Bitstamp Introduces Crime Insurance to Further Protect Customers’ Funds

Pioneer cryptocurrency exchange now insures assets for wide range of crime-related scenarios

NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bitstamp, the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange and one of the largest by trade volume, today announced they have expanded the insurance offered to their customers with an additional crime insurance policy.

The new crime insurance policy is offered by specialist insurance brokers, Paragon International Insurance Brokers in coordination with Woodruff Sawyer, and underwritten by various insurance companies and certain syndicates at Lloyd’s of London. The policy covers an array of crime-related cases, such as employee theft, loss while the assets are stored at any premises, loss in transit, loss caused by computer fraud or funds transfer fraud, and loss related to legal fees and expenses.

“Our crime insurance policy is designed with the specifics of digital assets in mind,” said Jeff Hanson, Senior Vice President at Paragon. “Traditional insurance policies do not translate directly into digital assets, which is why we’ve created and placed a policy to fit the bespoke requirements of highly respected and forward-looking exchanges such as Bitstamp, which value the safe custody of their customers’ funds above all else.”

“Bitstamp has taken a pro-active approach to operating within relevant regulatory frameworks, has strong risk management personnel and a culture of doing right by their customers” said Jacob Decker, Director of Financial Institutions at Woodruff Sawyer. “It has been a pleasure working with the Bitstamp team to develop a tailored solution to reinforce protections for their customers.”

Bitstamp stores 98% of its digital assets offline with BitGo, a leading provider of institutional digital asset storage solutions. These offline assets were already insured by BitGo’s own insurance policy. With the new crime insurance policy supplementing this existing coverage, Bitstamp now offers an enhanced level of protection for the assets it manages on behalf of over four million customers worldwide, including assets in transit and assets held in its hot wallets.

“Custody and insurance are one of the most crucial and quickly developing areas in crypto right now,” said Miha Grčar, Global Head of Business Development at Bitstamp. “Introducing an additional crime insurance policy allows us to expand coverage to the assets held at Bitstamp and to protect our customers in a large array of scenarios they may find themselves in.”

Widely regarded as a pioneer of blockchain security solutions such as cold storage and MultiSig wallets, Bitstamp is keeping itself at the forefront of customer protection, which both secures existing customers and enables more risk-averse players from traditional finance to enter the digital asset market. By offering additional insurance coverage, the exchange has taken another step towards strengthening the bridge between crypto and traditional finance.

About Bitstamp
Bitstamp is the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange, supporting investors, traders and leading financial institutions since 2011. With a proven track record, cutting-edge market infrastructure and dedication to personal service with a human touch, Bitstamp’s secure and reliable trading venue is trusted by over four million customers worldwide. Whether it’s through their intuitive web platform and mobile app or industry-leading APIs, Bitstamp is where crypto enters the world of finance.

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About Paragon
Paragon is a specialist insurance broker, operating in the Lloyd’s of London, Bermuda, European and International Specialty markets. Paragon have market-leading capabilities and experience in the Financial, Professional and Casualty Lines sectors.

About Woodruff Sawyer
As one of the largest insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the US, Woodruff Sawyer protects the people and assets of more than 4,000 companies. They provide expert counsel and fierce advocacy to protect clients against their most critical risks in property and casualty, management liability, cyber liability, employee benefits, and personal wealth management.

About Lloyd’s
Lloyd’s is the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance marketplace. Through the collective intelligence and risk-sharing expertise of the market’s underwriters and brokers, Lloyd’s helps to create a braver world. The Lloyd’s market provides the leadership and insight to anticipate and understand risk, and the knowledge to develop relevant, new and innovative forms of insurance for customers globally. It offers the efficiencies of shared resources and services in a marketplace that covers and shares risks from more than 200 territories, in any industry, at any scale. And it promises a trusted, enduring partnership built on the confidence that Lloyd’s protects what matters most: helping people, businesses and communities to recover in times of need. Lloyd’s began with a few courageous entrepreneurs in a coffeeshop. Three centuries later, the Lloyd’s market continues that proud tradition, sharing risk in order to protect, build resilience and inspire courage everywhere.