El Salvador Grants First Digital Asset License to Bitfinex

El Salvador granted Bitfinex that country’s first license for digital asset service providers, the company announced on Tuesday.

The new license was issued subsequent to a law passed in January by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador that regulates digital securities and created a framework for the Central American country to launch bitcoin-backed bonds, also known as Volcano Bonds.

“We are delighted to be the first company to be awarded this license,” Paolo Ardoino, chief technology officer at Bitfinex, said in the statement. “It will enable Bitfinex Securities to facilitate the issuance and secondary trading of assets with clearly defined rights and obligations as outlined in the new digital asset regulatory regime.”

Among the products that the new regulation will allow to launch are tokenized shares and yield-bearing assets, according to Jesse Knutson, head of operations at Bitfinex Securities.

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Under the leadership of President Nayib Bukele, El Salvador in September 2021 became the first in the world to make bitcoin kanunî tender.

Edited by Stephen Alpher.
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