Broadridge, J.P. Morgan, Northern Trust and Banco Santander Successfully Complete Pilot of for Blockchain Voting

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Broadridge Financial Solutions, J.P. Morgan, Northern Trust and Banco Santander announced the successful completion of a pilot which employs a Blockchain technology to enhance global proxy vote transparency and analytics.

The pilot, Broadridge’s first application of Blockchain technology, provides transparency by adapting distributed ledger technology capabilities to provide daily insight into vote progress throughout the issuer’s proxy voting period, from meeting announcement date to the annual general meeting. The application ensures role-based access to voting data through use of cryptography and smart contract technology and is built on an Ethereum Blockchain platform.

“This pilot demonstrates Broadridge’s commitment to developing innovative technology solutions to enhance transparency in the global proxy voting process for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders, ultimately improving corporate governance for all,” said Vijay Mayadas, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Corporate Strategy at Broadridge. “We believe Blockchain will drive increased quality and efficiency in the voting chain by reducing complexity that exists within the process today,” he added.

“We are pleased to partner with Broadridge in undertaking this innovative endeavor as we explore the use of Blockchain to drive efficiencies across the custody space,” saidChris Rowland, Global Head of Custody at J.P. Morgan.

“Corporate Governance is a key focus for our custody clients and we are pleased to collaborate with Broadridge on this important initiative,’’ said Justin Chapman, Global Head of Market Advocacy & Innovation Research at Northern Trust. ‘’Providing end-to-end vote transparency using Blockchain as an enabler has the potential to significantly improve the proxy voting process.”

Julio Faura, head of the Blockchain Lab at Banco Santander, said “After piloting this Blockchain-based platform with Broadridge, we see that proxy voting makes an interesting case where distributed ledgers and smart contracts can add transparency and efficiency to financial services, to the benefit of our corporate and institutional clients.”

“The success of this pilot program reflects Broadridge’s unique ability to leverage our domain expertise and deliver Blockchain innovation to all industry participants,” said Patricia Rosch, senior executive managing Broadridge’s international proxy business.

The pilot was run in support of a corporate issuer’s annual general meeting (AGM) and included participation of Santander Investment, the issuer’s agent.  The pilot was run in parallel of the AGM, with the Blockchain being utilized to produce a “shadow” digital register of the proxy voting taking place in the traditional model.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) – Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He’s written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein’s professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he’s travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’ travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he’s raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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