Former State Street Blockchain Lead Launches Post-Trade Startup

Pete Rizzo
May 18, 2016 at 14:13 UTC
Updated May 18, 2016 at 19:38 UTC
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State Street’s former blockchain lead for Europe and the Middle East has launched a new startup focused on using blockchain technology to “redesign” the securities services industry.

Called RISE Financial Technologies, the startup is seeking to provide distributed ledger technology that provides data integrity and immutability to financial trades in a way that is in harmony with existing bank processes. Advisors for the project include former Chairman of the European Banking Federation (EBF) Ruud Sleenhoff.

Led by CEO Thorsten Peisl, RISE is said to be actively testing its solutions with financial institutions including banks, custodians and central securities depositories (CSDs). Peisl’s departure from his previous company was made public in January.

Given the recent concerns about confidentiality within distributed ledger environments, RISE said it has built its technology so that different parties have different levels of access to information stored with its ledger tech.

The company said:

“Issuers have a view but no control into final beneficiaries; financial institutions (ledger operators/validators) have access to client information; and regulators have a complete view of the information in their jurisdiction in real-time but no direct control over the assets.”

In statements, Peisl said that he foresees distributed ledgers changing the way post-trade processes work, but that in order to do so, the technology needs to be custom built for the industry’s use.

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