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Sygnum Pioneers Treasury Tokenization with USD 50M Fidelity MMF Investment

Sygnum Bank breaks new ground by tokenizing USD 50M of Matter Labs' treasury reserves into the Fidelity Institutional Liquidity Fund, enhancing the synergy between traditional finance and crypto.

  • Mar 20, 2024 12:24
Sygnum Pioneers Treasury Tokenization with USD 50M Fidelity MMF Investment

Sygnum, a prominent digital asset banking group, has announced the tokenization of USD 50 million of Matter Labs' treasury reserves. This strategic initiative has been facilitated through an investment in Fidelity International's USD 6.9 billion Institutional Liquidity Fund (ILF), marking a significant advance in the integration of blockchain technology with conventional financial products.

Matter Labs, renowned for its pioneering work in scaling Ethereum through zk-rollup technology, has taken this step as part of its broader strategy to transition its treasury reserves onto the blockchain. The on-chain representation of Fidelity's ILF units via Sygnum-issued security tokens provides a secure and transparent "Proof-of-Reserves", aligning with Matter Labs' commitment to transparency and institutional-grade security.

This project is the first of its kind to utilize Sygnum's multi-chain tokenization solution, converging the capabilities of traditional securities with blockchain's distinct advantages. By tokenizing a portion of the investment in Fidelity's money market fund, Sygnum is not only reinforcing the Crypto-TradFi nexus but also laying the groundwork for a fully tokenized financial ecosystem.

Jürg Rimle, Country Head Switzerland at Fidelity International, shared his enthusiasm for the partnership with Sygnum Bank, highlighting the increased access it provides to professional and institutional investors and underscoring the strengthening bridge between digital asset economies and traditional finance.

Fatmire Bekiri, Head of Tokenisation at Sygnum, elaborated on the collaboration's potential, emphasizing the combined strengths of blockchain technology and the expertise of a Tier 1 global investment manager. The collaboration illustrates Sygnum's mission to meld the crypto space with traditional finance (Trad-Fi) sectors to forge the future of on-chain finance.

Marco Cora, SVP of Business and Operations at Matter Labs, expressed the firm's eagerness to work with Sygnum in showcasing the institutional-grade security of the zkSync blockchain. The move to tokenize USD 50 million of their treasury reserves underlines Matter Labs' dedication to leveraging blockchain technology for enhanced investor confidence and transparency.

The rising trend of Real World Assets (RWA) tokenization, which saw a 74% increase in 2023 to USD 2.5 billion, speaks to the growing interest and confidence in the tokenization of traditional assets. The benefits, such as improved liquidity, accessibility, and the creation of new financial products, are catalyzing a shift towards more efficient and transparent financial markets.

Sygnum, with a banking license in Switzerland and licenses in Singapore, Abu Dhabi, and Luxembourg, is positioning itself as a leader in the digital asset banking sphere. The firm's vision of "Future Finance" is rooted in a legacy of Swiss and Singapore heritage, bridging the gap between the traditional and digital asset economies.

As the digital asset space continues to evolve, the tokenization of Matter Labs' treasury reserves via Sygnum's platform is a testament to the potential for innovative financial solutions that leverage blockchain technology. It is a step towards a future where digital and traditional financial services are no longer distinct, but rather, seamlessly integrated.

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