Bitstamp, one of the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchanges, is moving forward with its global expansion ambitions, reportedly working to raise new funds to scale operations.
Crypto exchange Bitstamp started the fundraising process in late June, with Michael Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Holdings acting as an adviser, Bloomberg reported on Aug. 7.
The firm plans to use the raised capital to launch derivatives trading in Europe in 2024 and expand several of its served markets in Asia. Bitstamp is also looking to scale its services in the United Kingdom, the report notes.
Bitstamp’s global CEO Jean-Baptiste Graftieaux reportedly said that the company is now exclusively focused on raising money to expand the services to retail and institutional crypto clients. He added:
“Bitstamp is not for sale, and we are not actively looking to sell the company.”
The crypto exchange did not immediately respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.
The news comes a few months after major blockchain firm Ripple acquired a minority stake in Bitstamp in the first quarter of 2023. Novogratz’s Galaxy also acted as an adviser on the deal, which was publicly announced in late May.
Back then, Bitstamp co-founder Nejc Kodrič claimed that he and another Bitstamp co-founder, Damijan Merlak, “were not looking to sell” and “were definitely not looking for investment’ because they “didn’t need to raise the capital.” However, Kodrič still took the opportunity to cash out on most of his Bitstamp stock while keeping 10% and remaining CEO.
Founded in 2011 in Slovenia, Luxembourg-based Bitstamp was once a major venue for Bitcoin (BTC) trading, serving as an option to then-dominant Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox. Bitstamp is now one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges, with about $127 million in trading volume in a recent 24-hour period, according to data from CoinGecko.
In June, Bitstamp’s U.K. arm joined the list of registered firms under the country’s Financial Conduct Authority.