Korea’s Shinhan Bank makes strategic investment in crypto custody consortium

Korea’s Shinhan Bank makes strategic investment in crypto custody consortium


Shinhan Bank, the oldest banking institution in South Korea, continues its efforts to introduce digital asset custody services with a new investment.

According to a Jan. 7 report by news agency Yonhap, Shinhan Bank has invested in Korea Digital Asset Trust, or KDAC, an industry consortium of businesses that provide digital asset custody. The initiative was launched by Korbit in collaboration with blockchain startup Blocko and digital asset research company Fair Square Lab.

With the new investment, Shinhan Bank moves closer to offering its own cryptocurrency custody business. In August 2020, Shinhan Bank announced its plans to introduce crypto custody alongside another major South Korean bank Woori. 

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Shinhan Financial Group chairman and CEO Yong-Byung Cho said that digital asset custody will benefit from the bank’s compliance capabilities and custody experience. “We will secure competitiveness in custody services and proactively respond to the rapidly changing digital asset market due to the implementation of the Special Financial Information Act,” the executive

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