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Major European Crypto Asset Manager CoinShares to Launch US Division

Jimmy Aki
Last updated: | 2 min read
Source: Twitter/CoinSharesCo 

Popular crypto asset manager CoinShares has announced the launch of a crypto operation in the United States.

According to a press release on GlobeNewswire dated September 22, the new US operation will be called CoinShares Hedge Fund Solutions and will solely cater to cryptocurrency investors. This is despite a hostile crypto climate in the North American country.

The eligible investors can trade across a range of private investment products as the crypto asset manager extends its market reach beyond the European crypto landscape. 

To identify potential institutional investors in this niche, parent company CoinShares Capital LLC will conduct marketing activities.

The company, registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), will provide a fast-track lane for the new business’ strategies and products.

Leading this initiative is Lewis Fallas, a veteran asset management professional with 23 years of industry experience, including seven years in the crypto sector.

Speaking on the new service rollout, CoinShares CEO Jean-Marie Mognetti stated that increasing interest rates in the financial markets have made it necessary for investors to have properly managed access to digital assets.  

Given this, the product will focus on providing its investors with a seamless and holistic experience while expanding its management offerings. 

Fallas also spoke on the company’s reasons for the launch. According to him, the expected return of interest rate-driven volatility makes it an ideal time to launch new products targeted at the crypto market. 

Moreover, the crypto hedge fund service will provide a form of counterparty risk for investors to access well-mitigated investment classes with the proper strategies in place.

CoinShares, however, did not disclose the specific crypto assets available to investors through this initiative.

Stormy Seas in the US

Launched in 2008 and based in Jersey, CoinShares is registered with the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) as both a financial services business (FSB) and an alternative investment fund service business (AIFSB). 

The platform gained global recognition when it introduced its pioneering Bitcoin exchange-traded products (ETPs) in 2015, followed by a similar product for Ether two years later.

Its recent entry into the US market coincides with heightened regulatory scrutiny for crypto-related businesses.

Crypto juggernauts like Coinbase and Binance.US are in a legal tussle with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding digital asset services.

Furthermore, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a popular anti-crypto spokesperson, has recently renewed her efforts to impose stricter regulations on the crypto industry. 

In a coalition bill backed by more than nine Democratic Party senators, Warren elaborated on the need for stringent regulation of digital assets. 

The Massachusetts constituent representative stated that the revamped Digital Asset Anti-Money Laundering Act will clamp down on loopholes enabling ransomware gangs, rogue nations, and criminals to move funds.