Japanese powerhouse SBI becomes world's first financial conglomerate to open cryptocurrency dealing desk by acquiring pioneering liquidity provider B2C2

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December 15, 2020

SBI buys B2C2, becomes first bank to deal crypto

TOKYO AND LONDON, DECEMBER 14TH 2020 -- SBI Financial Services, the subsidiary of SBI Holdings (“SBI”), today announced the acquisition of B2C2, the trading counterparty of choice in the institutional crypto markets. The transaction follows SBI Financial Services’ agreement to take a minority stake in B2C2 in July this year.

The combination positions SBI at the centre of the cryptocurrency markets, becoming the natural entry point for financial institutions seeking a bank counterparty to trade digital assets. B2C2’s brand, talent, technical expertise and trading capabilities enable SBI to open a principal dealing desk in a world first.

Yoshitaka Kitao, President and CEO of SBI Holdings, said:    “B2C2 has an exceptional reputation for its world-class products and services, superb technology and valuable client base. Their vision, expertise and offering complement SBI’s, and we look forward to working in partnership as we expand our footprint across the global markets.”

Max Boonen, Founder of B2C2, said: “With Bitcoin hitting an all time high this month, it is dawning on everyone in finance that crypto is here to stay. The timing could not be better for SBI, a financial conglomarate admired for its farsightedness, who is not simply dipping in but opening a new chapter for the industry. The integration is well underway, with both firms’ client bases already benefiting from our combined capabilities. We share a bold vision of the influence that crypto will exert on financial markets over the coming decade. We are proud to join SBI at the forefront of this evolution.”

Milestones since SBI’s initial investment include the appointment of B2C2 as primary liquidity provider, whereby institutional clients can now trade with SBI through B2C2’s platform. Since the partnership, OTC volumes have quadrupled, cementing B2C2’s position as the #1 liquidity provider in the market. In addition, the integration of B2C2’s state-of-the-art market making systems with SBI’s new digital exchange has resulted in a ten-fold increase in daily volumes.

About B2C2

B2C2 is a digital asset pioneer building the ecosystem of the future.

The firm has unlocked institutional access to crypto by providing reliable liquidity across market conditions. B2C2’s success is built on crypto native technology and continuous product innovation, making it the partner of choice for diverse institutions globally.

Founded in 2015 and majority owned by Japanese financial group, SBI, B2C2 Ltd is headquartered in the UK, with offices in the US and Japan. B2C2 Ltd is registered in England and Wales under company number 07995888 with its registered office at 86-90 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NE.  B2C2 Ltd is the parent company of the B2C2 group of companies. Products may be provided by different members of the B2C2 group of companies, depending on the jurisdiction of the client and the regulatory status of the product and/or B2C2 group member. B2C2 is a registered trademark.

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