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May 12, 2022

21Shares Launches First DeFi ETP in Europe and Layer 1 Index ETP

May 12, 2022 - 21Shares, a Swiss-based issuer of crypto Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), has launched the new 21Shares Layer 1 and 21Shares DeFi 10 Infrastructure ETPs on SIX Swiss and BX Swiss Exchange respectively. Both of these new products allow investors to invest in the services and technical fundamentals of the DeFi industry.

The 21Shares Layer 1 ETP (symbol: LAY1) is listed on SIX Swiss Exchange as of today, May 12, 2022, and offers investors targeted exposure to the blockchains that form the technical foundation of the DeFi universe. To this end, LAY1 tracks an index which was custom-tailored by index provider Vinter and invests in an index that includes the fiv largest Layer 1 blockchains - with a maximum weighting of 30 percent per blockchain. Rebalancing is conducted on a quarterly basis.

The 21Shares DeFi 10 Infrastructure ETP (symbol: DEFII) is planned to be listed on BX Swiss Exchange on May 18, 2022. It is designed to provide investors targeted exposure to the emerging decentralised financial services (DeFi) industry rooted in blockchain technology, and tracks the results of a customised index also created by Vinter. This index tracks a combination of the price performance of decentralised DeFi applications ("dApps") and Layer 1 blockchains, which form the technological basis of DeFi. Each comprises 50 percent of the overall index. The assets in both categories are ranked by market capitalisation and reweighted quarterly.

Ophelia Snyder, Co-founder and President of 21Shares, commented, "Our financial system is at the beginning of a paradigm shift. A plethora of new blockchain-based applications around DeFi and Web3 are already under development and making enormous progress. They are the components of a completely new, democratic and inclusive financial system. With our new thematic crypto ETPs, we're providing investors with two broadly diversified investment vehicles at the ideal time to participate in this revolution."

21Shares has the largest suite of cryptocurrency exchange-traded products (ETPs) in the world. In 2018 it pioneered the world's first cryptocurrency index listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange, and it continues powering its cryptocurrency franchise with cutting-edge research and groundbreaking approaches to product strategy. 21Shares aims to provide all investors with an easy, secure and regulated way to buy, sell and short cryptocurrency through existing bank and brokerage accounts. 21Shares is a Swiss company registered in Zug, Switzerland with offices in Zurich and New York City. For more information, please visit

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