Tomochain, the Singapore-based smart contract platform, has taken another stride towards its aim of hosting government and enterprise applications with its acquisition of Lition, a German company that provides public and private blockchain services.
Launched on Ethereum in October 2020, Lition represents a bridge between public and private blockchain use-cases with its ability to delete privately hosted data in accordance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidelines.
This aligns with TomoChain’s goal to entice governments and enterprises to utilize its platform – a goal that has historically been fraught with concerns over regulatory compliance.
TomoChain Eyes European Market
TomoChain is expected to leverage Lition’s experience in navigating Europe’s regulation-heavy blockchain landscape. Lition has already created a multi-million dollar peer-to-peer marketplace that connects renewable energy providers with consumers. Lition also recently piloted a $20 million loan between two of Germany’s VR Bank cooperatives and a national real-estate developer.
Combined with Lition’s recent efforts in creating Proof-of-Existence service, which verifies legal documents on the blockchain for EU clients, TomoChain will seek to take advantage of Lition’s breakaway success and use it to help create large-scale solutions for healthcare and automotive industries.
“Lition’s assimilation into our Enterprise division strengthens TomoChain’s consultation services and product development for large-scale enterprises, as well as for government,” said Long Vuong, Founder and CEO of TomoChain, adding, “We intend to optimize Lition’s core technology as a base to further extend digital money and other financial products.”
The acquisition was celebrated by Lition founder and CEO Richard Lohwasser, who said:
“This is a great day and a defining moment for Lition, adding, “We join a company in TomoChain with tremendous scale and resources, and a culture completely aligned with ours.”
The two sides will be holding a joint-AMA on October 30th where they’ll likely reveal more details about the acquisition and how the new structure will be implemented.
EU Embraces Digital Innovation
The EU recently accepted proposals for the creation of a pan-European regulatory sandbox for regulations pertaining to crypto-assets and distributed ledger technology. Although still in the pilot stage, the EU said it is open to ideas from companies and regulators and will facilitate the testing of innovative solutions hosted on the blockchain.
The European Commission has declared its ambition to move away from cash purchases in the EU region – a method of payment that still makes up 78% of transactions. Recent documents published in the EU policy publication Euroactiv revealed the EU would launch a comprehensive set of crypto regulations by no later than 2024.
While the acquisition of Lition will help TomoChain gain a stronger foothold in EU markets, the newfound relationship will also help Lition expand into TomoChain’s native markets in Asia. Lition CEO Richard Lohwasser said the acquisition would help accelerate the growth of the company on a global scale.
“The acquisition provides Lition with the opportunity for greater reach throughout Asia, enhanced operational efficiency and innovations that will benefit everyone. We are excited to leverage our combined resources to accelerate the next stage of Lition’s growth into a global player,” said Lohwasser.
Lition is expected to become a key division in TomoChain’s blockchain ecosystem. Built on the Ethereum network, it will continue to work on creating scalable sidechains for use in commercial use cases. Meanwhile, TomoChain will use Lition’s private/public distributed ledger technology to target large-scale financial institutions.