Institutional Clients Show ‘Massive Crypto Interest,’ According to Bitstamp

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A significant cryptocurrency exchange’s CEO, Bitstamp, claims that institutional clients are showing “massive crypto interest” on his trading platform. According to him, “many institutional companies are looking to enter the cryptocurrency market for the first time.”

Jean-Baptiste Graftieaux, the CEO of Bitstamp worldwide, discussed his thoughts on cryptocurrency regulation in an interview with Business2community that was released on Monday.

In response to a question about “crypto winter,” he said Bitstamp has “a very active licensing journey across all the regions, with 10 in progress globally.”

The executive continued, saying that in order to be “in a strong position to fully participate in the next bull run,” his cryptocurrency exchange will expand its regulatory footprint over the coming quarters. We see a strong trend on the institutional side, he said, going on to explain:

Many institutional companies are looking to make their first move into crypto – there is massive crypto interest from our institutional clients.

The CEO proceeded to discuss crypto regulation in Europe. “What we are experiencing today is not very smart in Europe,” he opined.

As an example, he explained that a crypto service provider wanting to do business in Europe must register with each country separately as a virtual asset service provider (VASP). Emphasizing that “Each country has its own requirements,” the Bitstamp boss noted:

So with MiCA coming in 18 to 24 months, that will be a game-changer because there will be a level playing field.

The Markets in Crypto-Assets ( MiCA) proposal was introduced by the European Commission in September 2020 to regulate the crypto market as part of its digital finance strategy. The European Central Bank (ECB) hopes that MiCA will help provide a harmonized legal framework for crypto assets.

“There will be one country where you can establish your activities as MiCA-compliant and then passport the activities across the different European countries,” Graftieaux described.

The Bitstamp CEO detailed, “I think we are seeing a good trend from the regulatory standpoint and we are engaging with regulators on an ongoing basis,” concluding:

Most regions and countries are looking into regulating crypto. The key risk here is around ensuring regulations are smart and they foster a level playing field.