UAE regulated Laser Digital, Nomura’s digital asset subsidiary has strategically invested in MANTRA Chain, a Layer 1 blockchain solution for Real World Assets (RWA).

In March 2024 MANTRA Chain raised $11 million led by UAE based Shorooq Partners with investors including Three-point capital, Forte Securities, VirtuZone, Hex Trust and GameFi Ventures. At the time it was noted that Mantra Chain was in the final stages of receiving licenses from Dubai’s crypto regulator, VARA.

As per the press release, “This new investment aims to accelerate MANTRA towards its goal of becoming the de-facto RWA tokenization Layer 1 blockchain for Middle East and Asian markets and marks a collaboration with Laser Digital, bringing their complementary expertise and pertinent experience of RWA tokenization to the partnership.”

Jez Mohideen, CEO of Laser Digital, stated, ” We are excited to support MANTRA’s journey as it pioneers new frontiers in RWA and digital finance.”

John Patrick Mullin, CEO and Co-Founder of MANTRA, expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership, “We are incredibly excited to welcome Laser Digital as a strategic partner. Laser Digital’s investment is not just financial but an endorsement of our mission to make RWA accessible and operable through blockchain technology. Laser’s expertise and network in the financial sectors will be invaluable as we expand our technological footprint.”