Sygnum becomes one of the first crypto companies to attain a conditional banking and securities dealer license from Swiss functionary in a move to curb the gap as Cryptocurrency associated financial aid facilities are very rare in Singapore’s case where digital assets are a market heritage which is more often than not avoided by lenders.
Established in both Switzerland and Singapore, Sygnum intends to claim a banking license in the island nation. Talks with the functionary have already begun and application for a capital markets services license has been presented, getting the license would mean that the company can extend asset management business as a prime step towards financial services as informed by co-founders Mathias Imbach and Gerald Goh.
Mr. Goh said, “ In order of priority for us to extend a full suite of services, we must operate as a bank in Singapore,” He added that once the firm is established as a full bank in Switzerland, a transformation anticipated this year, it will hold capability to apply for a traditional banking license for the city-state.
As and when the closing norm is met with to become a Swiss bank, the company will be authorized to issue, store, trade and handle digital assets Bitcoin and Ethereum and at the same time convert fiduciary currency like Swiss francs, US and Singapore dollars and euros within two cryptocurrencies. It will further provide custody, tokenization services and brokerage for digital assets to certified and eligible investors and establishments.
Sygnum has not only been acquiring money but also receiving assistance from set firms which functions in favor in order to attain Singapore’s consent.
It has so far acquired no less than 60 million Swiss francs which will be enough to meet requirements over the next few years as per Mr. Imbach. As many as 85% of the company’s staff members along with every board director hold a stake and amid institutional investors stands Singapore Telecommunications. Whereas Deutsche Boerse in March this year had approved investment in Custodigit AG, Swisscom and Sygnum coordinated common project which rendered services for technical clarifications for custody of digital assets for systematic financial aid establishments.
The chief executive officer of Sygnum, Mr. Imbach stated, “ Over the past few months a lot of groups who hold plenty of cryptocurrencies have come in contact with us as they seek a completely regulated bank. One of the major challenges for them is to get specialists who could chain them to the real world, pay their taxes and salaries to their employees.”
As the closing authorization and policy to set up a bank in Switzerland are awaited, the firm is exercising a representative sample on potential customers to assure that they adhere to anti-money laundering rules informed Mr. Imbach.