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Hong Kong investment banking giant launches first tokenized commercial paper on Ethereum

source-logo  crypto.news 02 April 2024 11:38, UTC

In a landmark development, GF Securities, a leading investment banking giant based in Hong Kong, has announced the launch of Hong Kong’s first tokenized commercial paper on the Ethereum blockchain.

This move, reported by the HKEJ, seeks to introduce a major advancement in the local digital asset ecosystem and also cement Hong Kong’s position as a leader in the integration of traditional financial systems with blockchain technology.

For the uninitiated, tokenization involves the conversion of the rights to an asset into a digital token on a blockchain. GF Securities’ initiative is a response to the growing global interest in the tokenization of Real World Assets (RWA), which is part of a broader movement toward the digitization of physical assets.

This trend has continued to gain momentum, as it offers investors a more direct way to get involved in the real economy. ABT Tech, a blockchain firm based in Hong Kong, will provide the technical support for this tokenized commercial paper.

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Notably, the issuance complies with the regulatory guidelines set forth by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) last November, which established a regulatory framework for such innovative financial instruments in the region.

The use of the Ethereum blockchain as the foundation for this tokenized security introduces multiple benefits, including an opportunity for investors to monitor and manage their investments with greater flexibility and independence from traditional institutional constraints.

In addition, Ethereum facilitates the creation of supplementary tools and integrated management solutions, reducing entry barriers and democratizing investment access. BlackRock leveraged Ethereum for the launch of BUIDL, its latest push into blockchain tokenization.

On a global scale, RWA tokenization is recognized as the next phase of crypto development, potentially unlocking trillions of dollars into the blockchain industry. Interestingly, a report from BCG suggested that tokenized assets are expected to reach a $16 trillion market by 2030.

U.S.-based blockchain payments company Ripple is also looking to secure its spot in the growing tokenization industry, disclosing plans last year to transform the real estate industry through tokenization. The firm was also included in Hong Kong’s move to launch e-HKD, the digital Hong Kong dollar.

Notably, the recent move from GF Securities comes up a few months after BOCI, the investment banking arm of the Bank of China, partnered with UBS to issue tokenized notes on Ethereum in June 2023.

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