Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) has partnered with Hex Trust to pilot its digital asset custody service. The collaboration will start with Hex Trust providing digital asset custody as an internal service for UnionBank employees, as a pilot run, to prepare for the next stage — a fully commercialized digital asset custody service for the bank’s customers. UnionBank is in full compliance with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in offering this service. This partnership once again puts UnionBank at the forefront of the industry as banks start to enter the digital asset sector.
UnionBank sees the digital asset space maturing as more and more customers and institutional investors show interest in digital assets and the blockchain. This tie-up enables the Bank to respond to the needs of customers who are now looking for a trusted and regulated institution to safekeep their digital assets. This also allows the industry to continue its growth, and at the same time, together with the BSP, remain safe and regulated for new and existing investors.
“Digital assets are here to stay, whether it be in the form of cryptocurrency, NFTs or tokenized assets, and we are seeing more market demand for these. We are excited to be the first Philippine bank to pilot a custody service for digital assets for our own employees, overseen by the BSP, so that we can prepare the groundwork for a safe and protected system for customers’ digital assets.” — Henry Aguda, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Chief Transformation Officer, Union Bank of the Philippines
Led by veteran banking technologists and award-winning financial services experts, Hex Trust has built a proprietary bank-grade platform — Hex Safe — that delivers a custody solution for banks, financial institutions, asset managers, exchanges, and corporations.
Hex Trust has already established itself as the leading digital asset custodian in Asia and has a range of banks, financial institutions, and digital asset companies as clients. Hex Trust recently won a ‘Best Custody Specialist, Digital Assets’ award in ‘The Asset Triple A Sustainable Investing Awards for Institutional Investor, ETF, and Asset Servicing Providers’.
“Hex Trust’s collaboration with UnionBank enables secure access to the digital asset ecosystem via our award-winning enterprise-level custody platform. Millions of the bank’s customers will soon have access to this new asset class. We are proud to be a part of the bank’s commitment as the Philippines’ leading digital bank.” — Calvin Shen, Head of Sales & Business Development
UnionBank has always been among the first to embrace technological innovations to empower its customers. It embraces the future of banking and is committed to being the Philippines’ leading bank of innovation to best serve the growing needs of Filipinos everywhere.
It has consistently been recognized as one of Asia’s leading companies, a digital trailblazer, ranking among the country’s top universal banks in terms of profitability and efficiency. It continues to sustain its digital leadership as it was named 4-time Digital Bank of the Year by The Asset Triple A, holding the distinction of being the first and only Philippine bank to receive the award four years in a row.
Determined to be an enabler of the Philippines’ bid to be a G20 country by 2050, UnionBank stands firm in its promise to power the future of banking by pioneering innovations for its customers and for a better world.