Fidelity Digital Assets launches in Europe

Fidelity to establish new digital asset business supporting institutional investors in Europe...

Fidelity Digital Assets launches in Europe

Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s most diversified financial services firms, today announced that it is establishing a new entity to serve European institutions investing in digital assets. Fidelity Digital Assets, Ltd. will offer access to enterprise-quality custody and trade execution services for digital assets to investors such as hedge funds, family offices, and market intermediaries.

This business builds upon the company’s 2018 launch of Fidelity Digital Asset Services, LLC (Fidelity Digital Assets), a New York state-chartered limited liability trust company that already provides these services to U.S.-based institutional investors.

“Since launching Fidelity Digital Assets in the U.S. over a year ago, we’ve seen significant interest and engagement by the institutional community, which show no signs of slowing. We’re also encouraged by continued corporate and venture investment in market infrastructure companies as well as the entry of traditional exchanges into the digital assets ecosystem. These and other market indicators, alongside interest expressed from the U.K. and European client prospects, indicate a market with increasing potential which gives us the confidence to expand the digital assets business geographically.”
– Tom Jessop, head of Corporate Business Development for Fidelity Investments and president of Fidelity Digital Assets

Fidelity Digital Assets, Ltd. will provide access to services that are considered foundational for institutions engaging with digital assets, and essential building blocks for advancing digital asset investing, including:

Appointment

To support business development across the region, Fidelity has named Chris Tyrer as Head of Fidelity Digital Assets in Europe. Prior to joining Fidelity, Tyrer served as a managing director at Barclays Investment Bank, leading its digital assets project, which examined the market opportunities for the firm. He has also served as Global Head of Commodities Trading for Barclays following a long career in traditional financial markets. Tyrer will manage the European business for Fidelity Digital Assets, Ltd. and will lead client service activity in the region