DZ Bank, third-largest German bank, to start crypto custody for institutional investors

DZ Bank, third-largest German bank, to start crypto custody for institutional investors

DZ Bank AG, the third largest bank in Germany by asset size, has launched its own digital assets custody platform built on blockchain. According to an announcement published on Nov. 2, the platform will work with institutional clients, offering them crypto securities, such as the crypto bond from Siemens, which DZ Bank had subscribed to six months ago.

Holger Meffert, Head of Securities Services & Digital Custody at DZ, expressed the bank’s interest in the distributed ledger technology (DLT):

“We assume that within the next ten years, a significant proportion of capital market business will be processed via distributed ledger technology (DLT)-based infrastructures. In the medium term, we see DLT as a complementary technology to the established infrastructures in the existing capital market processes.”

The bank also hopes to offer institutional investors and private customers the facility to buy cryptocurrencies, “such as Bitcoin,” in the future. To achieve that, DZ has applied for a crypto custody license from the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) in June 2023.

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Cointelegraph has recently paid attention to the German banks’ shift toward crypto, despite the country’s strict industry regulatory regime. More and more institutions are finding ways to allow customers access to cryptocurrencies.

In March 2023, Deutsche WertpapierServiceBank (Dwpbank) took an important step with the launch of its wpNex crypto trading platform, which gives 1,200 banks and savings banks in Germany access to the digital asset industry. Asset management group DWS, majority-owned by Deutsche Bank, announced it was working on exchange-traded products of cryptocurrencies in the European market and developing other digital solutions that will give investors access to blockchain applications and digital assets.

Other traditional banks, including Commerzbank and DekaBank, are also seeking crypto custody licenses from Germany’s financial watchdog, the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).

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