Laureate Digital Securities Ltd. (“Laureate Digital”), a fintech company which integrates blockchain technologies with the asset management industry, announced today the establishment of its global headquarters in Bermuda. Laureate Digital chose Bermuda because the country has instituted the world’s most robust legislation to govern the creation and trading of digital securities and sets high regulatory standards for companies operating in the financial technology industry.
Laureate Digital also announced today the acquisition of MESH OTC, a decentralized over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives exchange initiative powered by blockchain. As part of the acquisition, MESH OTC’s CEO and co-Founder, Martin Wörner, is joining Laureate Digital’s leadership team as Chief Technology Officer.
“Laureate Digital has been building out its business by working with those who share the Laureate vision that blockchain will completely disrupt the asset management industry,” said Nicole Biernat, President and Chief Operating Officer of Laureate Digital. “We are enabling this shift and Bermuda is the leading jurisdiction for this confluence. The acquisition of MESH OTC made it possible for us to bring their CEO on board. Martin’s work has been at the forefront of the marriage of capital markets and blockchain, and we are beyond pleased to have him.”
In his new role, Wörner is responsible for all facets of the company’s technology infrastructure and will lead the firm’s efforts on employing blockchain and other cutting-edge technologies to disrupt the capital markets industry. In addition to his work in blockchain, Wörner brings more than three decades of experience in capital markets technology, with tenures at some of Europe’s leading financial institutions.
“At Laureate Digital, we strongly believe that the days of paper-based subscription forms and confirmation letters from administrators will come to an end, and secondary market trading in blockchain-based securitized funds will be the norm,” said Wörner. “I’m delighted to join the company and help to position Laureate Digital on the vanguard of this transformation.”
“We are pleased to welcome Laureate Digital to Bermuda,” said Sean Moran, Interim CEO of the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA). “Our agency’s concierge service has assisted the Laureate Digital team with its due diligence, providing information on our jurisdiction’s laws and regulations, as well as introductions to law firms, administrators, directors, and other service providers with whom they have partnered in this venture. We’re particularly excited that such an innovative company has chosen Bermuda as its global headquarters at a time when we are building a world-class platform for digital asset businesses. Laureate Digital is the first start-up to merge asset management and blockchain technology in this way, and it signals an evolution for the funds industry.”
About Laureate Digital Securities Laureate Digital Securities was founded to address the lack of institutional-quality service providers prepared to support the advent of digital securities. The company facilitates the securitization of investment funds on a blockchain, enabling them to become tradeable on digital security exchanges. In addition to creating these securities, Laureate Digital is developing a platform to provide the requisite services for the administration of regulatory-compliant digital security offerings and the trading of them in the secondary market. For more information or to inquire about career opportunities with Laureate Digital Securities, please visit laureate.io or email [email protected].
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