13 January 2023: The City of Lugano, Switzerland, launched a 6-year CHF senior unsecured bond (ISIN:CH1232107172) with a total issue volume of CHF 100 million and a maturity in 2029. By issuing the first native digital bond, the city of Lugano is pioneering this space for all other major hubs in Europe.
The bond was issued on the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) based SIX Digital Exchange and can be held in both Central Securities Depositories of SDX and of SIX (SIX SIS). In addition, as a dual listed bond, this instrument will be listed and tradeable at both SIX Digital Exchange and SIX Swiss Exchange. The usage of DLT does not introduce materially higher risks compared to a traditional issuance, according to a statement from Moody’s, who rated the bond Aa3. This further shows the strength of the proposition from SIX Digital Exchange as a fully regulated Exchange and CSD building the financial markets infrastructure of tomorrow. SIX Digital Exchange uses R3’s private, permissioned DLT platform Corda.
David Newns, Head of SIX Digital Exchange stated: “The City of Lugano’s digital bond issuance on SDX represents the first municipal digital bond ever to be issued on regulated FMI and demonstrates the attractiveness of the value proposition represented by SDX’s dual-listed, natively digital bond instrument offering. SDX efficient and innovative digital bond issuance process maximizes market reach through the connectivity between SDX’s blockchain based platform and SIX’s traditional infrastructure. In 2023 we look forward to an acceleration in the adoption of the SDX’s dual listed, digital bond instrument as the momentum builds around the migration of the market from issuing traditional securities to issuing natively digital securities on fully regulated blockchain based financial markets infrastructure. SDX is really proud to be part of City of Lugano’s “Plan B” and we are looking forward to the implementation of their innovate blockchain projects being brought to production in the near future.”