Northern Trust to Open Doors to Crypto Hedge Funds

According to the estimates, Northern Trust manages and stores $10.7B
01 August 2018   196

The giant of the financial services sector Northern Trust, which occupies 486th line of the Fortune 500 list, helps its clients to get acquainted with the crypto-currency ecosystem. This is reported by the Forbes.

Founded 129 years ago, a Chicago firm focused on institutional investors, corporations and high-income individuals, opened part of its services for cryptocurrency hedge funds, while exploring the possibilities for integrating the blockchain into its private equity unit.

According to the publication, Northern Trust has been working for several months with three "mainstream hedge funds", which began including cryptocurrencies to their investment portfolios.

According to the estimates, Northern Trust manages and stores $10.7B. Currently, the company does not provide cryptocurrency storage services directly, but it offers administrative services, such as assistance in assessing investments, meeting anti-money laundering requirements and verifying third-party custody services, for hedge fund interest and institutional investors interested in cryptocurrency.

President of the Northern Trust for Corporate and Institutional Services Pete Cherecwich, in a conversation with Forbes, said that although officially his company adheres to a prudent position in the issue of crypto-currency, it is ready for the fact that in the future the currencies on the blockchain will be issued at the state level.

I do believe that governments will ultimately look at digitizing their currencies, and having them trade kind of like a digital token — a token of the U.S. dollar — but the U.S. dollar [would still be] in a vault somewhere, or backed by the government. How are they going to do that? I don’t know. But I do believe they are going to get there.

Pete Cherecwich

President, Northern Trust for Corporate and Institutional Services

Cherecwich also said that within the framework of his organization there is a team consisting of more than a dozen specialists in blockchain and direct investment who must create a set of tools based on a private version of the corporate blockchain system of Hyperledger Fabric.

Last year, the head of the Northern Trust called for "prudent" regulation of the detachment, noting that "databases have never been regulated," and the establishment of new rules in this area carries "potential threats" too fast.

Ex S&P President to Invest in iComply Startup

The startup is aimed at developing tools and services to meet the regulative standards for blockchain start-ups
14 August 2018   114

Startup iComply, working in the field of regulatory technologies and compliance with standards, has just completed the initial round of financing, which was headed by former Standard & Poor CEO Deven Sharma, CoinDesk reports.

IComply, aimed at developing tools and services to meet the regulative standards for blockchain start-ups (especially for those that conduct ICO), said on Monday that it attracted a seven-figure sum during this invest-round, but did not say the exact figure. The round was also attended by DMG Blockchain and Block X Capital.

In addition, iComply reported that it was joined by former employee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Jeff Bandman, former Managing Director of NASDAQ and the Financial Services Industry Regulation Service (FINRA) Manny Alikandro, MIT Connection Science program member, Praveen Mandal and Prosecutor Thomas Linder.

According to Sharma, he decided to invest in the startup iComply, because the project "is focused on services for ICOs related to risks and compliance with standards." Compliance with the standards, he said, will ensure the transparency of ICO issuers and thereby help to ease the concerns of regulators.

Sharma also believes that iComply can contribute to the spread of crypto technologies, helping the entry of traditional financial services into this industry.

My interest is to see iComply evolve into a benchmark that investors can use to assess credibility of issuers, sustainability of underlying services and the price of ICOs. iComply's patent-pending software enables both security and utility tokens to monitor and document compliance, governance and risk procedures, before a public blockchain executes an immutable trade, providing trust, integrity and transparency for our clients. There have been a few ICOs that had a fundamentally robust offering that I understood and did interest me [but I] missed the opportunity. Others that have transparency from a service like iComply, I would [invest in].

Deven Sharma

Ex-president, Standarts & Poors

It is the ideas of transparency and trust, according to Sharma, that sparked his interest in order to start working with the blockbuster.