Deutsche Börse Completes Acquisition of a Majority Stake in Crypto Finance
- Building a European regulated and integrated ecosystem for investment, trading, and the post-trade of crypto assets
- Providing expertise, resources, and capital to continue expanding Crypto Finance’s services, and drive global expansion
- Eric Leupold appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors
Frankfurt, Germany / Zug, Switzerland, December 16, 2021 – Deutsche Börse has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Crypto Finance, a FINMA-regulated provider of trading, custody, and investment services for digital assets. The agreement was signed in June, and closing was on 15 December 2021.
The acquisition lays the foundation for building an independent, transparent, and highly scalable ecosystem for digital assets under European regulation.
Deutsche Börse will now be able to provide its partners and clients with direct and easy access to digital asset services, including post-trade services. A wide range of digital assets is made available to existing customers and new market participants via their established platforms. In addition, synergies will serve to optimise processes and systems.
As part of Deutsche Börse, Crypto Finance will leverage the access to Deutsche Börse’s client and infrastructure network as well as its strong capital base to further grow the Crypto Finance team, realise structural growth plans, and strategically broaden both its product and service portfolio. Expansion of the customer base will be intensified, with a focus on Germany in Europe, and Singapore in Asia.
Eric Leupold, Head of Cash Market at Deutsche Börse, states: “Thanks to Crypto Finance’s proven expertise and the technologies they have developed, we can now enable financial institutions and professional investors to enter the digital asset market. This is a step further in our digital asset strategy.”
Jan Brzezek, CEO and co-founder of Crypto Finance explains: “Established financial institutions increasingly want to start investing in digital assets and are looking for a trustworthy partner. With its esteemed reputation and broad expertise in operating financial market infrastructure, Deutsche Börse garners this trust. We are very excited to continue our success story with our colleagues, existing and new clients, and partners.”
Jan Brzezek and the current management team will continue to lead Crypto Finance and retain a significant stake in the company. Crypto Finance will continue to operate as an independent brand, with a focus on banks, asset managers, FinTechs, and other financial intermediaries as its core customers.
Changes to the Board of Directors
The acting Chairman of the Board of Directors and co-founder of Crypto Finance AG, Dr Tobias Reichmuth, stepped down from his position on 15 December 2021. Eric Leupold, Head of Cash Market at Deutsche Börse has taken over the role.
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About Deutsche Börse
As an international exchange organisation and innovative market infrastructure provider, Deutsche Börse Group ensures markets are characterised by integrity, transparency, and stability. With its wide range of products, services, and technologies, the Group organises safe and efficient markets for sustainable economies. Its business areas extend along the entire value chain in exchange trading, including the admission, trading and clearing, and custody of securities and other financial instruments, the dissemination of market data, as well as the management of collateral and liquidity. As a technology company, the Group develops state-of-the-art IT solutions and offers IT systems all over the world. With more than 9,000 employees, the Group has its headquarters in the financial centre of Frankfurt/Rhine-Main, as well as a strong global presence in locations such as Luxembourg, Prague, London, New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, and Sydney.
About Crypto Finance
Crypto Finance offers institutional and professional investors a comprehensive range of products and services for crypto assets. This includes one of the first FINMA-approved investment firms with 24/7 brokerage services, storage infrastructure, and tokenisation solutions, as well as the first FINMA-approved manager of collective assets for crypto assets, with an active and rules-based alternative investment fund offering. With a team of over 70 employees, Crypto Finance Group is headquartered in Switzerland and has a regional presence in Singapore. Since its founding in 2017, the Group has already received several awards, including Crypto Valley Top 50 Blockchain Company, Top 100 Swiss Start-up, and winner of the Swiss FinTech Award 2019.