March 27, 2024
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Deutsche Börse Launches Regulated Crypto Trading Platform for Institutional Clients

Deutsche Börse, one of Europe’s leading exchange operators, has entered the burgeoning world of cryptocurrencies with the launch of the Deutsche Börse Digital Exchange (DBDX), a regulated spot platform tailored for institutional clients. The platform provides a comprehensive ecosystem for the trading, settlement, and custody of crypto assets, ensuring transparency, security, and regulatory compliance.

Carlo Kölzer, Head of FX and DBDX, emphasized the groundbreaking nature of the new platform, stating in a press release, “Our new solution is a game changer for digital ecosystems. We aim to provide trusted market operations for crypto assets, ensuring transparency, security, and regulatory compliance for institutional clients in Europe.”

The DBDX platform operates on a Request for Quote (RfQ) basis, followed by multilateral trading. Deutsche Börse will oversee the trading venue, while settlement and custody services will be provided by Crypto Finance. Notably, in January, Germany’s financial regulator, BaFin, granted four licenses to Crypto Finance, a firm operated by Deutsche Börse, allowing it to engage in regulated digital asset trading, settlement, and custody services within Germany. The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) also regulates Crypto Finance, which has set its sights on institutional investors to fortify its position within the crypto ecosystem.

Deutsche Börse’s move into the crypto space aligns with its growth and investment plans outlined in 2023. The exchange aims for a consistent 7% growth until 2026, with plans to acquire new firms to boost its growth ratio. Additionally, a new capital management scheme and shares buybacks, totaling 300 million euros, are part of the expansion strategy.

This development comes amid a broader trend in the financial sector, with DZ Bank, Germany’s second-largest bank, reportedly planning to initiate a retail crypto trading trial this year. The service will be available for private customers who can independently access cryptocurrencies without seeking financial advice. DZ Bank, boasting $627 billion in assets under management, unveiled a blockchain-based digital custody platform last year, signaling the institution’s increasing involvement in the evolving crypto landscape.

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