Last update: March 25, 2019
The principles outlined in Listing/ Delisting Policy (the “Policy”) build a framework of coin listing/delisting principles and procedures applied by CEX.IO LTD (the “CEX.IO”).
The objective of the Policy is to ensure that CEX.IO protects its business and Users by listing only legitimate coins and provide the User with clear and transparent delisting procedure.
Future listings and delistings of coins on the Platform will be based on the guidelines set out in the Policy. CEX.IO will consider how each prospective coin that wishes to be listed or should be delisted on the Platform for prescribed reasons complies with the principles below.
To avoid doubts, words “coin” and “token” used in this Policy interchangeably.
Capitalized terms used in the Policy shall be interpreted in accordance with the definitions provided below:
Coin: means a peer-to-peer decentralized digital representation of value (e.g. bitcoin, ethereum, etc).
Coin candidate: means the Coin that possibly can be listed on the Platform.
Coin issuer: means a company or coin team that issues the Coin.
Committee: means a CEX.IO’s committee comprised of senior management, and other employees, which presence is deemed necessary by senior management team.
Storage fee: means a fee for storing of delisted the Coin that is charged after provided thirty (30) days possibility for Users to withdraw it.
Social Media: means CEX.IO’s official Twitter page available via https://twitter.com/cex_io and CEX.IO’s official Facebook page available via https://www.facebook.com/CEX.IO or CEX.IO’s Official Blog available via https://blog.cex.io/.
Token: means a unit of account used to express digital balance in a specific asset.
Platform: means an environment created by CEX.IO that allows to trade Cryptocurrencies on CEX.IO’s official website - https://cex.io/.
Project: means a blockchain network where the digital asset is used.
1. COIN LISTING PROCEDURE
1.1 The listing procedure can be initiated by CEX.IO that selects the Coin candidate or by the Coin issuer itself.
1.2 If a listing procedure initiated by CEX.IO – it conducts general internal audit among all existing coins for most proper coins that possibly can become the Coin candidate.
1.3 If a listing procedure initiated by the Coin issuer itself – it should make a listing application request to become potential Coin candidate that is available at https://support.cex.io/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=360000224564
1.4 The Committee examines all potential Coin candidates on a first-come-first-served basis.
1.5 The Committee can approve or reject the potential Coin to become the Coin candidate.
1.6 In case the Committee approves potential Coin to become the Coin candidate, then CEX.IO informs Users about this Coin candidate immediately by means of email notification or Social media post.
1.7 After User notification on Coin candidates, the Committee initiates evaluation procedure of the Coin candidate’s documents that were required to be provided by the Coin candidate and CEX.IO conducts internal due diligence in a reasonable time period, but no longer than two (2) months from the moment of the Coin candidate’s documents received. As soon as due diligence is completed the Committee decides to list the Coin or not.
1.8 If the Committee makes a decision not to list the Coin, then CEX.IO will send a CEX.IO’s official listing rejection to the specified by the Coin candidate email. CEX.IO reserves the right to reject the Coin candidate without providing any reasons.
1.9 CEX.IO ensures the Coin candidate’s opportunity to re-appeal if the key reason for Coin listing rejection indicated in CEX.IO’s official listing rejection will be eliminated.
1.10 If the Committee approves listing of the Coin, CEX.IO will inform the Coin issuer about official listing approval by means of email indicated by the Coin issuer.
1.11 Users will be subsequently informed of the Committee decision by means of email or by Social Media post. If the Coin listing approved, CEX.IO will assign a period during which the Coin will be available for trading on the Platform.
2. EVALUATION CRITERIA
2.1 The foundation of the Listing Procedure is built on criteria mentioned in articles 3 – 9 of the Policy evaluating which CEX.IO will decide on the possibility and expediency of listing of the Coin.
2.2 These criteria should be assessed by the Committee.
3. COIN GENERAL INFORMATION
3.1 The Coin impact
How the Coin influences the development of the domain industry and technology overall.
Technology of the Coin uses is innovative and unique.
Whitepaper has detailed explanation of the problems it aims to solve and the original ideas behind their solving mechanism, along with the clear description of their Project.
The Project should have a clearly described roadmap, which they follow in accordance with the timeframes.
4.1 Founders and staff
Founders should be experts in the domain area of the Project. Staff should consist of a sufficient number of employees working on the Project development.
The presence of a solid background in business management and a clear vision of strategy.
4.3 Project Location
The Coin has a geographic location and the possibility of communication with developer community.
5. TECHNICAL ASPECTS
5.1 Source code
The code is accessible, well-tested, easy to understand and maintainable.
5.2 Developer community
The code is developed and maintained on a regular basis. Active and responsive developer community.
Vulnerabilities, bugs are regularly fixed. The code doesn't allow any assets losses and ensures funds integrity.
5.4 Prototype availability
The Project is available for implementation via testnet or mainnet.
6. LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE STANDING
6.1 Legislative framework
The Project does not fall under the definition of a security in any jurisdiction and does not violate any laws by its nature.
The Coin issuer conducts an audit on an ongoing basis by professional auditors.
6.3 Compliance framework
The Coin will not interrupt CEX.IO’s ability to meet Anti-Money-Laundering (AML) and Know-Your-Customer (KYC) compliance obligations and any other obligations under government licenses in any jurisdiction. Also, the Coin issuer conducted AML and KYC procedures within the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) process if any.
There could be defined rights related to the Coin (for instance, voting rights, ownership rights, etc). In such case, CEX.IO will not be exercising these rights on behalf of a token holder and is not responsible for making sure a coin holder exercises these rights for his benefit.
7. WORLDWIDE AVAILABILITY
7.1 Market capitalization
The Сoin takes a wide part of global market capitalization.
7.2 Trading volume
The amount of Сoins used in the turnover and the frequency they are exchanged.
The Сoin is listed on the number of exchanges with a wide diversity of trading pairs.
8.1 Project social activity
The Coin issuer actively communicates with its customers in various channels, including email, social media, and support requests and provides timely answers to questions of the community.
8.2 The Coin provision
The possibility of distribution of some amount of Coins within Users on the Platform.
8.3 Joint marketing
The Coin issuer is interested in common promotion and PR events and creating a new Project jointly with CEX.IO.
9. COMMUNITY DEMAND
9.1 Community activity
The Project has a several social media channels with a big number of followers who actively respond to the regular Project's news and updates. Internet community provides positive comments and feedbacks on the Project.
9.2 The Coin growing potential
The presence of possible increasing of the Coin value with the Project roadmap progress. The Coin impact on the industry may increase the Coin price.
9.3 Investors interest
The Project benefits from the interest of various stakeholders, including private investors, venture firms or hedge funds, preferably those who have experience in the industry of financial innovations.
10. DELISTING PROCEDURE
10.1 CEX.IO reserves the right to delist any Coin from the Platform for any reason with thirty (30) days prior notification to the Coin issuer and Users that possess such Coins on their Platform Accounts.
10.2 CEX.IO will inform Users that have such Coins on their Platform Accounts about the Coin delisting by means of email notification and by Social Media post. Users bear the sole responsibility for regularly checking updates on the Coin delisting.
10.3 CEX.IO shall follow next criteria while taking a decision to delist the Coin from the Platform:
a) implementation of new regulatory standards and other compliance issues;
b) blockchain or related technology becomes compromised or defective;
c) the Coin no longer supported by the Coin issuer or others;
d) limited trading volume on the Platform or potentially suspicious trading activity;
e) unreliable Coin issuer who ignores listing good practice and act without good faith;
g) complaints by Users and traders of the Coin.
h) detection of other risks related to the listing.
10.4 CEX.IO shall provide Users with a thirty (30) days term after delisting notification to withdraw Coins which will be delisted from their Accounts.
10.5 Thirty (30) days term for withdrawal will not be available in case of a force-major, namely an event beyond CEX.IO control, including, but not limited to the Coin's non-working blockchain or wallet, due to which CEX.IO will be unable to conduct any transactions.
10.6 The User acknowledges that he/she will not has any possibility to withdraw delisted Сoin after thirty (30) days term mentioned in the clause 10.4 will expired.
10.7 If the User does not withdraw the Coin within 30 (thirty) days after delisting notification, the Storage fee will be applied. The size of the Storage fee will be determined for each delisted Coin individually. CEX.IO will notify Users that possess such Coins on their Platform Accounts on the Storage fee size in delisting notification.