Utrecht, Netherlands, 16th March, 2023
AllianceBlock, the company building seamless gateways between TradFi and DeFi through its decentralized and trustless infrastructure, announced today it’s partnering with ABO Digital, the private digital asset investment arm of Alpha Blue Ocean, to offer tokenized structured products for institutions and crypto projects and institutions seeking alternative forms of financing.
Through its first-of-its-kind partnership with ABO Digital, AllianceBlock will leverage its decentralized and trustless blockchain infrastructure and the Nexera Protocol to tokenize traditional financial instruments and the option to wrap them into traditional Actively Managed Certificates (AMCs) for capital providers that do not want to hold digital assets. The partnership is another key milestone for AllianceBlock in its mission to build seamless gateways between Traditional Finance (TradFi) and Decentralized Finance (DeFi).
ABO Digital was created to offer a variety of structured financial products to the digital asset market, including convertible bonds, debt issuance, and warrants/options, providing the capital startups need to grow their customer and revenue base. ABO Digital will also explore providing alternative financial investments to institutions through tokenization.
AllianceBlock and ABO Digital’s structured products will provide crypto projects with an alternative to traditional funding options, such as issuing tokens to market makers or venture capitalists via a Simple Agreement for Future Tokens (SAFT), helping them to access additional liquidity from institutional capital providers with full compliance.
Under the partnership, ABO Digital will help negotiate and structure financial instruments based on the project’s capital and liquidity requirements. AllianceBlock, together with Nexera Protocol’s infrastructure and NexeraID’s identity management toolkit, will tokenize and transform these into AMCs with full compliance. Participants’ capital will be locked into smart contracts, with those funds disbursed to projects only once the minimum funding threshold has been raised. In return, capital providers will receive a traditional AMC, with AllianceBlock managing the assets by holding the convertible bonds, debt or warrants. ABO Digital will receive a structuring fee based on the amount raised, with AllianceBlock taking the majority of fees for managing the AMC or directly through the tokenized asset.
Institutional and retail participants will benefit from the ability to provide capital to promising crypto projects using more risk-averse and compliant funding mechanisms, providing them with a different form of ownership than directly owning the project’s tokens. In addition, they’ll gain access to token capital-raising rounds reserved exclusively for large capital providers and the AllianceBlock community through the Fundrs platform.
ABO Digital and AllianceBlock will further bridge the gap between the crypto community and traditional financial markets by offering large crypto funds, private equity firms and other market participants the ability to provide capital in tokenized forms of traditional financial instruments, including shares, options, bonds, tokenized funds and tokenized AMCs. Tokenization will help these novel instruments to reach new classes of investors across both worlds, therefore increasing market liquidity.
Institutional capital providers are paying close attention to the tokenization of real-world assets and the potential impact they could have on the investment landscape. The trade of many real-world assets is still primitive, with ownership still signified on paper, thereby increasing transaction times and costs. The subdivision of real-world assets is also limited due to this model. With the tokenization of real-world assets, fractional ownership becomes a viable option and trading is streamlined, democratizing access to new markets while making them safer and fair. It is for these reasons that tokenization is set to play a transformative role in asset management for years to come.
“Through this strategic partnership, AllianceBlock is set to revolutionize the industry by leveraging its infrastructure to tokenise traditional financial instruments and new instruments for the digital asset space, taking a giant leap forward in providing institutions with a more compliant and risk-averse way to take advantage of DeFi’s benefits. This partnership marks a significant milestone for both companies and the industry as a whole, demonstrating our commitment to innovation, compliance, and risk management. The future of finance is looking brighter than ever.” –Rachid Ajaja, CEO of AllianceBlock
“Together, ABO Digital and AllianceBlock represent the perfect combination of innovation, expertise, and professionalism in the cryptocurrency market. With our combined effort, we aim to bring a fresh perspective to the world of decentralized and traditional finance and attract more institutional capital providers. We look forward to working with AllianceBlock and paving the way for a new era in finance, one that is both creative and professional.” — Amine Nedjai, CEO of ABO Digital.
The collaboration between AllianceBlock and ABO Digital represents an innovative example of how the digital asset and traditional finance industries can benefit one another. As the industry matures and AllianceBlock expands the concept of structured financial instruments in crypto, traditional institutions will gain access to a new class of previously inaccessible assets via tokenization.
About ABO Digital
ABO Digital is the digital asset investment arm of the ABO group, which provides PIPE (Private Investment in Public Equity) financing to publicly listed companies across the world and has executed more than $2 billion in financing commitments over five years. ABO Digital leverages its institutional-grade expertise to provide innovative and alternative financing to cryptocurrency projects
AllianceBlock is building seamless gateways between decentralized and traditional finance by remedying issues in both spheres and linking them more closely. They see the future of finance as an integrated system where the best of both worlds can work together to increase capital flows and technological innovation.
By bridging traditional finance with compliant, data-driven access to new decentralized markets, DeFi projects, and ecosystem-scaling tools such as funding and interoperability, they are building a next-generation financial infrastructure that aims to provide regulated financial entities worldwide with the tools they need to access the DeFi space seamlessly.