Asia Pacific digital trailblazer Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) has partnered with Hex Trust, Asia’s leading digital asset custodian, to pilot its digital asset custody service.
The collaboration will start with Hex Trust providing digital asset custody as an internal service for UnionBank employees, as a pilot run, to prepare for the next stage – a fully commercialized digital asset custody service for the bank’s customers. UnionBank is in full compliance with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in offering this service. This partnership once again puts UnionBank at the forefront of the industry as banks start to enter the digital asset sector.
UnionBank sees the digital asset space maturing as more and more customers and institutional investors show interest in digital assets and the blockchain. This tie-up enables the Bank to respond to the needs of customers who are now looking for a trusted and regulated institution to safe keep their digital assets. This also allows the industry to continue its growth, and at the same time, together with the BSP, remain safe and regulated for new and existing investors.
“Digital assets are here to stay, whether it be in the form of cryptocurrency, NFTs, or tokenized assets, and we are seeing more market demand for these. We are excited to be the first Philippine bank to pilot a custody service for digital assets for our own employees, overseen by the BSP so that we can prepare the groundwork for a safe and protected system for customers’ digital assets.”– Henry Aguda, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Chief Transformation Officer, Union Bank of the Philippines
Hex Trust is a fully licensed, insured financial institution that provides bank-grade custody for digital assets. Led by veteran banking technologists and award-winning financial services experts, Hex Trust has built a proprietary bank-grade platform – Hex Safe™ – that delivers a custody solution for banks, financial institutions, asset managers, exchanges, and corporations.
Hex Trust has already established itself as the leading digital asset custodian in Asia and has a range of banks, financial institutions, and digital asset companies as clients. Hex Trust recently won a ‘Best Custody Specialist, Digital Assets’ award in ‘The Asset Triple A Sustainable Investing Awards for Institutional Investor, ETF, and Asset Servicing Providers’.
“Hex Trust’s collaboration with UnionBank enables secure access to the digital asset ecosystem via our award-winning enterprise-level custody platform. Millions of the bank’s customers will soon have access to this new asset class. We are proud to be a part of the bank’s commitment as the Philippines’ leading digital bank.” – Calvin Shen, Head of Sales & Business Development
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