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7 European institutions harnessing the power of blockchain technology

9 European institutions harnessing the power of blockchain technology

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  • Notable firms in Europe have taken major steps in embracing blockchain technology.
  • These notable firms include UBS, Siemens, and Banco Santander

In recent years, European institutions have increasingly embraced the potential of blockchain technology, with many banks and financial organizations developing and adopting blockchain-based solutions. Here is an overview of some of the initiatives undertaken by European financial institutions that demonstrate the maturing blockchain space.

Societe Generale

Societe Generale, France’s third-largest bank, launched the Ethereum contract for a euro-pegged stablecoin, EUR CoinVertible (EURCV), in April. The bank’s blockchain-focused subsidiary, Societe Generale-Forge, announced that the stablecoin would be made available exclusively to vetted institutional investors, following strict KYC and AML checks. However, this move illustrates Societe Generale’s commitment to staying compliant with regulatory standards.

European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union’s primary lender, issued its first sterling-denominated digital bond on Ethereum earlier this year, following previous sales of euro-denominated digital bonds in 2021. The EIB’s adoption of blockchain technology demonstrates significant affirmation from the European Union.

Siemens

German engineering giant Siemens issued a $65 million one-year bond on Polygon in February, in accordance with Germany’s Electronic Securities Act. Several major investors, including DekaBank, DZ Bank, and Union Investment, participated in the digital bond offering.

ABN AMRO

Dutch bank ABN AMRO used the Stellar blockchain to issue a $492,000 bond on behalf of an aircraft parts company in January. The bank partnered with tokenization firm Bitbond and Fireblocks to facilitate custody, showcasing ABN AMRO’s interest in blockchain solutions for bond issuance.

UBS

Swiss bank UBS issued a $370 million bond on the SIX Digital Exchange blockchain platform, which is geared towards regulated tokenized offerings. The bond was also sold on the Six Swiss exchange, and investors could choose to clear the bond on either SDX or SIX.

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas, in July last year, tokenized a bond on the Ethereum blockchain to fund a solar energy project under French utility giant EDF. This initiative enabled smaller investments and facilitated the development of smaller renewable energy projects.

Banco Santander

Spanish bank Banco Santander issued a $20 million bond on the Ethereum mainnet in September 2019, marking the first end-to-end blockchain bond. More recently, the bank has been testing a blockchain-based tokenization platform for transferring car ownership of used cars in Brazil.

Conclusion

European institutions have demonstrated their commitment to adopting blockchain technology by implementing it in various use cases. As these institutions continue to explore the potential of blockchain, it is expected that more innovative solutions will emerge, further revolutionizing the financial industry.

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Damilola Lawrence

Damilola is a crypto enthusiast, content writer, and journalist. When he is not writing, he spends most of his time reading and keeping tabs on exciting projects in the blockchain space. He also studies the ramifications of Web3 and blockchain development to have a stake in the future economy.

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