99% of European companies are micro, small or medium enterprises (SMEs). Access to capital through the existing capital market is quite limited and cost intensive for these enterprises. On the other hand, everyday investors have limited opportunities of investment in these sectors. Using blockchain, these SMEs can tokenize their shares and issue the same to the investors in return for their investment, opening up a new era of capital markets. Under European law, it is possible to issue digital securities powered by smart contracts and blockchain. The trustless and decentralized architecture of Blockchain will provide more transparency, lower barriers to entry and reduced transaction costs for the SMEs in the capital market. Not only do these forms of investment facilitate institutional investors but everyday investors can also access such financial instruments on a peer-to-peer basis. This new capital market allows more transparency, efficient transactions, and instant settlement which will offer new opportunities never before available
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Arnab Naskar is an entrepreneur, legal engineer, and blockchain analyst based in Hamburg, Germany. He is passionate about dealing with complexity of legal issues surrounding decentralised open source technologies. He is the Co-Founder of SICOS and STOKR and is involved in various policy initiatives in the European region.