IDEG launches Flagship Institutional Digital Assets Summit 2022 to foster conversations about the shifting crypto landscape


IDEG Asset Management Limited (IDEG), a professional digital asset manager, held its flagship Institutional Digital Assets Summit 2022 to share valuable insights on the digital assets market. Topics covered include the trends, opportunities and challenges that institutional investors are looking at and strategies to navigate the shifting crypto landscape.

Themed “Seize the Times“, the summit was hosted over two days from 26 to 27 May 2022 at Fairmont Singapore. Reflecting the summit’s thematic focus, speakers highlighted the changing nature of the digital asset ecosystem, and how it was yielding opportunities despite the risks. Better regulation and stronger institutional support have boosted adoption of digital assets, speakers said.

The summit received over 200 participants, including industry leaders and experts from crypto-native firms, traditional financial institutions and regulatory bodies. Across the two days, guest speakers from industry leaders, including the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), PWC, BlockFI, Fireblocks and COINBASE, discussed the most pressing issues and megatrends shaping the crypto world today—from Web 3.0 to NFTs, the metaverse to De-Fi—as well as the upcoming big moves impacting institutional investors.

Raymond Yuan, Chairman of CTH Group, the supporting group of IDEG, said: “Web 3.0 is inevitable. It is the next Internet era that is creating a completely new economic paradigm. We will witness true globalization enabled through decentralization, rules-based permissionless governance models, as well as new models such as X-to-earn that will redefine people’s jobs. While we are seeing increased investments in this space, there remain unanswered questions on ‘what’s next?‘ for the road ahead. Our inaugural Institutional Digital Asset Summit 2022 aims to encourage dialogue on how institutions and Web 3.0 technology leaders can navigate, collaborate, and thrive in this brave new world.”

The MAS shared during a panel discussion that the crypto ecosystem is a potentially transformative technology. It enables high-value assets to be fractionalized and this can unlock new economic value, enhance financial inclusion, and enable more seamless and efficient financial services. The MAS added that its approach is to be adaptive, continually evolving and consultative as this is a fast-moving space.

On the topic of crypto becoming mainstream, Rishi Ramchandani, Head of APAC at BlockFI, opined, “Crypto is now in a validated state, and our team is working hard to reduce the friction to encourage institutional partners to move into the crypto space.”

Stephen Richardson, Head of APAC at Fireblocks, added“We have noticed that the market is adopting a more cautious take on upcoming crypto projects and the infrastructure, as compared with past deals where there was more enthusiasm over the rapid crypto expansion. We see investors doing more homework and due diligence, in preparation for a tough market ahead.”

Wilson Cheng, APAC Lead in Institutional Sales at COINBASE, shared his views on digital asset adoption in the traditional financial world. He opined, “while it is exciting to see so many financial institutions recognising crypto as a real asset class, we anticipate that more time will be needed to educate the broader market about the crypto universe.”

David Shin, Head of Global Adoption at Klayton, also opined on the role that NFTs will play in the coming years: “We see Web 3.0 to be driving a lot of the NFT adoption in the next five years. Interestingly, the second-level adoption of NFTs is becoming more functional and dynamic, and there are vast opportunities for us to bring outside data in, to the creation of NFTs, and we believe this will ultimately drive change in this industry.”

To wrap up the two-day summit, Kevin Loo, Head of Investment Insights and Managing Director at IDEG, said, “Despite the uncertainty in the digital asset markets, the market sees both short-term and long-term opportunities emerging. Further, this cycle is different from past crypto winters. With more institutional involvement compared to 2018, the ‘reaction function’ for recovery will be stronger, meaning digital asset recovery will be quicker than we have experienced in prior cycles. As a professional assets manager, we continue our mission of growing the market with best-in-class compliance and value-add diversification strategies and services. This event firmly showcases IDEG’s corporate reach and influence across digital asset verticals and horizontal services, an indication of the strong advocacy of institutional standards and growth for the long term.”




IDEG Asset Management Limited (IDEG), a professional digital asset manager and member of CTH Group, announced today the appointments of two senior executives to lead the investment process and institutional sales of the firm’s TIMES suite of digital asset products.

Kevin Loo joins IDEG as Head of Investment Insights. He will oversee the firm’s institutional asset management activities, leveraging his deep industry contacts and over two decades of experience across traditional finance and digital assets.  During his career, he has held senior investment roles with PIMCO, Fidelity International, and BNP Paribas and has served as a mentor to the Hong Kong Cyberport Incubator Programme.

Gigi Luk joins the firm as Managing Partner, Investment. She will be advising institutional clients including banks, asset managers, wealth managers, family offices, pensions, and sovereigns investing into digital assets and blockchain venture capital, including sustainable crypto mining. She joins from MCP Alternative Asset Partners having previously held senior roles with SPARX, UBS, and Vision Investment Management.

Earlier this month, IDEG announced the appointment of Markus Thielen as Head of Portfolio Management and Deputy CIO, as the firm continues to grow its investment team to support the growing number of funds it is launching on its platform. In April it has already added Ethereum, Luna, and Decentralized Finance (DeFi) funds to its TIMES thematic product shelf.

The TIMES suite of products offers qualifying investors compliant, secure, and professionally managed exposure to digital assets through a mix of thematic strategies with varying risk profiles that spans Tracking, Interest, Mining, Yield Earning, and Structured product strategies.

More about IDEG and T-I-M-E-S

IDEG is a digital asset-only asset management group of companies.

IDEG Asset Management Limited is IDEG Group’s offshore fund manager, a BVI Approved Manager licensed with the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission.  IDEG Asset Management Limited acts as investment manager to various products in the T-I-M-E-S product shelf.

IDEG has pioneered a multi-strategy thematic product shelf, T-I-M-E-S, allowing accredited and institutional investors to access digital asset market opportunities with varying risk exposure. T-I-M-E-S includes actively managed Tracking products; Interest earning products; Mining backed products; Earnings products with exposure to DeFi strategies; and Structured solutions that are tailored to the needs of the investor.

In 2019, IDEG launched Asia’s first Bitcoin Trust and the Atlas Mining Trust. Unlike passively managed funds and trusts, Asia Bitcoin Trust I is an enhanced Bitcoin trust, which seeks to improve returns by using active management by applying a range of hedging and arbitrage strategies to enhance returns for the investors while effectively controlling the risk of drawdowns. The funds are open only to qualifying investors.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: No interests in securities are being offered by virtue of this press release.  None of these securities have been registered for public offering with any securities regulator in any jurisdiction and are not available for retail or public subscription. Digital assets investing involves significant risk and a potential for total loss of capital. You are advised to seek independent professional financial and legal advice. Regulatory status is not an endorsement by any regulator.  No regulator has approved or endorsed this publication.