Wolters Kluwer launches Bitcoin Risk Assessment to help firms go crypto with NYDIG

Rick Steves

The Risk Assessment evaluates a financial institution’s control environment related to its participation in the NYDIG Bitcoin platform.

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Wolters Kluwer Compliance Solutions has launched Bitcoin Risk Assessment in collaboration with NYDIG in order to provide regulatory assessments for financial institutions looking to offer their customers access to Bitcoin services provided by NYDIG.

The assessment features clients receiving a report on how the findings fit within a range of established, relevant controls, providing clients a clearer picture of their Bitcoin activities.

This helps the financial institution understand if its current controls will allow it to fulfill the relevant regulatory standards for offering Bitcoin products and services.

Assesments help begin journey into offering Bitcoin

Stevie Conlon, Vice President, Tax and Regulatory Counsel for Wolters Kluwer Compliance Solutions, said: “Recent federal regulatory messaging and guidance has emphasized that financial institutions pursuing Bitcoin-related investments for their customers must fully understand and control for potential risks. A targeted assessment allows a financial institution to appropriately tailor and document its controls.”

Steve Meirink, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Wolters Kluwer Compliance Solutions, commented: “Federal regulators are sending a clear message. Financial institutions considering the potential rewards associated with Bitcoin products need to have a clear understanding of what they want to provide and how they’ll provide it. We are pleased to collaborate with NYDIG to offer participating financial institutions these assessments, which will help organizations begin their journey into offering Bitcoin to their customers.”

Patrick Sells, Chief Innovation Officer at NYDIG, added: “NYDIG’s research clearly shows that consumers expect their banks and credit unions to provide access to Bitcoin. With Wolters Kluwer’s expertise and NYDIG’s best-in-class platform, banks can confidently provide the Bitcoin products clients want in a safe and compliant manner.”

Consumers are increasingly expecting their banks and credit unions to offer Bitcoin-related products and services. According to a 2021 Bitcoin & Banking survey commissioned by NYDIG, 71 percent of Bitcoin holders said they would switch their primary bank to one that offered Bitcoin-related products alongside traditional banking services.

Wolters Kluwer is an NYDIG Preferred Consultant for risk assessments conducted by financial institutions related to the NYDIG platform. In 2021, the two companies announced a strategic arrangement in which Wolters Kluwer agreed to provide regulatory compliance solutions and services—such as Wolters Kluwer Bitcoin Deposit Disclosure Program-NYDIG Accounts for interested financial institutions that want to gain added confidence that their account disclosures used with NYDIG are compliant and meet regulatory requirements.

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