KPMG in Canada has completed an allocation of crypto assets to its corporate treasury, the firm’s first direct investment in crypto assets.
Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) have been allocated, as well as carbon offsets to maintain a net-zero carbon transaction to deliver on the firm’s stated environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments.
Benjie Thomas, Canadian Managing Partner, Advisory Services, KPMG in Canada says “Crypto assets are a maturing asset class. Investors such as hedge funds and family offices to large insurers and pension funds are increasingly gaining exposure to cryptoassets, and traditional financial services such as banks, financial advisors and brokerages are exploring offering products and services involving cryptoassets. This investment reflects our belief that institutional adoption of crypto assets and blockchain technology will continue to grow and become a regular part of the asset mix”.
KPMG established a governance committee to provide oversight and approve the treasury allocation. The committee included stakeholders from Finance, Risk Management, Advisory, Audit and Tax, and it undertook and completed a rigorous risk assessment process that included a review of regulatory, reputational, and custodial risks. KPMG specialists also assessed the tax and accounting implications of the transaction.
The investment illustrates the firm’s outlook on emerging technologies underpinned by blockchain.
Kareem Sadek, Advisory Partner, Crypto assets and Blockchain Services co-leader, KPMG in Canada says “We’ve invested in a strong crypto assets practice and we will continue to enhance and build on our capabilities across Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and the Metaverse, to name a few. We expect to see a lot of growth in these areas in the years to come,” he added.
KPMG in Canada acquired Bitcoin and Ethereum on its balance sheet through Gemini Trust Company LLC’s execution and custody services.