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Germany is poised to revolutionize its financial markets with the issuance of electronic securities on a blockchain. The move is aimed at modernizing its capital markets, streamlining operations, mobilizing private capital for future investments, and ushering in a new era of startups and investors in the country. The German Finance Ministry introduced the “Future Finance Act” on April 5, a bill that aims to reduce the tax burden on startups and encourage their growth. The legislation also seeks to improve the portability of crypto assets, making it easier for businesses to use them.
The new legislation would lower the minimum market capital for initial public offerings (IPOs) to EUR 1 million and reduce the tax burden on startups with fewer than 500 employees and whose revenues are under EUR 100 million. The legislation also facilitates investments by institutional players in startups, small businesses, and special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).
Christian Lindner, the German finance minister, said in a statement that the government wants to make Germany the leading location for startups and growth companies. He added that the government aims to improve access to the capital market and makes it easier to raise equity to benefit small and medium-sized businesses in the country.
Crypto Regulation in Germany
The German government is working with the G7 to draw up stricter regulations for cryptos. However, many in the industry feel that the regulations could stymie innovation and growth. As a member of the G7, Germany is scheduled to present its proposal at the group’s next meeting in Hiroshima, Japan, in May.
Germany’s move to issue electronic shares on blockchain is a game-changer. It modernizes its financial markets while making it easier for startups to raise equity. The reduction of taxes on startups and easing of access to the capital market is a significant boost. It could make Germany a hub for crypto and fintech startups while reducing the regulatory burden on businesses. The move is a message to investors and startups worldwide that Germany is open for business. Traders should be on the lookout for innovative products from German startups as they tap into the new opportunities created by the legislation.