Tokenization of Securities: A Paradigm Shift in the Financial Markets
Published on January 14, 2024
Author : Greg Hauw, Founder & CEO, Ohanae, Inc


The recent approval of spot bitcoin exchange-traded product ("ETP") shares by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") has sparked discussions about the broader implications of tokenization in the financial markets. SEC Chair Gary Gensler's statement and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink's perspective on the approval shed light on the evolving landscape.

SEC Chair Gary Gensler's Statement:

Chair Gensler's statement reflects a shift in the SEC's approach to spot bitcoin ETPs. Previously disapproving multiple filings, the SEC's decision is influenced by legal developments, notably the U.S. Court of Appeals' decision regarding Grayscale's proposed ETP. Gensler emphasizes the Commission's merit-neutral stance, focusing on whether rule filings comply with existing regulations. He stresses the importance of investor protections, including full disclosure, trading on regulated exchanges, and adherence to existing rules and standards of conduct.

Key Points from Gensler's Statement:

Legal Evolution: Gensler acknowledges changes in circumstances, including legal rulings, influencing the SEC's decision to approve spot bitcoin ETPs.

Equal Market Access: The SEC ensures that issuers complying with regulations receive the same market access as others, emphasizing the merit-neutral evaluation of rule filings.

Investor Protections: Gensler highlights protections for investors, such as full disclosure, listing on regulated exchanges, and application of existing rules and standards of conduct.

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink's Perspective:

Larry Fink's comment on CNBC emphasizes the transformative potential of tokenization beyond bitcoin ETFs. He sees ETFs as the initial step in the technological revolution in financial markets, with tokenization representing the next phase. Fink envisions a future where every financial asset undergoes tokenization, indicating a broader trend towards digital representation of traditional securities.

Key Points from Larry Fink's Statement:

ETFs as Step One: Fink views ETFs, particularly bitcoin ETF approvals, as the first step in the technological revolution in financial markets.

Tokenization Vision: Fink expresses a broader vision, foreseeing the tokenization of every financial asset as the next phase in the evolution of financial markets.

Ohanae's Vision: Transforming Digital Asset Securities

In the midst of this evolving landscape, the Ohanae OTC Market Platform emerges as a pioneering solution. Ohanae envisions a financial ecosystem where digital asset securities undergo tokenization, leveraging the power of blockchain technology. The platform introduces a mainnet blockchain, equity tokenization, and a 24x7 automated market maker ("AMM")-based alternative trading system ("ATS"). Furthermore, Ohanae proposes deposit coins pegged 1:1 to the US Dollar, ensuring atomic settlement, and operates with a FINRA-approved Special Purpose Broker Dealer ("SPBD") for digital asset securities custody.

Tokenization Beyond Cryptocurrencies:

Ohanae's vision extends beyond cryptocurrencies to embrace the tokenization of traditional financial assets. By providing a seamless and secure platform for the representation and trading of digital asset securities, Ohanae contributes to the broader narrative of tokenization. This approach aligns with the vision outlined by SEC Chair Gary Gensler and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, underlining the transformative potential of digital representation in the financial markets.


The approval of spot bitcoin ETPs by the SEC, coupled with visionary perspectives from industry leaders, paints a picture of a financial landscape undergoing significant transformation. Tokenization, as exemplified by Ohanae's vision, emerges as a pivotal force shaping the future of securities. As the financial industry embraces this technological evolution, the transition to tokenization becomes not just a trend but a fundamental shift in the way financial assets are conceived, traded, and accessed in the digital age.

Related Links:

SEC Chair Gensler on bitcoin ETF approval: The underlying asset is highly speculative and volatile

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink: Bitcoin ETF approvals are 'stepping stones' towards tokenization

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