Coinbase says custodial arm has ‘extensively prepared’ for spot Bitcoin ETF

Coinbase Custody has made changes in preparation for its function in pending spot Bitcoin ETFs, Bloomberg reported on Dec. 29.

A Coinbase consultant stated:

“We have extensively prepared for ETF approval … Our systems have been designed and tested to handle added trading volume, increased liquidity and general increases in demand on our systems.”

A part of these modifications contain government reshuffling, based on Bloomberg. Aaron Schnarch, CEO of Coinbase Custody, reportedly stepped down. He has been changed by Rick Schonberg, an worker of Coinbase since 2021 who has beforehand held roles in conventional finance together with at Goldman Sachs.

Monetary establishments are typically required to retailer cryptocurrency with a professional custodian, equivalent to Coinbase Custody, fairly than with a retail trade. Bloomberg famous that a number of ETF candidates together with together with BlackRock, Franklin Templeton, and Grayscale Investments plan to work with Coinbase Custody to handle Bitcoin holdings for their ETFs.

VanEck by the way named Coinbase Custody as a attainable extra custodian in its newest replace, although it primarily will depend on Gemini for custody.

Aside from Coinbase Custody’s function as custodian, many ETF purposes added Coinbase itself in surveillance-sharing agreements this summer season. That function has seemingly helped to fulfill regulators’ issues over market manipulation.

A number of last-minute amendments have arrived

Coinbase Custody’s newest statements arrive alongside a number of last-minute amendments from spot Bitcoin ETF candidates. BlackRock and Valkyrie submitted updates figuring out licensed suppliers, whereas VanEck submitted an modification affirming its reliance on money creation and redemption fashions.

Invesco, Constancy, WisdomTree, and Bitwise moreover filed amendments on Dec. 29. Ark Make investments, Grayscale, and Pando Asset AG have filed updates since Dec. 21.

Dec. 29 additionally marks the final day for spot Bitcoin candidates to switch their submitting. The SEC should attain a call on whether or not to approve Ark Make investments’s spot Bitcoin ETF by Jan. 10, 2024. It could approve different purposes at the moment.

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