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Standard Chartered and DIFC to launch Digital Asset Custody Services

By Leandra Monteiro

May 11, 2023

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Standard Chartered, DIFCStandard Chartered signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) to collaborate on digital assets, including digital asset custody.

Subject to regulatory approval, Standard Chartered plans to launch digital asset custody services, starting in DIFC and to cater to institutional clients around the world. Standard Chartered is an early mover in developing services to provide custody of digital assets, including cryptocurrencies.

Drawing on its own international expertise in traditional custody, its new services will be powered by its subsidiary Zodia Custody, which has operational and technical capabilities suited to the needs of institutional clients.

During the signing ceremony, Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered said, “We see digital assets as an important part of the future of financial services and we are committed to investing in the infrastructure and talent necessary to be a leader in this space. The UAE has a well-balanced approach to digital asset adoption and financial regulation, making it an ideal first market for us to launch our digital asset custody proposition.”

The Bank and DIFC will also collaborate on opportunities to promote a vibrant and thriving digital assets ecosystem that benefits Dubai and the wider UAE economy.

HE Essa Kazim, Governor, DIFC, said, “The Dubai FinTech sector has emerged as a key driver of innovation and economic growth much in line with the Government’s Dubai Economic Agenda (D33) to become a top 4 global financial hub. DIFC welcome collaboration with partners such as Standard Chartered to further accelerate growth, enable collaboration that triggers new innovation, as we continue to shape the future of finance together”.

In 2006, Standard Chartered became the first bank within the DIFC to purchase its own premises. This partnership is a natural outcome of the bank’s long-term commitment to the United Arab Emirates and to the wider region. The Bank runs all of its regional activities for Africa & the Middle East, as well as some of the global roles, from the UAE.

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