AELIP-41: Enable deal token transfer


Simple Summary

This AELIP proposes to enable deal token transfer, allowing initial purchasers to migrate their vesting schedules to other wallets.


Deal tokens are minted when purchasers accept a deal. They are then able to redeem underlying deal tokens at a 1:1 ratio with their deal tokens, following a vesting schedule. Deal tokens transfers are currently disabled meaning they are only able to vest their underlying deal tokens from their initial wallet, until they reach the end of their vesting schedule.

This AELIP proposes to enable transfers for the soon-to-be-launched Upfront deal feature.


Deal token transfers have been disabled since Aelin Protocol launched. When deal tokens are transferred to another address, the vesting schedule also needs to be migrated over, which wasn't compatible with the initial deal contract architecture.

While in theory migrating a schedule from a wallet which hasn't vested yet to a blank wallet could be doable, it gets complicated when both of these wallets have vesting schedules and have already started to vest. A solution with the current mechanism could involve the addition of extra mappings, increase the complexity of the calculations and therefore increase the cost for each transaction.

However, not having the ability to transfer deal tokens could be a real friction for users and slow the growth of the protocol itself. Any investor holding deal tokens should be able to transfer, merge, sell or even buy more of these tokens whenever they want, with their escrow schedule being updated every time. Any person who missed the investment window of a pool should be able to buy deal tokens either from an OTC deal or on a secondary market.



As described above, there is no easy solution with the current deal contract architecture to enable deal token transfers. But since UpFront deals will be coming soon, and required a complete revamp of the logic it is probably the best moment to introduce some additional changes allowing these tokens to be transferable.

This AELIP will make the UpFrontDeal contract a ERC721 token contract, instead of an ERC20 one. This means whenever an investor accepts a deal, a NFT representing their escrow schedule will be minted. ERC721 tokens can be identified with token IDs, meaning every escrow schedule for every minted ERC721 will be stored in a mapping in the contract. When these NFTs are transferred, it will then be easy to update their corresponding escrow schedule in the contract.

It is important to note that one ERC721 will represent one single escrow schedule. This means wallets could be holding multiple NFTs representing multiple schedules. To make this work, the vest function will require a tokenID parameter allowing users to chose from which schedule they are willing to vest their underlying deal tokens from.


Minting ERC721 tokens instead of ERC20 seems to be the easiest solution for multiple reasons.

Using a NFT to represent one single schedule simplifies the logic a lot as whenever a transfer occurs, the whole schedule also migrates with it. If the user only wants to transfer a part of it, then only this specific NFT's schedule will be modified, with the new amount. A new NFT will then be minted and sent to the destination address, "containing" a schedule with the amount specified by the sender. The calculation logic required to handle all the schedules is easier than before, even when the transfers were disabled.

Technical Specification

  • UpFrontDeal contract will be modified to become a ERC721 contract. Some of the calculation logic to handle escrow schedules will be changed, and so will the vest and transfer functions.
  • ERC721AelinToken contract will be created, which will just be a ERC721 wrapper as it was initially done with AelinToken wrapping the ERC20 contract.

Test Cases

Tests will be modified to make them compatible with the new architecture. New tests will also be created in order to make sure all the scenarios are covered.

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