Case Studies

Acquisition of digital assets post trade technology Pyctor from ING, having been proven in UK regulatory sandbox trials by ING, ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas Securities Services (BNPPSS), Citibank, Invesco, Société Générale – Forge, State Street, UBS and Fidelity International for security token issuance, trading, clearing and settlement. Used to extend the MultiHub Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities and is now being used to power ZERO13 Chain as a custodial settlement network and interoperability layer across multiple blockchains.

Tokenise has been established to create a full end-to-end service, from issuance of tokenised securities, trading and brokerage services to settlement and depository. Tokenise Stock Exchange is a fully regulated entity established in Barbados and authorised by the FSC to launch its digital stock exchange. This will democratise the securities industry by tokenising assets that have previously been inaccessible, illiquid or unavailable to a global community of investors and issuers. It will set the global standard for security token issuances, and operate the world’s first dedicated, multi-jurisdictional global single order book.

The partnership with Tokenise was established in September 2019 and in May 2020 delivered a live digital exchange platform to support securities issuance, trading, surveillance, clearing, settlement and custody.  The end to end solution for issuers and investors ensures regulatory robustness and adherence to exacting exchange-trading standards. To facilitate this, Tokenise uses the proven GMEX Fusion hybrid centralised & blockchain distributed ledger technology suite.

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“Tokenisation of securities and other real-world assets will transform the accessibility and efficiency of capital markets. Removing inefficiencies, friction and barriers to participation will democratise the process of matching providers and consumers of risk capital. This in turn will increase the flow of funds and investment opportunities for market participants”. Martin Graham – Group Chairman.”

The Indian Energy Exchange chose to partner with GMEX early 2020 to launch the first gas exchange in India, the Indian Gas Exchange (IGX). Natural gas is a vital component for India to meet its energy need and a comprehensive national grid has been in development under the impetus of the government.

IGX has chosen GMEX for the quality, the comprehensiveness and the flexibility of the GMEX’s technology for commodities as the gas delivery management function required a specific logic taking into account pipeline capacity.

From launch, IGX has offered a day-ahead market as well as daily, weekly, bimonthly and monthly contracts. IGX intends to add more products in the future including petroleum products. IGX went live in May 2020.

IBM Blockchain Platform is a flexible, enterprise-grade blockchain platform built on Hyperledger Fabric. It provides a secured platform to build, govern, operate and grow blockchain networks, with the ability to deploy components in multiple cloud or on-premise environments.

IBM Blockchain Platform helps enable GMEX Fusion to manage digital assets that represent multiple types of financial instruments simultaneously, including cryptocurrencies, security tokens, tokenised commodities and margin traded crypto derivatives; with inter-bank message flows to facilitate settlement downstream, and exchange messaging upstream.

GMEX Fusion Digital Capital Markets technology suite (GMEX Fusion) is built on IBM (NYSE: IBM) Blockchain Platform.

The Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) and Vietnam Securities Depository (VSD) launched the first ever Derivatives market with a fully-integrated, central counterparty clearing house in Vietnam in August 2017. They implemented the GMEX Technologies (GMEX), multi-asset, multi-language exchange trading system (ForumMatch) and market surveillance solution (ForumDetect) with a real-time clearing and settlement system.

This new derivatives market has attracted institutional investors to the Vietnamese market by providing hedging facilities for risk management, together with the ability to leverage and extend their investment period. By keeping market volatility low, HNX has helped investors manage the future movement of securities and profit on their invested assets.

Aligning with the government’s objectives to encourage foreign investment, HSX/VSD are creating a supportive capital markets environment to support the move of Vietnam from MSCI* ‘frontier market’ status to MSCI ‘emerging markets’ status.

*MSCI = Morgan Stanley Capital International

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“We are quite happy with our relationship with GMEX & GMEX solutions. GMEX solutions provide us with outstanding connectivity and the exchange trading platform – ‘ForumDetect’ is a parallel functional platform with a full market supervision facility and reporting. Also ForumTrader as web-based platform is easy deploy, is effective and is efficient. We are quite happy with that solution and I think that is one of the key factors that make our market grow quite impressively.” – Nguyen Thank Long, Chairman of the Hanoi Stock Exchange

TP-ICAP (formerly: Tullet Prebon) is one of the leading global inter-dealer brokerage firms operating in the world’s financial, energy and commodities markets. TP-ICAP partnered with GMEX Technologies (GMEX) to develop a best-in-class hybrid voice and electronic trading platform for FX Options (FXO) with the aim of ensuring that both voice and electronic operations work seamlessly together. Live since May 2017, GMEX provided the trading solution (ForumMatch) for the FXO Request-for-Quote (RFQ) project in parallel with a new TP-ICAP front-end system and integrated with the existing internal settlement system to deliver clients a RFQ capability with rich functionality and an intuitive interface. GMEX also provided a new FIX gateway that allowed for STP for clients who wanted to interact electronically. The project has also been extended to additional asset classes including precious metals.

TP ICAP launched a crypto asset trading platform in May 2023. GMEX Technologies is powering this innovative wholesale trading platform which features a wholesale electronic marketplace for spot crypto asset trading, including Bitcoin and Ethereum, as well as providing connectivity and post-trade infrastructure into a network of digital assets custodians.

The platform utilises the GMEX advanced exchange trading and market surveillance solutions and key components of the GMEX Fusion digital technology suite which is deployed and trusted by multiple international regulated financial institutions across the globe.

As part of the project, GMEX has developed a new post trade platform to connect to multiple digital asset custodians (including Fidelity Digital Assets), facilitating credit checking, netting and settlement for all trading activity.

ZERO13, a venture by GMEX, is an automated AI and blockchain-driven international carbon exchange, registry and aggregation hub ecosystem. ZERO13 is helping to achieve Net Zero by combining AI and blockchain to restore trust in carbon credit markets, addressing greenwashing, double counting, price transparency, vertical silos and market fragmentation. The ZERO13 facilitates digital climate and sustainability markets infrastructure; digital issuance, recording, verification and monitoring of carbon credits; transparent pricing, trading, exchange matching and real-time settlement of carbon credits; advanced cybersecurity technology for end-to-end operational security; aggregation of global carbon markets (and participants); and the transition of a digital asset niche to a circular economy.

The ZERO13 Hub provides a Platform-as-a-service, which offers a distributed point of entry for digital issuance, trading and settlement of carbon credits and real-world assets such as ESG securities. ZERO13 Hub connects multiple international carbon exchanges, registries, custodians and ESG project owners globally for supply verification, transparent pricing and real-time settlement using APIs and across blockchains enabled by ZERO13 Chain (‘Pyctor’). Pyctor was acquired from ING in July 2022 to extend the MultiHub PaaS capabilities, with a focus on custody of digital assets, smart contract capability and patent-pending secure blockchain multi-party settlement (MPC) solution.

ZERO13 was recognised as the winner of the COP28 UAE TechSprint in the category of “Innovative blockchain solutions in sustainable finance to scale up climate action” with its blockchain-driven platform facilitating issuance, trading, clearing and settlements of carbon credits linked to tangible ESG assets, with an approach based on interoperability of multiple blockchains and APIs. The COP28 TechSprint, launched by the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE), the COP28 Presidency, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and the Emirates Institute of Finance (EIF) recognises solutions that address challenges in sustainable finance and focus on scaling up climate action through advancing innovative technology solutions. Developers and innovators from across the world were invited to submit proposals. 15 teams, shortlisted from 126 submissions, presented prototypes, with 3 overall winners in the categories of blochchain, AI and IoT.

“I’m delighted that GMEX Group is leading the way in providing solutions for climate tech and climate fintech. The expansion of ZERO13 announced at COP28 is testament to UK innovation in digital sustainable finance.” – Oliver Christian, His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for the Middle East and Pakistan

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and now has more than 200 fully featured services for computing, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR).

GMEX MultiHub Limited (GMEX), collaborated with AWS, supported by DXC Luxoft to develop Digital MultiHub (MultiHub), a cloud based trading and post trade digital market infrastructure platform as a service (PaaS), which provides interconnectivity and access to 3rd party services across traditional and digital asset markets. MultiHub, as a ‘multi-asset network of networks service’ facilitates a first-of-its-kind collaboration across major institutions, regulatory regimes and start-ups, with the goal of bringing digital assets to a wider audience.

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“GMEX MultiHub powered by AWS makes it easier for customers to access, trade and settle digital assets with a reduced carbon footprint as digital assets can be pledged by custodians without moving as well as netted to optimize settlement, therefore reducing the time, cost and energy usage of constantly writing to the chain.” – Anoop Nannra, Global Blockchain Lead, AWS.

Taurus SA specialises in digital assets and blockchain. Taurus was founded by senior executives with a background in banking, regulatory, IT and cyber security. Taurus offers enterprise grade financial market infrastructure solutions for digital assets as well as other financial services to its clients. It is a leader in Europe and Switzerland. Taurus solutions are in production and entrusted with the full spectrum of banks: systemic banks, investment banks, private banks, retail/digital banks, crypto-banks, trading venues.

Taurus SA has adopted GMEX trading technology to support the Taurus Digital eXchange (“TDX”), its newly launched independent regulated marketplace for digital assets.

TDX utilises the GMEX exchange trading and market surveillance solutions, key components of the GMEX Fusion technology suite which is deployed and trusted by multiple international regulated financial institutions across the globe. Banks and other trading participants can connect to TDX through standard FIX connectivity and access digital asset segments of their choice.

GMEX’s exchange trading platform, with its integral high performance matching engine, facilitates TDX support for the operation of both highly liquid instruments and less liquid auction-based and request-for-quotes systems. It is fully integrated into the Taurus 24/7 blockchain node infrastructure and technology stack which encompasses digital asset token issuance, a secure storage solution, and supports any type of smart contracts issued on Ethereum or Tezos.

The Seychelles based Securities, Commodities and Derivatives Exchange (SECDEX) is a market infrastructure ecosystem located in Seychelles. The SECDEX Group business consists of an exchange offering traditional and digital assets including carbon credits, a central counterparty clearing house (CCP) and a central securities depository with registry authorised and regulated by the Seychelles Financial Services Authority (FSA). The ecosystem also includes a digital custodian. SECDEX Exchange focuses on securities, debt, spot commodities and derivatives contracts in traditional and digital tokenised form.

SECDEX also harnessed GMEX Group’s ESG initiative, ZERO13 including ZERO13 Hub, to execute the world’s first smart legal contract for voluntary carbon credit (VCC) derivatives trades, referencing the 2022 ISDA (The International Swaps and Derivatives Association) Verified Carbon Credit Transactions Definitions. SECDEX was connected to the Universal Carbon Registry (UCR), where the VCCs are registered via the ZERO13 Hub. It also listed XTCC, the world’s first structured products for VCCs.

ALTX Africa Group Ltd (ALTX) is an investment holding company incorporated in Mauritius. ALT Xchange Ltd (ALTX Uganda) is a private company incorporated in Uganda, which operates ALTX exchange in Uganda. ALTX Uganda’s has been live since July 2016 and is approved by the securities regulator in Uganda and is the first in a series of steps to establish a network of exchanges in Africa. ALT-X Clearing Ltd (ALTX Clearing) is a private company incorporated in Uganda, which operates a clearing house and central securities depository.

GMEX Group has a 25% stake in the Mauritius-based ALTX Africa Group Ltd (ALTX). ALTX wholly owns ALT-Xchange Ltd (ALTX Uganda) and ALT-X Clearing Ltd (ALTX Clearing). GMEX TECH provides its leading edge ForumMatch exchange trading platform, ForumDetect market surveillance system and ForumTrader workstation to ALTX Uganda as a fully managed “Exchange-in-a-box” hosted solution interconnecting ALTX Uganda to GMEX’s infrastructure in London, enabling access to international vendors and clients.

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“GMEX Technologies allows us to access world-class exchange technology and business expertise through their unique partnership driven approach in a way that mutually aligns interests and sets it apart from the usual customer-supplier approach.” – Joseph Kitamirike, CEO, ALTX