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Sygnum Group and SBI Group establish early-stage fund for digital asset opportunities

Sygnum Group and SBI Group have entered into a partnership to establish an early-stage fund investing in digital asset opportunities across Southeast Asia and Europe.

  • The digital asset industry is growing exponentially and attracting many talented entrepreneurs looking to disrupt the status quo.
  • Investors will benefit from the deep expertise that both partners have across digital assets, financial services and fintech, as well as the strength of their combined network in both Asia and Europe.
  • This fund expands the product offering of Sygnum Group’s CMS-licensed Singapore entity, Sygnum Pte. Ltd., providing unique investment exposure to the innovation and growth in digital asset solutions.

Sygnum Pte. Ltd. and SBI Ventures Singapore Pte. Ltd. are partnering to establish an early-stage fund investing in digital asset opportunities across Southeast Asia and Europe. These opportunities will be primarily focused on financial market infrastructure and enterprise solutions being developed for the emerging digital asset economy.

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Digital assets and the underlying Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) have immense potential to revolutionise the financial system and democratise asset ownership. While still in the nascent stages of development, the industry has seen exponential growth and increasing levels of interest from institutional investors. As a hotbed of innovation, it is attracting many talented entrepreneurs looking to disrupt the status quo, and DLT-related global private investments have also increased almost seven times over the last five years.

Investors in the fund will benefit from the complementary expertise that Sygnum and SBI bring to the table as leading financial institutions and pioneers in the digital assets space, as well as the strength of their combined network in both Asia and Europe. Sygnum is a digital asset specialist with a Swiss banking and securities dealer licence and a capital markets services (CMS) licence for asset management in Singapore. It has also played a key role in successfully launching a number of Swiss digital asset-focused start-ups over the past two years. SBI Group is a founding member of the Japan Security Token Offering (STO) Association, and a seasoned investor in the space, having invested in prominent DLT companies such as Ripple Inc. and R3. With an AUM of over USD 4 billion, it has a proven track record of investing in early-stage companies in the financial services and technology sectors in Asia and helping these businesses to grow successfully.

Both partners expect to play an active role with the fund’s portfolio companies by enhancing corporate governance and providing business development and operational support. The partners also intend to tokenize the fund structure in order to increase accessibility for investors and offer them the potential for greater liquidity post-investment.

“With this fund, Sygnum’s asset management clients will be able to obtain access to a different aspect of the digital asset economy – the innovation and growth of digital asset solutions being brought to the market by some of the most exciting startups in the world. We will also pursue opportunities to distribute this fund offering in Switzerland through Sygnum Bank AG.

Fabian Dori, Head of Asset Management, Sygnum Bank

“DLT has the potential to transform financial infrastructure and spearhead financial inclusion. The SBI Group is committed to being at the forefront of this transformation by actively driving the growth of start-ups within this space through our broad ecosystem of group and investee companies as well as institutional partners.”

Ryosuke Hayashi, Managing Director and CEO of SBI Ven Capital

About Sygnum Group

Sygnum is the world’s first digital asset bank, and a digital asset specialist with global reach. With Sygnum Bank AG’s Swiss banking licence, as well as Sygnum Pte. Ltd.’s capital markets services (CMS) licence in Singapore, Sygnum empowers institutional and private qualified investors, corporates, banks and other financial institutions to invest in the digital asset economy with complete trust. Sygnum operates an independently controlled, scalable and future-proof regulated banking platform. Our interdisciplinary team of banking, investment and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) experts is shaping the development of a trusted digital asset ecosystem. The company is founded on Swiss and Singapore heritage, and operates globally. Please visit www.sygnum.com for more information.

www.sygnum.com

About SBI Group

The SBI Group is a leading global internet-based financial conglomerate. In addition, it is one of the largest Japanese private equity firms with AUM in excess of USD 4.2 billion. It has invested in more than 1,500 companies globally and leverages its extensive eco-system to further drive the value of its investments.

The SBI Group’s core businesses include Financial Services Business, Asset Management Business and Biotechnology-related Business. As of March 31, 2020, the SBI Group consists of more than 200 companies (including consolidated partnerships, equity method affiliates and 15 publicly listed companies). SBI currently has investments or overseas offices in more than 20 countries.

SBI Ven Capital Pte. Ltd. is a leading venture capital firm that invests in financial services and technology sectors across Asia. It has a proven track record of partnering with companies and assembling critical resources needed to grow businesses in Asia. SBI Ven Capital holds a capital markets services (CMS) licence.

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