GIP-22: Partnership Agreement Between BalancerDAO & GnosisDAO

GIP-22: Partnership Agreement Between BalancerDAO & GnosisDAO

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GIP: 22
title: Partnership Agreement Between BalancerDAO & GnosisDAO
author: Karpatkey
status: phase-2
type: Meta
created: 2022-01-10

Simple Summary

The partnership aims to align the interests of GnosisDAO and BalancerDAO, by increasing the collaboration between both organizations. The technical teams of both DAOs would carry out developments in the best interest of both organizations, such as completing Stage 3 of the Balancer-Gnosis-Protocol integration, so that Balancer users are able to place trades in GPv2 via their UI. Traders on Balancer would then always get the best prices available on-chain -or better- if CoWs are found, eventually leading to better prices for all traders of CowSwap as trades are batched and a higher trade frequency leads to increased chances for coincidence of wants.

Also, joint marketing efforts will be made, together with a token swap, to align governance interests.

Abstract

Even though GnosisDAO and BalancerDAO have common interests, their current level of collaboration and integration isn’t enough to achieve their common goals. A partnership agreement would be necessary to increase the depth and breadth of their joint efforts, improving coordination and resource allocation to common projects.

This improvement proposal has already passed phase 1 in both protocols:

Motivation

We believe that achieving a greater synergy between BalancerDAO and GnosisDAO would significantly strengthen both organizations, allowing for a more efficient planning and execution of their joint projects, backed up by healthier treasuries, with increased token diversification.

Specification

Both parties agreed that they intend to contribute the following towards this partnership:

Technical
Joint work of technical teams of both DAOs to carry out developments in the best interest of both DAOs, such as completing Stage 3 of the Balancer-Gnosis-Protocol integration, so that Balancer users are able to place trades in GPv2 via their UI. Traders on Balancer will then always get the best prices available on-chain -or better- if CoWs are found. This will eventually lead to better prices for all traders of CowSwap as trades are batched and a higher trade frequency leads to increased chances for coincidence of wants.

Marketing
To ensure both entities will profit from each other’s reach and marketing or sales activities, we will do co-branded communication & services where useful.

Token Transaction
To align governance interests, a Token Swap between the two organizations is initiated as part of this agreement.

200,000 BAL from the Ecosystem Fund would be exchanged for the equivalent USD value of GNO in equal proportions from DAO Treasury, using the 30 day smooth moving average price at the time that voting ends.

Both organizations commit to holding the received assets for a period of at least 1 year. No on-chain logic will be implemented to ensure this.

Rationale

Gnosis and Balancer have worked together for the past years. The protocols have integrated Cowswap with Balancer V2 to enable better gas prices and UX, MEV protection, no gas fees for failed transactions, better prices due to the optimized pool settlements and use of the Balancer v2 single vault architecture.

Partnership Term
The Partnership is open-ended and does not have an expiry date.

Partnership Governance
The partnership is managed by representatives of the organizations directed by the respective governance processes of the organizations. In the case of this partnership, there are 2 representatives for each organization.

Exit Clause
Both organizations can at any moment terminate the agreement through their respective governance systems.

Communications around the Partnership

  • A Partnership announcement blog will be created within the 2 weeks following the agreement date.

  • To ensure operational effectiveness, a monthly call will be set up with at least one representative of each entity

Both DAOs acknowledge that DAO agreements are inherently unpredictable and irreversible and agree to this initial partnership agreement.

This proposal is in phase 3, please vote on Snapshot!
https://snapshot.org/#/gnosis.eth/proposal/0x632b3303cf9677d9d381e8eaff3587ee80f76152ebcf62d5260c64d79e417972

Balancer would transfer 200,000 BAL and Gnosis would transfer 9051 GNO from the daughter safe.

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One point that you missed and might be interesting to add:
The teams has also collaborated to onboard leads from Gnosis Auction to use Balancer as the main liquidity pool and get combined rewards. One example for this type of collaboration is VitaDAO.

Thanks for the proposal @Karpatkey, I would love to see it go forward!

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Voting closed already? I’d support this, it makes sense to me.

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Hi Karasugoi, as soon as we post it in Snapshot we’ll update this post so you can vote there. Thanks for your comment!

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Hi karasugoi, the proposal is on Snapshot. I’ve added the link to the post above, but just in case, here it is:
https://snapshot.org/#/gnosis.eth/proposal/0x0562da32a284e46d39e3f526cfcb6cbbb33d31baf3c6ed187173aa27ee499df2