FTX Buys Crypto Exchange Liquid Group for Expansion in Japan

The deal announcement follows FTX closing a $400 million round at a $32 billion valuation.

Feb 2, 2022 at 9:11 a.m. UTC
Updated Feb 2, 2022 at 3:35 p.m. UTC

Eliza Gkritsi is CoinDesk's crypto mining reporter based in Asia.

FTX acquired Japanese crypto exchange Liquid Group to serve Japanese customers through its new subsidiary.

  • The deal is expected to close in March, according to a press release on Wednesday.
  • The companies did not disclose the acquisition value. In April 2019, Liquid's valuation was over $1 billion.
  • FTX also acquired Quoine, one of 30 exchanges registered with Japan's Financial Service Agency (FSA), which holds a Type I Financial Instruments Business license for trading securities and derivatives.
  • FTX and Liquid Group did not respond to request for comment.
  • The Japanese exchange lost over $90 million in a hack in August 2021, after which FTX gave it a $120 million loan.
  • FTX will integrate its products and transfer all existing Japanese users to Liquid. The user transfer will take effect on March 30.
  • On Monday, FTX announced it closed a $400 million Series C round at a $32 billion valuation.
  • On Tuesday, crypto finance unicorn Amber Group announced the acquisition of DeCurret, another exchange registered with the FSA, to tap into the Japanese market.



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