European Markets Regulator Seeks Feedback on Regulation of Tokenized Securities

ESMA wants to explore whether existing regulatory standards need to be amended.

Jan 4, 2022 at 10:26 a.m. UTC
Updated Jan 4, 2022 at 4:09 p.m. UTC

The European Union’s markets regulator is seeking feedback on whether regulations need to be amended to accommodate tokenized securities.

  • The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is seeking submissions from stakeholders on the use of blockchain technology in the settlement and trading of tokenized securities.
  • Specifically, ESMA is exploring whether existing rules need to be amended to be effective for securities traded using distributed ledger technology (DLT).
  • The agency’s “DLT Pilot” will explore how data stored on a blockchain could enable more efficient, secure and cost-effective trading and settlement of securities. It is expected to commence in early 2023.
  • Stakeholders have until March 4 to submit their comments.


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Jamie Crawley is a CoinDesk news reporter based in London.