Blockchain technology platform Bakkt looks toward Europe after MiCA


The worldwide regulatory setting for cryptocurrency is bettering, and the corporate is eyeing a retail enlargement on the continent, Bakkt chief product officer Dan O’Prey stated. On the entire, O’Prey noticed constructive long-term traits.

Chatting with Cointelegraph’s U.S. Information Editor, Sam Bourgi, at Bitcoin 2023, O’Prey described Bakkt as prioritizing its position as a “B2B2C” firm for the previous two years. As such, it has seen “a good portion of the key institutional curiosity” targeted on Bitcoin (BTC), regardless of the aftermath of the collapse of cryptocurrency alternate FTX. He stated:

“We noticed final yr numerous fallout and points with corporations, practices and cash on this house that I believe have dragged Bitcoin down with it, regardless that these had nothing to do with Bitcoin.”

Bitcoin has benefited from the dearth of regulatory readability in america relative to different cryptocurrencies, as its standing as a commodity has been established by regulators. Nonetheless, lack of regulatory readability within the U.S. for cryptocurrencies basically has been “positively essentially the most top-of-mind hurdle” for Bitcoin adoption, says O’Prey. 

“During the last type of three or 4 years, by doing issues proper, it’s been a bit bit slower, however now we’re in a a lot stronger place, and the current occasions have actually highlighted the necessity for these practices.”

Bakkt’s retail platform for embedded buying and selling, payouts and rewards operates solely within the U.S., however Bakkt is planning to increase its retail actions internationally. In response to the blockchain govt, the corporate is “working with a few of our companions to determine jurisdictions that maybe they already function equities buying and selling in or trying so as to add crypto or have already got a presence.” 

O’Prey praised the Markets in Crypto-Property laws that were recently passed within the European Union: “Any type of readability is by and huge good. […] No less than individuals know the place they stand, they understand how they’ll function they usually understand how they’ll comply, and that permits companies and establishments to take part within the house,” he stated, including that areas that present regulatory readability for crypto will “get numerous influx of expertise, of capital [and] of jobs.”

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