FTX, the cryptocurrency derivatives exchange juggernaut, plans to keep expanding into new jurisdictions through buying local crypto companies or exchanges, CEO Sam Bankman-Fried said Wednesday on CoinDesk TV.
Asked about future acquisitions, the 28-year-old billionaire hinted he may be looking for another LedgerX, which was FTX’s August acquisition. LedgerX, a regulated U.S.-based crypto derivatives firm, is now part of FTX’s American unit, FTX.US. Buying LedgerX allowed FTX to sidestep a grueling registration process in the U.S.
“I would not be surprised if [the amount of money that we spend on acquisitions over the next year or so] was north of a billion dollars,” Bankman-Fried said on CoinDesk’s “First Mover.” Acquisition targets may offer relationships to regulators, licensing or “user-based” fiat on- or off-ramps, he added.
“There were a lot of potential acquisitions for us to be had and LedgerX was the start of it, but it’s not going to be the end,” Bankman-Fried said.
Bankman-Fried said a big risk for his company is “becoming distracted.”
“You should be doing your job trying to grow the company. Instead, you’re just growing its balance sheet, way bigger than there’s any need to grow,” he said.
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