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Galaxy Digital Turns to Europe: Appoints New Regional CEO amidst US Regulatory Uncertainty

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As the United States tightens its grip on cryptocurrency regulations, Galaxy Digital has set its sights on Europe, appointing Leon Marshall, a seasoned executive from the crypto industry, to spearhead its expansion efforts.

This move is in response to what Galaxy Digital's CEO, Mike Novogratz calls a "legislative stalemate" in the United States. In June, Novogratz said his company was fast-tracking its plans to relocate its operations offshore. Novogratz made this announcement during his address at Piper Sandler's Global Exchange & Fintech Conference, emphasizing the difficulties faced by institutional crypto businesses within the current regulatory environment.

The firm, which operates across various crypto-related business lines (including trading, asset management, principal investments, investment banking, and mining), is strategically positioning itself to benefit from favourable regulations in Europe.

MiCA Regulation Draws Galaxy's Attention

Earlier this year, the European Union passed the MiCA crypto regulation, which is designed to provide a stable environment for the crypto industry while safeguarding investors' interests. Concurrently, the United Kingdom, under Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, is aggressively positioning itself as a cryptocurrency hub.

Galaxy Digital, headquartered in New York, faced significant setbacks during the crypto market downturn. In the second quarter of last year, the firm reported a substantial loss of $555 million.

In addition, the company disclosed a loss of $46 million during the second quarter of 2023. This drop stands in sharp contrast to the impressive profit of $134.3 million reported in the previous quarter. According to the company, the primary drivers of this loss were lower net realized gains on digital assets and net unrealized losses on investments.

In April, Galaxy Digital partnered with German asset manager DWS to offer crypto exchange-traded products to investors. The company termed the collaboration with the institution as a key differentiator for Galaxy Digital, leveraging its expertise to create tailored solutions for its clients.

Galaxy Enters Key Partnerships

Steve Kurz, the Global Head of Asset Management at Galaxy, remarked: "Galaxy's mission is to empower investors across the globe with simple and secure access to the digital asset ecosystem, through best-in-class education and institutional-grade products. By allying with DWS we are excited to enhance our ability to deliver comprehensive solutions to European investors."

Meanwhile, Galaxy forged a strategic alliance with FTX last month. The collaboration is aimed at helping the bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange to manage and sell its crypto holdings, valued at a substantial $3 billion.

FTX faces the unique challenge of repaying creditors in fiat currency, a task made complex by the unpredictable nature of cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin and Ether. To address this, FTX turned to Galaxy Digital to tap into its vast experience, particularly through its subsidiary, Galaxy Digital.

This article was written by Jared Kirui at www.financemagnates.com.
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