IBM to become a shareholder in trade-finance blockchain-based platform

IBM has become a shareholder in trade-finance block-chain based platform, owned by 12 European banks.

IBM owns the Hyperledger-based IBM Blockchain Platform that is built on and 7% of its IP, along with CaixaBank, Deutsche Bank, Erste Group, HSBC, KBC, Nordea, Rabobank, Santander, Société Générale, UBS and UniCredit.

Ciaran McGowan,’s CEO commented:

Now we’ve got a very strong partnership with IBM for scaling globally and we are working closely together on Asia, Africa and Latin America.


Back in 2018, was the first enterprise blockchain consortium to go live. Group of banks founded the platform to help European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) get better access to trade finance. IBM has been a technology partner of the project from the beginning.

The platform’s CEO has expressed that’s plans to work in conjunction with other distributed ledger-based trade finance networks, such as Hong Kong’s platform eTradeConnect, formed by 12 Asian banks. aims to automate many trade finance processes and provide traders with access to insurance, credit rating and logistic services. The network allows traders to initiate orders, manage the order-to-payment process and attain financing, as well as to search and find new trading partners.

The platform’s goal is to improve the trade finance lending process and support companies in growing their business and reaching new markets.

Jason Kelley, GM Blockchain Services, IBM, commented:

Jason Kelley

The strategic direction for and IBM is focused on driving growth and transparency across the entire trade ecosystem, collaborating to enhance the network effect of blockchain, and expanding access to trade finance and other services to the market place. Innovative technology and new pricing structures will help more banks align to internal production controls using their choice of cloud services. Meanwhile aims to help banks create new trusted trade corridors and expand markets by interconnecting with other regional trade services platforms.


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