Security tokens are a crypto asset type that represents an ownership stake in an asset or a business. A security token essentially serves a similar role to traditional securities such as shares so it warrants the same regulatory scrutiny as those types of financial instruments. At the same time, they can bring the benefits of the blockchain revolution to traditional financial markets and help create liquidity in typically illiquid sectors. This makes security tokens a very powerful tool for bridging traditional finance and DLT-powered fintech. It also makes them an interesting case from a legal standpoint.
Regulation of the blockchain and crypto space has been notoriously hard to work out, especially after cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether rose to prominence and kicked off a larger crypto boom in the latter part of the previous decade.
The majority of legal hurdles come as a result of the inability of current financial rules and regulations to cover the various aspects of the blockchain sector, as well as from the lack of a unified approach when it comes to blockchain and crypto regulation.