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美国北方信托公司升级区块链私募股权交易平台

北方信托是一家拥有6.7万亿受托资产的金融机构。自今年二月发布了全球首个功能齐全的私募股权区块链平台后,这家位于芝加哥的金融平台目前正在扩大其工作范围。

该平台是为瑞士管理公司Unigestion特别定制,最初由超级账本(hyperledger) 的开源代码库Fabric运作的四个节点组成。该平台自发布以来一直在不间断地进行股权交易事务。

在接下来的几个月中,北方信托计划完成Hyperledger Fabric 1.0测试版的应用。该平台的签名分布式账本技术于3月份首次发布,是数个整体产品之一。测试版本一旦完成,将向多个客户提供凭证,升级后的基础架构将让北方信托银行为任何有限责任合伙人,普通合伙人等启动节点。

北方信托高级副总裁兼全球市场宣传负责人Justin Chapman将这一平台言作“重大利益”,受此驱动,银行四月份开始升级应用程序,开始Chapman预计所需的几个月的升级过程。

Chapman说道:

“升级的关键是扩展节点的容量,并为那些需要单个节点的客户提供可扩展性。”

此次升级还将改进开发工具包,旨在简化交易过程。

由于资产类别的披露限制,Chapman表示,他无法透露实时平台的交易量。不过,他表示交易活动的资金已达到预期数额。

产品规划

去年,北方信托将区块链投资的一大部分资金投入到研究格恩西岛金融服务委员会和符合条约的其他48个司法管辖区的法规遵从问题。 (英国皇家属地所管理的投资工具节点也要符合当地法规。)

然而,今年Chapman 预计将投资兴建新产品。

Chapman表示,除了扩大节点数量之外,北信托已经开始研究哪些新类型的资产最适合转移到区块链。

作为该战略的一部分,Chapman表示该公司正在与100多家私募股权客户进行谈判,以确定适用于该平台的其他产品类型。

 

 

Northern Trust is preparing for more advanced applications of its blockchain platform.

After launching possibly the first fully functioning blockchain for trading private equities in February, the Chicago-based bank with $6.7tn assets under custody is now in the process of scaling up its work.

Initially comprised of four nodes powered by Hyperledger's open source Fabric codebase, and with Switzerland-based management firm Unigestion as the inaugural client, the blockchain has been processing transactions continually since the launch.

Over the next few months, however, Northern Trust plans to complete implementation of the beta version of Hyperledger's Fabric 1.0, the platform's signature distributed ledger technology which was first released in March and is one of several overall offerings.

Once complete,credentials will be given out to multiple clients, and the upgraded infrastructure will let the bank spin-up nodes for any number of limited partners, general partners and more.

Driven by what Northern Trust's senior vice president and global head of market advocacy, Justin Chapman, said was "significant interest," the bank began the upgrade in April, embarking on a process he predicted will take several months.

Chapman told CoinDesk

"The key for the upgrade is the expansion of the capabilities of nodes and scalability in that space for some of our clients who demand individual nodes."

The upgrade will also feature an improved development kit, designed to simplify the transition process.

Due to disclosure restrictions around the asset class, Chapman said he wasn’t able to reveal transaction volumes of the live platform. However, he did report that the activity within the fund had met expectations.

"We're comfortable we can scale that up across more funds," he said.

Product planning

Last year, a "big chunk" of Northern Trust’s blockchain investment went into issues of regulatory compliance with the Guernsey Financial Services Commission and the 48 other jurisdictions in which it is compliant. (The British Crown Dependency manages a node in which the investment vehicle is also compliant.)

However, this year, Chapman expects an investment to be made into building new products.

In addition to scaling the number of nodes, Chapman said Northern Trust has begun to explore which new types of assets would best suit the move to a blockchain.

As part of that effort, he said the company is now engaged in conversation with more than 100 private equity clients to determine exactly what other types of products might be suitable for the platform.

He concluded:

"What we’re doing now is reviewing with other clients and other prospects the next stages of what we want to be launching in that ecosystem."


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