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BlockchainA game changer for the financial markets

Blockchain technology, also called distributed ledger technology, facilitates a number of innovations in the financial services sector. A distributed ledger is a public, decentralised account book originally developed as the technological foundation of the virtual currency bitcoin. In digital payment and business transactions, blockchain can be used to record transactions directly between users.

The financial sector quickly realised the large number of possible applications and blockchain’s potential to increase efficiency. A number of initiatives are currently exploring and specifying blockchain’s broad scope of application. Deutsche Börse has already invested in the development and introduction of state-of-the-art services using blockchain.

Among Deutsche Börse’s most recent activities in this area are the development of a blockchain solution for cross-border securities transfer in cooperation with the Liquidity Alliance as well as the development of a functioning prototype for the blockchain-based settlement of securities transactions in cooperation with Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank. Moreover, DB1 Ventures, Deutsche Börse’s corporate venture capital arm, has acquired a minority stake – with a seat on the Board of Directors – in Digital Asset Holdings LLC, a New York-based company developing blockchain-based software, mainly for financial intermediaries. Deutsche Börse is also a premium member of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project.

Ashwin Kumar talks to Business Reporter about the strong innovative potential of blockchain.


Podcast: “Blockchain – die neue Schlüsseltechnologie?”

Four experts, among them Stefan Teis, Deutsche Börse AG, discuss the potential and the foreseeable effects of this disruptive technology. (German only)

Risk-free cash transfer with blockchain

Trading infrastructure

We have developed a concept for riskless transfer of commercial bank money based on blockchain technology. By combining this with its proven post-trade infrastructure, Deutsche Börse aims to achieve efficiencies.

CSDs develop blockchain prototype with Deutsche Börse


The initiative aims to leverage blockchain technology to ease cross-border mobilisation of security collateral.

Joint blockchain project with Deutsche Bundesbank


Deutsche Bundesbank and Deutsche Börse jointly presented a functional blockchain-based prototype as the first result of a collaborative research project.