State Street partners with Gemini Trust to launch digital asset pilot

Eugenia Jiménez
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State Street partners with Gemini Trust to launch digital asset pilot

US-based asset management and administration firm State Street has teamed up with the cryptocurrency exchange and custodian Gemini Trust to launch a digital asset pilot. 

The pilot will combine Gemini's digital assets custody solution with State Street's investment reporting.

The first of its kind, this pilot performs reporting scenarios on a user's holdings within Gemini Custody.  Initially, the pilot reports holdings of two cryptocurrencies chosen for liquidity reasons. However, it can be adapted to report on holdings of other digital assets, such as security tokens. It allows the user to consolidate the reporting of their digital assets serviced by Gemini, an independent digital asset custodian, with their traditional assets serviced by State Street.

Ralph Achkar, managing director, Digital Product Development & Innovation at State Street, said: "We want to evolve our business with our clients' needs. The digital asset space is still nascent, yet it promises opportunities that could fundamentally impact how we do things in the future.

"There is small, but growing demand from our clients for solutions of this type and many technical, operational, regulatory, and legal considerations to be addressed. That is why we have opted for an open model, and started a pilot with Gemini as an established, regulated player in the digital asset space.

"Given State Street's leadership position in asset servicing, this project felt like a natural extension of those services as we continue to explore and evaluate opportunities to provide innovative solutions to our clients."

Tyler Winklevoss, CEO of Gemini, said: "Traditional investors will more seamlessly be able to allocate capital in their portfolio to digital assets through trusted and regulated financial institutions —  helping us build a better bridge to the future of money."

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Eugenia Jiménez speaks Spanish and is Iberia Correspondent for Investment Europe covering Spain & Portugal, as well as Italy.