Ian Allison

Ian Allison

Ian Allison is a senior reporter at CoinDesk, focused on institutional and enterprise adoption of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Prior to that, he covered fintech for the International Business Times in London and Newsweek online. He won the State Street Data and Innovation journalist of the year award in 2017, and was runner up the following year. He also earned CoinDesk an honourable mention in the 2020 SABEW Best in Business awards. His November 2022 FTX scoop, which brought down the exchange and its boss Sam Bankman-Fried, won a Polk award, Loeb award and New York Press Club award. Ian graduated from the University of Edinburgh. He holds ETH.

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Libre CEO Avtar Sehra (Libre)
Solana Sees Arrival of Nomura, Brevan Howard-Affiliated Tokenization Firm Libre
Libre is unveiling a new tokenized offering, the blockchain-based Hamilton Lane SCOPE senior credit fund, which will be available on Solana and Ethereum-compatible chains.
Libre CEO Avtar Sehra (Libre)
Safe Vault (Pixabay)
Crypto Exchange Woo X Allows Daily Interest Withdrawals From T-Bill-Backed Earn Vaults
The RWA Vaults built with the help of OpenTrade had previously operated over a seven or 28-day term.
Safe Vault (Pixabay)
Large crypto exchanges are leaning towards “liquidity capture,” according to one trading firm (Mohan Murugesan/Unsplash)
Crypto Exchanges Clamping Down on Prime Brokers Is Backwards Step for Market Efficiency, Traders Say
Binance and OKX say closing a loophole that meant crypto prime brokers could offer lower fees is about transparency and creating a level playing field. Some trading firms say...
Large crypto exchanges are leaning towards “liquidity capture,” according to one trading firm (Mohan Murugesan/Unsplash)
Headshot of Zodia Markets CEO Usman Ahmad
Standard Chartered-Backed Zodia Markets to Buy Elwood Trading Desk
The deal will strengthen Zodia Markets' over-the-counter business while allowing Elwood to conentrate on its software-as-a-service activities.
Headshot of Zodia Markets CEO Usman Ahmad
Philippe Bekhazi , XBTO CEO. (CoinDesk Archives)
Crypto Trading Firm XBTO Establishes Tokenization Team to Focus on Real World Assets
The tokenized asset classes that will be available through XBTO include corporate debt issuance with other areas like real estate to follow, the company said on Wednesday.
Philippe Bekhazi , XBTO CEO. (CoinDesk Archives)
Crypto exchanges are clamping down on fees. (Matt Artz/Unsplash)
A Crypto Trading Clampdown Expands Beyond Binance to Another Large Exchange
The second-largest crypto exchange, OKX, asked key trading firms for more information about their clients, in what appears to be an effort to root out misuse of a VIP fee prog...
Crypto exchanges are clamping down on fees. (Matt Artz/Unsplash)
Tether 's logo painted on a wooden background.
Tether Taps Chainalysis Chief Economist Philip Gradwell as Economics Head
Gradwell will be responsible for quantifying the Tether economy to regulators.
Tether 's logo painted on a wooden background.
OKX's planned European hub of Malta (Nick Fewings/Unsplash)
OKX Picks Malta Over France as Europe Hub to Comply With EU's MiCA Crypto Rules: Sources
OKX previously said in May 2023 that France would be its preferred European hub. "Compliance in Malta is way more lenient," said a person with direct knowledge of OKX's EU reg...
OKX's planned European hub of Malta (Nick Fewings/Unsplash)
Fireblocks sign at Miami airport during Bitcoin Miami conference 2022 (Danny Nelson/CoinDesk)
Fireblocks Adds First Clutch of Crypto Safekeeping Firms to Its Global Custodian Program
Zodia Custody, Komainu, CloudTech, Zerocap and Rakkar are the first five institutional-friendly crypto custody providers to join the Fireblocks Global Custodian Partner Progra...
Fireblocks sign at Miami airport during Bitcoin Miami conference 2022 (Danny Nelson/CoinDesk)
Tezos logo. (Tezos)
Tezos Foundation Teams Up With Baanx for Non-Custodial Crypto Card
Baanx has been working with Mastercard to deliver a range of non-custodial crypto card offerings.
Tezos logo. (Tezos)