Italian Banca Generali to offer crypto services next year

Banca Generali plans to offer crypto services in 2021. To this end, it has entered into a partnership with an Italian storage service provider.

Major Italian private bank Banca Generali plans to offer cryptocurrency services in 2021. According to an announcement on 15 December, Banca Generali has entered into an enterprise and business partnership with Conio. This is a fintech company that offers solutions to traditional financial institutions for managing digital assets including wallets and custody.

A Banca Generali spokesperson told Cointelegraph that the bank does not plan to launch a cryptocurrency exchange in the near future. Rather, he said, it wants to offer a „service with Conio as a wallet“.

Banca Generali will also receive a stake in Conio to help grow the company and distribute its products as part of the bank’s digital service offering to its customers. The bank has thus participated in Conio’s capital increase of $14 million.

Conio was founded in 2015 and claims to be the first Bitcoin (BTC) wallet from Italy. The company has developed a proprietary custody technology aimed at institutions, such as banks. Conio has previously partnered with major fintech banking platforms such as Hype and Nexi Open Banking.

Banca Generali is not the first Italian bank to announce plans related to crypto in 2020. In March 2020, Italy’s Banco Sella launched its own bitcoin trading service, allowing customers to buy, sell and store bitcoin through its Hype platform.