Launch of Fundchain, Blockchain Research Initiative for the Fund Industry
Luxembourg: 9 October, 2016. Scorechain, the Luxembourg-based company has announced today the constitution of an innovative group of 10 key players of the Luxembourg fund industry to explore Blockchain technology’s impact on the asset management industry. Ten founding members representing major financial institutions including BIL, BNP Paribas, CACEIS, European Fund Administration, HSBC, ING Luxembourg, Pictet, RBC Investor & Treasury Services, Société Générale Bank & Trust, and Professional Services firm PwC Luxembourg have joined forces with Scorechain.
The initiative called Fundchain, began in the summer and explores how Distributed Ledger Technology may help the fund industry improve efficiency and create new business opportunities.
For Pierre Gérard, CEO of Scorechain “As any Blockchain initiative the network effect is the main key to success. We aim to move beyond slideware and begin developing prototypes to test their integration within existing infrastructures. We have already identified several use cases in the fund distribution and asset servicing industry that could be interesting topics.”
Indeed, Blockchain technology could be a game changer in this highly-regulated ecosystem where several intermediaries interact with each other through huge manual processes prone to human error.
Nick Maton, Head of HSBC Securities Services in Luxembourg states: “Our participation in Fundchain allows HSBC to provide genuine thought leadership into developing solutions for clients by embracing new technology which in turn can be used to mitigate risk and improve efficiency. Working collaboratively allows us to jointly define solutions that are built by the industry for the industry.”
Pierre Olivier Rotheval, Head of Innovation at Banque Internationale à Luxembourg adds “The Fundchain initiative, built on Blockchain technology, has the potential to develop game-changing solutions for the fund industry. To be part of it was natural to us: supporting innovation and the national ecosystem of startups is a central component of our strategy. Luxembourg fund industry is a global leader, innovation and collaboration are necessary to keep this leading position.”
For Sebastien Danloy, CEO of RBC Investor Services Bank SA, “Blockchain should be viewed as a fundamental infrastructure. It will be a key part of how the client experience is reconfigured and retooled and the funds industry needs to tale the rise of Blockchain and Fintech seriously, learning from and working with this emerging sector to turn potential disruption into opportunities.”
Around the world, many projects such as Fundchain have been created to evaluate the potential impact of Blockchain on different sectors. Today, the technology is considered as a major innovation. Where Internet stands for the web of information, Blockchain is the web of values.
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