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The Global City: “Aaron Powers, Chief Executive of Hunit, tells us about the UK’s importance in their plans for growth”

 

The following case study was featured on The Global City, a community showcasing the UK’s offer for financial and professional services, run by the City of London Corporation.

Hunit operates a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform enabling lawyers and financial professionals to digitalise paper-based investments in the alternative investment space, delivering them operational efficiencies, reduced risk and new possibilities for reporting and secondary trading.

We spoke to Aaron Powers, chief executive, about the company’s growth plans and the UK’s importance in driving that growth.

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Smart and Green: Digitalised investment can dial-up renewable energy adoption

renewable energy

 

In the eyes of many major investor groups today, renewable energy is a highly desirable investment class. It is critical to the decarbonization of the global economy and is on an upwards trajectory towards increased global usage, scaled-up levels of production, and lucrative pricing. Despite this, access to these investments is largely limited to a small subset of specialized players, influencing the types of projects that get developed and leaving pools of interested investors and their capital on the side-lines 

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Smart contracts will transform renewable energy financing

renewable energy

 

This post is the part of our new series called “Use Cases”, where we explore real, concrete and transformative applications of smart contract technology

In this article, we’ve examined renewable power generation – it’s exciting, growing rapidly, and critical to our planet’s future. But its also a specialized market that only a small number of investors can access directly and, when they do, it takes them decades to monetize the value that’s created in just the first couple of years of the project’s lifecycle. Smart contract technology has the ability to cut straight to the core of these structural challenges and provide this sector with a new set of possibilities.

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Legal Insights: Billing for legal services when time is no longer the measure of value

Legal billing

 

This article is part of Hunit’s Legal Insights series. We’re sharing some of the key learnings that we’ve gained from in-depth interviews with legal professionals across multiple international markets.

We’ve called our series of in-depth interviews with law firms and financial service providers our “listening tour”.  Using a standardized set of discussion questions, we set out to gather systematic insight on the legal professional’s day-to-day operations, their problems, their concerns and of course their understanding of DLT and smart contracts.

One of the listening tour’s key discussion points concerned billing methods in an environment when a lawyer’s ability to create value for the client is disassociated from the use of their time (billable hours). In an increasingly technology-enabled environment, what does the law firm of the future’s customer invoice look like? Read More…

Legal Insights: < 1 in 4 chance of code-based smart contracts becoming mainstream

 

This article is part of Hunit’s Legal Insights series. We’re sharing some of the key learnings that we’ve gained from in-depth interviews with legal professionals across multiple international markets.

We recently posted an article entitled “Legal Insights: Will the lawyer of the future know how to code?” where we talked about assessing adoption chain risk. While we made a quick reference to the seminal book on the subject, we didn’t discuss much of how that process works or how we reached the conclusions that we did.

Thanks to some of the feedback we received, we realized that there was general interest in the process that we followed and how we reached our results. As our childhood algebra teachers used to admonish us: “Show your work” – So we did! Read More…

Legal Insights: Will the lawyer of the future know how to code?

 

This article is the first of Hunit’s Legal Insights series. We’ll be sharing some of the key learnings that we’ve gained from in-depth interviews with legal professionals across multiple international markets.

As it stands today, the legal profession’s basic toolset hasn’t changed since the quill and ink pot. First typewriters, then word processors and later document management tools have all provided increasingly large productivity gains, but they all still output to the same medium: paper and signature. The most recent step? A PDF that imitates paper, into which one inserts a digital representation of their freehand signature. Progress? Absolutely. A phase change? Not yet.

So before we get to the subject of coding lawyers, perhaps an even more basic question needs to be answered: will the practice of law continue to orbit around pieces of paper? Read More…

Surprising outcomes: COVID-19 driving digital reserve currencies?

 

Experts are opining that the measures taken to control the COVID-19 pandemic have propelled the world 10 years into the technological future. The most obvious impact has been a massive change in work routines – millions of workers are spending an extended period in home-offices using remote collaboration tools for the first time. But while security flaws in the leading video conferencing systems grab headlines, most of us missed how close we came to an upheaval in the global monetary system. Read More…

Hunit contributes to LTC’s latest report: The Future of Property

”It takes little imagination to envision how the real estate market could remake itself if fractional ownership in individual properties traded with the same fluidity, transparency and costs as equities.”

Aaron Powers, Hunit co-founder and CEO had the chance to contribute to the London Technology Club’s latest report in their “Future of…” series. Read More…