A New Dawn in Digital Asset Management: The Partnership of Avantgarde and Agio Digital

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Avantgarde Finance Group and Agio Digital have unveiled the world’s first institutional-grade on-chain crypto products platform, enabling the creation of fully regulated and compliant on-chain funds in weeks and promising to reduce total expense ratios by over 80%, marking a significant turning point in the digital asset management industry.

In a significant development poised to revolutionize the digital asset management industry, Avantgarde Finance Group and Agio Digital have launched the world’s first institutional-grade on-chain crypto products platform in a significant development poised to revolutionize the digital asset management industry. This groundbreaking collaboration allows creation of fully regulated and compliant on-chain funds within weeks, setting a new industry standard. Furthermore, the platform offers the potential to reduce total expense ratios by a staggering 80%, indicating a transformative moment in cost-effective digital asset management.

Avantgarde, a renowned provider of tech-enabled investment solutions, has been instrumental in securely managing digital assets through its innovative risk management infrastructure. The firm has gained significant acclaim for its development services provided to Enzyme. This non-custodial solution automates various operational, administrative, compliance, and risk management functions for digital assets on-chain.

Partnering with Avantgarde, Agio Digital and its subsidiary, Agio Fund Services, have led the charge with a digital-first approach to fund services. Their method involves a comprehensive suite of services, including fund setup, licensing, Net Asset Value (NAV) calculation, and investor transaction management. This partnership accentuates the critical role of professional fund administration in the fast-paced and complex DeFi landscape, ensuring regulatory compliance, risk mitigation, and enhanced investor communication and transparency.

In a significant milestone, Avantgarde and Agio have spent the past year developing an innovative solution to bridge the gap between traditional institutions and blockchain-based asset management technology. This collaboration created DeFi vaults running on Enzyme, wrapped into a fully compliant fund structure. This remarkable advancement preserves many of blockchain’s core principles, including eliminating counterparty risk, providing transparency to the institutional market, the right to self-custody, and 24/7 provable and verifiable reporting.

An Avantgarde underscores a noticeable shift in the mindset of institutional investors who are more likely to use DeFi technology compared to a year ago, with 62% finding on-chain asset management more appealing. Despite this growing interest, CFOs stated that seeing a qualified and experienced DeFi asset manager would influence their investment decisions.

Mona El Isa, Founder and CEO of Avantgarde Finance Group applauds the collaboration with Agio, “Through this partnership, we can launch on-chain funds in a transparent, compliant manner, while also drastically reducing operational costs and barriers to entry for our customers by over 80%,” she said. Brian Jones, CEO of Agio Fund Services, mirrored this sentiment, expressing excitement about the opportunities this collaboration will unlock in the digital asset investment landscape – “Agio’s strategic partnership with Avantgarde has truly unlocked new possibilities. By pooling our expertise in structuring regulated investment vehicles with their depth of knowledge in asset management, we’ve crafted a platform that truly embraces this new asset class.”

“Agio recognizes that many existing digital asset products have been hindered by outdated and expensive models, resulting in a lack of transparency with significant custodial and counterparty risks, which were particularly prevalent since 2022. However, Agio sees an opportunity to address these challenges by harnessing the power of blockchain technology. We are excited to pioneer this initiative with Avantgarde, marking a new era for digital asset investment.”

Avantgarde is a multi-faceted digital investment business that aims to open the doors to DeFi investment opportunities to a wider, mainstream finance market.  It is built on Enzyme, a decentralized protocol for on-chain asset management, allowing users to create, manage and invest in custom crypto asset management vaults. Before becoming Enzyme the protocol was called Melonport, and it is one of the oldest DeFi protocols running on Ethereum.

Agio is a leading provider of regulated alternative investment solutions for digital, traditional, and real assets. Their deep financial and technical expertise, delivered via the Agio Platform, empowers asset managers to safely take advantage of emerging opportunities in decentralized financial markets.

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