A new company named DESICO is making significant strides in the area of tokenized securities, with the development of their trading and investing platform. 2017 saw an unbelievable outbreak of exuberance for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Unfortunately, this exuberance was met with many examples of fraud and lack of regulation, making it difficult to trust investments in the crypto space at current. DESICO looks to match the right level of regulation, with the benefits of tokenization and blockchain.
DESICO is “the first blockchain venture amongst competitors that offers an end-to-end solution to issue and trade Tokenized Securities”.
Surprisingly, 2018 thus far has seen a greater amount of ICO investing than 2017, which is remarkable considering 2018 has mostly been a bear market for the crypto space. In fact, the first quarter of 2018 alone saw $6.3 billion raised from ICOs (118% of that which was raised in 2017).
Tokenized securities have started to attract more attention over the past several months. One crucial piece to the tokenized securities puzzle however, is the aspect of a trading and investing platform that is properly regulated and ready to handle all that comes with the world of tokenized securities. DESICO fits this need.
In short, the DESICO team “will build an end-to-end infrastructure to issue and trade Tokenized Securities in full compliance with the EU member state law”.
DESICO is based in Paris, and in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania (European Union/Eurozone member state), which surprisingly achieved the third most ICO capital raised in quarter 1 of 2018, with the U.S. and China having the first and second most capital raised. As for those who question DESICO’s choice of location, the team responds by stating that “several Fintechs (e.g. Revolut) are operating with licences out of Lithuania for EU passporting reasons”.
There are several core beliefs held by the DESICO team, which have fueled their platform development. “ICOs lack investor protection (no real shareholders’ rights, misleading information by ICO issuers, lack of transparency post-ICO, scammers, fraudulent entrepreneurs)” and “ICOs face all sorts of frictions: a) difficulty to interact with the conventional banking system, b) difficulty in being listed on crypto-exchanges”.
The cryptocurrency space shows much promise and potential, but is currently limited by the aforementioned lack of security and legal certainty. Many investors are waiting for a solution like DESICO, before they become involved in the crypto and blockchain industry.
DESICO operations will be regulated by the Bank of Lithuania, which is under supervision of the European Central Bank.