Dec 9, 2020
New York, NY —
Securitize, the industry-leading primary issuance and compliance platform for digital securities (security tokens) and SEC-registered transfer agent, today announced its integration with Avalanche, the highly-scalable, open-source platform for launching applications and enterprise blockchain deployments in one, interoperable ecosystem.
In what amounts to a significant upgrade in time and cost savings for blockchain-based financial services offerings, issuers utilizing the Securitize platform can now issue and manage private securities (via security tokens) using the Avalanche blockchain.
The Avalanche blockchain executes transactions with sub-second finality and low transaction fees, which represents a dramatic improvement over existing public blockchains. Standard Avalanche transaction fees average $0.04, in comparison to Ethereum’s “gas” costs that reached over $100 per transaction in 2020. The sub-second transaction finality on Avalanche is also a significant improvement when compared to Ethereum’s which are typically between 15 seconds and 5 minutes.
Carlos Domingo, Securitize CEO & Co-Founder stated, “Integrating with Avalanche gives Securitize issuers and their investors seamless access to the latest blockchain technology while demonstrating our commitment to re-inventing private capital markets with proven, trusted technology solutions that are driving our industry towards an inevitable tipping point of mass adoption.”
“Digital securities remain an open frontier for innovation, and there’s no better home for these assets across their entire lifecycle than on the Avalanche blockchain with Securitize as a partner,” says John Wu, President of Ava Labs. “With Avalanche, institutions finally have the full package of speed, low cost, and customizability in asset structure they require to pursue tokenization at a meaningful scale, and we’ll soon see the first such issuances.”
The opportunity to digitize private securities is significant. In 2019, private capital markets raised more than double that of public markets -- $2.9T versus $1.4T (according to the World Federation of Exchanges) and did so with only 2.5% of eligible accredited investors participating. By 2023 private capital markets are projected to be worth $14T (according to Prequin). In contrast, the nascent digital securities market has a current market cap of only $500M (according to Security Token Market) indicating that the digitization of these markets has a lot of runway.
Founded in 2017, Securitize is one of the most successful and recognized companies in the security token space, with currently more than 150 customers and 50,000 investors currently using its issuance and compliance platform for digital securities. Securitize has raised over $30M to date from some of the world’s largest financial institutions, including Santander InnoVenture (rebranded as Mouro Capital), MUFG, Nomura Holdings, SBI, and Sony Financial Ventures (SFV). In addition, Securitize has received funding from well-known blockchain investors such as Algo Capital (renamed Borderless Capital), Blockchain Capital, Blockchain Ventures, Fenbushi, Kinetic, SPiCE VC, and the Tezos Foundation.
Securitize’s wholly owned subsidiary, Securitize Markets, LLC, is an SEC and FINRA registered broker-dealer and alternative trading system (ATS).
Since launching mainnet on September 21, Avalanche has over 600 full, block-producing validators participating in network consensus, and an additional 2,500 delegators participating in staking. Collectively, they account for over $1B in AVAX staked to secure the network.
Avalanche has attracted contributions from a large pool of open-source developers, awarded significant grants for engineers to build infrastructure and applications, and integrated with leading projects like Chainlink, Polyient, and Quantstamp. It has raised $60M to-date, including $42M in a 4.5 hour public sale this July, and a separate private sale led by Galaxy Digital, Bitmain, and Initialized Capital.
Securitize is unlocking broader access to alternative investments by enabling private businesses to raise capital from investors. Securitize has pioneered a fully-digital, regulatory compliant, end-to-end platform for issuing, managing and trading digital asset securities, with nearly 200 businesses and 325,000 investors already connected. Note that investments in private placements are speculative in nature, that they may be illiquid, and there is risk of principal loss. The Securitize platform is comprised of Securitize, Inc and its subsidiaries Securitize, LLC (an SEC-registered transfer agent) and Securitize Markets, LLC (an SEC-registered broker-dealer, member of FINRA and SIPC, and operator of the company’s alternative trading system, Securitize Markets). Learn more at http://www.securitize.io.
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Ava Labs makes it simple to launch finance applications using blockchain technology–with highly scalable and efficient networks, customizable public and private blockchains, the capability to create any digital asset, and more. We are empowering people to build an open, simple, and democratic internet of finance.
Ava Labs was founded by Cornell computer scientists who brought on talent from Wall Street to execute their vision. The company has received funding from leading investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Initialized Capital, Galaxy Digital, Bitmain, and Polychain Capital, with angel investments from Balaji Srinivasan and Naval Ravikant.www.avalabs.org