UK Government to Invest $26.6 mln in Blockchain

Organisations can apply for a share of £19 million for innovative projects or £12 million for business-graduate partnerships in either industry sector area
24 January 2018   2561

The United Kingdom’s technology development arm, Innovate UK, announced on Monday it has up to £19 million ($26.6 million) to invest in innovative ideas for new products, processes and services in the fields of emerging and enabling technologies and health and life sciences, including blockchain technology.

Participants have to submit their proposal until March 28, 2018, and project must meet the specific competition scope. The projects’ scopes must cost at least £35,000 and last at least for three months, but can go on to three years with a cost of £2 million, according to the announcement. One more part of the eligibility criteria is that businesses should be able to raise up to 70% of their costs on their own.

The agency will also offer a further £12 million ($16.8 million) for businesses trying to recruit graduates to help develop their project.

Societe Generale to Issue ETH DLT Based Bonds

Societe Generale SFH used the OFH security token, based on Ethereum's public blockchain to issue secured bonds for 100 million euros
24 April 2019   79

French banking corporation Societe Generale Group issued bonds in the form of security tokens, using the public Ethereum blockchain.

On Tuesday, the company announced that its division Societe Generale SFH used the OFH token to issue secured bonds worth 100 million euros. According to the investor services of the rating agency Moody’s, Societe Generale turned out to be the “sole investor” of the financial instrument and did not involve any third-party participants in its purchase.

A bond is issued for a five-year term with a 12-month grace period. The security presented by a token gives its holder the same rights as that issued in traditional form.

Moody’s argues that the use of the blockchain can have a positive effect on the rating of a financial institution, in particular due to increased transparency and reduced likelihood of errors resulting from the difficulties and the number of intermediaries involved in the process of issuing secured bonds using traditional means.

PwC auditing company acted as a technology consultant for the project, while French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel provided legal support.

Earlier this month, Societe Generale-owned private bank Kleinwort Hambros announced the creation of a exchange traded note, intended for investment in the blockchain industry.