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Deutsche Bank, one of the world’s leading financial institutions, has entered into a strategic partnership with Swiss cryptocurrency firm Taurus to offer custody services for cryptocurrencies and tokenized assets to institutional clients, according to an official statement released by Taurus on Thursday.

This groundbreaking collaboration marks a significant milestone for Deutsche Bank, enabling the institution to securely hold a select range of cryptocurrencies on behalf of its clients, as well as tokenized versions of conventional financial assets. A spokesperson from Deutsche Bank emphasized the historic nature of this development, highlighting that this is the first time the bank has ventured into the realm of cryptocurrency custody services.

While Deutsche Bank is expanding its services to include custody of digital assets, it has made it clear that crypto trading is not currently part of its immediate plans. This stance is a departure from the bank’s earlier indication of interest in crypto trading, as outlined in a World Economic Forum paper released in 2020. This decision may reflect the bank’s cautious approach in light of the volatility and regulatory challenges faced by the cryptocurrency market.

The crypto market has faced numerous challenges, including a series of collapses at major cryptocurrency firms in the previous year, resulting in substantial losses for investors. These incidents have prompted regulatory bodies worldwide to call for more robust oversight and regulation within the crypto space. Despite these challenges, many mainstream financial institutions are exploring the potential of blockchain technology, which underpins cryptocurrencies, for use in the trading and settlement of traditional financial assets.

Deutsche Bank joins a growing list of financial institutions offering cryptocurrency custody services, including Standard Chartered, BNY Mellon, and Societe Generale. The move is seen as a response to the increasing demand from institutional clients for secure storage solutions for digital assets.

Paul Maley, Global Head of Securities Services at Deutsche Bank, emphasized the significance of digital assets within the financial landscape, stating, “As the digital asset space is expected to encompass trillions of dollars of assets, it’s bound to be seen as one of the priorities for investors and corporations alike.”

Currently, the cryptocurrency market is valued at approximately $1.1 trillion, down from its peak of just above $3 trillion in November 2021, according to data from CoinGecko.

Maley also expressed the bank’s broader commitment to the digital assets ecosystem, stating, “Our focus is not just on cryptocurrencies, but supporting our clients in the overall digital assets ecosystem.”

However, Deutsche Bank is proceeding cautiously, in strict adherence to regulatory guidelines, particularly in light of warnings from U.S. regulators regarding liquidity risks associated with crypto-related clients. Maley emphasized the bank’s commitment to maintaining compliance with regulations, saying, “Our product design, and the nature of custody for clients, will make sure that there isn’t the risk of contaminating the bank’s other activities.”

Deutsche Bank’s foray into cryptocurrency custody services is a significant step in the evolution of traditional financial institutions embracing the digital asset revolution. While it may not yet be engaging in crypto trading, the move highlights the growing recognition of cryptocurrencies and tokenized assets as valuable components of modern financial portfolios, setting the stage for further integration of digital assets within the banking sector.

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By: Delino Gayweh
Serrari Financial Analyst
September 14, 2023

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