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FEB 23, 2024

KODA’s crypto assets in custody surpass $6B

by CoinNess Global

Crypto custodian Korea Digital Asset (KODA) has seen its custody assets exceed the $6 billion mark, equivalent to about KRW 8 trillion, according to game media outlet Kyunghyang Games. 
Established in November 2020 through a collaboration between KB Bank, the blockchain venture capital firm Hashed and blockchain tech company HatchLabs, KODA provides custodial services for crypto assets. A custodial service provider refers to a third-party institution that manages virtual assets on behalf of clients. Several big banks overseas such as Goldman Sachs and Citibank provide asset custodial services. 

A leading provider of crypto asset custodial services 

Having been offering one-stop crypto asset custodial services for companies and institutional clients since March 2021, KODA has become a notable virtual asset business operator in South Korea with it being registered with the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).
By the end of June 2023, KODA made up nearly 80% of the local custodial service market share, per FIU data. At the time, out of the total KRW 2.9 trillion in crypto assets held by 49 local custodial service providers registered with the FIU, KRW 2.3 trillion was managed by KODA. By December 2023, KODA announced it was managing KRW 8 trillion in crypto assets, with over 200 custodial wallets and about 50 institutional clients using its services. 

Bracing for the potential approval of spot bitcoin ETFs in Korea

The demand for crypto asset custodial services is expected to rise as Korea’s ruling and opposition parties are pledging to integrate crypto assets into the traditional financial system, leading up to the general election in April. Major political parties are considering the possibility of allowing transactions of spot bitcoin ETFs and legalizing investment in crypto assets by private companies.
Cho Jin-seok, CEO of KODA, said that the integration of digital assets into the traditional financial system is an unstoppable global trend that no one can resist, and that KODA will be able to serve as a key crypto infrastructure if the local financial authority approves trading spot bitcoin ETFs. 
Kim Seo-joon, CEO of Hashed, stressed the significance of preparing for the potential approval of spot bitcoin ETF transactions, noting how a number of spot bitcoin ETFs were released in the U.S. right after the approval. He added that KODA’s commitment to regulatory compliance and technological expertise would make it an essential partner in introducing virtual asset ETFs to the local market.
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