SIX partners with Swisscom & Sygnum joint-venture Custodigit to build Institutional Digital Asset Gateway

7 Dec, 2020

The Swiss Stock Exchange today announced an investment in Custodigit, the joint venture created by Swisscom and Sygnum in 2018. With this agreement, SIX Digital Exchange, Swisscom, and Sygnum Bank enable Swiss banks to offer access to digital assets for their customers through a unique Institutional Digital Asset Gateway.

Subject to the appropriate regulatory approvals, SIX Digital Exchange and Custodigit will provide a unique Institutional Digital Asset Gateway. The gateway will support the complete investment value-chain from trading to smart order routing, to settlement, to custody as well as access to secondary markets. This partnership gives banks – and their customers – trusted, safe, secure, compliant yet seamless access to cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Depending on a bank’s strategic objectives, it has the option to leverage Custodigit’s offering either through a direct platform integration solution, or a managed sub-custody setup as already provided by Sygnum.

“Custodigit is a functioning operator for digital asset servicing – not just an idea to be realized. Coupled with our very productive relationship with Swisscom and Sygnum Bank – it is clear that we have the perfect balance of elements to allow clients to access the digital markets to meet their needs. Today, and for the future”, said Thomas Zeeb, Chairman SIX Digital Exchange and Member Executive Board, SIX. Tim Grant, Head SIX Digital Exchange, added: “Swisscom is a powerhouse and trusted infrastructure provider and Sygnum Bank has emerged a global leader in the regulated digital asset banking space.” He is convinced that “this partnership will allow to deliver a truly differentiated institutional offering to banks and their customers in Switzerland and around the world.”

Custodigit also benefits from the strengthening of this new partnership, especially with regard to the development of new business areas. According to Peter Hofmann, CEO of Custodigit, the partnership with SIX gives Custodigit the opportunity and conviction to strengthen and globalize our offering. Besides, it enables the company to add value to what will clearly be the future of the capital markets.

In the same vein, Fabian Dori, Sygnum Group CEO a.i., highlights the benefits of the partnership between the four companies with regard to the development of new digital asset services: “Together with SIX and the existing partners, we look forward to empowering even more banks to offer digital asset services, driving more innovation and positive change for the industry and, most importantly, value for our clients.”

As Johannes Höhener, Head FinTech of Swisscom explains: “Digital assets will fundamentally change the financial industry. By combining the strengths of Switzerland’s leading financial infrastructure providers, we are enabling banks – in Switzerland and beyond – to quickly enter a new financial services era. A historic opportunity.”

Source: Press release SIX


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