DeFi : Laser Digital (Nomura) invests in Infinity Exchange

The crypto investment arm of the Japanese Nomura made an investment in Infinity Exchangea DeFi protocol from lending.

This Wednesday, Infinity Exchangea decentralized platform that allows institutions to lend and borrow digital assets, announced that it has received a investment – undisclosed amount – from Laser Digital.

Launched in 2022 by a former Morgan Stanley and already backed by several large VCs including GSR Ventures, Flow Traders and C² Ventures ($4.2M seed), the DeFi protocol offers a variety of features and “enterprise level” risk management.

Infinity is building critical infrastructure for decentralized finance, and its protocol for enabling price discovery and risk management within DeFi is transformative for institutions.” commented Olivier Dang, Head of Ventures at Laser Digital.

Last fall, Japanese banking giant Nomura announced the creation of Laser Digital, a Swiss-based unit that invests in Web3 startups and offers crypto financial products.

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“With the institutional flows that should migrate to the DeFi in 2025 under the new BIS guidelines and with the crypto CeFi proving to be full of risks, the transparency and risk mitigation of the hybrid finance are truly unmatched, and we look forward to working closely with Laser Digital as this market accelerates,” said Kevin Lepsoethe founder of Infinity.

According to the startup’s release, hybrid finance – also known as “institutional DeFi” or ” HyFi “is an evolution of the DeFi by combining elements of decentralized and centralized finance. It thus aims to improve the efficiency, scalability and security of transactions while providing enterprise-level risk management.

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