London-Based Blockchain Startup Raises $3.9M with Equity Tokens on LSE’s Turquoise
Helen Partz's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 50%
United Kingdom-based blockchain startup 2030.io has raised $3.9 million through a platform owned by the London Stock Exchange, fintech news Finextra reported on April 15. Known as Twenty Thirty or 20|30, the startup has reportedly secured 3 million British pounds by selling tokenized shares on LSE-owned equity trading platform Turquoise. In July 2018, 20|30 became one of 29 firms that were approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to start testing within its fourth cohort of a regulatory sandbox.
With FCA approval, 20|30 became authorized to issue equity tokens on the Ethereum blockchain, with the firm announcing that LSE's Turquoise will be the first platform to pilot the sales of its tokenized shares. According to the recent report, the trial has been carried out successfully, using "Real cash money." Tomer Sofinzon, Twenty Thirty's co-founder and chief risk officer, said that the company further plans to offer secondary transfers, and "Work our way up the 'capital stack' to reinvent private equity and public markets." Recently, Thailand's National Legislative Assembly officially allowed the issuance of tokenized securities on a blockchain, with the government planning to amend the Securities and Exchange Act with relevant laws in 2019.
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