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Deutsche Bank Embraces Tokenization: Joins Project Guardian for Future Innovation

Deutsche Bank, a global financial powerhouse with $973.4 billion in assets, has become the latest major player to embrace tokenization.

On May 14, Deutsche Bank joined Project Guardian, a tokenization initiative led by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. This move follows their 2023 Digital Assets Management Access (DAMA) project, which focused on issuing and transferring tokens on the Ethereum blockchain.

Boon-Hiong Chan, Deutsche Bank’s Asia Pacific Head of Securities & Technology Advocacy, told The Defiant that staying ahead in tokenization and web3 adoption is crucial for the future of banking.

“Embracing innovation is essential to future-proofing our industry,” Chan said. “Asset servicers like Deutsche Bank need to effectively handle the various blockchain platforms that asset managers will use for tokenization to promote adoption and foster innovation.”

This announcement comes as more of the world’s largest financial institutions are exploring on-chain finance.

“Tokenizing assets and funds has significant potential for financial markets,” Chan continued. “By collaborating and gaining a deeper understanding of new digital methods for representing assets, we aim to contribute to advancements in asset and wealth management.”

Earlier this week, S&P Global Rankings released a report stating that tokenization could revolutionize the asset management industry through significant efficiency gains.

Chainlink’s Cross-Chain Interoperability Protocol (CCIP) has been crucial in supporting enterprise adoption of tokenization. CCIP has been involved in tokenization pilots by banks such as ANZ, BNY Mellon, Citi, BNP Paribas, Euroclear, Lloyds Banking Group, and SIX Digital Exchange.

Project Guardian
Deutsche Bank joins 17 other institutions in Project Guardian, including regulators from the UK, Switzerland, and Japan.

The first phase of DAMA explored fund issuance and management on the Ethereum blockchain, involving asset managers, transfer agents, and custodians. Project DAMA II will continue to explore tokenizing digitally represented assets, with Deutsche Bank set to propose “protocol standards and identify best practices” on Layer 2 as part of the initiative.

Deutsche Bank will enhance its collaboration with Memento Blockchain, which is developing zero-knowledge Layer 2 scaling solutions on Ethereum. The bank will also work with Interop Labs, the founder of Axelar Network, another participant in Project Guardian.

“Secure blockchain interoperability is essential to unlocking the trillion-dollar potential in asset tokenization,” said Sergey Gorbunov, co-founder of Axelar. “Deutsche Bank and Project Guardian are leading the way in establishing the open systems needed to enable this technology.”

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