Crypto asset manager CoinShares said it secured an exclusive option to, gaining a U.S. foothold amid speculation the Securities and Exchange Commission will soon approve a spot bitcoin ETF.
The Saint Helier, Jersey-based company, whose shares trade on Nasdaq Stockholm, said the option expires March 31. CoinShares didn't disclose how much it paid for the option, or details of pricing for the acquisition, should it decide to go ahead.
Spot crypto exchange-traded products are. That's not yet the case in the U.S., though speculation has recently that one is coming – which could open up bitcoin investing to a broad range of people.
"This disparity in market evolution presents both challenges and significant opportunities," CoinShares CEO Jean-Marie Mognetti said in a statement. "The option to acquire Valkyrie is accelerating our expansion into the U.S. market and the deployment of our digital asset management expertise globally."
Edited by Nick Baker.