Crypto Exchange FTX Launches in Japan Following Domestic Acquisition

  • FTX can now service the Japanese crypto market which possesses a potential size of around $1 trillion, CEO Sam Bankman-Fried said
  • The exchange will offer both spot and derivatives products, courtesy of its Type 1 Financial Instruments Business license

Cryptocurrency exchange FTX has expanded its presence to Japan following its acquisition of a regulated domestic marketplace earlier this year.

In February, FTX acquired Japan-based fintech firm Liquid Group and its subsidiaries, granting access to the firm’s Type 1 Financial Instruments Business license.

Formerly known as Quoine Corporation operating the Liquid crypto exchange, the company has been renamed to FTX Japan K.K, according to a statement Thursday. The Tokyo headquartered exchange is expected to offer Japanese customers a platform for spot and derivatives trading.

FTX – ever-hungry for more business – continues to gobble up crypto and blockchain companies as it seeks to position itself as the pre-eminent marketplace for crypto trading.

Last year, the exchange’s US arm bought crypto derivatives platform LedgerX in order to get its hands on Ledger’s license to offer bitcoin fractional derivatives contracts. In 2020, the exchange acquired the mobile news and portfolio tracking app Blockfolio before renaming it simply FTX a year later.

Its most recent acquisition has allowed FTX to piggyback off Liquid’s status as an existing licensed crypto-asset exchange services provider in a move that was critical to FTX’s expansion in the country, FTX’s CEO Sam Bankman-Fried said.

“The acquisition not only gives us a technological advantage but also allows us to work directly with Japanese regulators in a transparent, constructive and positive manner,” Bankman-Fried said in the statement.

In January, FTX garnered an additional $400 million in funding via a Series C raise meant to broaden its services and acquisitions into international markets, allowing it to pick up licenses from domestic companies.

Japan’s “highly regulated market” for crypto trading possesses a potential size of $1 trillion Bankman-Fried said, adding that his company would now be able to service the domestic market in both perpetual and spot trading.

“We look forward to further revolutionizing the Japanese digital asset ecosystem through FTX Japan,” he said.

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  • Sebastian Sinclair


    Senior Reporter, Asia News Desk

    Sebastian Sinclair is a senior news reporter for Blockworks operating in South East Asia. He has experience covering the crypto market as well as certain developments affecting the industry including regulation, business and M&As. He currently holds no cryptocurrencies. Contact Sebastian via email at [email protected]