Online brokerage platform Robinhood (HOOD) has agreed to acquire London-based crypto platform Ziglu, giving it a Financial Conduct Authority-regulated arm in the U.K.
- No financial terms were disclosed for the deal announced Tuesday, which is subject to regulatory approval.
- Ziglu offers buying and selling services for 11 cryptocurrencies as well as a "Boost" product that earns users yield on their holdings.
- The firm won approval to offer crypto services in the U.K. by financial watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in 2020, the third firm to gain such approval.
- Ziglu raised over $7 million on crowdfunding site Seedrs in November, the largest fundraise on Seedrs in 2021.
- Robinhood's long-term goal is to move Ziglu more fully into its own platform to "bring the Robinhood brand overseas," according to the blog post.
- "Ziglu's impressive team of deeply experienced financial services and crypto experts will help us accelerate our global expansion efforts," said Vlad Tenev, Robinhood's CEO and co-founder, in a statement.
UPDATE (April 19, 14:04 UTC): Added background on Ziglu.
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