Sygnum Bank Tokenizes $50M of Matter Labs’ Reserves for Transparency

Swiss-based digital asset banking group Sygnum has announced its plans to invest $50 million in the Fidelity Institutional Liquidity Fund on behalf of its client, Matter Labs. As part of its long-term strategy, Matter Labs aims to move all of its treasury reserves onto the blockchain with institutional custodians. In a bid to achieve transparency, the funds will be tokenized on the Ethereum-based zkSync layer-2 blockchain, which is managed by Matter Labs.

The tokenized funds will represent a portion of Matter Labs’ holdings in the Fidelity Institutional Liquidity Fund, an open-ended money-market fund based in Ireland with a total asset value of $6.3 billion. This move will enable Matter Labs to demonstrate proof of reserves. Marco Cora, Senior Vice President of Business and Operations at Matter Labs, emphasized that tokenizing the treasury reserves highlights the blockchain’s secure infrastructure and the company’s commitment to transparency.

This marks the first time that Sygnum has tokenized traditional securities. Mathias Imbach, Co-founder and Group CEO of Sygnum, expressed the company’s belief in the value of permissionless public blockchains, but also stressed the importance of compliance and regulation. Imbach sees Sygnum playing a role in facilitating collaboration between different players in the blockchain ecosystem.

The zkSync blockchain, which was established in 2018, aims to provide scalability to Ethereum DApps. It launched its public mainnet in April 2023 after securing $200 million in Series C funding in November 2022. According to L2BEAT, the blockchain reached a peak total value locked (TVL) of $870 million on March 10, with a current TVL of $715 million as of March 19.

Sygnum made headlines in 2020 as the first bank to tokenize its own assets. It has since offered its clients access to cryptocurrency staking, starting with Internet Computer and Tezos in 2020, followed by Ether in the subsequent year, and Cardano in 2022. Sygnum’s Singapore subsidiary obtained a Major Payment Institution license in October 2023, enabling it to provide crypto brokerage services to accredited investors and institutions. The bank does not accept clients from the United States.

This partnership between Sygnum and Matter Labs represents a significant step towards tokenizing traditional securities and further solidifies the role of blockchain in the financial sector.

Odele Davidson

Odele Davidson

12 thoughts on “Sygnum Bank Tokenizes $50M of Matter Labs’ Reserves for Transparency

  1. I’m skeptical about the scalability of Ethereum-based blockchains. Will zkSync really be able to handle the volume?

  2. Do we really need all these different blockchains? It just seems like unnecessary fragmentation to me.

  3. Tokenizing treasury reserves? Sounds like a recipe for disaster. Good luck with that, Matter Labs.

  4. This news further solidifies the role of blockchain in revolutionizing the financial sector. It’s an exciting time to be part of this digital transformation.

  5. Congratulations to Sygnum’s Singapore subsidiary for obtaining the Major Payment Institution license! This will definitely open up more opportunities for their crypto brokerage services.

  6. Why do they keep insisting on tokenizing everything? It feels like a desperate attempt to stay relevant.

  7. This feels like a PR move more than anything else. I’m not convinced that tokenizing traditional securities is necessary or beneficial.

  8. Just another attempt to make blockchain mainstream. Newsflash: it’s not going to happen anytime soon.

  9. Can we please move on from talking about blockchain all the time? It’s getting old.

  10. Another day, another blockchain announcement. Can they prove that this will actually benefit anyone?

  11. This whole partnership seems like a ploy to attract attention. I’m not buying it.

  12. Sygnum is truly a pioneer in the industry, being the first bank to tokenize its own assets. They continue to lead the way by offering their clients access to cryptocurrency staking.

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