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Prior to the launch of The Token RegRadar, we developed an article series, ‘Ask Me Anything…’, demonstrating the abilities of the new regulatory GPT embedded in to the platform. Since the revolutionary regulatory tool has been released, we decided to ask our community which topics it wanted examined through a poll on our Linkedin profile. The topic receiving the most votes was “Smart Contracts and Compliance”, therefore the question this week is “How can smart contracts encode compliance rules or regulations into digital assets and tokenized securities?”.

We will continue to reach out to our community to explore new topics to demonstrate and test the new regulatory GPT in the future, we encourage our readers to reach out with topics they want examined related to regulation in the asset tokenization space.

  • How can smart contracts encode compliance rules or regulations into digital assets and tokenized securities?
  • Smart contracts can encode compliance rules or regulations into digital assets and tokenized securities by incorporating predefined conditions into the contract code that govern the behavior of the token. This process ensures that the tokens adhere to relevant legal and regulatory requirements automatically. Here’s how it works in more detail:

    1. Defining Compliance Rules: The first step is to clearly define the compliance rules that are relevant to the digital asset or security token. These rules could pertain to investor accreditation, trading restrictions, jurisdictional regulations, anti-money laundering (AML) requirements, know your customer (KYC) procedures, and more.
    2. Programming the Smart Contract: Once the rules are defined, they are translated into programmable code that can be embedded into the smart contract. This code is designed to execute automatically when certain conditions are met, without the need for manual intervention.
    3. Automated Enforcement: The smart contract enforces compliance by only allowing transactions that meet the encoded criteria. For example, if a security token is only available to accredited investors, the smart contract will verify the accreditation status of a potential buyer before allowing the transaction to proceed.
    4. Dynamic Compliance: Smart contracts can be programmed to adapt to changing regulations by including mechanisms that allow for updates to compliance rules. This ensures that the digital asset or security token remains compliant over time, even as regulations evolve.
    5. Transparency and Auditability: The use of smart contracts provides transparency and an immutable record of compliance, as all transactions are recorded on the blockchain. This makes it easier to audit and verify that the digital asset or security token has operated within the regulatory framework.
    6. Decentralized Compliance Checks: In some cases, smart contracts can interact with decentralized oracles or other external data sources to verify real-world information, such as the current regulatory status or the accreditation of an investor, before executing a transaction.
    7. Error Handling and Remedies: Smart contracts can also include provisions for handling non-compliance or errors. For instance, if a transaction is found to be non-compliant after the fact, the smart contract can reverse the transaction or take other remedial actions as specified in the code.

    By encoding compliance rules directly into the smart contract, digital assets and tokenized securities can operate in a manner that is compliant by design, reducing the risk of regulatory breaches and simplifying the compliance process for issuers and investors.

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Previously we’ve asked the AI:

How would you evaluate the developments we have seen globally in the asset tokenization space during the second half of 2023?

“In the second half of 2023, Hamilton Lane started tokenizing private funds on ADDX. Can you tell a bit about Hamilton Lane and explain how and why they did that? What are the main regulatory challenges of doing what Hamilton Lane is doing?”

“Can you briefly explain what the German Electronic Securities Act (Gesetz über elektronische Wertpapiere, eWpG) is all about?”

“Can you make a list of the most important Hong Kong laws regarding virtual assets?”

“I want to tokenize an asset in the US, but I am unsure of whether I need to make a prospectus and whether I am allowed to sell to retail investors and to investors outside the US. Can you provide me with a quick overview of the rules and the exemptions? I have heard that some of these exemptions have names like A, D and R, is that correct?”

“Can you please make a quick comparison of the asset tokenization regulations in Malaysia and Thailand?”

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