The securities have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended or with any other regulatory authority of any State or other jurisdiction of the United States or Canada and (i) may not be offered, sold or delivered within the United States or Canada, or to, or for the account or benefit of any U.S. Person or Canadian, and (ii) may be offered, sold or otherwise delivered at any time only to transferees that are Non-United States Persons and Non-Canadians.

October 13, 2023

Swarm launches EU-compliant KYC solution for tokenized securities

13 October 2023: Swarm, a compliant DeFi platform, today launches its onboarding API, allowing institutions and enterprises who do not have a know-your-customer (KYC) and anti money laundering (AML) provider to offer regulatory-compliant tokenized securities and trading to their users. 

The onboarding API is intended to serve partners who do not have their own KYC provider. For partners with a KYC provider, we will soon provide a KYC Sharing API. The API verifies users’ identities and source of funds, which is typical for onboarding to stock brokerage accounts to trade securities.

Philipp Pieper, co-founder of Swarm, said “There is a flight to quality assets on chain. We are seeing interest from crypto and DeFi primitive companies who want to offer a range of tokenized asset classes to their users but do not have the infrastructure to do so. Swarm’s solution removes friction and increases access to tokenized securities by providing a KYC onboarding process that is compliant. 

“These developments are necessary to improve the overall health of the on-chain ecosystem and onboard more people and institutions that want to remove counterparty risk.” 

The API enables a client to embed an onboarding flow into their application, providing a more seamless user experience for their customers. The KYC and AML process leads users through an identity verification flow, allowing them to submit documents and information, and tracks the status of their onboarding. Once verified, users are permissioned to interact with Swarm’s tokenized t-bills and public stocks, like Apple and Coinbase, on the Polygon network.

Swarm offers two environments for clients:

  • Sandbox (Mumbai): For integrations in a test environment. No real checks are performed in the sandbox environment, when a client is testing the integration with Swarm’s API. All transactions are executed for free on the Polygon Testnet, Mumbai.
  • Production (Polygon): For integrations ready to go live. In order to provide clients with access to the production environment, Swarm requires the integration to be tested first.

Timo Lehes, co-founder of Swarm, said: “There has been an explosion in tokenized securities this year but few platforms can sell these to retail investors due to regulatory reasons. Swarm’s tokenized assets have a prospectus registered in Liechtenstein, meaning we can offer these to retail investors at no minimum investment. As a result, a lot of institutions are coming to us wanting to white label our assets and trading infrastructure to offer a diversified set of assets to their users on chain.” 

Swarm is a hybrid, combining the security of compliance with the flexibility of decentralization. So far, it has 11 tokenized assets, including Apple, Blackrock, Coinbase, Coupang, Intel, Microsoft, Microstrategy, NVIDIA and Tesla, plus two fixed income products iShares US treasury bond 0-1 year and iShares US treasury bond 1-3 years. 

The assets can be directly accessed and traded in AMM pools on or white labeled into third party platforms. Swarm’s technology and regulatory stack can be applied to almost any financial product.



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About Swarm

Swarm is a blockchain platform that brings novel digitization and trading solutions to the world of traditional finance. It is the first organization in the world to offer digitized treasury bills and Apple stock via a compliant and decentralized platform. Day to day, we work with real-world-asset owners to tokenize collateral and build trading infrastructure in a compliant way. 


Swarm is a hybrid, embracing the advantages of blockchain-trading – flexibility, speed and efficiency – and pairing it with the trust and asset-range typically enjoyed by traditional exchanges. Swarm aims to integrate TradFi with DeFi so that everything becomes “Fi”. For more information, visit the website.