Hanwah Invests $ 5 Million In Blockchain Capital Market Platform iStox
Recently, the blockchain capital markets platform iSTOX declared a $5 million investment from South Korea’s Hanwha Asset Management. Currently working in the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) FinTech Regulatory Sandbox, iSTOX is supposed to go live in the following months.
Produced and run by ICHX Tech, Singapore-based ISTOX is creating a platform for the issuance, custody, and trading of digitized securities.
The firm is supported by the SGX (Singapore Exchange) and state-owned Temasek’s investment arm Heliconia Capital. In November 2019, the company’s secondary market went live, and it developed its first issuance of blockchain-based security.
Shortly after, the Singapore unit of Japan-based Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings funded $5 million in the company. Last year, the firm’s ‘Series A round’ also involved Thai investment bank Kiatnakin Phatra Financial Group. With the grant from Hanwha, the company now has stockholders in Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and South Korea.
“As iSTOX continues to grow, our relationships with partners like Hanwha are allowing us to build a powerful foundation to develop iSTOX into a pioneering service that addresses the evolving needs of 21st-century investors,” stated Danny Toe, Founder and CEO of Singapore-based ICHX Tech.
Japan’s Hanwha Asset Management is a part of Hanwha Life and is the biggest shareholder of Hanwha Investment & Securities. It had $80.20 billion in assets under administration at the end of 2018.
Meantime, iSTOX has built partnerships with law firm Allen & Overy, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, SAC Capital, and RHT Capital. iSTOX earlier said it was looking for more associations in Asia.
The iSTOX platform leverages blockchain and smart contracts to streamline the issuance and trading of digital securities and combines investors and issuers immediately. This significantly decreases the time and expense of managing digital securities while contributing more investment options.
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