Kraken has announced the acquisition of CleverCoin, one of the first Netherlands-based bitcoin exchanges. The addition of CleverCoin adds to Kraken’s European exchange base with thousands of new clients. Terms of the deal were not announced. Less than six months ago Kraken also acquired both Coinsetter and Cavirtex.
In the announcement, CEO Jesse Powell described plans to fold the CleverCoin brand into Kraken’s global umbrella while providing existing clients with access to Kraken’s range of features. CleverCoin clients will be automatically transferred to Kraken’s platform on June 29, 2016. Once the transfer is completed, account holders will be directed to Kraken to login, update account information, and can begin trading immediately.
Eindhoven-based CleverCoin is a graduate of Boost VC, the accelerator backed by venture capitalists Tim and Adam Draper. CleverCoin was one of the earliest exchanges in Western Europe to focus on compliance, offer leveraged trading and establish regulated banking partnerships. After successfully selling the most prominent Dutch bitcoin exchange, CleverCoin’s founders have decided to focus on providing IT business solutions.
CTO and Co-Founder, Karsten Nilsen said: “Kraken is the ideal custodian for CleverCoin going forward. They are, by every measure, the largest bitcoin and digital asset exchange in Europe and our core beliefs are perfectly aligned. As of today, CleverCoin clients will have seamless access to all the features and benefits of Kraken’s global brand, including the ability to trade many of the most popular currency pairs, the latest technology, the most advanced security, and faster Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) transfers.”
Former CEO and Co-founder, Christian de Kok added: “We started CleverCoin to provide access to bitcoin to traders throughout Europe, and today we could not be prouder of our accomplishments. Since 2013, we’ve helped tens of thousands of individuals trade bitcoin and have access to the fastest SEPA payments of any crypto exchange, rivaled only by Kraken. We are excited to hand the torch to our partners at Kraken.”
Jesse Powell, Kraken CEO, noted: “In record time, the digital currency industry has matured. Our M&A plans have been accelerated by encouraging news throughout the industry. Prices are rising, the regulatory picture is rapidly clarifying, and clients from around the globe are joining us in record numbers. The acquisition of CleverCoin will empower Kraken with greater liquidity and a significantly expanded customer base in Europe, our flagship market.”
Since the majority of CleverCoin clients are in European countries, the acquisition is expected to have the greatest impact on Kraken’s euro trading pairs. Average weekly volume in these pairs has been growing since the third week of April, with an over 4x increase in the bitcoin-euro (XBT/EUR) and ether-euro (ETH/EUR) pairs. The ether-bitcoin pair (ETH/XBT), has seen a 9x increase. Following the Coinsetter and Cavirtex acquisition on January 19th, Kraken saw gains in average weekly trade volumes, including XBT/USD (13x increase), ETH/USD (30x increase), XBT/CAD (50x increase), and ETH/CAD (6x increase).
After acquiring Coinsetter and Cavirtex Kraken announced that SBI Investment, a Japanese venture fund, would lead a Series B round of financing. In April, Kraken announced an additional, significant investment from Japanese FX brokerage Money Partners Group to their Series B, and in May was selected by CME Group, an options and futures exchange, to be a supplier of market data for new reference and real-time bitcoin price indices. Last month Kraken unveiled its Ether Dark Pool and the addition of leveraged trading for ether with multiple currency pairs.