The German bank was one of a handful of company’s to invest in a $65 million, series B fundraising round for Taurus in Feb. 2023. The company offers enterprise-grade infrastructure to issue, manage custody and trade cryptocurrencies, tokenized assets, nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and other digital assets.
According to Taurus co-founder Lamine Brahimiaurus, the partnership underwent a “thorough and very detailed” due diligence process before the German bank decided to use its infrastructure services:“It started, end of 2021 and ended somewhere in 2022. We won the deal a couple of quarters ago.”
As cryptodirectories previously reported, Deutsche Bank has been brewing plans to offer cryptocurrency custody and trading services to its clients over the past three years. The bank most recently applied for a digital asset custody license from Germany’s financial regulator BaFin in June 2023, as it continues plans to offer its customers access to cryptocurrency markets and assets.
Brahimiaurus confirmed that the agreement is global in scope, with Taurus providing custody and tokenization technology in line with local regulatory requirements.
Announcing the partnership, Deutsche Bank global securities services head Paul Maley said that cryptocurrency space is expected to grow to trillions of dollars of assets and is likely to become a priority for investors and institutions.
Meanwhile Deutsche Bank’s asset management arm DWS Group had reportedly been in discussions to invest in two different German-based cryptocurrency firms in Feb. 2023. This included crypto exchange-traded product provider Deutsche Digital Assets and market maker platform Tradias.
Deutsche Bank Singapore and Memento Blockchain recently completed a proof-of-concept called Project DAMA (Digital Assets Management Access) which allows for the management of digital funds in tokenized securities.
Founded in Switzerland in 2018, Taurus’s series B round was led by Credit Suisse and included the likes of Deutsche Bank alongside Arab Bank Switzerland, indicating major interest from traditional finance banks.
The announcement of its series B round also clearly outlined Taurus’s aim to serve “tier 1” banks in Europe. Brahimiaurus also told cryptodirectories that the platform serves close to 30 banks, with most deals going “beyond cryptocurrencies” to include tokenization of equity, debt and other products.
Deutsche Bank is set to offer customers cryptocurrency custody options through a partnership with cryptocurrency infrastructure platform Taurus.
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