Custody of Digital Assets

33 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2021 Last revised: 14 Feb 2022

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Wulf A. Kaal

University of St. Thomas, Minnesota - School of Law

Hayley Howe

Emerging Technology Association

Date Written: October 5, 2021


The custody of digital assets plays an essential role in the evolution of the digital asset industry. Fully compliant legal custody solutions for digital assets increase legal certainty and mainstream investor confidence which, in turn, helps build markets in digital assets. Once digital asset markets evolved, self-custody solutions help increase the decentralization of the digital asset market. This article examines the evolving custody solutions for digital assets.

Keywords: Custody, Digital Asset, Emerging Technology, Legal Certainty, Supply, Demand, Tokens, Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology

JEL Classification: K20, K23, K32, L43, L5, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

Kaal, Wulf A. and Howe, Hayley, Custody of Digital Assets (October 5, 2021). U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22-05, Available at SSRN: or

Wulf A. Kaal (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas, Minnesota - School of Law ( email )

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Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 55403-2005
United States

Hayley Howe

Emerging Technology Association ( email )


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