FalconX, a cryptocurrency exchange focused on institutional investors, has raised $50 million from Tiger Global and B Capital Group — highlighting once again that digital assets are becoming more mainstream.
FalconX didn’t specify how the funds would be deployed, but if it’s anything like previous fundraisers, the money will likely go towards business development.
FalconX raised $17 million in May 2020 to finance several growth initiatives, including adding new infrastructure and expanding its product offerings. At the time, FalconX told Gist Vile that it uses data science to provide a more competitive trading environment for professional investors.
In addition to Tiger Global and B Capital Group, FalconX is backed by major players like Accel, Coinbase Ventures and Avon Ventures, a venture capital firm with ties to Fidelity Investments via FMR LLC.
Scott Shleifer, a partner at Tiger Capital, described FalconX as a potential “industry leader in the institutional cryptocurrency market.” The exchange’s growth over the past year seems to indicate that it is headed in that direction. FalconX claims that its net revenues have grown 46 times over the past 12 months, driven by higher institutional demand for cryptocurrency.
The arrival of institutional investors was one of crypto’s biggest stories of 2020. That trend appears to be intensifying as Wall Street finds new ways to offer exposure to digital assets.
As Gist Vile recently reported, JPMorgan Chase is launching a Cryptocurrency Exposure Basket to provide direct exposure to 11 companies involved in cryptocurrency. As a new debt instrument, the Basket allocates 20% to MicroStrategy, 18% to Square and 15% to Riot Blockchain.