It has been revealed the fact that there are UK investment funds that just got green light for tokenization. Check out the latest reports about the matter below.

UK investment funds get green light

The UK government has approved the tokenization of investment funds, allowing the asset management industry to leverage blockchain technology, according to The Investment Association.

According to the association, fund tokenization has the potential to enhance efficiency, transparency and global competitiveness in the investment management sector.

The Technology Working Group of the UK government’s Asset Management Taskforce has published the initial stage of the roadmap, in collaboration with the UK Treasury, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and investment managers such as BlackRock.

The “UK Fund Tokenisation – A Blueprint for Implementation” report provides a baseline model for tokenization that can be implemented immediately by companies, designed to work within the existing legal and regulatory framework.

FCA-authorized funds are allowed to adopt tokenization for sales and redemption transactions through the model, subject to meeting specific criteria.

The criteria mandate investment portfolios to comprise only mainstream investment assets and maintain conventional valuation and settlement processes.

“Fund tokenization has great potential to revolutionize how our industry operates, by enabling greater efficiency and liquidity, enhanced risk management and the creation of more bespoke portfolios,” Michelle Scrimgeour, Chair of the Working Group and Chief Executive Officer at Legal & General Investment Management, said. “It is vital the UK remains at the forefront of technological development.”

“We welcome the report today which identifies a way forward for tokenization and has concluded that there are no significant regulatory barriers to the adoption of the proposed baseline model,” Sarah Pritchard, Executive Director, Markets and Executive Director, International at the FCA added.

The UK Finance Minister, Jeremy Hunt, recently announced legislation to expand the country’s digital assets sector through its Digital Securities Sandbox initiative.

The initiative aims to facilitate the adoption of digital assets in financial markets and is set to begin in Q1 2024. It is different from the FCA’s Digital Sandbox, launched in August, which supports firms in the early stages of digital product development.

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