Aquila GVM Consulting partners with Sygnum to offer seamless, independent wealth management for crypto and traditional assets

Press Release - Aquila GVM Consulting partners with Sygnum

Zurich, 21 December 2023: Sygnum Bank announces a strategic partnership with Aquila GVM Consulting SA, one of the largest independent wealth management firms in Lugano with traditional asset management expertise.

  • Aquila GVM Consulting will leverage Sygnum’s crypto-native all-in-one digital asset banking services
  • By working with Sygnum, Aquila GVM Consulting is creating unique opportunities for clients with seamless multi-asset portfolio construction, liquidity management and treasury management
  • With this partnership, Sygnum is increasing its commitment to the innovative growth in the crypto and DLT hub in Lugano

Aquila GVM Consulting is part of the largest network of External Asset Managers (EAMs) in Switzerland. In choosing to partner with Sygnum, Aquila GVM Consulting is able to meet demand for portfolio management with diversification into crypto assets, and for holistic treasury management solutions for both digital assets and traditional securities.

Sygnum brings an understanding of the growing crypto and DLT hub in Lugano and the EAM, Multi-Family Office (MFO) and B2B banking sectors with a growing presence in the region. Globally, Sygnum provides over 50 EAMs and MFOs with a wide range of regulated digital asset services from one entry point, including trading, custody and lending services for digital assets and traditional securities. The need for end-to-end treasury diversification solutions with a strong partner is demonstrated by Sygnum’s work to provide a two-way, regulated bridge that services crypto’s growing demand for traditional assets.1

Lugano is a growing crypto and DLT hub in Ticino, southern Switzerland, with innovative initiatives like Plan B. This initiative has seen over 10,000 merchants accepting crypto payments and an investment pool of CHF 100m+ grow for startups in Lugano.2

Beat Magyar CEO at Aquila GVM Consulting: “In this evolving financial landscape, Aquila GVM Consulting, with its longstanding expertise in traditional asset management, is thrilled to partner with Sygnum Bank. We are merging our proven track record in traditional investments with Sygnum’s offering in the dynamic world of digital assets, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. We firmly believe that innovation is the key to success, and this partnership reflects our values by offering access to a growing asset class.”

Michele Crivelli, Partner at Aquila GVM Consulting: “This partnership is a testament to our adaptability and commitment to meeting the diverse needs of our second and third generation clients. By integrating these cutting-edge digital services, we are not only expanding our service offering but also ensuring that we are well-equipped to navigate and thrive in the future changes of the financial world. This collaboration positions us uniquely to offer a comprehensive, future-proof financial solution for to the evolving needs of our client base.”

Romano Marco Brotschi, Head of EAM & MFO at Sygnum, adds: “We are pleased to partner with Aquila GVM Consulting. This collaboration reflects our shared vision of Future Finance, to build a trusted gateway between the traditional and digital asset economies. We take pride that Sygnum’s digital asset offering is seamlessly integrated alongside Aquila GVM Consulting’s traditional investment solutions, empowering their clients with a diverse range of investment choices.”


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About Aquila GVM Consulting
GVM Consulting SA was founded in 1999 and quickly evolved into one of the most relevant external asset manager in Ticino with a strong focus on traditional investments together with a client-oriented approach.

The GVM strategic partnership with Aquila was established in 2017, creating Aquila GVM Consulting. This allowed them to focus on their core competence in asset management, while meeting the highest regulatory standards by outsourcing those tasks to Aquila, which specialises in these services.

About Sygnum
Sygnum is a global digital asset banking group, founded on Swiss and Singapore heritage. We empower professional and institutional investors, banks, corporates and DLT foundations to invest in digital assets with complete trust. Our team enables this through our institutional-grade security, expert personal service and a portfolio of regulated digital asset banking, asset management, tokenization and B2B services. 

In Switzerland, Sygnum holds a banking licence and has CMS and Major Payment Institution Licences in Singapore. The group is also regulated in the established global financial hubs of Abu Dhabi and Luxembourg. 

We believe that the future has heritage. Our crypto-native team of banking, investment and digital asset technology professionals are building a trusted gateway between the traditional and digital asset economies that we call Future Finance. To learn more about how Sygnum’s mission and values are shaping this digital asset ecosystem, please visit

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Sygnum Bank AG
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This document was prepared by Sygnum Bank AG. This document may contain forward looking statements and may be subject to change. The opinions expressed herein are those of Sygnum Bank AG, its affiliates, and partners at the time of writing. The document is for informational purposes only and contains general material. It is for use by the recipient only. It does not constitute any advice or recommendation, an offer or invitation by or on behalf of Sygnum Bank AG to purchase or sell assets or securities. It is not intended to be used as a general guide to investing, and should be used for informational purposes only. When making an investment decision, you should either conduct your own research and analysis or seek advice from an expert to make a calculated decision. The information and analyses contained in this document have been compiled from sources believed to be reliable. However, Sygnum Bank AG makes no representation as to its reliability or completeness and disclaims all liability for losses arising from the use of this information.

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