CoinShares Integrates Armanino’s Attestation Service into CoinShares Physical Bitcoin


CoinShares, Europe’s largest digital asset manager with $4 billion in AUM, today announced that it will be offering an attestation service for its new physically backed Exchange Traded Product (ETP), CoinShares Physical Bitcoin (Ticker: BITC), via Armanino’s Real-Time assurance application, TrustExplorer. This blockchain-enabled solution allows investors to independently verify the bitcoin backing BITC through viewable and downloadable attest reports that are generated daily.

BITC has been well received by the marketplace with total volumes exceeding $23M in the first 14 days of trading. Through the integration of Armanino’s on-demand attestation services, CoinShares offers investors enhanced visibility into the underlying bitcoin of its BITC product. This capacity for independent verification of assets further advances CoinShares’ mission to bring tailored investment products to the digital asset marketplace, which offer unparalleled security and transparency, therefore bridging the gap between institutional finance and digital assets.

CoinShares’ Head of Product, Townsend Lansing, commented, “Our team at CoinShares is dedicated to utilising innovative technology to continue our mission of bringing trust and transparency to the ETP space. As we first pioneered with our XBT Provider product line, which has $3.8 billion in AUM, we are now bringing this same innovation to our new product line, which was built with the needs of institutional allocators in mind.”

Armanino is a top 25 accounting firm specialising in digital assets. The TrustExplorer application leverages blockchain technology to independently verify the amount of bitcoin physically backing the ETP match the Issuer’s liabilities. This unique application allows CoinShares to advance the industry by adding another layer of transparency to its best-in-class physical ETP structure.

Noah Buxton, Director and Blockchain & Digital Asset Practice Leader at Armanino LLP added, “CoinShares Physical represents an exciting capital markets innovation, and we are evermore confident that such platforms must be met and served with innovative assurance tools. Anything less would be a disservice to the potential of digital assets. Since onboarding CoinShares XBT Provider ETPs in 2020, we have seen TrustExplorer’s ability to provide highly accurate attest reporting. We are humbled to continue as an important ingredient in the recipe of CoinShares’ valuable, compliant and transparent digital asset products.”


CoinShares appoints Compass Financial Technologies to serve as independent calculation agent for XBT Provider Certificates


CoinShares, Europe’s largest crypto asset management firm with over $1 billion in assets under management, has today announced that the official prices of the XBT Provider range of ETPs will be calculated and published by Compass Financial Technologies on Bloomberg and Reuters. Compass FT is a financial services company specialising in the design, calculation and publication of market benchmarks and financial indices and is registered as a benchmarks administrator under EU Benchmark Regulations.

The prices to be published on Bloomberg and Refinitiv fall under the following ticker symbols:

XBT Certificate

Bloomberg Code

Refinitiv Code

Bitcoin Tracker One



Bitcoin Tracker Euro



Ether Tracker One



Ether Tracker Euro



Litecoin Tracker One



Litecoin Tracker Euro



XRP Tracker One



XRP Tracker Euro



Townsend Lansing, head of product at CoinShares commented “Transparency and trust are important considerations when selecting investment products, and our investors expect and deserve the best support possible. We are pleased to appoint Compass Financial as our independent calculation agent for XBT Provider, which we believe will provide investors with greater certainty and transparency as to the pricing for XBT Certificates.”

The XBT Provider line of products offers investors exposure to cryptocurrency via simple access to financial instruments listed on traditional, regulated securities exchanges. This suite of exchange traded products was created in a structure familiar to investors, allowing them to be bought and sold during trading hours alongside traditional securities. The appointment of Compass Financial is the latest in a series of improvements made to the platform in recent months aimed at increasing transparency and providing a more streamlined user experience for investors.

In September, CoinShares announced that investors would be able to take advantage of Armanino LLP‘s Real Time Assurance application, which allows on-demand, real-time reports on collateral holdings that follow top industry standards backed by a top 25 independent public accounting firm.

In August, the company also announced that the digital assets held to physically back the XBT Provider range of products would be safeguarded by Komainu, the first hybrid custodian for institutional digital asset investors created by the Japanese investment bank, Nomura, digital asset manager, CoinShares and digital asset security company, Ledger.