This week Clearmatics and Axoni, at Consensus 2018, presented how a financial fluxion can be issued with the help of a smart contract, launch a payment and then activate a cross-chain atomic cost transfer between two certain networks. This meant the first time a fluxion deal has been come on one enterprise blockchain and stated on another. This development stage is important because interoperability is now emerging as a major design aim for distributed ledger technology (DLT).
Facilitating end-to-end processing from point of trade to settlement, we need to make the assumption that that process is going travel through multiple systems, rather than a single monolithic settlement system, distributed or otherwise.
The collaboration is significant also because of the clout of the players involved. Axoni, located in New York, is dealing with a wide range of significant financial institutions and infrastructure providers to promote trillions of notional value in U.S. dollars onto blockchain tech across a variety of asset classes.
Also, its partner in the presentation, Clearmatics of London, is cooperating with a consortium of banks and financial institutions to construct digital fiat that is completely provided by cash at the corresponding central bank and transferable on a distributed ledger.
If we can collaborate appropriately and facilitate linkage between those networks, what you end up with is a highly automated, highly transparent process all the way from trade agreement through to settlement finality.
Axoni has also been making great efforts in the derivatives space and other areas of post-trade processes, while Clearmatics is concentrated on the regulative sphere of the activity, so the teaming was an obvious fit (both are building technology based on ethereum-derived architecture).