Private market exchange ADDX has raised US$58 million in a Pre-Series B funding round that saw several financial institutions come on board as new shareholders: SET Venture Holding, a subsidiary of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), UOB, Hamilton Lane (NASDAQ: HLNE) and Krungsri Finnovate, the corporate venture capital arm of Krungsri (Bank of Ayudhya PCL).
The latest investment brings total funds raised by ADDX to around US$120 million, since the company’s inception in 2017.
New investors join existing shareholders on the ADDX cap table, such as Singapore Exchange (SGX), Temasek-owned Heliconia Capital, Development Bank of Japan (DBJ), Japan Investment Corporation – Venture Growth Investments (JIC-VGI), Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings, Kiatnakin Phatra Financial Group and Hanwha Asset Management.
The funds will allow ADDX to scale its operations as the company entrenches its position as Asia’s largest private market exchange.
The new shareholders will also partner with ADDX on specific projects that will help the exchange expand into new business areas, geographies or market segments.
Several strategic initiatives by ADDX will also benefit from the fresh capital, including the recent launch of private market services for wealth managers, dubbed ADDX Advantage, ongoing efforts to bring on board world-class general partners as issuers, as well as product innovations that will bridge the worlds of traditional finance and digital finance.
ADDX is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) as a digital securities exchange. The financial technology company uses blockchain and smart contract technology to tokenise and fractionalise private market opportunities such as pre-IPO equity, private equity and hedge funds, as well as bonds, reducing minimum investment sizes from US$1 million to $10,000.
The resulting efficiencies help bring the benefits of private market investing to individuals, while lowering the cost and fundraising threshold for issuers.
“ADDX is on a mission to democratise the private markets. The sizeable investment from SET, UOB, Hamilton Lane and Krungsri serves as a ringing endorsement for ADDX’s business model, the team we have assembled and the broader vision we have for transforming the capital markets and the wealth management industry,” said Oi-Yee Choo, CEO of ADDX.
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