Crypto Custodian Koine Appoints Martin Halblaub As Chair Of Advisory Board

Job Appointments | November 27, 2019 By:

Digital asset custodian Koine has appointed Martin Halblaub as Chair of its advisory board, effective January 1, 2020.

Founded in 2017, Koine offers segregated, institutional custody and settlement of digital assets, providing a transformative security model, eliminating settlement and counterparty risks. The firm claims that its platform brings together the full suite of governance, compliance, risk management and audit of real-time asset trading to the digital ecosystem.

Halblaub is the former CEO of SDX, Switzerland’s digital assets exchange. Prior to SDX, Halblaub held positions as Chairman, Board Member, CEO and Senior Executive at international financial institutions and asset managers. He was also Senior Advisor to SIX Group, the Switzerland’s financial market infrastructure operator. He has also held the positions of Senior Advisor at DWP Bank, the German securities processing bank for financial institutions, and European commercial bank WestLB. He was Managing Director for Risk Management at LBBW, one of Germany’s largest banks with total assets of EUR 238 billion, Head of Global Markets at HSH Nordbank, the German “bank for entrepreneurs,” member of the management board of NORD/LB and President of the Hannover Stock Exchange.

According to Koine, Halblaub’s appointment is the first of a series to the Global Advisory Board that the company is creating to sit above each of its regulated entities, supporting the company as it continues its growth trajectory. Halblaub joins a senior team of founders and non-executive directors from Société Générale, EY, Bacs Payment Schemes, Bank of England and Kleinwort Benson, among others.

“Koine brings together experienced capital market professionals with entrepreneurial spirit to create digital infrastructure solutions for market participants seeking to win out from the digital transformation process,” said Phil Mochan, Founder and Head of Strategy & Corporate Development at Koine. “As the former CEO of SDX, the Swiss-based digital exchange established by SIX, which has pioneered the entry of digital assets into the institutional market, Martin has the insight, know-how and reputation in bringing digital assets and money to the institutional capital markets and supporting incumbents with their digital transitions. He is a fantastic addition to our team.”

“Koine’s value proposition enables the smooth movement of today’s financial markets frictionless into the digital age, and their industry-grade technology and the business acumen of their outstanding team are an ideal starting point to create value for all market participants,” said Halblaub. “I look forward to being part of this journey and supporting Koine as they roll out globally their digital asset custody and settlement platform.”