In a recent development, global investment powerhouse Goldman Sachs and French universal bank BNP Paribas have taken the lead in a new funding round for Fnality, a blockchain-based wholesale payments firm supported by Nomura Group.
Fnality successfully secured £77.7 million ($95.09 million) in its second funding round, according to Reuters.
The significant funding drive saw active participation not only from Goldman Sachs and BNP Paribas but also from prominent settlement houses like Euroclear and Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation. Notable contributors included the global exchange-traded fund firm WisdomTree and Fnality’s existing investor Nomura.
This funding effort also witnessed renewed support from initial round backers such as Banco Santander, BNY Mellon, Barclays, CIBC, Commerzbank, ING, Lloyds Banking Group, Nasdaq Ventures, State Street, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and UBS.
It is worth noting that UBS and several other global banks had injected £55 million ($63.2 million) into Fnality in June 2019, with the primary goal of launching a blockchain-based trade settlement platform.
Fnality has outlined ambitious plans for the newly acquired capital, intending to establish a round-the-clock global liquidity management network for innovative digital payment models in both wholesale financial markets and emerging tokenized asset markets. The firm has communicated that this funding will be pivotal for the initiation of the Sterling Fnality Payment System in 2023, pending approval by the Bank of England.
According to Fnality, its blockchain technology application empowers institutions to leverage central bank funds across various potential use cases.
Mathew McDermott, Goldman’s Global Head of Digital Assets, highlighted these applications, including “instantaneous, cross-border, cross-currency payments, collateral mobility, and security transactions.”
Founded in 2019 as a UBS-led blockchain project, Fnality aims to develop digital versions of major currencies specifically designed for wholesale payments and transactions involving digital securities.
The firm originated as part of the Utility Settlement Coin (USC) project, which sought to tokenize fiat currencies like the US dollar or the euro on an Ethereum-based blockchain.
Fnality’s latest funding success reflects the ongoing momentum within the blockchain and digital asset space.
Other major global banks, such as JPMorgan, have also actively explored blockchain and tokenization. In early November, JPMorgan introduced a new programmable payment feature on its JPM Coin platform, targeting institutional investors.