ABN AMRO, headquartered in Amsterdam, became the first bank in Europe to register a digital bond on the public blockchain, using Fireblocks. The digital bond was issued to a select group of investors to raise funds on behalf of APOC, an ABN AMRO commercial client in the aerospace industry.
ABN AMRO’s bond issuance sets an innovative precedent in bringing more real world use cases of blockchain technology to traditional financial markets. This initiative showcases the potential of new financing streams for commercial companies across all industries.
Edwin van Bommel Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
This updated digital solution for providing our medium-sized and larger commercial clients with leveraged financing fills a gap between traditional bonds and crowdfunding. Thanks to the blockchain, it’s highly efficient and very client-friendly.
It’s not just banks who have stepped up their adoption of blockchain technology – in October 2022, the Israel Ministry of Finance and Tel Aviv Stock Exchange issued a first-of-its-kind digital bond with Fireblocks.
How ABN AMRO launched the first digital bond in Europe with Fireblocks and Bitbond
ABN AMRO collaborated with Fireblocks and Bitbond on the issuance of APOC’s tokenized bond offering.
- The smart contract was created on the Stellar blockchain, using Bitbond’s technology.
- ABN AMRO then utilized Fireblocks’ end-to-end tokenization platform to securely mint/burn, and custody the token, as well as to simplify digital asset treasury management processes.
- Ownership of the bonds was recorded on the blockchain in the form of tokens that investors acquired after they had paid for the bond.
As the issuer and Sole Arranger of its first digital bond, ABN AMRO is setting a new bar for how traditional banks can better serve commercial clients using blockchain technology. Fireblocks is proud to support ABN AMRO with secure, highly-scalable foundational technology for the issuance of digital bonds.Michael Shaulov CEO and co-Founder