Despite the success of the Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), alternatives to the ICO crowdfunding model were sought at the same time. The so-called Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs) are a new ICO variant that combines several advantages.
In contrast to an ICO, the tokens are not issued directly by the issuing company but via an exchange platform. The fundraising event, i.e. the collection of capital, then takes place directly on a crypto exchange.
The IEO shares some essential commonalities with the ICO:
In the case of an Initial Exchange Offering, the tokens are not sold directly via the company's own platform, but rather using the service of a mediating exchange.
Whereas an ICO involves two parties (issuer and investor), an IEO usually involves three parties (issuer, investor and exchange).
Depending on the exchange, the integration of the exchange can represent a considerable marketing advantage, since the user base of the exchange can be accessed. In addition, a listing on renowned stock exchanges is a kind of legitimation for the credibility of the project.
Of course, there are no guarantees for success and even projects within the framework of IEOs can have a fraudulent character. Investors should therefore take the utmost care when making investment decisions.
An IDO is an initial dex offering. Dex stands for Decentralized Exchanges. They are therefore a special form of the IEO, whose only special feature is that the exchange used is decentralized.
For example, the well-known Binance exchange offers IEOs on the "Binance Launchpad" exchange and IDOs on the decentralized "Binance DEX" exchange. The first IDOs on Binance DEX (RAVEN, Cubiex eSports) were launched in July 2019 and proved to be a great success for participants.
Among the most interesting developments for companies was the announcement by Binance that successful IDOs could possibly lead directly to a listing on Binance.
The taxation of IEOs in Germany is no different from that of ICOs. However, there are some additional considerations.
While with the ICO the questions mainly revolve around the legal and in particular trade and turnover tax legal classification of the token, further questions have to be clarified with the IEO and IDO:
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