Digivault, the custodial arm of Singapore-based digital assets company Diginex, has been granted approval to register as a cryptocurrency custodian wallet provider from the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Digivault Approved By The FCA
The firm announced in a statement released today that the regulatory approval is in line with the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Transfer of Funds (Information of the Payer) Regulations.
With this FCA approval, Digivault hopes to further provide compliant and secure custody services to corporate and institutional investors in crypto assets.
Speaking about what this feat means for Digivault and in turn, Diginex, the CEO of Diginex Limited, Richard Byworth, said the FCA approval is continued validation of its strategy to deliver fair, transparent, and compliant crypto products for institutions. He added that,
“Digivault’s market-leading custody solution is a foundational pillar of the Diginex ecosystem and acts as a key enabler to the EQUOS Exchange, OTC, and Lending business lines.”
According to the firm, its custody solutions include having digital assets in cold storage third-party vaults owned by renowned vault services provider, Malca-Amit.
Digivault provides both cold and warm storage, incorporating a series of hardware and software firewalls so that assets are protected yet readily available.
Commenting on the approval Rob Cooper, CEO of Digivault, said the backing of the FCA would help assure its clients that their assets are being secured within the highest possible standard of governance, control, and oversight.
Digivault’s regulatory approval from the UK financial watchdog follows its newly signed partnership with Torstone Technology, a post-trade securities, and derivatives processing provider.
The partnership is aimed at providing Digivault’s clients with post-trade services via Torstone’s settlement platform and at the same time enable Torstone’s customers to access digital asset custody solutions.
FCA’s Stance On Crypto Assets
The FCA has never been so keen on cryptocurrencies. For years, the regulator has made its concerns regarding digital assets known.
In October, the FCA declared that companies in the UK could no longer offer crypto derivatives products, including futures and exchange-traded notes.
Just recently, the FCA chief Nikhil Rathi advised young investors to avoid the crypto craze amid the soaring popularity of the likes of Bitcoin. He said that direct investment in crypto assets is a high risk, with few regulatory protections, which is why it is not advisable.
Meanwhile, Digivault happens to be the first stand-alone digital asset custodian approved by the FCA. Its parent company Diginex which went public in October 2020, was the first digital assets group with a crypto exchange to launch on Nasdaq in the US publicly.