NYALA Innovation Day: Exploring the Future of Tokenized Corporate Finance 


The NYALA Innovation Day brought together thought leaders, entrepreneurs and experts from the financial world to discuss the status of tokenized corporate finance. Hosted by NYALA at the Soho House Berlin and featuring prominent speakers, the event provided invaluable insights into the current landscape of tokenized securities and its potential impact on SME financing. The event was divided into two panels, each delving into distinct aspects of this evolving field. 

Panel 1: The Current State of Tokenized Corporate Financing 

The first panel was a comprehensive discussion of the current status of tokenized corporate financing. The speakers – Daniel Wernicke from NYALA, Tobias Tenner from the Bankenverband – Germanys leading interest representation of banks and fintech, Christopher Grätz from Invesdorone of Europes leading Crowdfunding platforms– which is tokenizing bonds, and Thomas Tüllmann from the Fintech and Blockchain focused law firm YPOG- explored several critical topics: 

Learnings from Practice 

The discussion about learning from practical experiences shed light on the significance of gaining insights from real-world challenges and successes. This topic resonated with many, as panelists shared their personal experiences and industry wisdom. Tobias Tenner, representing the Bankenverband, emphasized the importance of adaptability in the ever-evolving financial landscape. His message was clear: understanding the intricacies of tokenized corporate financing is crucial for success. 

Implications of the European Crowdfunding Regulation 

Regulatory changes are central to the transformation of this industry. The panelists provided valuable insights into the implications of the European Crowdfunding Service Providers Regulation (ECSPR) and the adjustments required to navigate this new regulatory landscape effectively. Christopher Grätz from Invesdor DACH highlighted the intricate balance between regulation and innovation. He underlined the impact of these regulations on startups and small businesses, particularly in their efforts to raise funds. 

The Role of Banks in Tokenization 

The role of traditional banks in this evolving landscape was a pivotal theme. The panelists explored how these institutions can adapt and find their niche in a decentralized, digital financial world. Thomas Tüllmann from YPOG painted a compelling picture of the future. He highlighted the potential of traditional banks to remain an integral part of tokenization by embracing technology and forming symbiotic partnerships with fintech startups. 

Panel 2: The Future of Tokenization and Its Implementation 

The second panel featured NYALA’s Co-CEO Johannes Schmitt and Ferdinand Cadmus from YPOG, and focused on the future of private and public token offerings and how these liquidity events can be effectively implemented. This thought-provoking discussion covered the following points: 

ICOs vs. STOs: Lessons Learned 

The evolution of DLT-based token issuances from Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) to Security Token Offerings (STOs) was a central theme. The panelists discussed the importance of regulatory compliance and the lessons learned from past fundraising methods. Johannes from NYALA  emphasized the necessity of adhering to regulatory frameworks to ensure the integrity and success of tokenized securities while sharing some war stories of the early “Wild West” days of blockchain-based token offerings. 

The Role of Standards in Tokenization 

Standardization and interoperability were at the core of the conversation. The panelists highlighted the need for industry-wide standards to streamline the creation and trading of tokenized assets. Ferdinand from YPOG stressed the critical role that standards and blockchain technology play in facilitating the adoption of tokenized financial products, ensuring investor confidence and market efficiency. 

Transferring Tokens to Founders and Employees 

The discussion surrounding the transfer of tokens to founders and employees raised important questions about achieving the right balance between offering token-based incentives and managing the complexities of such arrangements. The panelists emphasized the need for careful structuring to ensure that these arrangements serve their intended purpose effectively. 

A highlight of the event was the closing question posed by Sven Wagenknecht: “At what point will tokenized securities dominate the market?” The diverse responses from the panelists – ranging from “fewer than 10 years” to “only a few years” – reflected their varying perspectives and levels of optimism. It is clear that,  tokenized securities may still need some time to gain maturity and (eventually) dominance, even if the eWpG was introduced more than 2 years ago 

The NYALA Innovation Day provided a comprehensive view of the current state and future potential of tokenized corporate financing. The event highlighted the need for collaboration, adaptability, and innovation as the financial industry continues its transformative journey into the realm of tokenization. As regulatory frameworks evolve, and technology advances, these discussions will remain at the forefront of financial innovation, guiding the path towards a future where tokenized securities may indeed dominate the market. 


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