Temasek-backed ADDX raises fresh funding From SET, UOB

A rendering of blockchain technology. Photo by Shubham Dhage on UnsplashA rendering of blockchain technology. Photo by Shubham Dhage on Unsplash

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Temasek-backed digital securities exchange ADDX has raised a fresh round of funding from investors including the Stock Exchange of Thailand and Singapore bank UOB.

ADDX, a digital securities exchange with backing from Singapore state-owned investment company Temasek Holdings and Singapore Exchange (SGX), has raised a US$58 million pre-series B round, with new investors including SET Venture Holding, a subsidiary of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), UOB, Hamilton Lane, and Krungsri Finnovate, the venture capital arm of Bank of Ayudhya, or Krungsri, the company said in a press release Tuesday.

The exchange, which claims it is the largest private market exchange in Asia, said it plans to use the funds to scale its operations. ADDX said some of its strategic initiatives, such as its recent launch of private market services for wealth managers, will need the fresh capital, and it is also working to entice more general partners as issuers on the platform. ADDX also plans to work with its new shareholders on specific projects to expand into new geographies or market segments, the release said.

Stock Exchange Investors

“The new shareholders aren’t just capital partners, but strategic partners too. They have much to contribute in the form of expertise, ideas, market experience and business networks, and ADDX looks forward to adding value to their businesses in return,” Oi-Yee Choo, CEO of ADDX, said in the statement.

“SET is the second stock exchange to join as an investor after SGX, and this is part of a larger global trend over the past two years of exchanges joining forces in a new capital market landscape that emphasises continuity between the public and private markets,” she said.

UOB Eyes Client Offerings

Leong Yung Chee, head of group corporate banking at UOB, said the tie-up will allow the bank’s corporate clients to access new fund-raising channels, and its accredited investor clients to gain access to alternative investments.

Currently, ADDX’s platform offers assets in private equity, venture capital, private debt, real estate, hedge funds, cryptocurrency funds and structured products. The platform uses blockchain and smart contract technology to fractionalize and tokenize private market investments, allowing it to cut minimum investment sizes to US$10,000 from US$1 million.

Temasek Backing

Since being licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) as a private market exchange in early 2020, ADDX has listed 31 deals on the platform, the release said. The deals have included Investcorp, UOB, CGS-CIMB and entities owned by Singapore state-owned investment company Temasek Holdings, such as Mapletree, Azalea and SeaTown. ADDX hosts asset classes including private equity, venture capital, private debt, real estate, hedge funds, cryptocurrency-exposed funds and structured products, the release said.

The exchange, which is owned and operated by ICHX Tech, raised $50 million in a series A round at the beginning of 2021. Its investors include SGX, Temasek subsidiary Heliconia Capital, and Japanese investors JIC Venture Growth Investments (JIC-VGI) and the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ). Other shareholders include South Korea’s Hanwha Asset Management, Japan’s Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings and Thailand’s Kiatnakin Phatra Financial Group.