- World’s longest running crypto exchange Bitstamp announces partnership with digital asset custody provider Copper, chaired by former UK Chancellor Lord Phillip Hammond.
- The partnership will see Bitstamp integrate with Copper’s ClearLoop network, giving institutions access to off-exchange settlement and market first trust documentation built to mitigate exchange counterparty and insolvency risks.
- Crypto trading firms, such as market maker GSR, and institutional clients are increasingly looking for gold standard off-exchange settlement provided by ClearLoop to improve counterparty risk management.
London, 26 April: The world’s longest running cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp today announced an extended partnership with Copper, the institutional gateway for digital asset investment, to integrate with its ClearLoop network. The partnership will give institutions access to off-exchange settlement and market first trust documentation – built to mitigate exchange counterparty and insolvency risks.
The off-exchange settlement network will now enable institutional clients to trade with Bitstamp without needing to move assets from Copper’s custodial environment.
Bitstamp has been partnered with Copper since 2021 as part of its set up to secure digital assets across multiple third-party custodians. Joining the ClearLoop network will represent a significant step for both companies, as market infrastructure providers will collaborate to serve a heightened focus on counterparty risk management in the wake of recent market events.
The partnership further demonstrates Bitstamp’s commitment to its customers, that are placing a premium on asset security. As market infrastructure matures, Bitstamp continues to expand its offering to provide customers with safeguarding options through the integration with off-exchange solutions like Copper’s ClearLoop.
The announcement comes just one week after Bitstamp retained its position as Number 1 rated centralised exchange on CCData’s (formerly CryptoCompare) Exchange Benchmark, which is a cornerstone of the industry, and maintaining the only AA rating.
The Bitstamp group has so far secured 51 licenses and registrations globally making Bitstamp one of the most secure and compliant trading venues on the market.
Jean-Baptiste Graftieaux, Global CEO of Bitstamp, said:
“We’re very pleased to be deepening our partnership with Copper by joining the ClearLoop network. This move speaks to our focus on delivering for our institutional clients as well as our confidence in the robust architecture provided by Copper.
“We already know that institutional clients come to us because of our extremely strong record on compliance and regulation, but we know that the optionality we provide means we confidently deliver the risk management solutions they require.
“The combination of our compliance heritage, continually expanding global licensing credentials and work with our off-exchange settlement network and banking partners means we provide a unique level of security and choice to meet the evolving needs of institutions seeking to trade in crypto.”
Dmitry Tokarev, CEO of Copper, said:
“Allowing clients to trade on exchanges direct from Copper custody is an important step in institutionalising the digital asset markets. More than ever, it’s essential that custodians and exchanges work together to effectively address primary risks such as exchange-counterparty risk. We’re thrilled to partner with Bitstamp, to bring off-exchange settlement to their institutional clients while furthering our shared commitment to asset security, and setting higher standards for the crypto industry.”
Josh Gibson, Global Head of Exchanges at GSR, said:
“The ClearLoop solution is an example of maturing crypto market infrastructure that addresses issues of counterparty risk and improves operational efficiency. We are excited to see these continued developments as more institutional players enter the digital asset space.”