February 22, 2022 - Austrian headquartered digital investment and trading platform Bitpanda has made its first acquisition, buying the London-based fintech Trustology. The FCA registered institutional crypto custodian wallet provider will be rebranded as "Bitpanda Custody", offering a secure, sophisticated and compliant, institutional-grade crypto custody platform for all Bitpanda customers. Bitpanda Custody will initially take custody of Bitpanda’s own assets across its retail, institutional and whitelabelling businesses which will make Bitpanda Custody one of the largest digital assets custody providers globally. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Eric Demuth, Co-Founder and CEO of Bitpanda, commented, “The Trustology team built an exceptional custody technology and we are very excited to welcome them into the Bitpanda den. Everything we do is driven by the belief that blockchain technology and digital assets will profoundly transform the financial ecosystem. With the clear outcome that people around the globe will have the power to own their financial futures. Bitpanda Custody brings us one step closer to building a leading, fully regulated and secure digital investment platform for everyone, new investors and professionals alike. We can now provide retail customers with world-class institutional-grade custody security, and institutional clients will benefit from innovative custody solutions in order not to only overcome the challenges they face today, but also thrive in the years to come.”

Bitpanda Custody will be able to perform custodian services in the United Kingdom alongside Bitpanda’s existing licences in the European Union, while significantly expanding the range of services provided to customers and partners. The introduction of Bitpanda Custody is the first step in launching a Prime Brokerage offering under Bitpanda Pro to go alongside the regulated digital asset exchange. The company states that Bitpanda Pro will commit to a disruptive fee model aimed at bringing down the cost of custody to zero for customers who actively trade on our exchange and soon to be launched OTC desk.

Joshua Barraclough, Bitpanda Pro CEO, explains, “This is a great step for us as a company and especially for Bitpanda Pro. Bitpanda Custody is part of our strategy to offer a fully comprehensive set of services to our client base and we can now combine an FCA registered, institutional-grade custody solution with a leading trade execution venue. Recently, we have invested a lot in upgrading Bitpanda Pro exchange as well as boosting our liquidity partnerships, so that we can compete with the largest exchanges on execution capabilities. Now we are looking to massively increase our footprint and bring lots more clients to our venues. Importantly we are moving away from an asset under custody pricing model and are not penalising our clients' growth. We have great plans in the pipeline and are doubling down on bringing new products to market, including building on Trustology’s leading DeFi functionality.“

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Alex Batlin, Founder and CEO of Trsutology

Alex Batlin, Founder and CEO of Trustology, adds, “We are really excited to press the Bitpanda turbo button in its mission to make institutional crypto custody safer, faster and easier. Whether you are a service provider using our scalable, white-labelled high-performance wallet automation platform, a DeFi institutional investor using our bespoke integrations to access DApps or breakout features like DeFi Firewall and transaction decoding, or a token issuer looking to remove barriers to purchase. You’ll get wider cryptoasset and jurisdictional support, higher insurance coverage and SOC 2 certification to go along with a competitor-beating pricing model.”

Bitpanda was founded in 2014 by Eric Demuth, Paul Klanschek and Christian Trummer as a crypto-trading company aiming to modernise investments in the era of digital assets. Since then, the company has grown into a leading European investment platform, offering commission-free fractional stocks, cryptocurrencies or precious metals. After the completed acquisition and rebrand, Bitpanda will have 700+ employees spread across ten offices, with its headquarter in Vienna, Austria. The company has started a large recruitment drive for its London office.