Germany Introduces Crypto e-Stocks Bill

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Germany’s Finance Ministry has published a draft bill that aims to place stocks issued on public or private blockchain on the same footing as stocks issued through traditional means. “In line with the overarching principles of capital market laws, such as technological neutrality and proportionality, the bill sets up no preferential specifications for individual register techniques so that the market can develop and offer innovative solutions,” the Ministry said. The requirement for stocks or government bonds to have a paper certificate will soon no longer apply in Germany with stock issuers able to maintain their own register based on blockchain technology. “The approach proposed in the draft pragmatically combines future-oriented technology with the long-standing legal and regulatory framework for securities,” said Frank Dornseifer, the managing director of Bundesverband Alternative Investments eV (BAI) which represents the interests of the alternative investment industry in Germany. The bill provides that for crypto securities,…

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