DBS Launches Asia’s First Bank-Backed Trust Solution for Cryptocurrencies

DBS Launches Asia’s First Bank-Backed Trust Solution for Cryptocurrencies

by May 14, 2021
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DBS Private Bank has introduced a trust solution for the asset class via DBS Trustee, the bank’s wholly-owned, licensed trust company, to enable its private banking clients to invest, custodise and manage their digital assets.

According to DBS, this offering is Asia’s first bank-backed trust solution for cryptocurrencies, and builds on the DBS Digital Exchange (DDEX).

Launched in December 2020, DDEX enables institutional investors and accredited investors to tap into a fully integrated tokenisation, trading and custody ecosystem for digital assets.

DBS Private Bank’s new trust offering applies only to cryptocurrencies hosted on DDEX namely Bitcoin, Ether, Bitcoin Cash and XRP, and clients can work closely with DBS Private Bank to integrate these assets into their wealth succession plans.



The offering builds on DDEX’s existing proposition for private banking clients, which provides security and transparency for crypto-assets with institutional-grade safekeeping and custodial services, and robust due diligence on the chain source.

DDEX holds SGD 80 million in assets under custody, with trading volumes up 10-fold to SGD 30 – 40 million. It currently has 120 clients and a robust pipeline awaiting onboarding.

Joseph Poon, Group Head of DBS Private Bank

Joseph Poon

Joseph Poon, Group Head of DBS Private Bank said,

“Our trust structure allows clients to conveniently hold these assets, with a peace of mind that they will be safely managed and passed on to their intended beneficiaries.

 

As we navigate today’s rapidly changing world and an ever-broadening array of investment opportunities, ensuring the long-term growth and protection of our clients’ wealth remains a keystone of our proposition.”

Lee Woon Shiu, Regional Head of Family Office, Wealth Planning and Insurance Solutions at DBS Private Bank

Lee Woon Shiu

Lee Woon Shiu, Regional Head of Family Office, Wealth Planning and Insurance Solutions at DBS Private Bank said,

“Confidentiality, peace of mind and taxation often emerge as top-of-mind concerns in our conversations with clients, and we would advise them to set up trust structures rather than wills, which are subject to the probate process. This is especially so considering that international regulations and protocols are still nascent in the digital asset space, which could give rise to complications or unnecessary confusion if proper measures are not in place to prevent them.

 

By keeping their DDEX-hosted digital assets in a trust administered by professional licensed trustees such as DBS Trustee, our clients can be assured that the succession planning of their digital asset wealth is being taken care of by experienced professionals.”

 

Featured image credit: Photo by K8 on Unsplash 

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