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FRANKFURT, 7th December 2023: 21X - which will soon bring to market its unique trading and settlement system for digital assets based on blockchain technology - today announced the creation of a new Executive Advisory Group, with the appointment of seven senior industry financial and crypto leaders – namely, Dr. Demelza Hays, Matt Blumberg, Colin Butler, Emmanuel Vallod, Julien Bouteloup, Bernhard Bucher and Pavel Izmaylov. With a diverse background - though all involved in fintech, blockchain development and investment - each will bring unique skills to advise on the growth and direction of the company.
Demelza Hays is the director of research at Cointelegraph. Over the last eight years, she has authored over 20 analytical reports on digital assets and managed two regulated cryptocurrency funds. She was a Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ recipient in Europe in 2019 and a U.S. State Department Fulbright Scholar from 2012 to 2013. Emmanuel Vallod is a product leader and start-up founder, with comprehensive experience in fintech. He is presently CIO at Stake Capital group and advisor at GSR Ventures. With an engineering and software development background, Julien Bouteloup has been involved in Bitcoin since 2011, most recently as founder of trading and blockchain investment firm, Stake Capital.
Matt Blumberg is the renowned host of the ‘Decent Crypto’ podcast and vice president of institutional capital at Polygon. Colin Butler is global head of institutional capital at Polygon, following 18 years in the financial markets undertaking institutional equity sales and trading, private wealth management, and alternatives marketing. Bernhard Bucher is co-founder and partner of Dcrypted, a venture capital company focused on Web3 technology. Completing the Executive Advisory Group panel is Pavel Izmaylov, senior executive member of digital assets working group at global fund administrator, Apex Group Ltd.
Max J. Heinzle, founder and CEO of 21X, stated:
“I welcome the creation of the 21X Executive Advisory Group which comes at an exciting period in the development of 21X as we build towards securing our license for operating a DLT exchange. The market know-how and strategic counsel offered by Demelza, Matt, Colin, Emmanuel, Julien, Pavel and Bernhard will be core to our ongoing development. With the pace of change in the world of blockchain and digital exchanges, it is important that we can call upon the guidance of some of the brightest minds in the fintech industry as external advisors as we seek opportunities that will shape the future strategic direction of the company.”
21X is a disruptive fintech, developing a game-changing blockchain-powered DLT (distributed ledger technology)-based trading and settlement system (DLT-TSS), soon regulated by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Tokenized financial instruments - such as stocks, bonds, or funds – are driving the next wave of institutional adoption towards blockchain, which will bring about profound changes to the global financial industry.
21X has submitted its application for a license to operate a European DLT exchange – under the name 21X – and is expected to be one of the first, if not the first, company authorized to operate under the EU DLT Regime once the license is granted. With the growth of digital asset trading, 21X will enable smart contract-based trading and settlement of tokenized stocks, bonds, and fund instruments.
The company will also leverage its world-leading DLT technology to build an ESMA-regulated market infrastructure, allowing customers to incorporate the 21X platform into their digital exchanges, enabling them to trade and settle tokenized securities.
21X - a subsidiary of 21finance – is headquartered in Frankfurt. The company was set up in March 2023 and presently has 20 employees across Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Jeffrey Hartjes, Founder Associate, 21X
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