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While the Grand Duchy has managed to weather the storms of 2022 well, questions remain over the present and future state of its crypto-assets landscape. How have professionals in Luxembourg’s financial centre reacted to the recent upheaval in the space, what adjustments are they making? How have their views on the asset class evolved, what are their views on the likely evolution of this highly specialised segment of the asset management segment in Luxembourg?
Will regulations – such as the EU’s long-awaited Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCA) – serve as a springboard for further crypto-related growth and development? To answer these questions – and more – the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT) is proud to partner once more with PwC Luxembourg and the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) to present the second edition of our Crypto-Assets Management Survey report.
Despite the tumultuous events in global crypto markets since 2022, industry players in Luxembourg have not disengaged dramatically from the space but rather appear to take a pragmatic and cautious stance towards the space.
As a matter of fact, 39% of our respondents believe that the market is still in its early stages and has significant potential – a finding that remains virtually unchanged compared to the first edition of our survey. However, Luxembourg finance professionals are signaling reduced customer demand, a lack in relevant expertise and a lack of infrastructure maturity as significant impediments to increased service and product development in the space. Download the full report below to get the full picture!
This year’s survey shows a growing belief that Luxembourg is maturing as a jurisdiction for crypto-assets. In 2021, one-third of respondents felt that Luxembourg lagged behind most EU countries, but in the current survey, that figure has decreased to 21%. Similarly, the number of respondents who consider Luxembourg to be in line with leading European financial centers in terms of crypto-asset maturity has increased from 12% in 2021 to 28%.
"While the value proposition of crypto-assets has not changed, the events of 2022 clearly impacted market participants' trust which must now be rebuilt. So far markets have shown resilience in 2023 and it is now up to the crypto-asset industry to prove itself. Time has come for a reset and the entry into force of MiCA will certainly act as a catalyst here."
Luxembourg stakeholders need to contend with changing market dynamics while being presented with distinct opportunities to capitalise on coming-of-age crypto-markets.
1. Maintain dialogue with market participants
2. Address skill and expertise gaps
3. Maintain positive momentum
Audit Partner, EMEA Asset & Wealth Management Leader, PwC Luxembourg
Tel: +352 49 48 48 2116
Partner, Global AWM Market Research Centre Leader, PwC Luxembourg
Tel: +352 49 48 48 2191
Thomas Campione, CFA
Advisory Director, Blockchain & crypto-assets Leader, PwC Luxembourg
Tel: +352 62133 50 93