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BNP Paribas Asset Management announced that it has successfully completed a full end-to-end fund transaction test late last year, using blockchain technology.
The test has been conducted leveraging on BNP Paribas Securities Services’ blockchain programme, Fund Link and FundsDLT, a blockchain-based decentralized platform for fund transaction processing, which has been developed through collaboration between Fundsquare (a subsidiary of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange), InTech (a subsidiary of POST Group) and KPMG Luxembourg.
The test demonstrated that Fund Link is able to connect with other blockchains, opening the door to a new model of interoperability, and marks a key milestone for fund distribution. The transaction included each part of the fund trade process, from delivery of the order to the processing of the trade.
Fabrice Silberzan, Chief Operating Officer, BNP Paribas Asset Management commented:
We have a unique opportunity to continue shaping the future of the asset management industry using digital technology, and transform the fund distribution process. While investors will benefit from reduced transaction time, we will also profit from a sleeker, more streamlined system underpinned by technology and relevant for all fund types and geographies.
The test also makes BNP Paribas Securities Services one of the first asset servicing providers to process a full end-to-end fund transaction using blockchain technology, which is integrated within its core platforms.
Arnaud Claudon, Head of Asset Managers, BNP Paribas Securities Services, said:
This is a key milestone in our Fund Link project as it showcases the interoperability of our platform, something which will be key to us moving forward. This transaction is a continuation of the work we started earlier last year and is fully aligned with our goal of co-creating with external partners and the wider market.
Said Fihri of KPMG Luxembourg explained:
The pool of asset managers using FundsDLT to perform test transactions is expanding. The participation of leading asset managers like BNP Paribas Asset Management is a clear indication of the platform’s growing maturity, and firms from further afield – in the US, UK and Germany – have also entered into discussions with the FundsDLT team. There’s a real sense of excitement about the project, and a feeling that FundsDLT is playing a role in shaping the fund distribution landscape.
Olivier Portenseigne of Fundsquare concluded:
Our goal is to collaborate with major players from the fund industry to capitalise on the benefits that blockchain technology brings. We are delighted to see BNP Paribas Asset Management come on board as a frontrunner in pioneering and testing our platform. FundsDLT is an international initiative that streamlines a number of activities within the fund distribution value chain, and as a consequence, will reduce costs for the benefits of investors across fund and investor domiciles. This will certainly bring a competitive advantage to early joiners.