LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM/DUBAI, UAE, 19 SEPTEMBER 2023 - Nomura's digital assets subsidiary, Laser Digital, today announces the launch of their Bitcoin Adoption Fund. The fund, which provides a seamless way for institutional investors to access the digital asset class, will be the first in a range of digital adoption investment solutions that Laser Digital Asset Management will bring to the market.
The Laser Digital Bitcoin Adoption Fund, provides long-only exposure to Bitcoin whilst being one of the most cost effective and secure investment solutions. To secure the fund’s assets, Laser will use Komainu, which was founded in 2018 by Nomura, Ledger and Coinshares and delivers a regulated custody solution for institutional digital asset investors. The Fund is a segregated portfolio part of Laser Digital Funds SPC, a Segregated Portfolio Company registered as a mutual fund pursuant to section 4(3) of the Mutual Funds Act with CIMA (Cayman islands Regulatory Authority).
Laser Digital Asset Management is led by Sebastian Guglietta, who was previously Nomura’s Chief Scientist Officer, prior to which he was a Portfolio Manager and Senior Scientist at Brevan Howard. Sebastien has over 25 years of experience in the domain of systematic investment strategies, derivatives and macro trading. Fiona King, Head of Distribution, joined Laser from Nickel Digital Asset Management, where she was Managing Director and Global Head of Institutional Business and prior to this she was at Bank of America Merrill Lynch responsible for their UCITS alternative platform.
On launching the fund, Sebastien Guglietta, Head of Laser Digital Asset Management commented: “Technology is a key driver of global economic growth and is transforming a large part of the economy from analogue to digital. Bitcoin is one of the enablers of this long-lasting transformational change and long-term exposure to Bitcoin offers a solution to investors to capture this macro trend.”
Fiona King, Head of Distribution, Laser Digital Asset Management added: “We’re delighted to now launch our Bitcoin adoption fund, which allows institutional investors a secure path into digital asset investment that is backed by established finance, with the highest levels of risk management and compliance.”
Laser Digital was launched by Nomura and was co-founded by Steven Ashley, who previously led Nomura's wholesale division and Jez Mohideen, who was Nomura’s Chief Digital Officer and Co-Head of Global Markets EMEA. Headquartered in Switzerland, Laser Digital combines the rigor, best practices, and capabilities from global investment banking with the experience of a crypto-native team.
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About Laser Digital
Backed by Nomura, Laser Digital delivers scalable, robust opportunities in digital assets across trading, asset management, and ventures. The team works at higher risk management standards, compliance, and commercial viability, all driven by a belief in more responsible engagement in digital assets. With an open and dynamic culture, Laser Digital has the freedom to adapt to market needs, to move swiftly to capitalisation, and to share learnings with clients and partners – bringing greater confidence to the institutional market for the benefit of all. For more information, please visit www.laserdigital.com
Laser Digital UK Ltd, FRN 1000108, is an appointed representative of Strata Global Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, FRN 563834. Strata Global Ltd is registered in England & Wales with company number 07707508 and whose registered office is at 7-11 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AF
Marketing communication: This document is a marketing communication addressed exclusively to professional and institutional investors. This document is not a contractually binding document or an information document required by any legislative provision, and is not sufficient to take an investment decision.
No offering: Nothing in this document amounts to, or should be construed as, an offer, placement, invitation or general solicitation to invest in any fund or to buy or sell securities, digital assets, or to engage in any other related or unrelated transactions. This document was not prepared in compliance with applicable provisions of law designed to promote the independence of financial analysis and is not subject to a prohibition on trading following the distribution of financial research. This document does not purport to contain all of the information that may be required to evaluate any potential transaction and should not be relied on in connection with any such potential transaction. Any future offers to invest in the fund/other products will be subject to the terms of the fund’s constitutional documents and/or relevant offering documentation.
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Digital assets: Digital assets regulation is still developing across all jurisdictions and governments may in the future restrict the use and exchange of any or all digital assets. Digital assets are generally not backed nor supported by any government or central bank, are not insured by depositor nor investor guarantees schemes and do not have the same protections countries’ bank deposits may have and are more volatile than traditional currencies and/or other investments. Transacting in digital assets carries the risk of market manipulation and cybersecurity failures such as the risk of hacking, theft, programming bugs, and accidental loss. Differing forms of digital assets may carry different risks. In certain circumstances it may not be possible to liquidate a digital assets position in a timely manner at a reasonable price. The volatility and unpredictability of the price of digital assets may lead to significant and immediate losses.
Risks: An investment in any of the products mentioned herein involves significant risks, including loss of an investor’s entire capital investment. Alternative investment strategies are intended only for investors who understand and accept the risks associated with investments in such products and these products are not suitable for all investors. Investments in digital assets are high-risk investments and you should not expect to be protected if something goes wrong. The volatility and unpredictability of the price of digital assets may lead to significant and immediate losses. You are invited to do all the necessary research and learn before investing in digital assets. In considering any performance data in this document, you should bear in mind that past or targeted performance is not indicative of future results, and there can be no assurance that any of the fund would achieve its investment objectives, comparable results or that target returns would be met. Past performance is not a guide to future performance, future returns are not guarantees and a loss of original capital may occur. The price and value of investments referred to in this document may fluctuate.
*UAE (excluding ADGM and DIFC): In the UAE (excluding ADGM and DIFC), this document is issued by Laser Digital Middle East FZE (“LDME”). LDME is the investment manager of the fund and is authorised and regulated by the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (“VARA”) with registered number VL/23/06/001. We are registered in Dubai, and only deal with or for Qualified Investors and Institutional Investors as defined by VARA.. Our registered office is located at One Central, Office 3, Level 3, Unit 345, Dubai, UAE Additional information on LDME and the relevant regulatory disclosures may be found at https://www.laserdigital.com/laser-digital-middle-east. The information contained herein, does not constitute, and is not intended to constitute, a public offer of securities in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) and accordingly should not be construed as such. The shares are only being offered to a limited number of exempt investors in the UAE who (a) are willing and able to conduct an independent investigation of the risks involved in an investment in such shares, and (b) upon their specific request. The shares have not been approved by or licensed or registered with the UAE Central Bank, the Securities and Commodities Authority, or any other relevant licensing authorities or governmental agencies in the UAE. No transaction will be concluded in the UAE and any enquiries regarding the Shares should be made to Laser Digital UK Ltd at 1 Angel Lane, London, EC4R 3AB.
*UK: This document is being issued in the United Kingdom by Laser Digital UK Ltd, I Angel Lane, London EC4R 3AB, United Kingdom, to and/or is directed only at persons who are professional investors for the purposes of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Regulations 2013, as amended and is accordingly exempt from the financial promotion restriction in Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (“FSMA”) in accordance with section 29(3) of the FSMA (Financial Promotions) Order 2005. The opportunity to invest in the fund mentioned herein is only available to such persons in the United Kingdom and this document must not be relied or acted upon by any other persons in the United Kingdom. Laser Digital UK Ltd, FRN 1000108, is an appointed representative of Strata Global Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, FRN 563834. Strata Global Ltd is registered in England & Wales with company number 07707508 and whose registered office is at 7-11 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AF. This presentation as well as any additional document may only be distributed and the interests in any of the funds may only be offered or placed in the United Kingdom to the extent that (1) the fund is permitted to be marketed to professional investors in the United Kingdom in accordance with Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (Directive (2011/61/EU) (the “AIFMD”) (as it forms part of the domestic law of the United Kingdom); or (2) this document as well as any additional document may otherwise be lawfully distributed and the interests in the fund may otherwise be lawfully offered or placed in the United Kingdom (including at the initiative of the investor). All, or most, of the rules made under the FSMA for the protection of retail clients will not apply, and compensation under the United Kingdom Financial Services Compensation Scheme will not be available.
EEA: As at the date of this document, none of the funds rereferred to herein has been approved, notified or registered in accordance with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (Directive (2011/61/EU) (the “AIFMD”) for marketing to professional investors in any member state of the EEA (each a “Relevant State”). However, such approval may be sought or such notification or registration may be made in the future. Therefore, this document and any additional documentation may only be transmitted to an investor in a Relevant State at such investor’s own initiative.
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