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It’s cold and damp. So, we must be in London! It’s also mid-November, so that can only mean we’re over here for Digital Asset Week’s London edition on the 14th and 15th of November, 2023. And though the weather outside the Grand Hotel next to Trafalgar Square might have been inclement, the atmosphere inside was warm and friendly – as well as tinged with excitement - among the many participants.
21X attended last week’s event as a platinum participant, allowing us an exhibition stand to demonstrate our DLT exchange to delegates across the two days, as well as having a table at the gala dinner where social and business interactions capped an enjoyable and fruitful few days of activity.
As the understanding and value of our DLT exchange gains traction across the DeFi world, we’re now being invited to many of the most interesting conferences and forums bringing together capital markets and digital asset technology players – and DA Week was a case in point.
Both Max Heinzle, our CEO and Marc Hegen, our CTO, were invited to participate in panels at the event. On the first day Max was part of a ‘Fireside Chat’ with our good friends Pavel Izmaylov, director of financial services and digital assets, and Bruce Jackson, chief of digital asset funds and business – both from Apex Group. The topic of ‘listing exchange traded products in the DLT era’ was discussed and Max had the opportunity to explain why 21X is positioned to become the first DLT exchange to be licensed to trade and settle investments that are compliant with the EU’s regulations set out by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).
On the second day of the conference Marc was part of a panel that discussed’ the lifecycle of a tokenized asset’. He was joined on the stage by Speakers: Aron Dutta, strategic advisor at Tassets; Mihai Mosneanu, head of institutional sales at Obligate; David Reed, distribution and innovation at Invesco; and Frank Walczak, senior managing director, Global Ecosystem Development at Inveniam. The conversation was very much focused on standards and interoperability and that topic was a key takeaway from the entire event – how can industry and authorities work together to create the right standards and regulations that will allow the digital assets ecosystem to grow without stifling innovation. It was agreed that this has to happen if we are to have confidence in, generate and expand trading liquidity for digital assets around the world.
With our licensing soon in the EU through meeting the new ESMA standards, 21X is at the forefront of driving a regulated – and, therefore, trusted - DLT trading environment.
With a great mix of institutions – from Nomura and UBS, to Citi and JP Morgan – to the fintech companies that are building the digital assets ecosystem – DA Week in London demonstrated the speed of development that is taking place to put blockchain technology at the heart of the financial markets. And 21X is happy to report that we will be at the forefront of driving this brave new world!
Keep visiting our website to stay informed about when we’ll again be speaking at conferences around the world in the coming months to impart our thoughts on the future of the digital assets in finance industry, as well as our own exciting development.