Bahamas-based crypto exchange FTX is moving its U.S. headquarters to Miami, only four short months after cutting the ribbon on its headquarters in Chicago.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot had attended the opening ceremony on FTX.US’s glitzy, 9,000 square foot office space in downtown Chicago, and touted the benefits of FTX’s presence in the Windy City – especially a pilot program sponsored by FTX that would provide supplemental income and financial education for underbanked Chicago residents.
FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried announced the Miami move in a tweet on Tuesday morning.
A representative for FTX did not immediately respond to requests for comment about FTX’s decision to move its U.S. headquarters so soon, or what would become of the Chicago pilot program.
When speaking with Bloomberg about the move on Tuesday, FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried said that establishing offices all over the world was key to the company’s mission of getting licensure for its various businesses. FTX moved its global headquarters from Hong Kong to the Bahamas in September.
“Frankly, for us, having clear licensure for our marketplaces is by far the biggest piece of this, that’s what we’ve been focusing on,” Bankman-Fried said.
Miami has become a hot spot for crypto companies in the U.S., second only to New York in terms of cities with the most investments in crypto startups. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has made attracting crypto companies and talent a key priority for his administration, emphasizing the comparatively lax regulations and lower tax burden there.
His resignation is one of a spate of recent executive resignations from crypto companies, including MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor, and Kraken CEO Jesse Powell.
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