SocGen and Banque de France test €40 million tokenized issuance

SFH, Societe Generale’s covered bond vehicle, issued €40 million of covered bonds as security tokens directly registered on a public blockchain. Rated Aaa by Moody’s and AAA by Fitch, these obligations de financement de l’habitat (OFH) tokens were fully subscribed by Societe Generale which simultaneously paid the issuer in a digital form of euros issued by Banque de France through a blockchain platform.

This experimentation was performed on end-to-end using blockchain infrastructures, in accordance with best market practices. It demonstrates the feasibility of financial securities being digitally settled and delivered in Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) for interbank settlements. The challenge of this experimentation is to identify how innovative technologies could improve the efficiency and fluidity of payment systems and financial infrastructures, allowing a better financial sector to ensure the smooth financing of the economy. It paves the way for the automation and shortening of payment processes, with simplified market infrastructures and strengthened security.

This transaction follows in the footsteps of an initial issue worth €100 million in security tokens by SFH in April 2019, which was settled in the traditional manner in euros. It seals a new stage in the development of Societe Generale Forge platform, aimed at promoting new blockchain-based market activities.

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