Kraken, one of the world’s oldest crypto exchanges, is strengthening its presence in Europe and plans to buy Coin Meester B.V. (BCM), a Dutch crypto broker. In a press release on October 5, Kraken said the purchase would give them a “sizable position in the Dutch market” and benefit the broker’s clients.
Kraken To Acquire BCM
BCM supports over 170 digital assets and is one of the oldest brokers in the country. By acquiring BCM, Kraken is asserting its commitment to expand across Europe. The exchange plans to expand its product line, increase liquidity, and improve security for a broader user base.
Kraken CEO David Ripley said:
The Netherlands has one of the world’s most advanced economies, with a well-established culture of innovation and a high level of crypto adoption. This makes it a key market for us in our European expansion plans. The acquisition of BCM will give Kraken a sizable position in the Dutch market. It will allow BCM’s clients to benefit from an even more robust product offering.
Kraken said they are buoyed by the European Commission’s introduction of the Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulatory framework. MiCA seeks to bring comprehensive crypto regulation to the European Union (EU).
These rules aim to standardize the regulatory environment for various crypto assets, including fungible assets like Ethereum (ETH) or Bitcoin (BTC) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
MiCA Rules To Protect Investors, Exchanges Adjusting
Nonetheless, the European Union has claimed that MiCA’s primary objective is to protect consumers and investors by mitigating risks associated with crypto, including hacks and rug pulls while promoting financial stability and market integrity.
By establishing clear rules and requirements for crypto businesses and market participants, MiCA aims to “level the playing field,” even fostering innovation. MiCA took effect on June 1, 2023. Its full implementation will be in 2024.
As a result of these developments, crypto firms and exchanges, such as Binance France, are closely watching MiCA’s implementation. In late August, Binance France said the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) license presented “an opportunity to adapt to regulatory challenges and capitalize on opportunities within the European market.”
In Europe, Kraken has already obtained an Electronic Money Institution license from the Central Bank of Ireland and a virtual asset service provider (VASP) registration from the Bank of Spain. With the Irish license, Kraken can offer euro-to-crypto trading services in the EU.
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