MetaMask Adds Custodians BitGo, Qredo, Cactus in Push for Institutional DeFi Users

The three firms will support different segments of the market – from small DAOs to multibillion-dollar crypto funds.

Oct 5, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Oct 5, 2021 at 4:09 p.m. UTC

The institutional arm of ubiquitous decentralized finance (DeFi) wallet MetaMask has added custodians BitGo, Qredo and Cactus Custody to help firms meet compliance requirements.

The ConsenSys-owned wallet launched its institutional offering in December. The difference between MetaMask Institutional and your browser extension is the key storage: The institutional wallet has a built-in tech stack that helps big firms connect with their required custodians.

BitGo Managing Director Joe Bruzzesi told CoinDesk the partnership will involve MetaMask Institutional being integrated with BitGo wallets. He says that’s significant because it “validates the growing appetite for institutional investors to participate in DeFi with the highest level of security possible.”

Bruzzesi said BitGo is seeing pent-up demand from institutional players to gain access and exposure to decentralized lending platforms.

BitGo currently has $40 billion in assets under custody; once the integration with MetaMask Institutional is completed, over 500 firms in crypto will be able to access DeFi.

MetaMask Institutional said it will announce the integration of additional custodians at a later date.

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Tanzeel Akhtar is a CoinDesk news reporter based in Europe.