European Markets Regulator Seeks Feedback on Regulation of Tokenized Securities

The European Union’s markets regulator is seeking feedback on whether regulations need to be amended to accommodate tokenized securities.

  • The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is seeking submissions from stakeholders on the use of blockchain technology in the settlement and trading of tokenized securities.

  • Specifically, ESMA is exploring whether existing rules need to be amended to be effective for securities traded using distributed ledger technology (DLT).

  • The agency’s “DLT Pilot” will explore how data stored on a blockchain could enable more efficient, secure and cost-effective trading and settlement of securities. It is expected to commence in early 2023.

  • Stakeholders have until March 4 to submit their comments.

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