Corporations must get permission from Delaware to issue a certain number of authorized shares, say 1 million, said Symbiont Chief Executive Officer Mark Smith. The state collects filing fees and other revenue based on the authorized number of shares, but sometimes companies issue additional shares that Delaware is unaware of, he said. A smart contract eliminates that possibility.
“The smart contract manages the authorized and issued shares,” Smith said. “It’s impossible to issue more than 1 million shares on the blockchain because the smart contract has that as a limitation.”