Gemini, one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges, has announced its decision to establish its new European base headquarters in Ireland. The move comes as the United States faces increasing regulatory challenges in the crypto space, prompting companies to seek more favorable jurisdictions.
With the rise of cryptocurrencies and the growing interest from institutional investors, Gemini has been at the forefront of providing a secure and compliant platform for trading digital assets. Cameron Winklevoss foresees a surge of European innovation on the horizon as regulations begin to take shape.
In a confirmation on May 25th, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the founders of Gemini in 2014, announced that they had chosen Ireland as the foundation for expanding their company’s services throughout Europe.
During a meeting with Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, the Winklevoss twins emphasized their decision to select the Emerald Isle as their preferred location for its strong regulatory system, abundant talent pool, and thriving technology community.
In a tweet, Leo Varadkar extended his congratulations to Gemini for becoming the first firm registered as a Virtual Asset Service Provider by the Central Bank of Ireland. He highlighted the significance of this achievement for Ireland as the government prioritizes innovation as a catalyst for economic growth. Varadkar expressed his best wishes to Gemini as they established their new headquarters.
Cryptocurrency ownership in Ireland
Based on research conducted in August 2022, approximately 10% of surveyed Irish adults were found to possess cryptocurrency. However, this percentage had declined from the 12% recorded during the bullish market of 2021. In addition, the Governor of the Irish central bank advocated for a prohibition on crypto advertising in January.
Despite these challenges, the allure of Ireland as a destination for crypto companies remains strong, with notable players such as Binance and Kraken establishing their presence alongside numerous blockchain and fintech startups.
Varadkar noted, “This holds great significance for Ireland, as the government places emphasis on innovation as a key driver of growth.” Meanwhile, Cameron Winklevoss conveyed to reporters that, “Ireland serves as our gateway into the European Union.”
“We looked at all of the EU as potential entry points and we felt really comfortable with Ireland and the reputation of the regulator, the CBI, as well as the technology community and talent and the ecosystem. So for us, it was an obvious natural fit.”
Gemini secures virtual asset service provider license in Ireland
In July 2022, Gemini, which already maintains a Dublin office with a team of 12 employees, obtained a virtual asset service provider license from the Central Bank of Ireland.
With the recent approval of the Markets in Crypto-Assets regulations (MiCA) in the European Union on May 16, Gemini has outlined its intentions to expand its workforce. The Winklevoss twins anticipate a substantial surge in the crypto industry as the regulatory framework takes effect, with Cameron Winklevoss stating, “I believe we will witness a remarkable surge of innovation in Europe, akin to a Cambrian explosion, as a result of MiCA.”
Gemini’s new headquarters decision to establish an engineering hub in India to tap into the country’s growing reservoir of tech talent is not their first international move. This move follows their April announcement, demonstrating the company’s commitment to expanding its global presence and leveraging key talent pools around the world.
Gemini’s European expansion amidst escalating regulatory pressures in the US
Amidst mounting regulatory pressures in the United States, often referred to by industry observers as a “war on crypto,” Gemini’s decision to establish a European base in Ireland takes center stage.
In January, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took action against Gemini, accusing the company of engaging in unregistered securities sales. Cameron commented on the situation, stating, “It is undeniably challenging, and regulatory consistency is lacking” in the U.S.
Nevertheless, Gemini continues to operate offices in New York, with the Gemini Trust Company, LLC remaining active. The establishment of its European base in Ireland demonstrates the company’s strategic approach to navigating the evolving regulatory landscape and ensuring a resilient global presence.
Gemini’s new headquarters selection of Ireland as its European base reflects the company’s strategic response to regulatory challenges in the United States. By establishing a presence in Ireland, Gemini aims to continue providing seamless services to its European customers while navigating the evolving global regulatory landscape in the crypto industry.
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