which he developed in the 25+ years trading stocks which has enabled him to achieve significant returns even during bear markets. He has published numerous works including William O’Neil’s Model Book of Stocks (1998) and 4 books through Wiley & Sons including Bestseller “How We Made 18,000% in the Stock Market” (2010) available in five languages. Chris has appeared in various print, radio, and television platforms such as Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters, Dow Jones, Forbes, and MarketWatch and was interviewed in Kevin Marder’s book “Conversations With Top Traders” (2000) among others. He is currently publishing articles for various sites including “Crypto Reports” on and “CryptoEvolutions™” on www.CFI.co.
Dr. Kacher received his PhD in Nuclear Physics from University of California at Berkeley in 1995. He co-created Element 110 on the Periodic Table of Elements and “confirmed” the existence of Element 106 which the team named Seaborgium after his Nobel Laureate thesis advisor, Dr. Glenn Seaborg, the creator of plutonium and 9 other elements. A prior concert pianist and contemporary composer, two of Chris’s pieces have charted on iTunes at positions 28 and 124.
Chris is a co-founder and Management Board member of Hansecoin OÜ.
Mag. Axel Jacob is a private equity investor and asset developer with a focus on project origination, structured finance, and asset management with more than 25 years of industry expertise. With real estate a family tradition, he founded Tiskre Residentsid together with Toivo Träss in 2015, leading its development from day one for the project design to become ready to build. Besides serving on various boards, he is a partner in Shepherd CMMS, a unique NetSuite native field
service management software developer.
In his career prior to establishing the family office unit for Northern Europe in Estonia, he was a co-founder of London based Aorta Capital and partner responsible for corporate finance, structuring, and fixed income with a focus on transportation, commercial real estate, and energy, leading its European merchant banking unit for seven years. Led by Mr. Jacob, Aorta Capital structured and placed the first German closed end fund investing into two small shopping centres in Estonia in 2012.
Beforehand he served for nearly 5 years as Vice President at Global Capital Finance GmbH, a German-American boutique investment bank spun-off from Credit Suisse First Boston, with primary responsibility for corporate finance in Central and Eastern Europe and global structured finance transactions for renewable, real estate, infrastructure, and transportation advising on and closing € 3.2 bn in project transaction volume. Mr. Jacob was a Principal at Bank of America in Frankfurt for three and a half years covering Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. His team which closed USD 1.35 bn in six leveraged leases for Deutsche Post AG and in excess of USD 980m for German municipal energy clients with U.S. investors. He joined from Babcock & Brown where he rendered transaction
services to European clients on large ticket structured finance transactions for energy infrastructure and real estate in excess of USD 2 bn. Between 1997 and March 1999 he worked as a senior account manager on the structured finance team at ING Barings out of Vienna and Moscow, covering project and trade finance for steel and later pulp, paper & packaging in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. In parallel to his studies since 1991, Mr. Jacob started his banking career in a junior management trainee program of then Bayerische Hypotheken- and Wechsel Bank, now part of UniCredit, in Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Munich including serving for one year as an assistant product manager for global SWIFT and fixed income banking systems at Management Data, Vienna in 1993/4.
With an undergraduate degree in both Business Administration and Economics from Philips University in Marburg, Germany, Mr. Jacob holds a masters degree from Vienna School of Economics where he majored in Banking, International Business & Foreign Trade, Quantitative Economics, and Controlling.
Born in Germany he is fluent in English, Frisian, and German with a command of French and literacy in Spanish, Czech, Estonian, and Russian. Axel is a co-founder and Management Board member of Hansecoin OÜ, Eesti Mõnusa Kodu Liit OÜ and iLoops OÜ.
Mr. Kevin Murcko is the CEO and founder of CoinMetro, the unique Estonia-based, licensed, and regulated financial platform for the cryptocoin space. A Crypto Enthusiast before the term was even a ‘thing’, Kevin brought transparency to Forex via his unique FXPIG brand, and he continually pushes to close the profit gap between institutional and retail traders. FXPIG is not the largest FX broker, but that is by design based on his vision. It was created to change the industry, and it did just that. FXPIG brought transparency to the forefront and it started a growing trend of client-centric shops that actually focus on their client’s profitability rather than their losses.
While FXPIG is still very unique in the FX space, it is proud to see the change it helped foster as it pushes through the industry. Kevin has always been a supporter of in-house tech development, and FXPIG remains one of the few companies in FX to develop and trade on their own technology. This mantra is at the core of the CoinMetro’s philosophy as well. With his sights now fully immersed on the blockchain and on the crypto industry in general, Kevin has already begun to guide CoinMetro down a similar path; one that will eventually change the way this market operates. Given the partnership approach of CoinMetro in servicing issuers on its platform, he renders advice to credible, structurally sound tokenisation projects. We are glad that he has joined the supervisory board to ensure that HanseCoin starts on a secure footing with its staged tokenisation approach and finds a large, dedicated, and liquid fellowship amongst its participants.
Mr. Asse Sauga is one of the leading Northern European blockchain experts with a unique track record. He advises blockchain innovators to create and implement globally disruptive technologies with in- depth expertise and a decade of high technology project management experience. A selection of his past achievements and positions include being the Blockchain Architect and Business Systems Theorist at Proof of You, World’s First Blockchain Banking Expert with Estonian LHV Bank between 2014 and 2015, the IT Development Lead at the Estonian Ministry of Finance, and the Project Manager of Estonia’s World Famous Digital Signature Application, one of the foundation of Estonia’s credibility as an innovation leader.
Furthermore, he worked at the company creating Estonia’s Mobile Payment System in EUR, based on the Bitcoin Blockchain. Besides his corporate ventures and advisory services, he pursued NGO projects in Estonia and abroad. As such he was a Volunteer Intelligent Business Processes Expert at ‘Let’s Do It World’, one of the world’s biggest social movements. A former Computer Systems Architect for the Tallinn School System, he founded the Estonian Cryptocurrency Association, is a regular panelist at industry conferences, and a leading Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency Lobbyist for Estonia and the European Union. Hansecoin OÜ is especially proud that Asse has chosen to commit his time and resources to develop a new tokenization approach to match cryptospace and real estate.
Mr. Priit Lätt, attorney-at-law, heads the intellectual property/IT, public procurement and tax litigation practices at PwC Legal in Estonia. Prior to joining the firm, he was a founding partner at law firm Glimstedt which he co-led for 10 years. Priit is a renowned specialist in IP, IT (including IoT, ICO and cryptocurrencies), tax and public procurement law, representing and advising Estonian and international companies and public institutions. Priit also has significant experience in representing clients in complex disputes which have created precedents at the Supreme Court, including the constitutional review chamber. Among other things, Priit has represented a client in Estonia’s biggest software dispute and in Estonia’s first bitcoin-related regulatory lawsuit. Priit also successfully represented a client in a trademark dispute, in which the Supreme Court declared several provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure and Government Regulations that established limits to legal fees in civil disputes, as invalid and unconstitutional. Priit has advised several ICOs and launches of innovative blockchain projects.
Priit participated as the only attorney in a public and private sector work group, which for the first time in Estonia developed a recommended standard contract for the public procurement of software development. Major international legal publications (e.g., Chambers, Legal 500, WTR1000) have repeatedly identified Priit as one of top attorneys in the practice areas of IP, IT and tax law. Priit is the founder of Estonian Cryptocurrency Association (2014) and has been a long-term member of its management board. In addition, he gives lectures on cryptocurrencies and ICOs at the University of Tartu and numerous crypto conferences.
Priit is a member of Estonian Bar Association since 2001 and he also is a member of the IP/IT commission of the Estonian Bar. Given his wide and deep experience at the legal frontier of software and blockchain related law, he has joined the Supervisory Board of Hansecoin OÜ for it to safely navigate regulatory and commercial legal matters.
Ivar is an Estonian Authorised Auditor with 20 years of experience in auditing and consulting of Estonian large and middle size companies, Estonian head-quartered international groups, subsidiaries of large international groups and also public sectors. Ivar’s clients have been from different industries; he has vast experience with real estate and IT sectors among others.
Until the end of 2017, he had served as the head of Ernst & Young Baltic AS for seven years, prior to which he already was an EY partner of 9 years. Under his leadership, EY continued to build out its leadership role in the audit market. Prior to that, Ivar was an auditor at PwC for four years.
Ivar has been on the Management Board of Estonian Board of Auditors. He has given many public and in-house trainings on IFRS, Estonian GAAP, and auditing standards. Ivar has been lecturer at the EBS Estonian Business School MBA programme. He holds a bachelor degree from both the University of Tartu and the EBS. EY’s training programs further allowed him to attend course at Harvard Business School.
Contrary to everybody else on the team he not only enjoys but excels at tennis and golf.
We are very pleased that he has decided to embark on our blockchain launch with a view to giving it proper backbone structure and controls.
With more than 22 years of experience in real estate development, project development and management as well as international trade and commodity rokering in the Baltic region, Mr. Toivo Träss brings a strong local network of contacts as well as a better capacity for relating to the business environment in the area. Real estate development has been a longstanding passion of his, but not the only one: Together with his father Prof. Olev Trass, he founded AS Baltimere Invest, a biotechnology company specializing in the development of new specialty vegetable protein isolates, concentrates, and other protein products.
Today, Toivo is the chairman and leading shareholder. The Estonian company has an industrial production facility with an adjoining laboratory plus pilot plant complex and, since the beginning of this year, is expanding its factory to reach large volume production. After long years of product development from patent to human consumption suitable, the company is going global with its product range as Baltimere has a leading German-Canadian off-taker distributing its product to the meat processing industry in Europe and North America. From 1993-2004 Toivo was active in brokering commodity sales (metals, timber, foodstuff) to and from the Russian Federation.
He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Chemical Engineering Institute of the Tallinn Technical University. He holds an MBA in Economics as well as a BASc. from the University of Toronto. Born in Canada Toivo is fluent in English, French, and Estonian. Toivo is a Management Board member of Tiskre Eesti Mõnus Kodu OÜ.
Michael ‘Seb’ Spiessberger is a junior project manager at Tiskre Residentsid and for a few months on loan to Hansecoin to process asset data, construction and procurement related matters for the Use Case. He understands the underlying assets in detail as he worked on the related project planning in support of external engineers and architects during its construction tender phase, allowing him now to swiftly process the underlying data for Hansecoin in the current phase. In between his projects at Tiskre Residentsid he served his mandatory military service in the Austrian army. Prior to joining Tiskre he worked as a project manager for another affiliated entity developing prefabricated timber frame houses for export from the Baltics to Germany.
Michael graduated from Holztechnikum Kuchl with a focus on wood engineering. A native of Salzburg he is fluent in mangled German, English, a bit of Russian and learns Estonian. With versatility in AutoCad, CAM, CNC machines, structural and wood engineering he is capable of actual work. His true moral compass always reminds us of what is good, solid and right in work, family, and friendship. Whilst Hansecoin needs to engage in cloning Michael.
The only person rejected to become part of the team or any of the companies at hand in order to protect the project from vanishing into coin-vapour, but still our beloved external troll, Simon is a leading undertaker of valuable ideas with a long-standing background in pointless prevarication, listless procrastination, and bone-headed comfort zone seeking.
Known for his particularly random silly walks across the blockhead industry, his ability to deflate people’s motivation, sink their ambition, and deter his teams from serving customers is unsurpassed. With a background in level 2 coffee spillage management, inane keyboard atrocities, and colourful technobabble, he has made a career out of pennywise, pound foolish conversion of moldy wooden sticks into crypto-colourful seashells.
He holds a degree in pandimensional silly walks from the M.C. Escher School of Higher Perplexity and is a fellow mate of the Woolloomooloo drunk philosophy fellowship. Fluent in Kisuaheli, Romulan and Twat he is particularly fond of pangender electric sheep. He has two pet mosquitos in his pocket and engages in the challenges of match stick vaulting in his free time. Should you encounter him on Telegram, dear Ladies and Bruces, run or call Kevin. We are glad that we have so far managed to avoid him and his ilk.
Simon O. Templar
Our KYC expert and the other one of the two office dogs with an innate sense of smelling good people, finding snippets of food anywhere, and trading belly rubs for attention. Calm, content, and a joy to behold for our visiting partners. Dark as chocolate, sweet as a donut. Like his twin, a pure Hanseatic breed.
The poodles' quantum nature enables them to get on well with the likes of Schrödinger's cat.
One of the two office dogs adding smarts, indelible curiosity and stubbornness to the operation. Charlie is the older of the country cut twin poodles by just about five minutes (a googol worth of Plancks). A slightly barky praetorian guard by nature, he is the fluffiest grey poodle around Tallinn. A pure Hanseatic breed and resident PEP checker.
The poodles' quantum nature enables them to get on well with the likes of Schrödinger's cat.