Blockchain technology platform Bakkt looks toward Europe after MiCA


The worldwide regulatory atmosphere for cryptocurrency is bettering, and the corporate is eyeing a retail growth on the continent, Bakkt chief product officer Dan O’Prey stated. On the entire, O’Prey noticed constructive long-term tendencies.

Talking to Cointelegraph’s U.S. Information Editor, Sam Bourgi, at Bitcoin 2023, O’Prey described Bakkt as prioritizing its position as a “B2B2C” firm for the previous two years. As such, it has seen “a good portion of the foremost institutional curiosity” centered on Bitcoin (BTC), despite the aftermath of the collapse of cryptocurrency alternate FTX. He stated:

“We noticed final yr a number of fallout and points with firms, practices and cash on this house that I believe have dragged Bitcoin down with it, despite the fact that these had nothing to do with Bitcoin.”

Bitcoin has benefited from the shortage of regulatory readability in america relative to different cryptocurrencies, as its standing as a commodity has been established by regulators. Nonetheless, lack of regulatory readability within the U.S. for cryptocurrencies typically has been “undoubtedly essentially the most top-of-mind hurdle” for Bitcoin adoption, says O’Prey. 

“Over the past type of three or 4 years, by doing issues proper, it’s been a little bit bit slower, however now we’re in a a lot stronger place, and the current occasions have actually highlighted the necessity for these practices.”

Bakkt’s retail platform for embedded buying and selling, payouts and rewards operates solely within the U.S., however Bakkt is planning to develop its retail actions internationally. Based on the blockchain govt, the corporate is “working with a few of our companions to establish jurisdictions that maybe they already function equities buying and selling in or wanting so as to add crypto or have already got a presence.” 

O’Prey praised the Markets in Crypto-Property laws that were recently passed within the European Union: “Any type of readability is by and enormous good. […] No less than individuals know the place they stand, they know the way they’ll function and so they know the way they’ll comply, and that allows companies and establishments to take part within the house,” he stated, including that areas that present regulatory readability for crypto will “get a number of influx of expertise, of capital [and] of jobs.”

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