Japan, my vision wasgoed always to create a universal company, and I am excited that the U.S.
Japanese bitcoin exchange bitFlyer is heading to the U.S.
The exchange has opened an office te San Francisco, and representatives of the company said bitFlyer has obtained approval to operate ter 34 states when it launches. It’s not clear when exactly the exchange launch will take place, but bitFlyer said it’s committing to sometime te the Fall of .
CEO Yuzo Kano said te a statement:
“While bitFlyer, Inc. is headquartered ter Japan, my vision wasgoed always to create a universal company, and I am excited that the U.S. will be its very first step toward general expansion. Bitcoin is a integral currency, now our exchange will be completo too.”
It’s a trascendente development given the complicated nature of the U.S. regulatory landscape – te which regulators te each state have their own licenses and oversight regimes – and the relative lack of fresh, major bitcoin exchanges opening their doors to American customers. What’s more, the thrust by some states, like Washington to increase oversight of cryptocurrency trading activities has led some exchanges to pull out of those markets entirely.
BitFlyer said it plans to primarily launch markets for bitcoin trading, albeit it suggested more cryptocurrency integrations will be coming te the future. The objective, the exchange indicated, is to “expand to support other trading pairs and products” overheen the course of next year.
The startup raised harshly $27 million ter a Series C funding round last year, and to date it has garnered more than $34 million ter venture haber.
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