Deutsche Bank joins Singapore’s asset tokenization initiative

CoinNess Global
3 min readMay 17, 2024

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German multinational investment bank Deutsche Bank, is collaborating with Singapore’s central bank on asset tokenization.

Project Guardian

The company announced on May 14 via a press release that it has joined the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) Project Guardian. Project Guardian is an international collaboration between a number of market regulators, led by MAS. Other participants in the initiative include the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) and Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). The project focuses on asset tokenization relative to wholesale funding markets and decentralized finance (DeFi) applications.

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The bank outlined how it intends to participate as part of the collaboration, stating:

“As part of the asset and wealth management workstream, the bank will test an open architecture and interoperable blockchain platform to service tokenized and digital funds. It will then propose protocol standards and identify best practice to contribute to industry progress.”

The bank’s participation in the project will be headed up by its Asia Pacific (APAC) head of securities and technology, Boon-Hiong Chan. Anand Rengarajan, Head of Securities Services for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, commented on the development, stating:

“Contributing to Project Guardian will bolster our efforts to help shape the new frontier of asset servicing, and strongly position us to contribute to industry progress, and not only anticipate our clients’ needs but exceed their expectations.”

Memento Blockchain partnership

Deutsche Bank outlined that it intends to work closely with Memento Blockchain on the project. In fact, it has an existing ongoing collaboration in place with Memento, the developer of a decentralized asset management platform. Memento has developed multi asset swap products and it is currently working towards the development of a zero knowledge layer-2 solution.

The duo have worked together over the course of the past two years. A proof-of-concept known as Project DAMA (Digital Assets Management Access) emerged from that partnership. That body of work will be extended into DAMA 2.

Memento Blockchain is the software developer behind the Domani Protocol. It stated on X that more technical details relative to the collaboration will be released in the coming weeks. It added that the collaboration will also involve Interop Labs, the developer of the Axelar Network, the programmable Web3 interoperability platform.

Earlier this year, the Axelar Foundation established a partnership with payment technology firm Ripple Labs with a view towards tokenizing real world assets (RWAs) on top of the XRP Ledger, enabled via Axelar.

Axelar co-founder and Interop Labs CEO Sergey Gorbunov told Cointelegraph that “it’s now clear that secure blockchain interoperability is required to unlock the trillion-dollar potential in asset tokenization.”

Gorbunov added that “Deutsche Bank and Project Guardian are leading innovation toward establishing the open systems that will enable this technology.” He highlighted the relevance of the Axelar Network in that endeavor, suggesting that “Axelar is critical infrastructure for institutional adoption.”

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