WisdomTree Secures NYDFS Trust Company Charter for Crypto Services Expansion

WisdomTree, a global asset manager, has achieved a significant milestone in its foray into the digital assets landscape. The company has been granted a trust company charter by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), paving the way for expanded operations in the crypto sector, particularly in New York.

The trust company charter, bestowed upon WisdomTree under the New York Banking Law, positions the firm to offer a range of crypto-related services under enhanced regulatory supervision. This authorization marks a significant step forward for WisdomTree, allowing it to operate as a limited-purpose trust company and engage in fiduciary custody of digital assets, including digital wallet services.

Jonathan Steinberg, Founder and CEO of WisdomTree, emphasized the importance of NYDFS approval, highlighting the regulator’s esteemed reputation in overseeing digital asset activities. He expressed confidence in WisdomTree’s ability to leverage the trust company charter to introduce innovative products while upholding stringent customer protection standards.

With the charter in hand, WisdomTree is poised to launch its flagship personal finance app, WisdomTree Prime, in New York. Designed to offer user-friendly access to digital assets, WisdomTree Prime aims to cater to both retail and institutional customers. The app will feature prominent offerings such as the WisdomTree Gold Token and the WisdomTree Dollar Token, backed by reserves managed in compliance with NYDFS guidelines.

Under the NYDFS framework, stablecoin issuers must ensure full backing of assets with reserves, maintaining a 1:1 exchange rate to the U.S. dollar and guaranteeing redeemability. WisdomTree’s commitment to regulatory compliance underscores its dedication to providing trustworthy and secure financial products in the digital era.

The trust company charter places WisdomTree among a select group of firms authorized to offer crypto services in New York. Joining the ranks of established players like Coinbase, Gemini, and Fidelity Digital Assets, WisdomTree is poised to make a significant impact on the burgeoning crypto market.

In addition to its consumer-facing offerings, WisdomTree plans to leverage the trust company structure to expand its suite of products and services for institutional and business clients. With a robust foundation established through regulatory approval, WisdomTree is well-positioned to drive innovation and accessibility in the evolving landscape of digital finance.

As the issuer of one of the newly approved spot Bitcoin ETFs in the U.S., WisdomTree continues to demonstrate its commitment to advancing digital asset adoption. While the firm faces stiff competition from industry peers, its focus on customer-centric solutions and regulatory compliance sets it apart in the rapidly evolving crypto ecosystem.