Two financial titans, JPMorgan Chase and Apollo, have revealed their collaborative efforts to establish an enterprise mainnet through the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) Project Guardian pilot project. This pioneering initiative aims to test and enhance digital assets for more efficient investment and management of discretionary portfolios, addressing challenges related to automated portfolio rebalancing and customization at scale.
In a recent Forbes interview, Christine Moy, partner at Apollo Global Management, emphasized the significance of production-grade tokenization in creating JPMorgan’s innovative intraday repo tool. Tyrone Lobban, JPMorgan’s blockchain head, reported that the system has already processed over $900 billion in assets, settling around $2 billion a day of intraday repo trades.
Moy sees the enterprise mainnet as having a first-mover advantage, drawing parallels with the success of Ether in the digital currency space. The enterprise mainnet is designed to provide scalability, allowing seamless integration of applications into a network populated by institutional banks, broker-dealers, and asset managers adhering to Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance.
Under the broader Project Guardian initiative, financial institutions are collaborating to identify optimal software stacks for agnostic interoperability across various pools of assets. In a regulatory context, on November 24, MAS introduced measures for digital payment token (DPT) service providers, aiming to discourage speculation in virtual asset investments.
The guidelines include assessing customers’ risk awareness, restricting credit card purchases, and eliminating incentives for retail clients engaging in price speculation. This regulatory backdrop adds significance to the initiatives undertaken by JPMorgan and Apollo in the evolving space of digital finance.
Recent Deals and Innovations
Beyond this collaboration, J.P. Morgan and Apollo Global partnered earlier in November to unveil a proof-of-concept for a blockchain-based asset management system in collaboration with Avalanche. This initiative is part of the larger MAS Project Guardian, seeking to innovate asset and wealth management practices through blockchain technology, smart contracts, and tokenization.
The proof-of-concept involves integrating Onyx, J.P. Morgan and Apollo’s blockchain platform, with Avalanche through the LayerZero protocol. The Avalanche Evergreen subnet, designed for institutional requirements, serves as the foundational blockchain for this venture.
The established infrastructure resulting from this collaboration has significant implications, empowering portfolios managed by Onyx Digital Assets to seamlessly access tokenized funds offered by New York-based asset manager WisdomTree, boasting a valuation of $94 billion.