This Marks the First Time a Tezos-Based Digital Security Will Trade on a Regulated Platform
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--tZERO, a leader in financial innovation and liquidity for private companies, announced today that secondary trading of the St. Regis Aspen digital security commenced on the tZERO ATS, marking the platform’s first third-party security. In addition, this is the first digital security trading on a regulated platform that utilizes the Tezos Blockchain. The shares represent approximately 19 percent of ownership in the St. Regis Aspen Resort, a five-star, 179-room luxury hotel that is located in Aspen, Colorado.
tZERO CEO Saum Noursalehi stated, “We are thrilled to see the St. Regis Aspen digital security trading on the tZERO trading platform. Digitizing and trading private securities like Aspen will be the future model that will enable broader investor access, provide liquidity optionality, and reduce cost of capital.”
The issuer of the St. Regis Aspen digital security, Aspen Digital, Inc., is managed by ER-RE, LLC., a subsidiary of New York-based real estate asset management and advisory firm Elevated Returns, LLC. The St. Regis Aspen Resort is the first digital security within Elevated Returns’ portfolio. Elevated Returns intends to tokenize roughly $1 billion of real estate projects using the Tezos FA1.2 smart contracts in the future.
Elevated Returns President Stephane De Baets said, “We view today’s announcement as an important step towards unlocking liquidity to quality real estate projects, which has the potential to open the door to a $60 trillion commercial real estate market. tZERO has distinguished itself from its peers as the leading liquidity platform for private assets, and we are excited to provide investors with a venue to trade the St. Regis Aspen digital security.”
tZERO is a technology firm with the goal of democratizing access to private capital markets. tZERO is a subsidiary of Medici Ventures, the blockchain-focused, wholly owned subsidiary of Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK).
Investors should note that trading digital securities could involve substantial risks, including no guarantee of returns, costs associated with selling and purchasing, no assurance of liquidity which could impact the price and ability to sell, and possible loss of principal invested. Further, an investment in single digital security could mean lack of diversification and, consequently, higher risk.
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tZERO Group, Inc. and its broker-dealer subsidiaries (tZERO) provide an innovative liquidity platform for private companies and assets. We offer institutional-grade solutions for issuers looking to digitize their capital table through blockchain technology, and trade on a regulated alternative trading system. tZERO democratizes access to private assets by providing a simple, automated, and efficient trading venue to broker-dealers, institutions, and investors. For more information on tZERO, please visit https://www.tzero.com/.
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About tZERO ATS
tZERO ATS, LLC is a broker-dealer registered with the SEC and a member of FINRA and SIPC. More information about tZERO ATS may be found at www.finra.org. Digital securities that trade on tZERO ATS are conventional uncertificated securities. Ownership of such securities is reflected on the traditional books and records of regulated market participants. The terms "digital" and “digital security” refer to the blockchain technology elements of a security that are intended to enhance investor experience through added transparency but have no controlling or legal effect.
About Aspen Digital
Aspen Digital Inc. is a Maryland corporation that has been formed with the sole purpose of indirectly owning a portion of the St. Regis Aspen Resort. Aspen Digital is externally managed by ER-RE, LLC., which is a subsidiary of Elevated Returns, LLC., a New York-based real estate asset management and advisory firm. Shares of ASPEN were distributed to accredited investors through a Reg D 506 (c) offering, which closed in October 2018 and raised $18 million. Aggregate shares of ASPEN represent approximately 19% indirect ownership interest in the St. Regis Aspen Resort, and the remaining 81% is indirectly owned by Elevated Returns. For more information, please visit https://aspencoin.io/index.html.
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