Zodia Custody appoints Azmina Keshani as Chief Legal Officer

Rick Steves

“Azmina’s wealth of knowledge is a fantastic addition for us as we continue our trajectory of growth and expansion. Her legal and product management expertise will be invaluable as we continue to build best-in-class, institution-first products, and continue in our work to open up the world of digital assets for institutions.”

Zodia Custody has appointed Azmina Keshani as Chief Legal Officer of the institution-first digital asset custodian backed by Standard Chartered, SBI Holdings, and Northern Trust.

Azmina Keshani, previously with Standard Chartered Bank as Global Head of Legal for Financing and Security Services, is set to steer Zodia Custody’s legal strategy to support its global growth ambitions and oversee legal considerations in product development.

“Her legal and product management expertise will be invaluable”

Keshani brings a wealth of experience to her new role, with a strong background in legal expertise related to finance and digital asset custody. Her previous contributions as the lead legal advisor in Standard Chartered’s establishment of Zodia Custody, where she played a pivotal role in navigating the complexities of digital innovation within the digital asset custody space, mark her as a significant addition to the Zodia Custody team.

Azmina Keshani, Chief Legal Officer of Zodia Custody, said: “Zodia Custody has gone from strength to strength in the span of a few very short years. By joining this dynamic team, I want to build on these excellent foundations as we continue to proactively engage with regulators, and shape the future of this innovative industry.”

Julian Sawyer, CEO, Zodia Custody, commented: “Azmina’s wealth of knowledge is a fantastic addition for us as we continue our trajectory of growth and expansion. Her legal and product management expertise will be invaluable as we continue to build best-in-class, institution-first products, and continue in our work to open up the world of digital assets for institutions.”

Zodia Custody hired James Harris as Chief Commercial Officer

Zodia Custody recently James Harris as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) in a move that aligns with the company’s ambitious plans for global expansion, particularly highlighted by its recent venture into the Singapore market.

James Harris joined Zodia Custody from CCData, where he was Commercial Director. Previously he served as the Head of Sales at MetaVault and as the Head of Custody at Diginex. He also co-founded Altairian and has a Directorship background at Standard Chartered.

He will now assume responsibility for identifying and capitalizing on commercial opportunities across Zodia Custody’s global operations. His office will be based at the firm’s London headquarters, and he will report directly to the CEO of Zodia Custody, Julian Sawyer.

Read this next

Fintech

TNS brings full-stack market data management to EMEA

“We are also delighted to have Ben Myers join our London-based TNS Financial Markets team as Head of Strategic Sales for EMEA, to bolster our presence in the region.”

Chainwire

Velocity Labs and Ramp Network facilitate fiat to crypto onramp on Polkadot via Asset Hub support

Velocity Labs is proud to announce a fiat to crypto onramp using Ramp Network through the integration of Asset Hub. Through it, Ramp will be able to service any parachain in the Polkadot ecosystem.

Executive Moves

INFINOX hires Mayne Ayliffe as Global Head of HR

“I look forward to working with our teams around the world to develop a strategic HR agenda that supports high performance and is centred on human motivation.”

Fintech

Sterling to provide risk and margin support for fixed income

“Firms must have the tools to effectively manage their risk across all asset classes. As yields rise, we see more exposure from clients in the fixed income space. We understand their need to measure and mitigate risk in a highly regulated environment.”

Retail FX

FXOpen launches HK share CFDs: Tencent, Alibaba, Xiaomi, Baidu

Hong Kong share CFDs will be commission-free for a limited period of time.

Retail FX

IronFX Celebrates an Award-Winning Start to 2024 with a Series of Industry Recognitions

IronFX, a global leader in online trading, has embarked on 2024 with a spectacular display of accolades that highlight its commitment to excellence and innovation in the competitive financial services sector.

Industry News

FIA urges CFTC to regulate use cases rather than AI itself

“We urge the CFTC to refrain from crafting new regulations that generally regulate AI because this approach presents certain well-known pitfalls. By approaching the issue from the perspective of AI as a technology, rather than the use case for the technology, corresponding regulations would likely necessitate a definition of AI. We anticipate that any attempt to properly define AI would be very challenging and require considerable resources.”

Education, Inside View

The Power of Public Relations in Finance: Shaping Perceptions & Building Reputation

It’s safe to say that the finance industry has faced its share of reputation crises over the years, from the 2008 financial collapse to the many scandals around irresponsible lending, political corruption, and even Ponzi schemes. 

Digital Assets

Crossover’s crypto ECN executed over $3 billion in Q1 2024

“Our growth is also driving continued increases in the percentages of trades that are ‘Order Crossing Order’ (OXO). Currently, roughly 10% of all trades executed on CROSSx are OXO, another differentiator in our platform’s capacity. This capacity and our unique execution model provide value to both the market maker and taker, as evidenced by our commercial model.”

<