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Coinbase Charts Strategic Expansion in Europe with Acquisition and Regulatory Compliance Initiatives

Coinbase, a prominent player in the cryptocurrency market, revealed its strategic move yesterday, announcing plans to acquire a Cyprus-based entity holding a MiFID license from the European Union. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approval and slated for completion in 2024, aligns with Coinbase's 'Go Broad, Go Deep' strategy, aiming to expand its product offerings.

Coinbase Charts Strategic Expansion in Europe with Acquisition and Regulatory Compliance Initiatives

The acquisition intends to diversify Coinbase's services, enabling the inclusion of financial derivatives like futures and options alongside its existing Bitcoin spot trading services. This move is seen as a calculated step to enhance Coinbase's competitive edge against major market rivals such as Binance and OKX.


In compliance with European Single Market regulations, the expansion will uphold stringent Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) standards, as well as adhere to sanctions laws. Choosing Ireland as its primary base within the European Union, Coinbase solidifies its commitment to regulatory compliance, following its acquisition of a French license in December.

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The decision to establish operations in Ireland reflects Coinbase's broader efforts to navigate regulatory frameworks across Europe, including upcoming regulations such as the Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulations (MiCA). MiCA is anticipated to streamline operations for crypto businesses in significant European markets.


To bolster its expansion goals while navigating the rigorous regulatory landscape in the EU, Coinbase has introduced a comprehensive 5-point Global Compliance Standard. This framework is strategically designed to support the company's growth initiatives while ensuring strict adherence to the regulatory environment governing financial and crypto services in the European market.

By fLEXI tEAM


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