Digital inheritance start-up PassOn AG gains SIX as an important investor

15.10.2018

PassOn AG, a Swiss start-up specialising in the transfer of digital assets as part of inheritances, has sold, in its pre-ICO phase, a minority stake to SIX, which owns and operates the Swiss stock exchange.

Following PassOn AG's recent announcement regarding their commitment to bringing a new and simple way for everyone to plan and manage their estate, the Swiss start-up today announced that it has sold a minority stake to SIX which owns and manages Switzerland's stock exchange. SIX's investment creates a strong basis for developing a systemic infrastructure aimed at bringing inheritance into the digital age.

Most cryptocurrency holders have not considered what will happen to their digital assets in the event of incapacity or death. Managing a will and passing on such intangible and secured assets can become very complicated. PassOn AG’s upcoming estate planning solution and inheritance mechanism has the potential to become the new way in which assets, both traditional and digital, are passed on to next generations.

“Just as the internet has transformed the way we access information, blockchains will transform the way we account for, store and exchange information and ultimately how digital assets can be inherited. The road ahead is paved with legal and technological challenges. We are delighted to have SIX on our side bringing profound experience working with both the government and regulators to define trustworthy standards,” said Stephan Wippermann, CEO of PassOn AG.

SIX, who announced in July the building of a fully integrated trading, settlement and custody infrastructure for digital assets (SIX Digital Exchange (SDX)) is working in parallel with PassOn AG, exploring the listing of the PassOn token and to provide secure storage for the PassOn wallet.

As part of SIX's investment, Valerio Roncone, Head of Product Management & Business Development, Securities & Exchanges will become a board member of PassOn AG.

Valerio Roncone of SIX said, “The challenge in the digital asset space is to ensure clean, transparent and legally binding title to the assets between parties. This requirement is identical for counterparties who are exchanging assets whether they are living or deceased. The Distributed Ledger-based solution developed by PassOn AG can help enable such asset transfer seamlessly.”

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