Coinstreet Holdings Limited (“Coinstreet“) is a leading global professional consultancy firm and solution provider in the digital asset sector, and Somerley Capital Holdings Limited (“Somerley“, stock code: HK.8439) is a leading financial group in Hong Kong with an established track record in the corporate finance advisory space in Greater China. Signum Digital Limited, (“Signum Digital“) is the joint venture of Coinstreet and Somerley, and has received an approval-in-principle from the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) for its security token offering and subscription platform. This is the first of its kind in Hong Kong.
Security tokens are a new type of blockchain-based virtual asset that may represent ownership in actual assets, such as real estate. The link to real-world assets may reduce the risk to prospective investors, assist their due diligence process and underpin the market value of the offering. Blockchain technology provides a transparent and efficient basis for digital assets to be traded in real time. Transactions are permanently and immutably recorded on blockchain, through cost efficient mechanisms and programable governance in the form of automated smart contracts. Subject to satisfying the conditions for final approval from SFC, this license will allow Signum Digital to operate a security token offering and subscription platform under the brand of “CS-Pro” (www.CSpro.io), serving professional investors and providing funding for issuers with qualified projects in Hong Kong and international markets.
Samson Lee, CEO of Signum Digital and Founder of Coinstreet commented, “In today’s financial market, SMEs face many challenges in traditional fundraising channels, and professional investors also have limited options for high quality alternative investment opportunities. Signum Digital aims to fill such a gap and we believe the CS-Pro security token offering and subscription platform can add much value to Hong Kong and international security token project issuers and professional investors.”
Martin Sabine, Chairman of Somerley, commented: “We believe there is considerable pent-up demand among professional investors to deploy a proportion of their portfolio into digital assets. The events of 2022 may have shaken their confidence in parts of the crypto world but not their belief that digital assets will play a pivotal role in the future of finance. STOs distributed by Signum Digital, backed by real assets and income streams, are in our view a medium risk way of participating in these future opportunities.”
Clara Chiu, CEO of QReg Advisory and Former Head of Fintech and Licensing Director of the SFC said, “We are proud to have advised Signum on the design of their STO platform and helped them secure the first-ever SFC licence for such a platform in Hong Kong. We are pleased to work with Signum which shares our passion for innovation and our commitment to excellence. The SFC’s license to Signum’s STO platform is truly ground-breaking, and we believe that it has the potential to revolutionize the way that businesses raise capital. We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting development in the industry!”
Combining Coinstreet’s security digitization and asset tokenization expertise with Somerley’s grounding in best practice for conventional corporate finance, Signum Digital will offer professional investors fully compliant asset tokenization offering and distribution model which may cover a wide array of asset types and classes ranging from private equities, debts, income bearing notes, real estate, investment funds, commodities, and fixed assets, capital equipment, to carbon credits, arts & collectibles and other alternative investment assets.