TADS Awards 2021 — The World’s First Annual International Awards for Tokenized Assets & Digitized Securities (“TADS”) Opens for Nominations

TADS Awards is the world’s first annual international awards for the Tokenized Assets and Digitized Securities (“TADS”) sectors. Gathering individuals and businesses from around the world to share the energy that tokenization brings to financial markets, TADS Awards celebrates these industries by recognizing and honoring significant contributions and distinguished achievements worldwide.

Nominations for the second-year’s TADS Awards to be held in 2021 (“TADS Awards 2021”) are now open for submission until 30th September 2021. Nominations can be self-submitted or submitted through TADS Awards’ Global Ambassadors, any TADS Awards’ partners or Committee Members. Details in relation to the nomination process are available at – https://tadsawards.org/

TADS Awards is co-organized by Asia Pacific Digital Economy InstituteCoinstreet Partners and the STO LAB, and is sponsored by GOIR and Wave Financial. It has received strong support from strategic partners, including (alphabetically):- AccentureAssociation of Family Offices in AsiaCrypto Valley AssociationDeloitteEntoro CapitalGibraltar Stock ExchangeHong Kong CyberportHKbitEXIBMMicrosoft Hong KongMorningstarSBI GroupSomerley CapitalStormharbourTheTokenizer, and West Park Capital, among many others, plus support from its Global Ambassadors from over 16 countries.

Samson (SAM) Lee, Founder & CEO of Coinstreet Partners and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of TADS Awards, commented, “thanks to strong support from many industry leaders and key ecosystem drivers, TADS Awards was launched last year with great success. To keep abreast of market trends, we have introduced dynamic new elements to the second year’s TADS Awards including NFT Token Award, NFT Platform Award and Rising Stars Awards.”

David Wen, Chairman of Asia Pacific Digital Economy Institute, remarked that “tokenization provides a secure and standard way for digitization of our economy, so that more powerful and transparent financial tools can be used to help better manage risk & return and better serve the entire community.”

Nitin Gaur, Director of IBM Financial Sciences and Digital Assets at IBM said, “TADS Awards creates important recognition for best-of-breed ideas and solutions in the rapidly progressing area of asset tokenization and digital assets powered by technologies like digital identity, blockchain, DLT and IPFS.”

Robert Lui, Partner and Hong Kong Digital Asset Leader of Deloitte commented, “Security Token Offering, or STO, is a regulated fundraising channel that is recognized by governments around the world and further empowered by blockchain technology to ensure the transparency and traceability of the asset tied to the token. Audit is, and will continue to be, a crucial mechanism to ensure the security token is compliant with local regulations in different countries, which is a major Fintech development in capital markets.”

Sachiko Ohshige, Managing Director, Technology Strategy & Risk Lead of Accenture noted that “many financial institutions in the capital market space are looking to take full advantage of the opportunities of tokenization. Token-based trading platforms would need to emerge to provide the infrastructure for tokenized asset trading and establish a level playing field between conventional and new market infrastructures.”

Peter Yan, Chief Executive Office of Hong Kong Cyberport, added that “TADS Awards have proven to be an important platform for promoting positive developments in tokenized assets and blockchain technology, helping people understand the latest applications in the space from all over the world. This awareness is essential to making Hong Kong a more attractive place for talents in the industry. Being home to Hong Kong’s largest FinTech community and many blockchain start-ups, Cyberport is glad to support this year’s edition of TADS awards.”

Chris Carlin, Head of Alliances, Redistribution Solutions and Data Products at Morningstar Asia said “as the Tokenized Assets and Digitized Securities industry has grown from last year and is moving more into the mainstream, TADS Awards are a good time for us to reflect on who the emerging leaders are in this field. I am looking forward to taking a moment to recognize the companies that have demonstrated leadership in technology, products and platforms, as well as being innovative in the field.”

“The CVA is proud to be a part of TADS awards for a second year. The space is moving so fast that it is imperative to have good information to be successful. TADS Awards brings a clear classification and details on some of the most interesting developments, and we are excited that this year, we also include NFTs into the mix,” said Daniel Haudenschild, President of the Board of Directors, Crypto Valley Association.

“I commented last year that a ‘wind of change’ was blowing through financial markets, a change we should, and must, embrace. Little did I realize how much change would come and how quickly, and with it some controversy. It is important to realize that Tokenized Assets and Digitized Securities are not equivalent to cryptocurrencies, though they are based on some of the same technology. While innovation is key, those of us promoting TADS and the systems to support TADS must strive to keep regulators onside and ensure that markets are comfortable with developments in this admittedly disruptive field,” said Mr. Martin Sabine, Chairman of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited.

“In the world of fundraising, asset tokenization and STOs provide us with a more efficient and more flexible way of fundraising and investment structure on a global basis. TADS Awards brings together many good examples of STOs and can help promote the concept to an even wider platform,” reflected Stephan Law, Managing Director of ANS Capital Limited.

Benjamin Tsai, President & Managing Partner of Wave Financial said “we are very pleased to be participating as a sponsor of TADS Awards 2021. It is a world-class event that recognizes excellence in the Digital Assets industry.”

For TADS Awards 2021, a special mid-year awards will be hosted in Japan in June. Winners from the mid-year awards will automatically qualify as finalists in the year-end awards that will be hosted later in November 2021 in Hong Kong. The year-end awards will be a full-scale awards ceremony with a total of ten winners selected from two awards categories (five awards for each category) with the newly added NFT Token Award and NFT Platform Award.  In addition, a number of Rising Stars Awards have been created to encourage start-up companies and recognize innovative proof-of-concept projects in these industries :

(1) “BEST OF CLASS TADS” category is for issuers of different types of Tokenized Assets & Digitized Securities, including –

  • Equity-Backed Token
  • Asset-Backed Token
  • Tokenized Debt Token
  • NFT Token (new)
  • ESG / SDG Token

++  TADS Rising Stars (new)

(2) “ECO-SYSTEM EXCELLENCE” category is for service providers and vertical solution providers along the TADS value chain, including –

  • KYC / Compliance
  • Token Issuance
  • Digital Custodian
  • NTF Platform (new)
  • Brokerage / Asset Management

++  Ecosystem Rising Stars (new)

To review last year’s TADS Awards ceremony – “TADS Awards Gala 2020”, please visit –  https://tadsawards.org/winners/#stream

The related press release is also available in ChineseJapaneseKorean, and German.


2020 TADS Awards Winners Announced At “TADS AWARDS GALA 2020” Presentation Ceremony Hosted in Hong Kong


TADS Awards (stands for “Tokenized Assets & Digitized Securities Awards”) is the world’s first annual international award for the asset tokenization and digital securities sectors. Hosted annually, TADS Awards gathers individuals and businesses to share the energy that tokenization brings to the financial markets around the world. The global launch and inaugural TADS Awards Gala 2020 presentation ceremony was hosted and globally broadcasted online during Hong Kong Blockchain Week on 18th November 2020. A total of ten (10) winners were announced from two (2)  awards categories: “Best of Class TADS” and “Ecosystem Excellence”.

The World Economic Forum forecasts that by 2027, 10% of the world’s GDP will be tokenized – an estimated market capitalization of US$24 trillion. Tokenized Assets and Digitized Securities are the next big wave of the financial market, and projected to undergo exponential growth in the coming years. TADS Awards celebrates these industries by recognizing and honoring significant contributions and distinguished achievements worldwide. It nurtures the growth of TADS industries by jointly establishing “best practices” and setting “measuring standards” for high-quality tokenized assets and digitized securities through close collaboration with other industry leaders on the global market – https://tadsawards.org.

Dr David Chung Wai-keung, JP, the Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, commented in his opening speech for TADS Awards, “This will make Hong Kong first in the world for hosting an international awards for Tokenized Assets Digital Securities space, with a long-term vision to make TADS Awards one of the pre-eminent awards in the industry. To facilitate growth in this sector, the soon to be announced ‘Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint 2.0’ will provide new financial technology measures and offer more market opportunities in the FinTech industry here in Hong Kong.”

“Congrats to the organizers and sponsors for the leadership in putting this together. TADS has tremendous potential to bring about greater efficiency in financial transactions, intermediation and capital raising,” said Mr. Wai-Lum Kwok, Senior Executive Director in Capital Market at Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), during his keynote speech at the event. “At ADGM, we see ourselves as a catalyst for innovation, and will keep supporting the industry by developing calibrated, effective regulations that facilitate the growth and adoption of TADS.”

The ten (10) winners who were announced from two (2) categories of awards including : MaiBlocksWave-FinancialOnecycleYubi, and Libra Project for the “Best of Class TADS” award category and Credify Pte LtdSecuritizeLedgerGSXFlovtec for the “Ecosystem Excellence” award category, respectively as below.

Winners List of 2020 TADS AWARDS

Samson Lee, Founder and CEO of Coinstreet, and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of TADS Awards commented, “On behalf of the TADS Awards, we would like to sincerely thank all the committees, business partners, global ambassadors, award nominees who participated in the 2020 TADS Awards. The award was a great success due to gracious support from everyone. We are looking forward to expanding our partnership and ecosystem around the world to develop TADS Awards into one of the most recognized and distinguished awards for the TADS industry.”

“We are seeing renewed interest in asset tokenization as regulations are starting to catch up to the innovation, and larger institutions have expressed interest to come into the market, which bodes well for the future of the TADS Awards,” said Juwan Lee, Founder and CEO of Nexchange Group, and Steering Committee of TADS Awards.

Peter Yan, Chief Executive Officer at Hong Kong Cyberport, and Steering Committee of TADS Awards added, “The mission of the TADS Awards very much aligns with Cyberport’s focus in facilitating industry development, especially in the areas of FinTech and Blockchain. Within our community, companies working on digital asset solutions make up more than one-tenth of our FinTech cluster amongst a growing variety of different sectors, and every day we see the sector become increasingly prevalent. We look forward to seeing winning solutions under TADS Awards take the industry to the next level and some of them joining our community in the future.”

“Digital assets are now enabling enhanced commercialization models across industries and geographies. This is how we see TADS Awards and its ideas. Let’s look forward to the ever-evolving and exciting technology updates and how it integrates in a secure and promising trading environment,” noted Peter Koo, APAC Leader, IT & Specialized Assurance at Deloitte and Steering Committee of TADS Awards.

“I have been working in the equity markets for some 40 years. For much of that time, precedent has been honored, and established structures and procedures followed. Now I feel a ‘wind of change’ is blowing through financial markets, a change that we should and must embrace. The TADS Awards recognise pacesetters in this breakthrough area which has the potential to disrupt, and enhance financial services in Hong Kong and worldwide, while promoting secure, low cost and transparent transactions,” said Mr. Martin Sabine, Chairman of Somerley Capital Holdings Limited and Steering Committee of TADS Awards.

“As we all move to digital platforms, STOs provide us with a more efficient and more flexible way of fundraising and investment structure on a global basis. TADS Awards bring together many good examples of STOs and can help promote the concept to a wider platform,” reflected Stephan Law, Managing Director of ANS Capital Limited and Steering Committee of TADS Awards.

“TADS Awards reflect the shape of the future economic landscape in our ability to empower and create a level-playing field for all the people in the underserved markets,” added Suresh K  Sharma, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Steering Committee of TADS Awards. “I was impressed by the quality of all participants at TADS and very excited to be a part of a journey creating a more robust innovation ecosystem that enables fractional ownership and exchange of digital assets globally.”

“Having TADS Awards is a great opportunity to step back and take a moment to recognize some of the outstanding innovators in both issuances and technologies in the tokenized assets and digital securities space. I think the awards have set a standard to strive for the industry participants in the coming years. It was a great honor to be a part of these awards,”said Chris CarlinAsia Head of Alliances of Redistribution Solutions and Data Products at Morningstar, and Awards Committee of TADS Awards.

“I am very happy to encourage or advocate the use of blockchain technology in pursuing sustainable development goals. Token economy is surely a notable future displaying the perfect integration of financial & technological innovation. I hope to see advanced development in this area and witness the rise of ESG or impact tokens contributing to the green economy and becoming a catalyst for financing sustainable development goals,” said Eva Law, Chairman of Association of Asia Family Offices and Vetting Committee of TADS Awards.

“I sincerely hope all young entrepreneurs participating in the TADS Awards will be successful! Hearty congratulations to all the winners of TADS Awards! Keep up the good work!” commented by Mr. Chan Heng Fai, Executive Chairman of American Pacific Bancorp, and strategic sponsor of TADS Awards.

TADS Awards is co-organized by the Asia Pacific Digital Economy InstituteCoinstreet PartnersNexchange Group and The STO LAB. The event is proudly sponsored by American Pacific BancropGOIR and supported by (in alphabetical order) – Association of Family Offices in AsiaBelt & Road TechFin AssociationCrypto Valley AssociationDeloitteHong Kong Blockchain WeekHong Kong CyberportHong Kong Fintech WeekIBMKARM Legal ConsultantsKorea Blockchain CooperativeMicrosoft Hong KongMorningstarOSLParis Blockchain Week SummitSomerley CapitalWest Park Capital, among many others, plus the support from global ambassadors from over twelve (12) countries including (in alphabetical order) — ArchaxBINARYSTARCorum8DigimaxECXX.comFintech4goodKARM LegalMagic Circle Tech LtdPANewsPropinePotrero CapitalPublishprotocolThe MFO; and TADS Awards’ PR, Media & Community Partners (in alphabetical order) — AMBCryptoCoinhubkoreaCryptoeventsCryptonomistCryptopolitanCorum8Econotimes,FintechFinanceGlobal Online Investor RoadshowHKBAKoinpostPacificaPublishprotocol,SmartMoneyMatchTokenpostTheTokenizerUnlock.