Joseph Poon, Group Head of DBS Private Bank
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DBS Private Bank Launches Trust Solution for Cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin & Ether

18th May 2021 | Hong Kong

DBS Private Bank, one of the largest regional private bank in Asia with $198 billion AUM*, has launched a trust solution for cryptocurrencies, allowing its private banking clients to invest, custodies, manage digital assets and to integrate cryptocurrencies into their wealth succession plan.  The list of cryptocurrencies available for DBS Private Bank’s trust solution are Bitcoin, Ether, Bitcoin Cash and XRP.  (AUM ~ Assets under Management, includes DBS Private Bank, DBS Treasures Private Clients, DBS Treasures)

“DBS Private Bank Launches Trust Solution for Cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin & Ether”

 


Trust Solution, Confidentiality of Critical Information after Death

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Lee Woon Shiu, Regional Head of Family Office, Wealth Planning and Insurance Solutions at DBS Private Bank

With the trust solution for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether for DBS Private Banking clients, critical information about digital assets, including access instructions, passwords, and information on the types of digital wallets, online exchanges and wallet back-ups will be kept confidential, after their passing (death).

Trusts are kept out of the probate process and do not normally become part of the public record.  This also saves clients’ beneficiaries from having to deal with potential complexities that could arise during the probate process, which include jurisdictional estate taxes.

 

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Joseph Poon DBS Private Bank Wide
Joseph Poon, Group Head of DBS Private Bank

DBS Private Bank, is one of the largest regional private bank in Asia. with around $198 billion Assets under Management*.  DBS Private Bank provides private banking services to clients with more than SGD 5 million ($3.7 million).

AUM ~ Assets under Management, includes DBS Private Bank, DBS Treasures Private Clients, DBS Treasures

 

DBS Digital Exchange for Institutional Investors and Accredited Investors

DBS Digital Exchange
Loh Boon Chye, CEO of Singapore Exchange; Michael Syn, Head of Equities at Singapore Exchange; Eng-Kwok Seat Moey, Group Head of Capital Markets at DBS; and Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS

In December 2020, DBS had launched DBS Digital Exchange (DDEX) for institutional investors and accredited investors.  DDEX is an integrated tokenisation, trading and custody ecosystem for digital assets, providing security and transparency for crypto-assets with institutional-grade safekeeping and custodial services, and robust due diligence on the chain source.

In 2021 Q1, DDEX holds SGD 80 million in assets under custody, with trading volumes around SGD 30 -to40 million.  DDEX currently has 120 clients and a robust pipeline awaiting onboarding.  In the coming months,  DDEX will be conducting its first security token offering and operating hours will be extended from Asian time zone to 24 hours. 

 

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Joseph Poon, Group Head of DBS Private Bank
Joseph Poon, Group Head of DBS Private Bank:

”In recent years, more clients have expressed interest or are already invested in digital assets, and we expect this trend to accelerate as cryptocurrencies turn more mainstream. Our trust structure allows clients to conveniently hold these assets, with a peace of mind that they will be safely managed and passed on to their intended beneficiaries.

As trusted advisors to our clients, we are very much committed to staying ahead of the curve and supporting their evolving investment needs. As we navigate today’s rapidly changing world and an ever-broadening array of investment opportunities, ensuring the long-term growth and protection of our clients’ wealth remains a keystone of our proposition.”

 

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Lee Woon Shiu, Regional Head of Family Office, Wealth Planning and Insurance Solutions at DBS Private Bank
Lee Woon Shiu, Regional Head of Family Office, Wealth Planning and Insurance Solutions at DBS Private Bank:

“Confidentiality, peace of mind and taxation often emerge as top-of-mind concerns in our conversations with clients, and we would advise them to set up trust structures rather than wills, which are subject to the probate process.

This is especially so considering that international regulations and protocols are still nascent in the digital asset space, which could give rise to complications or unnecessary confusion if proper measures are not in place to prevent them.

By keeping their DDEX-hosted digital assets in a trust administered by professional licensed trustees such as DBS Trustee, our clients can be assured that the succession planning of their digital asset wealth is being taken care of by experienced professionals.”

 

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DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia with a presence in 18 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS is in the three key Asian axes of growth: Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The bank’s “AA-” and “Aa1” credit ratings are among the highest in the world.

DBS provides a full range of services in consumer, SME and corporate banking. As a bank born and bred in Asia, DBS understands the intricacies of doing business in the region’s most dynamic markets. DBS is committed to building lasting relationships with customers, and positively impacting communities through supporting social enterprises, as it banks the Asian way. It has also established a SGD 50 million foundation to strengthen its corporate social responsibility efforts in Singapore and across Asia.

With its extensive network of operations in Asia and emphasis on engaging and empowering its staff, DBS presents exciting career opportunities. For more information, please visit www.dbs.com.



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