The move is a sign the digital asset industry is maturity and breaks a long standoff between over 40 aspiring crypto broker-dealers and US regulators who approve them. Harbor can now handle key processes such as performing due diligence.
“We’re going to provide the technology platform to manage the fundraising, the technology to manage investors, the technology to tokenize and enable liquidity,” Stein said. This streamlined process had been impossible before Harbor’s licensure, largely because the firm could only make introductions to partner broker-dealers then. The firm had been prohibited from handling other key processes, such as performing due diligence, which Stein said issuers want. Broker-dealer status changes that. Now, “we’ll assemble the BDs, do some interviews, put together all the paperwork, all the due diligence,” Stein said. “All the things that are so difficult today is now a seamless, easy experience.”