Banco Santander exec talks up DLT utilization in finance


John Whelan, the pinnacle of Banco Santander’s blockchain lab in Madrid, not too long ago touted the potential for elevated decentralized ledger expertise adoption in mainstream finance.

Talking throughout a webinar organized by Fintech Surge and the Future Blockchain Summit on Wednesday, Whelan remarked:

“I might think about a future the place there’s a world settlement community for an asset class of securities that operates in a completely managed, non-public, permissioned layer-two on high of a public blockchain community.”

Whereas acknowledging that present public blockchain networks won’t be optimized for high-frequency transactions, Whelan highlighted their suitability for settlements within the monetary providers enviornment.

“Settlement is just not one thing that has to occur instantaneously,” Whelan said, including: “Normally within the monetary market, settlement is T+5 — we agree on a commerce and we wait 5 days for settlement.”

For Whelan, stakeholders within the monetary providers trade see important potential in lowering the settlement throughput by way of blockchain networks.

The Banco Santander digital asset chief additionally said that DLT utilization in mainstream finance wants to succeed in a degree the place ERC-20, or another blockchain-based token normal, turns into appropriate to be used in what Whelan termed “regulated DeFi” or “reg-DeFi.”

Earlier in April, Rune Christensen, CEO of decentralized finance unicorn MakerDAO, said that DeFi will require regulatory clarity to maneuver from its present remoted bubble part towards extra important interfacing with mainstream finance.

Whelan additionally touched on the current announcement that Banco Santander was one in every of three monetary establishments chosen by the European Funding Financial institution to issue a two-year 100-million-euro ($120 million) digital bond. Based on the financial institution government, the authorized document of possession is domiciled solely on the general public Ethereum blockchain.

Societe Generale, one of many different banks chosen for digital bond issuance by the EIB, additionally not too long ago issued a security token on the Tezos blockchain.