Winklevoss' Crypto Exchange Gemini Eyes Entrance Into UK Market, Sources Report
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, creators of U.S.-based cryptocurrency trading platform Gemini, are looking to expand the platform to the U.K. market, sources told the Financial Times (FT) September 24. The Gemini Trust Company, founded in New York in 2014, is currently ranked the 58th largest crypto exchange globally by adjusted daily traded volume, according to CoinMarketCap.
The FT cites two unnamed insider sources as reporting that Gemini has now hired advisors to oversee its potential expansion to the U.K. The firm itself is quoted on record by the FT as saying that while Gemini has no “immediate plans” as such:
“[We] continue to explore potential jurisdictions around the globe to provide a best-in-class digital asset exchange and custodian which will enable growth and infrastructure to the entire digital asset community.”
One source has further claimed that the firm is currently “close to” filing an application with the U.K. markets watchdog — the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) — to seek a green light for the move.
Just last week, U.K. Members of Parliament (MPs) had urged the FCA — which does not broadly regulate crypto except for certain derivatives — to step up its actions and bring the nascent crypto sector under the purview of existing regulatory frameworks.
While the MPs castigated the current state of the crypto spot markets as a “Wild West,” they argued that with the appropriate regulatory guidance, the U.K. could come to serve as a “global centre” for the crypto industry.
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