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LSEG Considering Blockchain for Setting Up Digital Ecosystem

The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) is currently exploring the utilization of blockchain technology to establish a comprehensive digital marketplace ecosystem aimed at facilitating the raising and transfer of capital across a diverse range of asset categories. Murray Roos, head of capital markets at LSEG, shared with the Financial Times that the exchange has dedicated approximately a year to investigating the potential of establishing a blockchain-powered trading platform.

Roos emphasized that LSEG’s focus lies not in constructing anything related to cryptocurrency assets but rather in harnessing blockchain technology to enhance the efficiency associated with the procurement, sale and custody of traditional assets. He further emphasized that LSEG exercised patience, ensuring that public blockchain technology attained a satisfactory level of robustness while also considering investor readiness before advancing their plans.

LSEG is contemplating the establishment of a distinct legal entity dedicated to the digital markets sector, with the aspiration of having it operational within a year, pending regulatory clearances. The company is actively engaged in discussions with regulatory bodies across various jurisdictions, including the British government. The group’s move aligns with the prevailing sentiment in mainstream financial circles where institutions are increasingly recognizing the potential of blockchain technology to streamline the issuance and trading of financial instruments.

Blockchain, renowned as the foundational technology supporting cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and other digital assets, functions as a digital ledger that records and validates transactions. A key element in this transformation is the concept of tokenization, the process of creating digital representations of bonds and stocks, easily tracked using technology.

Recent data from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) revealed that about $800 million worth of traditional assets have undergone tokenization and been incorporated onto the blockchain. In the past year, initiatives such as the $50 million asset tokenization project launched by the Avalanche Foundation and the introduction of tokenized securities in the European market by Securitize have signified growing interest in this space.

Furthermore, established institutional giants, including Bank of America, have acknowledged the potential transformative impact of asset tokenization. In a study published in July, Bank of America projected that the tokenization of traditional assets, revolutionizing both financial and nonfinancial infrastructure as well as private and public financial markets, is anticipated to materialize within the next 5 to 15 years.

Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, has articulated his belief that the next markets’ generation would be driven by the tokenization of assets, underscoring the pivotal role blockchain technology is poised to play in the future of financial markets.

The interest that the LSEG is showing in blockchain technology validates companies such as Riot Blockchain Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT), which firmly believe that the use cases of this novel technology will keep growing around the world.

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