State Street Partners with Lukka for Digital Asset Fund Admin
Posted by Colin Lambert. Last updated: July 30, 2021
State Street has announced it will provide digital and cryptocurrency asset fund administration capabilities for its private funds clients. In partnership with Lukka, an enterprise crypto asset data and software provider, the bank will support its private fund clients with collection, standardisation, enrichment, reconciliation, processing and reporting related to crypto and other digital assets.
The partnership is State Street’s latest effort in the digital and crypto asset space following its launch of a dedicated digital unit in June, and comes after Lukka’s Series C funding round in December of 2020, which was led by State Street.
“The growth in popularity of digital assets is showing no signs of a slowdown and State Street Digital is committed to continuing to build out the necessary infrastructure to further develop our digital assets servicing models to help meet our clients’ growing demands,” says Nadine Chakar, head of State Street Digital. “Our work with Lukka will leverage their software and data in order to help expand our digital and crypto asset fund administration capabilities to alternative managers is just another advancement in our digital solution set and marks a very exciting development.”
State Street will leverage Lukka’s product suite, which includes a proprietary middle and back office data management solution, purpose-built for blockchain and crypto asset data, as well as Lukka’s reference and prime pricing data. This will enable the bank to consume crypto assets that are comingled within a private client’s traditional alternative investments portfolios.
“As our clients continue to adopt digital assets, such as crypto, we’ve seen increasing interest among investors for institutional quality middle and back-office offerings that support diversified portfolios,” says Jen Tribush, alternatives lead for State Street Digital. “Lukka was the ideal partner to help provide these services given their leading position in crypto asset data as State Street continues to add to our growing offering in the digital asset space.”
Robert Materazzi, CEO of Lukka, adds, “State Street is leading the charge to usher in the next generation of fund administration. Large, traditional funds are rapidly looking to add crypto to their offerings, which leads them to ask their existing, trusted service providers such as State Street for fund administration. State Street was quick to recognise the importance of building capabilities to support crypto assets and we are proud to partner with them as funds quickly look to diversify their portfolios.”