UBS and OSL Pioneer Hong Kong’s First Ethereum Tokenized Warrant

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UBS AG, in collaboration with OSL Digital Securities, introduces Hong Kong’s first tokenized warrant on the Ethereum blockchain, marking a landmark moment in financial innovation and blockchain adoption.

UBS AG’s recent announcement heralds the launch of the first-ever tokenized investment-grade warrant in Hong Kong using the Ethereum public blockchain network. This pioneering product, a call warrant with Xiaomi Corporation as the main asset, signifies the fusion of conventional financial mechanisms with cutting-edge blockchain technology, potentially reshaping the landscape of digital finance.

This innovative tokenized warrant sold to OSL Digital Securities Limited represents the first of its kind to be issued natively on a public blockchain, highlighting a significant evolution in the financial derivatives space. The collaboration between UBS and OSL, a subsidiary of OSL Group, highlights the growing synergy between traditional banking institutions and the burgeoning field of digital assets.

Winni Cheuk, Head of Sales at UBS Global Markets, APAC Public Distribution, and Patrick Pan, CEO of OSL Group, highlighted the myriad benefits introduced by this new product. These include increased transparency, reduced transaction fees, streamlined settlement processes and extended trading hours, all facilitated by the underlying blockchain technology. The tokenized warrant uses smart contracts to automate and optimize trading and administrative tasks, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing operational costs.

Tokenization of financial products by UBS is not a new venture; the bank has been actively researching and implementing blockchain solutions since 2015. In 2022, UBS issued a $50 million fixed rate tokenized note to its Asia Pacific clients through its UBS Tokenize platform, further demonstrating its commitment to digital asset innovation. The issuance of the tokenized warrant in collaboration with OSL Digital Securities marks a continuation of UBS’ efforts to expand its digital asset capabilities and explore new avenues for financial products in the blockchain domain.

This initiative not only strengthens UBS’s position as a leader in derivatives products in Hong Kong, but also marks an important milestone in the regulated virtual asset landscape. As pioneers in the issuance of an investment-grade tokenized financial product, UBS and OSL are setting a precedent for the future of financial innovation, opening up new opportunities for accessibility, efficiency and transparency in the digital finance sector.​​​​

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