8 Must-Know Facts to Jumpstart Your Real Estate Tokenization Journey with InvestaX
The Web3 landscape is a foreign territory to most companies and navigating it on their own is challenging as it is unfamiliar. However, there is no denying that we’re heading to a Web3 future – one where tokenization plays a significant role in bridging and onboarding TradFi companies to the value of DeFi and which […]
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S. Alice Chen
Ex-corporate real estate lawyer turned entrepreneur. Alice is the Co-Founder and COO of InvestaX. She has spent more than 10 years practicing corporate and real estate law across multiple jurisdictions (Los Angeles, Shanghai and Tokyo) with major international firms, including Skadden Arps and DLA Piper. Having been a corporate lawyer for many years, she is familiar with the inefficiencies and opaque processes that are present in private markets and recognize that whenever there is inefficiency there is a disruption opportunity. Excited by technology's impact on every aspect of life, and a believer in blockchain and building tech that creates a new, better and more inclusive investment universe.
The Web3 landscape is a foreign territory to most companies and navigating it on their own is challenging as it is unfamiliar.
However, there is no denying that we’re heading to a Web3 future – one where tokenization plays a significant role in bridging and onboarding TradFi companies to the value of DeFi and which may even prove to be vital to their survival and success.
This is where InvestaX comes into the picture and aims to make its mark. In this article, we’ll take a look at the Web3 solutions InvestaX offers to companies as a Singapore-based MAS-licensed platform for digital security tokens that focuses on private market investments.
About InvestaX in General
#1: What is real estate tokenization for InvestaX?
Tokenization of real estate creates unprecedented opportunities for more alternative asset classes to enjoy increased flexibility in terms of minimum investment and improved liquidity.
This can be attributed to one of the greatest potential benefits of tokenization, which is fractionalisation of interests that allow investments that traditionally had large upfront capital requirements to be readily divided across a wider pool of investors.
InvestaX’s white-label solution allows real estate companies to launch or develop their own token projects by tapping into the knowledge of our team of tokenization experts and get access to ideas and services that will kickstart their digital asset journey of bringing their traditional assets online and on-chain. We bring the required technological expertise along with the necessary licenses.
#2: How does InvestaX’s real estate tokenization solution addresses the “ownership” of a property?
The property laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis..
Here some of the things that InvestaX can do in connection with property ownership:
- InvestaX can assist in the set up of an investment vehicle in the form of SPVs, which can act as issuer of tokens or as a fund pooling vehicle to hold the property and investments, depending on the objectives of the project.
- The SPV will assume legal rights and obligations in respect of all of the investors, while InvestaX will help in managing such investment vehicle on the client’s behalf.
- The project tokens will be issued via InvestaX’s proprietary technology that includes DLT and smart contracts for digital securities. The tokens can potentially represent equity/debt or economic and beneficial ownership interests in the issuer entity or direct ownership into the property, depending on the requirements.
Different considerations will be taken into account depending on the type of token interest that’s ultimately issued, such as stamp duty, limitation on total number of investors, or restriction on transfers, if any.
In due course, InvestaX will work with a company’s appointed legal and tax consultants to consider how the investment vehicle can be structured in a way that is regulatory compliant while optimizing tax and other efficiencies that suit the client’s requirements.
#3: What tokenization projects has InvestaX been involved in recently?
- IXAPE – The project includes the tokenization of one of Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT into 10,000 security token.
- HGT Token – The project includes the tokenization of the construction loan (a debt security) for a UK-based property developer.
- Project Sunshine – The project involves advisory work related to the tokenization of corporate debt for one of the top listed property developers in Thailand.
- Project JB – The project involves advisory and white-label services for a large private bank client including tokenization of a physical art piece..
- Project eVCC – The project was done in coordination with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to tokenize the Singapore Variable Capital Company structure in collaboration with UBS, State Street, PwC Singapore, and CMS law firm.
#4: What licenses does InvestaX have that allow it to legally tokenize real-world assets and manage the trading of security tokens?
InvestaX holds a Capital Markets Services license from MAS that allows it to deal with securities, capital markets products and provide OTC (over-the-counter) trading of securities via its platform.
InvestaX also holds an exempt financial advisory license that allows it to advise and provide consultancy services on the mentioned financial products, while its application for a Recognized Market Operator license is pending approval.
About the Tokens Issued via InvestaX
#5: What type of token is issued in InvestaX’s tokenization projects?
InvestaX issues security tokens which can represent different things depending on the project. For one, we can issue security tokens that represent equity or economic ownership interests in the entity holding the property. In other cases, we can also issue security tokens that represent direct ownership to a property, depending on what the client needs.
#6: What jurisdiction governs the tokens issued by InvestaX’s tokenization project?
When it comes to jurisdiction, we must set a clear line between token issuance and token offering. As a technology provider, InvestaX can help companies issue tokens in any jurisdiction they desire because this is simply a process of issuing tokens using our technology.
Meanwhile, if it’s about where the offering will take place, this will be decided by the issuer, taking into consideration the governing laws, the target investors, and overall objectives of the offering.
InvestaX holds a Capital Markets Service License under the Singapore Securities and Futures Act 2001 and can help issuers conduct “offerings” in compliance with Singapore securities offerings rules for both onshore and offshore investment vehicles. You can launch global products for global investors on our platform based in Singapore.
#7: Where can you trade the tokens issued in the tokenization projects of InvestaX?
The tokens issued can eventually be traded on the InvestaX OTC platform and also on the platforms of our business partners such as IX Swap, OSL, Archax, Atlas One and many more to take advantage of global liquidity.
#8: What currency can be used to buy and trade the issued tokens?
InvestaX accepts most major currencies but USD and SGD are the preferred transaction currencies since there will be no foreign currency exchange exposure.
However, InvestaX currently does not accept cryptocurrencies directly but can refer investors to a digital payment token license holder in Singapore to exchange their cryptos with fiat. We will be adding cryptocurrencies as a form of payment only in the near future, but we won’t be selling any cryptocurrencies.
InvestaX is a cutting-edge platform and seasoned technological partner that has helped multiple companies future-proof their business when it comes to digital securities and tokenization. Schedule an exploratory call with us today to learn more.
InvestaX is a licensed platform for security tokens of global private markets deals including venture capital, private equity, real estate, digital SPACs and more.
We offer fund managers, asset managers and other financial institutions, a co-branded tokenization platform for all your security offerings, so that you can issue, invest, trade* and custodize* all of your assets digitally in one place.
*InvestaX currently provides OTC Trading and is pending approval for Recognised Market Operator License
*InvestaX provides custody of assets through a MAS licensed digital asset custodian
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