Extending far beyond bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, Blockchain technology is bringing disintermediation to merely all industries. A survey from the World Economic Forum highlights that financial services will be transformed by this technology with expectations of at least 10% of the global GDP being stored on Blockchain platforms by 2025. The fund sector that is seeking levers for processing optimization and which relies a lot on financial service intermediaries such as transfer agents, fund registries, and fund administrations will be particularly impacted. Considering that the fund sector represents more than 50% of its economy, the Blockchain has the power of an earth quake that would shake to the ground the whole Luxembourg place.
So Blockchain, a fairy tale or an inevitable change?
A Blockchain relies on a digital and distributed ledger which performs in a transparent environment without the need for a trusted authority to validate transactions. Rather, there are computer nodes that follow some consensuses and protocols to operate the ledger in an automated way. A Blockchain is also able to execute so-called Smart Contracts application, self-executable computer programs that perform yet simple logic but can be assembled to produce sophisticated applications.
1.1 Fund industry in Luxembourg
1.2 Objective of this White Paper
1.3 What is the Blockchain?
2. Focus on distribution & settlement
2.1 The future fund subscription model
2.2 The transitional fund subscription model
2.3 Benefits of the Blockchain for transaction processing
2.4 Opportunities and challenges of near real-time settlement
3. Focus on AML/KYC
3.1 The future model for AML/KYC
3.2 Benefits of Blockchain for AML/KYC
4. Summary & conclusions
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