The largest German lender, Deutsche Bank, is planning to start offering digital currency custody services, along with other crypto-specific services for institutional investors, becoming one of the many banks to jump into cryptocurrency recently.
The bank disclosed its intentions to offer institutional crypto services in a report published by the World Economic Forum in December, however, it was overlooked by most.
Banks Entering Crypto
Deutsche Bank’s services were listed along with some of the major crypto service providers like Bitgo, Gemini, Metamask and several others.
Apart from the German bank, many other global lending giants are diving into crypto one way or the other. Last December, Singapore’s DBS launched similar crypto custodian and exchange services for institutions. Most recently, BNY Mellon revealed its intentions to offer digital asset-based services to its asset management clients.
Deutsche Bank’s digital asset services are still a prototype, and there is no deadline publically announced by the bank for the launch.
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“Deutsche Bank aims to develop a fully integrated custody platform for institutional clients and their digital assets providing seamless connectivity to the broader cryptocurrency ecosystem,” the report explained.
Though the German bank is initiating the crypto services by only offering custody, it has plans to introduce tokenization and trading as well. The bank detailed that it will partner with prime brokerages, issuers and vetted exchanges for offering trading services to its institutional clients.
Additionally, it will introduce value-added services like “taxation, valuation services and fund administration, lending, staking and voting, and provide an open-banking platform to allow onboarding of third-party providers.”
“The platform will be embedded with a full suite of regulated banking services, including KYC/AML, compliance, settlement and more,” the report explained. “Deutsche Bank will help users to focus on what’s important – their investment decisions. This platform will focus on simplifying the customer experience and design implementation as a means of creating a differentiated product.”