SLIB revitalizes unlisted securities with IBM Blockchain Platform on IBM LinuxONE™
By Franck Amiot | 4 minute read | January 23, 2020
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Unlisted securities can offer investors better-quality stock at lower prices than their listed equivalents. Just think: get in early on a startup that disrupts the marketplace, and the payoff could be very profitable. Yet, traditionally, brokers can find it difficult to access this market.
At SLIB, we set out to help facilitate the trade of assets in the domain of unlisted securities that are seeking liquidity and have low capital requirements. We were asked by a consortium of nine banks to transform this area through digitalization. With help from IBM LinuxONE solution provider ACMI, we’re succeeding in breathing new life into unlisted securities markets.
Understanding the challenge
Today, it can be difficult for buyers and sellers of unlisted securities to find each other. When they do connect, processes are opaque and time-consuming. For example, to swap intermediaries, you usually fill out a paper form, post it and wait for it be processed manually.
For SLIB, it represented an unmissable opportunity. We’re a leading securities service provider operating in France and beyond. Offering innovative solutions to the financial industry is our specialty.
The nine banks that commissioned this project are already responsible for 50 percent of the market for unlisted securities in France. They recognized that this was an area ripe for transformation through automation and called on us to help make that change happen.
Refining the vision
When you think transparency and trust, you think blockchain. On behalf of our banking clients, we set out to build RegistrAccess, a platform that uses blockchain technology to digitize deeds of transfer and the book-keeping registers of unlisted securities holders.
We enlisted the support of our long-term partner ACMI to advise on the best solution for our requirements and budget. ACMI helped us find a reliable, industrialized platform for Blockchain: IBM LinuxONE technology.
IBM LinuxONE solutions deliver on multiple levels, including security, reliability and availability. IBM Blockchain Platform on IBM LinuxONE is a production-ready combination that’s tried and tested. IBM enterprise server technology is used throughout the banking sector, so we knew that the choice would put our clients’ minds at rest.
The embedded hardware security module (HSM) allows us to manage private keys at a level of security that is second to none. We chose Docker Enterprise Edition as our container platform and Kubernetes as our container-orchestrator system, making infrastructure management and scalability simple.
ACMI demonstrated agility throughout the project, helping us to adapt the architecture to meet the different requirements of each of our nine banking clients. The company is leading deployment and integration of the solution and will manage it for us once it’s in production.
Working with IBM and ACMI, we developed RegistrAccess so that it’s compatible with multiple platforms. Customers will find it easy to integrate the solution with their own systems. If they want to keep things separate, we also offer basic services through an easy-to-use client interface.
RegistrAccess will streamline information exchange between issuers of securities not admitted to the operations of a central depository, their agents and account-keeping custodian banks. It will also digitize shareholders’ registers.
Issuers or their agents in charge of register bookkeeping will have an easy and secure solution that will provide comprehensive, up-to-date visibility of their securities. With RegistrAccess, they will be able to confirm deeds of transfer while updating their register, regardless of the size of their organization. Custodian account-keepers will have a fully digital solution that automates the entire process.
Trading with confidence
RegistrAccess will bring revolutionary efficiency and transparency to the unlisted security market. Currently, our banking clients employ multiple people to manage transactions. With our solution, we will transform these staff members’ productivity, enabling them to react faster and more accurately.
Our solutions will give every stakeholder in a transaction comprehensive visibility. For the first time, investors will see where their funds are going in a way that was only possible for listed securities in the past.
Best of all, we will introduce new fluidity to the unlisted securities market, making it easier to buy and sell with confidence than ever before. This will benefit all of our clients — financial and non-financial — as well as the stakeholders on both sides of a transaction.
This is just the beginning. Once we launch our platform, we’ll be able to use it to help people trade anything of value. For example, we could link our tokenized marketplace platform to RegistrAcces in order to manage non-financial assets like works of art or even race horses, and we’ll be able to harness the power of IBM Blockchain Platform on IBM LinuxONE to connect investors with assets with unprecedented control and insight.
Running IBM Blockchain Platform on LinuxONE can help you achieve advanced security, scalability and performance. Learn more at ibm.com/blockchain/platform.