South Korea’s Banking Giant to Co-create ‘Crypto Bank’ for Exchanges

KB Kookmin Bank, Haechi Labs, a blockchain technology company, and Hashed, a blockchain investment company, have announced the launch of Korea Digital Asset (KODA), a digital asset management company. KODA plans to provide a wide range of services, such as crypto assets consignment, anti-money laundering (AML) solutions, and over-the-counter transactions (OTC) for corporations and institutions that handle crypto assets, such as crypto exchanges. Moon Geon-ki, CEO of Haechi Labs, has been appointed head of KODA.

KB plan to establish KODA

South Korean banks are rapidly stepping up their crypto game, with Kookmin (KB), one of the biggest commercial banks in the country, co-creating a “digital asset management company” with a number of the nation’s leading blockchain players that will safeguard the bitcoin (BTC) holdings of corporate customers such as crypto exchanges.

KB appears exceptionally keen to roll out crypto custody-related services for institutional investors before its nearest banking rivals, with some functionality becoming available as of next month.

Per CNews, KB has made a “strategic investment” of an undisclosed amount in a new firm called Korea Digital Asset (KODA), along with blockchain accelerator Hashed and fellow blockchain investor and developer Haechi Labs – both of whom have also invested undisclosed sums in the new company.

KODA will roll out a beta service for corporate customers starting next month.

An official from Kookmin Bank said that they plan to start with handling the digital assets of corporate customers including crypto exchanges.

And KODA will also evolve new layers of functionality in the future, with the firm’s architects claiming that it would also function as a sort of trading platform for enterprises – a B2B “digital assets bank” for crypto, initially only compatible with bitcoin, but with ethereum (ETH) handling capacities set to be added in the near future.

KODA added that it plans to provide a wide range of services such as cryptoasset trusts, anti-money laundering (AML) solutions, tax and legal compliance tools and over-the-counter (OTC) services for corporations and institutions – such as exchanges – who deal with digital assets.

Tim Alper(2020.11.26) South Korea’s Banking Giant to Co-create ‘Crypto Bank’ for Exchangess
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