Cryptocurrencies and other digital assets have emerged as a new asset class in recent years. Their dramatic, albeit volatile, rise in value since 2017 has helped trigger a surge of institutional interest, supported by funds’ need for diversification from traditional currencies and assets.
More and more funds of all risk appetites are adding exposure to digital assets. Our view is that risk should be limited to the success or failure of an asset, not the operations that support it.
About Thomas Murray Digital
Thomas Murray Digital is the first operational risk solution focused exclusively on the servicing and safekeeping of digital assets. Launching in 2021, it provides institutional investors – asset managers, hedge funds, asset owners and others – with the information they need to invest confidently in this growing asset class.
Regulation of the sector is still nascent, and it still lacks the infrastructure of traditional asset classes. Thomas Murray Digital provides trusted, independent validation of infrastructures – including exchanges and custodians – ensuring that their capabilities and operational safety satisfy investors’ requirements.
The service draws on our team’s expertise, spanning digital markets, asset management, capital markets, asset servicing and technology.
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- Information profiles: standardised, comparable and filterable reference data on the basic facts and capabilities of digital asset service providers
- Exchange and Custodian risk assessments: evaluations of the operational risks to which institutional investors and their digital assets may be exposed, based on a proprietary methodology backed by over 25 years of experience in setting standards for the analysis of financial market infrastructures and service providers
- Newsflashes: news items and Thomas Murray Digital’s analysis of their impact on the data profiles and risk assessments of monitored service providers
- Cyber risk assessments: high-level profiles of the cybersecurity posture of monitored entities’ internet-facing IT infrastructure, as an independent indicator of how effective its cybersecurity controls environment may be
Thomas Murray Digital is a subsidiary of Thomas Murray, a leading provider of market intelligence, third-party risk monitoring, compliance and technology solutions to the financial services industry.
Thomas Murray was founded in 1994 by industry experts who set the standard for the analysis of securities market infrastructures such as CSDs. Today, the company monitors over 100 investable markets and 2,000 financial counterparties. Banks, funds and financial institutions of all sizes leverage Thomas Murray’s suite of services on a daily basis, and clients include some of the world’s largest banks, funds and asset owners.
WHO WE ARE
Mark has over thirty years’ global investment banking experience. Today, he is an advisor to several firms, from the investment industry to tech start-ups and a cybersecurity company. Mark has an MBA from Ashridge Business School and political science degrees from SOAS, University of London and the University of Cambridge. He began his career as an officer in the British Army.
JAN IVAR STRØMME
Jan is a Managing Partner & co-Founder of crypto market-maker and proprietary trading firm, Alphaplate, as well as the Founder of Pure Digital Markets and Strategic Advisor to BunkerEx. He has extensive experience in e-FX Sales and Business Development, Liquidity Provision and Trading. Jan holds a BA in International Relations, with Computer Science and Statistics (Subsidiary) from Keele University.
Hugo has served as a Network Manager within the Global Network Management Team at Thomas Murray, supporting the on-going monitoring and risk analysis of agent bank networks for Global Custodian clients. Hugo has long held the view that blockchain and distributed ledger technologies will become integral to the securities landscape. He holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Brighton.
Martin is the Chief Financial Officer of Thomas Murray. Martin has over 20 years experience as a chartered accountant. After training at KPMG, he joined Sporting Group and helped create a SaaS based data platform for the betting and gaming industry. Martin has previously held a number of regulatory approvals with the FCA and the UK Gambling Commission.
Simon is the Executive Chairman of Thomas Murray. He worked at S.G. Warburg and KPMG Management Consultants, and was an Executive Director of Davis International Banking before co-founding Thomas Murray in 1994. He trained as a chartered accountant at Coopers & Lybrand.
Andrew is a Director at Thomas Murray. He has held several roles at the company and now serves as Chief Administrative Officer. A career technologist, he has held cryptocurrencies since 2011. He has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and an MA from the University of St Andrews.
Thomas Murray Digital
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