Category: Institutional

Morgan Stanley CEO says cryptocurrencies ‘aren’t going away’

Morgan Stanley CEO says cryptocurrencies ‘aren’t going away’

Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman said that his crypto doesn’t touch a large part of his firms business, but he doesn’t think the asset is going away. “I don’t think crypto’s a fad, I don’t think it’s going away,” Gorman said on a call with analysts Thursday morning. “I don’t know what the value of […]

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Charting platform TradingView raises $298 million at $3 billion valuation

Charting platform TradingView raises $298 million at $3 billion valuation

Charting and investing platform TradingView has raised $298 million in a round led by Tiger Global Management, as first reported by Bloomberg. The raise values TradingView at $3 billion. The London-based company had raised a little over $40 million prior to its latest capital injection, with its last raise coming in May 2018. Launched around […]

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Makor Group raises funds at $200 million valuation to expand crypto brokerage

Makor Group raises funds at $200 million valuation to expand crypto brokerage

Makor Group, a brokerage and investment banking firm with a growing crypto business, has closed a Series A fundraise. The round values Makor at $200 million, according to a press release. The press release did not specify how much money had been raised, but a person close to the firm said it had secured $17 […]

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Former Chancellor Philip Hammond: UK’s treatment of digital assets is a ‘huge risk’ for finance sector

Former Chancellor Philip Hammond: UK’s treatment of digital assets is a ‘huge risk’ for finance sector

Lord Philip Hammond, the United Kingdom’s former Chancellor of the Exchequer, has warned that the nation’s finance sector is at risk of falling behind global rivals unless regulators do more to help firms embrace digital assets.   In a written interview with The Block, Hammond said that the dialogue among U.K. policymakers needs to shift […]

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Citadel’s CEO says regulatory uncertainty is keeping the firm out of crypto

Citadel’s CEO says regulatory uncertainty is keeping the firm out of crypto

Citadel CEO Kenneth Griffin isn’t a fan of crypto, but that’s not why Citadel doesn’t trade it. During an interview with the Economic Club of Chicago, the billionaire hedge funder said Citadel would trade crypto if there were more regulatory certainty. Though Griffin teased he would receive hate mail for his less-than-positive views on digital […]

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Crypto exchanges Gemini, BinanceUS poised for multibillion-dollar valuations in new funding rounds

Crypto exchanges Gemini, BinanceUS poised for multibillion-dollar valuations in new funding rounds

Quick Take Capital is pouring into crypto companies, particularly exchanges, propelling them to unicorn status Two in-progress fundraises — Gemini and BinanceUS — speak to the state of interest in the market today This feature story is available to subscribers of The Block Daily. You can continue reading this Daily feature on The Block. Get […]

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R3 is working on a DeFi network with its own token

R3 is working on a DeFi network with its own token

R3, developer of the enterprise blockchain Corda, is exploring the launch of a DeFi network with a corresponding token. The news, first reported by Ledger Insights, was announced at yesterday’s CordaCon 2021 conference. A spokesperson for R3 said the company is working on a proof-of-concept project that will pair transparency for external authorities with a […]

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BNY Mellon beefs up digital assets unit with three senior hires

BNY Mellon beefs up digital assets unit with three senior hires

Global bank BNY Mellon has announced a trio of senior hires in its digital assets team. The three executives will fill newly created roles at the company as it looks to ramp up its crypto activities. Hadley Stern, former head of Amazon Web Services’ Innovation Labs, joins BNY as global head of digital custody. He […]

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Share sale values British fintech firm OakNorth at $5 billion

Share sale values British fintech firm OakNorth at $5 billion

Shares in OakNorth have changed hands in a deal that values the British fintech bank at $5 billion — more than double its last reported valuation. Indiabulls Housing Finance Limited, which took a 40% stake in OakNorth in 2015, has sold a portion of its stake for 251 crores (roughly $34 million), according to a […]

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Crypto hedge fund launches actively managed ether and bitcoin trusts

Crypto hedge fund launches actively managed ether and bitcoin trusts

A crypto investment firm is launching two new products that aim to offer accredited investors the opportunity to add crypto exposure with less of the market’s breakneck volatility.  Cambrian Asset Management, a California-based investment firm with more than $200 million in assets under its management, announced this week its so-called Cambrian Bitcoin Systematic Trust and […]

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