Founded in 1754, Munich-based Bankhaus von der Heydt spoke to potential buyers after a failed deal to sell on crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX, the people said. A sale could value the bank at around ₹20 million ($19.6 million), the people said, asking not to be identified discussing confidential information.
Bitcoin Group is a Germany-based crypto and blockchain investor that owns futurum bank AG, a trading platform for digital currencies.
Deliberations are ongoing and there is no certainty that they will result in a sale, people say. A spokeswoman for Bankhaus von der Heydt declined to comment, while a representative for Bitcoin Group had no immediate comment.
Bankhaus von der Heydt has become one of the first lenders in Germany to offer digital asset trading and custody services, betting the demand for cryptocurrencies would help it reverse years of losses. But the costs of developing the technology pushed the bank further into the red.
Owner Dietrich von Boetticher is reluctant to continue injecting capital and without a new source of cash the bank could be forced to close, people say.
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