Bitfinex onboards $280 million crypto hedge fund Fulgur Alpha

Bitfinex has taken a bold step in attempting to bridge the gap between digital assets and institutional investors by onboarding hedge fund Fulgur Alpha

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has onboarded Bahama-based hedge fund, Fulgur Alpha, in order to appeal to institutional investors.

Institutional investment into digital assets has been a hot topic over the past two years with a significant spike in interest on the back of Facebook’s proposed Libra project.

Large deals are typically conducted via over-the-counter (OTC) desks, which take place away from order books to avoid slippage.

Fulgur Alpha’s assets are held at Delchain Limited, a licensed provider of custody, banking and capital.

“It is really rare that a fund of this size chooses to trade almost exclusively in a single location,” said Paolo Ardoino, Chief Technology Officer at Bitfinex. “The onboarding of Fulgur Alpha cements Bitfinex’s position as the go-to venue for major crypto funds, market makers and arbitrageurs.”

Bruno Macchialli, Executive Head of Operations at Delchain, added: “We’re bringing a traditional fund set up to the crypto space, with a diversification of risk, making this a unique proposition that has not been seen before.

“This represents a blueprint for institutional investment in crypto, leveraging the required liquidity and custody solutions.

Coin Rivet has extensively covered the OTC Bitcoin market over the past year, with data signalling that a lack of retail interest has paved the way to a spike in institutional investment.

This has been spurred by reputable banks like JP Morgan launching its own cryptocurrency while a number of countries are assessing the benefits of a central bank digital currency (CBDC).

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