DeFi needs regulatory clarity to interface with ‘real-world’ finance, experts say

DeFi needs regulatory clarity to interface with ‘real-world’ finance, experts say


Rune Christensen, founder and CEO of DeFi bluechip MakerDAO, says the decentralized finance space is set to move from its current isolated bubble phase toward more integration with the broader financial landscape.

Christensen made this known during Tuesday’s plenary session “Behind the Decentralized Finance Hype” at the ongoing Global Technology Governance Summit organized by the World Economic Forum.

According to the MakerDAO CEO, DeFi protocols interacting with real-world assets, such as commercial real estate and trade financing, will require significant regulatory input, stating:

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“The huge difference between the primordial soup of DeFi building and DeFi in the real world is that now you have to engage with regulation and laws.”

Indeed, the dematerialization of securities is an already existing example of the emerging asset tokenization trend. Countries like Germany and Switzerland have already created legal frameworks that allow tokenized securities to fall under the same regulatory compliance requirements as traditional investment instruments.

With regulatory agencies in the mix, Christensen acknowledged that DeFi’s entry into

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