BERLIN (July 2021) -- Finoa, one of Europe’s leading digital asset custodians, announced today that it is adding three new executives to its management team. Following its recent $22 million Series A investment round, the company is entering its next phase of growth and adding senior talents with vast experience in the financial industry to scale the organization for its next chapter.
Finoa offers simple, secure, and regulated access to crypto for institutional investors. The company provides access to a variety of digital assets and tokens and also to novel financial products and services. Finoa has built its own interface and platform to make it easier for institutional investors to access and manage digital assets. It holds a preliminary crypto custody license (§64y KWG) from the German Financial Supervisory Authority BaFin and is on the path to become a fully regulated crypto custodian in Germany, a prerequisite for many institutional clients.
To further drive this regulatory path, Michael Heinks -- who has extensive experience in the field of regulations in the financial sector -- is being brought on as Finoa’s Chief Compliance Officer (CCO). He has served on the board of several banks -- including biw AG and flatex Bank AG -- and has worked for many years with AXA/AXA Bank. Heinks will help Finoa develop a sustainable compliance & risk strategy, particularly with regard to preparing the organization for further regulatory licensing. Heinks will also serve as Finoa’s third Managing Director, subject to BaFin approval.
Henrik Jondell will be Finoa’s new Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and will lead tech strategy, tech architecture, and associated organization and processes. Jondell brings an impressive background of more than 30 years in building large and small tech organizations and will spearhead efforts to scale up Finoa’s tech operations as the company grows. He will also coordinate the teams and processes necessary for Finoa to grow successfully. Jondell recently served as CTO at Penta, where he tripled the size of the tech team. Prior to that, he served as Vice President IT for Arvato Financial Solutions.
Chris Sutherland joins Finoa as Chief Security Officer (CSO), a new internal position responsible for security architecture, risk assessment and mitigation, and cyber and physical security. Sutherland brings a vast experience in security. He has a PhD in cryptography relevant for cybersecurity, with 20+ years of experience in the cyber industry. Sutherland also brings experience in the banking sector, having worked on the security leadership team at both ING and Bank of Montreal.
“Finoa is at an exciting and pivotal point,” said Henrik Gebbing, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Finoa. “We are making great strides in the crypto custodial space, and we’re on the cusp of growing into the company I always knew we were meant to be.”
“The experience that these three bring to the table is truly remarkable and we are proud to have been able to bring all of them on board,” said Christopher May, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Finoa. “Chris’s experience in the security industry, Michael’s know-how on financial regulations, and Henrik’s ability to help companies scale up their tech development will enable Finoa to reach new heights.”
The three will be based out of Finoa’s Berlin headquarters.
Founded in 2018, Finoa is the gateway for institutional investors and corporations to interact with the crypto ecosystem. Finoa is the first Europe-based regulated crypto custodian offering custody, staking, and brokerage products for institutional investors to safely engage with crypto and grow their portfolio. In less than two years, Finoa has emerged as one of the leading digital asset platforms in Europe with several hundreds of B2B customers. Finoa is backed by €19 million in funding from Balderton Capital, Coparion, Venture Stars, Signature Ventures, and an undisclosed investor. Finoa was included in Sifted’s list of “Breakout Fintechs of 2021” and on CB Insights’ “Fintech 250” list.