Diginex Arm Becomes First Stand-Alone Crypto Custodian Approved by UK Financial Watchdog

Th firm hopes FCA approval will make it more attractive to institutional investors.

AccessTimeIconMay 14, 2021 at 12:12 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 12:55 p.m. UTC

Diginex’s custodial arm, Digivault, has won regulatory approval from the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to register as a custodian wallet provider under anti-money laundering regulations.

  • The firm is the first stand-alone digital-asset custodian to receive approval from the FCA under 2017 regulations designed to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism, according to an emailed announcement Friday.
  • Digivault offers custody services for bitcoin, ethereum, USDC and other ERC-20 and ERC-1400 tokens.
  • It provides both cold and so-called warm storage, which incorporates hardware and software firewalls to protect assets while ensuring they remain readily available.
  • Digivault expects the FCA's approval will spur demand from institutional investors looking for the same level of regulatory oversight and protection received that other assets have.
  • In October, Diginex became the first crypto exchange operator to list on Nasdaq when it merged with special-purpose acquisition company 8i.

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