CoinShares, a leading European crypto investment firm, has announced its decision to acquire Valkyrie Funds, a US-based competitor. This move follows the recent approval of Valkyrie Fund’s application for a spot in Bitcoin ETF by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The approved ETF, known as Valkyrie Bitcoin Fund (BRRR), began trading on Nasdaq a day after the approval.

Jean-Marie Mognetti, CEO of CoinShares, stated that the acquisition of Valkyrie Funds is aimed at extending their success in Europe to the US. The goal is to offer American investors unparalleled access to regulated digital asset products. A spokesperson for CoinShares further explained that the planned acquisition and expansion into the US market was a logical step for the firm to participate in the competition for the spot Bitcoin ETF.

However, it’s worth noting that Valkyrie’s BRRR ETF has only traded approximately $9 million worth of shares, a figure that is significantly lower compared to other market players like the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, which registered over $2.3 billion in volume.

The acquisition is currently pending due diligence, legal agreements, and board approval. Valkyrie will maintain its independence until the deal is finalized, with the completion of the process expected by March 31, 2024.

This move by CoinShares is reflective of similar deals between European crypto firms and US ETF issuers, such as the partnership between 21Shares and ARK Invest. As more spot crypto ETFs are launched in the US, it’s anticipated that consolidation between American and European crypto investment firms will continue, capitalizing on the growing institutional interest.

CoinShares had previously secured the option to buy Valkyrie’s crypto unit in November 2022. Leah Wald, Valkyrie CEO, expressed that the combination of expertise would help propel them forward in the American digital asset investment sphere, particularly within the digital asset ETF market.

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Information Details
Geography Europe
Countries 🇺🇸
Sentiment positive
Relevance Score 1
People Jean-Marie Mognetti, Leah Wald
Companies Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, Valkyrie Funds, ARK Invest, CoinShares, Nasdaq, US Securities and Exchange Commission, 21Shares
Currencies Bitcoin
Securities Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, Valkyrie Bitcoin Fund (BRRR)

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