FTX US acquires LedgerX to enter the US crypto market

September 1, 2021

FTX.US, a unit of Hong Kong-based crypto exchange FTX, today announced that it was acquiring Ledger Holdings Inc., parent company of LedgerX LLC, a Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulated digital currency futures & options exchange and clearinghouse.

The acquisition is anticipated to close, pending satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Brett Harrison, President of FTX.US, commented on the news: “This acquisition marks a significant milestone for our rapidly growing US business and is a key part of our strategy to bring regulated crypto derivatives to our US user base.”

LedgerX is a CFTC regulated Designated Contract Market (DCM), Swap Execution Facility (SEF), and Derivatives Clearing Organization (DCO). LedgerX is available to both retail and institutional investors 24×7 and offers physical settlement of all contracts, block trading and algorithmic trading opportunities for institutional investors. Since its launch in 2017, LedgerX has cleared over 10 million crypto options and swap contracts and pioneered the bitcoin mini contracts that enable granular trading. This acquisition will have no material impact on LedgerX’s operations as it will continue to provide its current offerings to its existing customer base.

Zach Dexter, CEO and Co-Founder of LedgerX, added, “US crypto derivatives is an incredibly underserved market, and it took time and resources for us to become a regulated entity under the existing frameworks.”

The combined entity will leverage its resources to create products that meet the needs of both retail and institutional traders alike. Additionally, the Company will be devoting significant resources towards developing a strong working relationship with the US regulatory community, specifically with the CFTC. Through this acquisition, FTX.US hopes to further drive innovation that is compliant and meets the rigorous standards of the US financial services industry.

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

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