Gemini Exchange has launched an insurance company to cover up to $200 million for Gemini Custody, reportedly the largest amount for any crypto custody service in the world.
On January 16, it has been reported that Yusuf Hussain, the Head of Risk at Gemini, has said that the captive insurance company is called Nakamoto, Ltd. and will secure Gemini’s custody business for up to $200 million.
However, by aiding Nakamoto, Ltd.’s launch were major traditional insurance brokers Aon and Marsh. Gemini’s custodial clients will also reportedly be able to purchase additional insurance from Nakamoto, Ltd. in order to secure their own holdings beyond the general $200 million.
Hussain said that the advancement in the company’s custodial coverage will allow a number of Gemini’s institutional clients to continue to meet their own regulatory requirements. He explained that the move “is consistent with Gemini’s approach of being a security-first, compliance-first, and regulatory friendly exchange and custodian.”
Insurance has been a
major barrier to crypto investment services looking to court more risk-averse
traditional financial players.
Likewise, Lloyd’s of London, the legendary insurance firm, has gotten involved, securing hot wallet holdings for Coinbase as well as Kingdom Trust’s custody business.
It has been analyzed that Hussain pointed to Gemini’s 2018 move to insure hot wallet holdings as further evidence of their desire to provide more security in the industry.
Thus, Cameron Winklevoss, the President of Gemini, said:
“Obtaining meaningful insurance in the crypto industry remains a challenge, and our captive will help to increase our insurance capacity and move the industry forward.”
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