Deribit Wins VARA Approval and Moves to Dubai

Deribit, a significant cryptocurrency exchange that offers options and futures for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, has received regulatory approval from Dubai and will be relocating its operations to the city. The exchange’s subsidiary, Deribit FZE, has obtained a Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) license from Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA). This license allows Deribit to offer crypto trading services in Dubai, including spot trading and crypto derivatives trading such as futures and options. The license will not be operational until Deribit fulfills all remaining conditions and meets the localization requirements set by VARA. The exchange plans to share launch plans and timing for operating under the new licensed entity soon.

Once it becomes operational, Deribit intends to cater to institutional and qualified investors in Dubai. It will also continue to serve its retail clients through its broker affiliate in Panama, which is a member of Deribit FZE, until further notice. As part of the relocation process, Deribit will move its global headquarters from Panama to Dubai, with its former chief commercial officer, Luuk Strijers, taking over as the new CEO.

Deribit co-founder John Jansen sees the acquisition of the VASP license as more than just a regulatory milestone. He believes it demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing a secure and transparent trading platform. Jansen emphasizes that by establishing operations in Dubai, Deribit is expanding its reach and reinforcing its position as the preferred trading platform.

Deribit is a prominent exchange that focuses on derivatives trading. It was established in 2016 and has become one of the largest platforms for crypto derivatives alongside industry giants like Binance and Bybit. As of April 2, Deribit is ranked the fifth-largest derivatives exchange, with a daily trading volume of $1.9 billion.

VARA, the regulatory authority that issued Deribit’s license, was established in March 2022 as the primary regulator of crypto-related activities in Dubai. It oversees all zones within the Emirate of Dubai, except for the Dubai International Financial Centre. Since its launch, VARA has issued several crypto trading licenses to companies like Binance and OKX.

Rey Cevallos

Rey Cevallos

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