BNY Mellon plans to launch a digital asset custody platform later this year

BNY Mellon, one of the leading investment banks, is developing a digital asset custody platform that will allow institutional clients to gain exposure to cryptocurrencies.

According to one note of City AM, customers will be able to store the most popular cryptocurrencies in the world, Bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH), in BNY Mellon crypto-wallets, which will feature Fireblocks technology. However, once regulatory approval has been granted, the service will gradually scale up and integrate a variety of tokenized digital and traditional assets.

The new service, according to the investment bank, is expected to be available by the end of this year. BNY Mellon also suggested that it will be a “first mover” in the global digital custody market.

According to the report, Mellon intends to start in the United States before expanding around the world based on market demand. Following the US debut, BNY Mellon’s head of digital asset custody Talia Klein envisions that the service could be rolled out to the UK:

“I think what we’re seeing in the UK is there’s a really vibrant and active digital asset market.”

In February of last year, the bank initially disclosed its intentions to store, transfer and issue Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as an asset manager on behalf of its clients. BNY Mellon announced a collaboration with Grayscale Investments in July 2021 to provide a number of services for its flagship Bitcoin investment product.

As Cointelegraph reported, BNY Mellon recently partnered with Chainalysis, a blockchain data and analytics firm, to use the company’s compliance software within its risk management system.

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