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Zodia Custody launches new product to link up institutional accounts

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  • The product is integrated with Metaco, Fireblocks and Copper’s ClearLoop — and will support off-exchange settlement.

Zodia Custody, the Standard Chartered-backed crypto custody firm, today announced a new “network of networks” to link together different institutional crypto accounts.

The product, named “Interchange Connect,” gives institutional investors a way to easily transfer crypto across different accounts held at the likes of Metaco, Fireblocks and Copper’s ClearLoop, while settling trades off-exchange.

It will be available for customers in the first quarter of 2024, and Zodia plans to bring more networks online in due course.

“As the ecosystem evolves at speed, we move faster to provide comprehensive and global solutions for institutions,” said James Harris, Chief Commercial Officer at Zodia Custody, in a statement.

“Interchange Connect massively opens up the possibilities for institutions by connecting our own bank-grade infrastructure and unique custodial solutions to others, ensuring that institutions gain additional secure, reliable and compliant end-to-end service capabilities.”

Off-exchange trading growth

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Products that support off-exchange settlement have generated some momentum following the failure of FTX, the platform founded by Sam Bankman-Fried, and other major crypto businesses last year. Bitget integrated Copper’s ClearLoop to allow off-exchange trading and settlement in August, following the lead of Gate.io, which integrated with ClearLoop earlier in the year.

“No one party will be solely able to evolve the infrastructure underpinning the digital asset ecosystem — but together, we can provide the tools and services to bring digital assets into the mainstream,” said Julian Sawyer (pictured above), CEO of Zodia Custody.

Zodia Custody was originally announced by Standard Chartered and Northern Trust, the asset servicing firm, in 2021.

In April, the company raised $36 million, while announcing plans to pursue international expansion. SC Ventures, the venture arm of Standard Chartered, and Japanese conglomerate SBI Holdings provided the bulk of the capital, alongside other unnamed investors.


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