Friday, 2 December 2022

ADDX raises $58 million, Stock Exchange of Thailand and UOB join as shareholders

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Private market exchange ADDX has raised $58 million in a pre-series B funding round that saw several financial institutions come on board as new shareholders such as SET Venture Holding, a subsidiary of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), UOB, Hamilton Lane and Krungsri Finnovate, the corporate venture capital arm of Krungsri (Bank of Ayudhya PCL).

The latest investment brings total funds raised by ADDX to around $120 million, since the company’s inception in 2017. New investors join existing shareholders on the ADDX cap table, such as Singapore Exchange (SGX), Temasek-owned Heliconia Capital, Development Bank of Japan (DBJ), Japan Investment Corporation – Venture Growth Investments (JIC-VGI), Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings, Kiatnakin Phatra Financial Group and Hanwha Asset Management.

The funds will allow ADDX to scale its operations as the company entrenches its position as Asia’s largest private market exchange. The new shareholders will also partner with ADDX on specific projects that will help the exchange expand into new business areas, geographies or market segments. Several strategic initiatives by ADDX will also benefit from the fresh capital, including the recent launch of private market services for wealth managers, dubbed ADDX Advantage, ongoing efforts to bring on board world-class general partners as issuers, as well as product innovations that will bridge the worlds of traditional finance and digital finance.

ADDX is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) as a digital securities exchange. The financial technology company uses blockchain and smart contract technology to tokenise and fractionalise private market opportunities such as pre-IPO equity, private equity and hedge funds, as well as bonds, reducing minimum investment sizes from $1 million to $10,000. The resulting efficiencies help bring the benefits of private market investing to individuals, while lowering the cost and fundraising threshold for issuers.

Oi-Yee Choo, CEO of ADDX said, “ADDX is on a mission to democratise the private markets. The sizeable investment from SET, UOB, Hamilton Lane and Krungsri serves as a ringing endorsement for ADDX’s business model, the team we have assembled and the broader vision we have for transforming the capital markets and the wealth management industry. The new shareholders aren’t just capital partners, but strategic partners too. They have much to contribute in the form of expertise, ideas, market experience and business networks, and ADDX looks forward to adding value to their businesses in return. This pre-series B round sets ADDX up strongly for long-term success”.

Choo added, “SET is the second stock exchange to join as an investor after SGX, and this is part of a larger global trend over the past two years of exchanges joining forces in a new capital market landscape that emphasises continuity between the public and private markets. The backing of UOB and Krungsri, as well as the private markets investment firm Hamilton Lane, underscores the confidence we have built among important players in the ecosystem”.

Pakorn Peetathawatchai, president of the Stock Exchange of Thailand said, "Joining hands with ADDX which is a multi-asset digitised securities investment platform regulated by MAS will contribute to the great development of digital assets in Thailand. We look forward to working with the ADDX team and we strongly believe that the collaboration will provide extensive experience, knowledge and more opportunities to Thai capital markets' stakeholders through the international digital capital markets platform”.

Leong Yung Chee, head of group corporate banking at UOB said, “The partnership with ADDX complements our footprint in our home region of Southeast Asia and Greater China. We are constantly looking for innovative solutions to further strengthen our product offerings, and the tie-up with ADDX will certainly help us to do so. Our corporate clients will be able to tap new fund-raising channels, while our accredited investor clients will gain access to alternative investments in tokenised assets. We look forward to a fruitful journey with ADDX”.

Erik Hirsch, vice chairman and head of strategic initiatives at Hamilton Lane commented, “The ADDX platform is delivering transformative technology to a broad array of individual investors seeking access to the private markets.  They are well positioned in the digital securities space and Hamilton Lane is excited to have participated in this latest fundraise. This investment highlights our conviction around the attractive opportunity in providing private market investments to the non-institutional channel, expands our presence in Asia and allows us to join some of the leading institutions in that region in support of ADDX”.

Sam Tanskul, managing director, Krungsri Finnovate said, “ADDX has strong expertise as a global digital securities exchange, driven by blockchain and smart contract technology. This investment will further strengthen Krungsri’s ecosystem and partnerships, and significantly broaden investment opportunities for our high-net-worth customers as it offers enhanced access to private markets with a wide range of asset types such as private equity, hedge funds, and bonds, which better serve the needs of customers today. We look forward to collaborating with ADDX to introduce new initiatives for Thailand’s investment community”.

 Re-disseminated by The Asian Banker

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