Hong Kong-Based Crypto Unicorn Amber Group Eyes US Listing: Report

The financial services firm’s offering may raise regulatory eyebrows in the U.S.

Sep 23, 2021 at 2:18 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 23, 2021 at 8:03 p.m. UTC

Crypto financial services firm Amber Group is weighing a direct listing, with the U.S as the “likely destination,” according to its CEO.

  • A direct listing is “on the table” in the next two years, Michael Wu said in an interview with South China Morning Post.
  • “The U.S is a likely destination, but we’re open-minded,” he said.
  • Aspects of Amber’s plans may raise regulatory concern in the U.S. Amber allows customers to earn interest on crypto holdings by lending to other clients at a higher rate. Publicly listed crypto exchange Coinbase recently aborted plans to launch a similar service after the Securities and Exchange Commission threatened to sue it for offering what it considered to be an unregistered security product.
  • Amber Group also offers algorithmic, high-frequency and over-the-counter trading to institutional clients and has operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Canada.
  • The company attained unicorn status in June following a $100 million funding round that gave it a valuation of $1 billion. Its investors include Tiger Global Management, Coinbase Ventures and Blockchain.com.


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Jamie Crawley is a CoinDesk news reporter based in London.