Shinhan Bank plans to use Hedera’s infrastructure to bolster the efficiency of many of its internal processes.
Shinhan Bank, South Korea’s largest financial institution by total assets, has joined the governance council overseeing the Hedera network.
In an April 14 announcement, Shinhan announced it had become the latest member of the Hedera Governing Council to expand its efforts in the field of “digital transformation.” Hedera touts its hashgraph as an enterprise-grade blockchain platform capable of processing thousands of transactions per second.
Shinhan representatives emphasized growing client demand for enhanced efficiency and security in financial services, stating:
“Hedera's public distributed ledger in particular is uniquely suited to meet the needs of a widely-used fintech service that must be fast, fair, secure, and enable the controls and visibility required by service providers.”
The bank will now begin integrating Hedera into its systems to “increase the efficiency of its internal processes.”
Shinhan, which ranked as the world’s 61st-largest bank with $478.5 billion in assets as of August 2020, is no stranger to distributed ledger technology, having built a variety of services on Hyperledger Fabric since 2017, including policy loan, interest rate swaps, and pension fund deals.
In March, Shinhan announced it had developed a blockchain-based pilot platform for testing a central bank digital currency, or CBDC, in partnership with LG Corporation’s IT services wing.