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Citigroup Partners With Ava Labs To Complete Proof-of-Concept for Tokenizing Private Equity Funds
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Citigroup Partners With Ava Labs To Complete Proof-of-Concept for Tokenizing Private Equity Funds

  • Citigroup partners with Ava Labs to complete proof-of-concept for tokenizing private equity funds.

Citigroup, alongside other financial institutions like Wellington Management, ABN AMRO and WisdomTree, has completed a successful proof-of-concept for tokenizing private equity funds. 

This experiment, conducted in partnership with Ava Labs on the Avalanche blockchain, highlights the potential of blockchain technology to revolutionize the traditionally opaque and illiquid private equity market.

The project used simulated workflows and smart contracts to automate various aspects of the investment process, including distribution rules, identity verification, and even collateralized lending. 

This paves the way for streamlined management, fractionalization, and increased efficiency.

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However, despite the promising results, several hurdles remain before widespread adoption. 

Regulatory uncertainty surrounding tokenized assets, data privacy concerns, and technical aspects like data flow and cash settlement require careful consideration and collaboration between financial institutions, regulators, and technology providers.

Citi emphasizes the need for robust identity verification protocols and secure data solutions that balance transparency with confidentiality. 

Additionally, seamless data exchange and a tokenized cash leg for atomic settlement are crucial for smooth functioning.

“With a flexible onramp, blockchain technology could transform private equity markets,” Citi concludes, echoing their view on tokenized assets as a “killer use case,” particularly in the private equity space.

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