Impact of tokenization

Jonny Fry
5 min readFeb 6, 2024

Written by Alex Bausch Chairman of 2Tokens

The token economy presents diverse opportunities for start-ups, established businesses and individual users. Whilst commonly associated with financial applications, its potential extends much further. Public perception often underestimates its broader applications, and views are polarized between scepticism and overenthusiasm. The technology has evolved significantly in recent years, outpacing some of the previously highlighted drawbacks. This evolution has expanded its applicability beyond traditional understanding, opening new avenues for its use and integration into various sectors. Tokenization allows for efficient, transparent transactions and offers great opportunities. However, challenges like regulatory adaptation and industry scepticism exist. At the summit in Davos this January, during a session on the tokenization economy, key figures like Euroclear’s CEO Lieve Mostrey of, and the co-founder and Chairman of Circle, Jeremy Allaire, highlight the importance of embracing decentralized trust technology in traditional finance and advocating for balanced, technology-agnostic regulations.

The need for collaboration between industry and regulatory bodies is emphasized to effectively harness tokenization’s benefits while addressing its complexities and potential risks. The approach aligns with 2Tokens Foundation’s vision of a token-driven economy, highlighting the need for education, awareness and regulatory collaboration to fully harness tokenization’s benefits. This paradigm shift extends beyond finance to sectors like energy, promoting equitable value distribution and opening investment avenues akin to crowdfunding. However, challenges like regulatory clarity and embracing distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) persist. Addressing these issues is crucial for Europe to become a leader in this field, requiring a concerted effort from regulators, businesses and individuals to create a conducive environment for tokenization. Digital tokens on a blockchain are neutral tools that can prove attendance or digital certificates, as well as represent valuable assets that can be exchanged. Tokenization opens up new opportunities and should be embraced for its potential. However, regulation becomes relevant when digital tokens start representing valuable assets that can be exchanged or marketed. As digital tokens gain value and become exchangeable, governments may need to define and regulate them to ensure consumer protection and prevent fraud. Some jurisdictions such as England and Wales have already defined digital assets while Europe arguably has gone one step further with its Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCA) and created legislation for those wishing to create and engage with digital assets.

It is important for governments and policymakers to recognize that digital tokens can be commodity-like and may not necessarily be securities. Different countries have approached the classification of digital tokens in various ways. In the United States, digital token regulation is considered unclear, and there is a need for Congress to pass laws that provide better clarification. Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, sees the tokenization of financial assets as a major tipping point. Indeed, Boston Consulting Group predicted that asset tokenization would reach $16 trillion within the next decade. The largest financial institutions are already engaging with a regulated market structure secured by cryptographic tokens and, although the recent approval by the SEC to allow Bitcoin-based ETFs is a major step forward, much work is still required to create greater clarification. It is predicted that major asset issuers may begin to offer tokenized versions equities, debt instruments, funds, real estate, etc. Even the World Bank published a report focused on the possibilities of tokenization for financing infrastructure projects. It highlighted opportunities for using tokenization to address historical challenges such as poor governance and the need for large amounts of capital that may take years to become profitable.

The digital economy has the potential to change the way we collaborate in society, from businesses to governments and individuals. Tokens enable value transactions without intermediaries, offering immutability, verifiability and traceability. This enhances efficiency and effectiveness. It has significant potential to transform traditional business and industry processes, making systems like stock markets and corporate ownership more efficient. It also simplifies and reduces the cost for ordinary people to invest, similar to crowdfunding. This is relevant not just in sectors like real estate or art, but also in making assets globally accessible. The fintech sector’s importance in digitalization is growing, impacting all aspects of financial services, from payment processing to loans and investments. Tokenization could be a game changer in sectors like energy, enabling simple trading or investment in renewable energy units, mobilizing significant financial resources for energy projects. This shift requires careful planning and collaboration, with legal and regulatory environments adapting to new realities. Tokens are more than a fleeting trend; they simplify transactions and have the potential to make value distribution more equitable. The transition to a token-powered world faces challenges, including revising existing laws and regulations.

The potential of tokenization is vast and the European Union could position Itself as a world leader In this field. Promoting tokenization requires collaboration from all stakeholders, including regulators and businesses. However, challenges in Europe include underestimating tokenization’s value, hesitation towards innovation, lack of understanding of distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) and unclear legal frameworks. Establishing a token economy requires collaborative efforts in education, awareness and communication among stakeholders. Regulators play a vital role in creating a simplified and harmonized legal framework that encourages innovation while ensuring safety and protection. The regulatory bodies and central banks, along with financial institutions, must prepare the necessary infrastructure for tokenization. The need for guidance and standards has not been lost on the Bank of International Settlement which has recently announced a tokenization project and is looking at how to ensure privacy can be respected due to concerns around payments using central bank digital currencies. Businesses, including small and medium enterprises, should actively identify opportunities for tokenization in their business models. Both individuals and companies, as key users of tokenization, will drive demand, prompting businesses and governments to offer appropriate solutions. Actively promoting the drivers of tokenization is crucial for strengthening Europe’s position in the global technological landscape and maintaining competitiveness in the global economy. It’s important to create the right conditions in the coming years. There is also the need for the secure and trustworthy infrastructure in order for tokenization to thrive and therefore it is noteworthy that Brinks, one of the premier security firms globally, has bought a stake in Bitgo with a view to offer digital asset custody services. Brinks’s Manager of Digital Assets, Zac McKenna, has said in a statement: “In an increasingly digital world, it was a logical next step for Brink’s, the global leader in physical security and logistics, to partner with BitGo, the leader in digital asset security and custody.”

Source: Brinks

Embarking on a journey through the complexities of tokenization, this exploration delves into its multifaceted impact on a variety of jurisdiction’s financial and technological landscape. How do different countries perceive and navigate the regulatory challenges associated with this transformative technology? Can tokenization revolutionize not just finance but also sectors like energy and infrastructure? What role do key figures and global summits play in shaping the narrative around decentralized trust and regulatory collaboration? Unveiling the potential and challenges, this odyssey raises questions about Europe’s preparedness, regulatory frameworks and the collaborative efforts required to unlock the full benefits of tokenization.

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Jonny Fry

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