Singapore FinTech Company, STACS, Co-Develops Blockchain Platform with EFG Bank

Asia Blockchain Review

October 22, 2020

Hashstacs Pte Ltd (also known as “STACS”), a Singapore FinTech company focusing on Blockchain technology solutions, announced its partnership with EFG Bank (“EFG”) to co-develop a Blockchain platform that will enhance and simplify the processes of structured products.

“Project Nathan — Smart Structured Products”, a collaboration between STACS and EFG, aims at using new Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to automate and manage the entire lifecycle of a structured product. The Nathan platform comprises the underlying STACS Blockchain and smart contracts, and a business application with an intuitive user interface.

The Nathan platform was awarded the Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”)’s Financial Sector Technology and Innovation (FSTI) Proof of Concept (POC) grant on 2 March 2020. The FSTI POC grant provides funding support for experimentation, development and dissemination of nascent innovative technologies in the financial services sector.

Project Nathan achieved many milestones through close collaboration work between STACS and EFG. It is currently in its first phase, where STACS worked with EFG to remodel the workflows involved in a structured product transaction, facilitated the internal efficiencies between various EFG departments involved in structured product transactions, as well as looked at the usage of smart contracts to automate aspects of trade inception and trade servicing.

Mr Benjamin Soh, Managing Director of STACS, said: “Tapping on the success of Phase 1 of Project Nathan, we are now able to proceed with further phases of commercialisation for the Nathan Platform, and look towards further rollout of our digitalisation initiatives towards the wider industry.”

Workflow processes that are heavily manual today, such as the reconciliation of structured product trades and fixings, are now enhanced and simplified on the Nathan platform. EFG has reported a significant reduction in manhours and operational risks, and an increase in efficiency of more than 50%. Overall, the Nathan Platform has allowed the bank the ability to increase servicing capacity by close to 300%. Starting with FX Accumulators, the solution will be scaled up to include other types of structured products in future.

Mr Ivan Ferraroni, Managing Director of EFG Bank, Hong Kong said, “Participating in this MAS funded initiative was an exciting experience for EFG and our team members.  This is in line with our efforts to change the speed and scope of digitalisation in our business. Working with STACS has been very smooth and seamless, and we certainly managed to learn from each other. The project is innovative, demonstrates significant efficiency gains and can be extended to other asset classes in the future.”

Codeveloping Blockchain Use cases with market participants

With recent trends of blockchain adoption in the capital markets, STACS serves as a complete solutions partner. By co-developing a Blockchain project with EFG, STACS has provided a model for market participants, providing them a solution for industry pain-points highlighted by the participants. STACS also provides a full suite of platforms covering different services in various live projects with multiple stock exchanges and commercial banks in both the EU and Asia.

“Project Nathan demonstrates the commitment of STACS as an innovative fintech development company to help financial institutions like EFG Bank to embrace digitalisation and seek new opportunities.  This is an exciting time in the FinTech world as we see a growing number of institutions looking at Blockchain, and EFG has taken the lead to adopt this innovative approach to structured products. Adoption of new technologies by financial institutions will enable them to reap the benefits of reducing costs and improve efficiencies,” added Mr Benjamin Soh.

 About STACS

Hashstacs Pte Ltd or “STACS” is a Singapore fintech development company providing ready platforms that make global markets simpler for financial institutions. STACS is leading the way forward by digitalizing assets, processes and documents using next generation blockchain-based technology. Its clients and partners include investment banks, stock exchanges, custodian banks, asset managers and private banks. STACS is a recipient of the MAS FSTI POC grant, and a technology participant of the MAS Project Ubin.

About EFG Bank

EFG Bank is one of the largest Swiss private banks with strong roots in the home market and a global presence. EFG represents security and solidity, an entrepreneurial way of thinking and acting, and a powerful blend of agility and reliability. EFG’s motto is: “Entrepreneurial thinking. Private banking.”

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