Replacing Silvergate’s Network Is a Challenge for Crypto Industry: JPMorgan

Some of the services provided by Silvergate will migrate to other banks such as Signature Bank, Provident Bancorp, Metropolitan Commercial Bank and Customers Bancorp, the report said.

AccessTimeIconMar 10, 2023 at 11:52 a.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2023 at 4:10 a.m. UTC

The collapse of crypto bank Silvergate and the termination of the Silvergate Exchange Network (SEN) pose a challenge for the crypto industry, JPMorgan (JPM) said in a research report Thursday.

Silvergate had operated as a gateway for more than 1,000 “institutional crypto market participants including major crypto exchanges, miners, stablecoin issuers, market makers and digital asset fund managers that have been using its network to transfer fiat currency between their Silvergate accounts and the accounts of other Silvergate customers,” analysts led by Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou wrote.

Replacing this instantaneous network for processing dollar deposits and withdrawals among crypto market participants will be challenging given the current backdrop and the “general unwillingness of traditional banks to engage with crypto companies following the FTX collapse and given high regulatory pressures,” JPMorgan said.

The report said it is inevitable that at least some of the payment and custody services provided by Silvergate will migrate to other banks such as Signature Bank (SBNY), Provident Bancorp (PVBC), Metropolitan Commercial Bank (MCB) and Customers Bancorp (CUBI).

Some customers that have left Silvergate have already announced they are migrating to Signature Bank. However, its capacity to replace Silvergate would likely be limited due to market and regulatory pressure to reduce crypto-related risks, the note said. Signature Bank has already said it plans to reduce its reliance on digital asset client deposits.

The entry of new depository institutions seems unlikely at present, due to the heightened regulatory scrutiny of cryptocurrency risks, the note added.

This does not leave many options for institutional crypto investors in the U.S., especially smaller and less-established market participants, who may well seek banking services in Europe or elsewhere, the report added.


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