OTC Exchange Network (OTCXN), a blockchain-powered capital markets infrastructure company, today announced that it completed its first live test trades for the exchange of tokenised fiat currency and bitcoin.
The infrastructure provider says that it believes this to be the first time that tokenised US dollars and tokenised bitcoin have been exchanges between two separate trading accounts over an electronic trading platform with assets held in safekeeping at a neutral custodian and digitised on blockchain.
Currently, institutional traders usually conduct block trades of fiat currency and cryptocurrency over e-mail and chat, relying on the reputation and credibility of their counterparties to honor their part of the trades, often taking hours to confirm and settle. The OTCXN platform aims to remove trading counterparty and settlement risk with an atomic exchange of assets on high-performance blockchain and facilitates settlement of transactions instantly, not in hours or days.
David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange, talks about why a lack of credit, rather than custody solutions, is the biggest single challenge facing institutional market participants wanting to trade cryptoassets.
LMAX offers a crypto custody solution through LMAX Digital, and Mercer concedes that having platforms provide custody services is not necessarily ideal from a market structure perspective.
However, he quickly adds: If you look at LMAX Exchange’s business model I’ve always been regulated as a broker-dealer and I’ve alway been regulated as an MTF and there’s Chinese Walls between the two.
Cinnober, a provider of exchange technology, and BitGo, which offers institutional-grade cryptocurrency security, are collaborating to provide solutions to cryptocurrency exchanges.
BitGo’s wallet solution will expand Cinnober’s trading and post-trade platform with the aim of providing an end-to-end, secure, institutional-grade digital asset exchange solution.
Through the collaboration with BitGo, Cinnober claims that it is consolidating its offering to cryptocurrency exchanges in need of a high-performance trading solution to handle increasing market volumes, expectations from institutional investors and requirements from regulators. BitGo’s wallets and custodial solutions include security key management, multi-signature setups, setting of procedures and client-driven policies to ensure assets are held in a highly secure environment.
Kingdom Trust, which provides custody services for digital asset investments, has secured insurance for digital assets held on its qualified custody platform through Lloyd’s of London.
“Qualified custody by a regulated, insured financial institution is a top priority and critical hurdle for institutions to invest in the digital asset markets,” says Matt Jennings, CEO of Kingdom Trust. “By adding another trusted specialist like Lloyd’s to our platform, we’re ensuring that current and future clients will have access to a highly secure, complete safekeeping solution tailored to meet the challenges of institutional finance.”
OTCXN, a blockchain-powered capital markets infrastructure company, has signed Kingdom Trust to serve as a neutral, third-party custodian of assets for trading entities and exchanges that use its technology to facilitate clearing and settlement of OTC block trades and cross-exchange trading.
Kingdom Trust is an independent qualified custodian with a decade of experience in the alternative asset space. As a regulated trust company, Kingdom Trust offers a regulatory compliant environment, including AML/KYC, for both domestic and international clients. The firm also offers custody solutions for cryptoassets.
OTCXN has announced that it has signed Prime Trust to serve as a neutral, third-party custodian of assets for trading entities and exchanges that use OTCXN technology to facilitate clearing and settlement of OTC block trades and cross-exchange trading. This is the second addition of a third-party custodian this week, earlier it was announced that Kingdom Trust had also joined.
Prime Trust is a chartered, regulated and insured trust company with full fiduciary powers and AML/KYC procedures supporting both US and international clients, OTCXN says.
Coinbase Custody has obtained a license under New York State Banking Law to operate as an independent Qualified Custodian.
It will operate as a Limited Purpose Trust Company chartered by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS).
Coinbase Custody is designed as an institutional-grade service for storing large amounts of cryptocurrency in a secure manner. All assets trusted to Coinbase Custody are stored offline.
“For our customers, operating under a New York State Trust Company is more than just a new license - it’s an important piece of regulatory clarity that will allow us to compliantly store more assets and add new features like staking,” says Sam McIngvale, product lead at Coinbase, in an online post announcing the news.