Sygnum Bank: tokenize assets on a large scale
30. November 2020
Sygnum Bank announces the launch of a platform on which tokenized assets can be traded. Why tokenization can make assets like real estate and art more liquid.
The Swiss Sygnum Bank will in future offer tokenized investments that meet institutional standards
According to its own information, Sygnum is the world’s first bank for digital assets that has all the necessary licenses to offer digital investment products to institutional investors.
In a press release, which the company released on Thursday, November 26th, Sygnum announces the launch of Desygnate. This is a primary market instrument that is complemented by the secondary market platform SygnEx. With the help of both platforms, investors will in future be able to access a wide range of tokenized assets.
From real estate to art
Sygnum Bank AG relies on investment products that are comparatively illiquid due to their nature and are therefore only available to a small group of investors. Large investments, such as in real estate, can be fragmented through tokenization and thus made accessible to less well-funded investors. Investors can trade digital investment products in the real estate, venture capital, mid-cap and art categories. According to the company, the market that can be opened up is in the trillions.
But blockchain-based tokenization models have other advantages in addition to being divided into small tranches. The billing is no longer dependent on a central point and thus a single point of failure, but takes place instantaneously, decentrally and at any time of the day or night. Decentralized offsetting can therefore only be beneficial to the liquidity of markets. The problem with digital investments has so far been embedding them in traditional finance structures. With the launch of the two platforms, Sygnum has come a step closer to establishing itself in the traditional financial sector.
Venture capital in particular is seen as an asset class that could benefit from tokenization. After all, such investments were previously closed to “small” investors due to their prohibitively high volumes. On the other hand, start-ups naturally benefit from a wider range of investors and can potentially tap more capital.