According to persons familiar with the situation, cryptocurrency firm Blockchain.com is interviewing banks for an initial public offering that may happen as soon as this year.
The people, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations were private, said that an IPO might not happen until next year and that the company’s plans could change. The company’s spokesman declined to respond.
Blockchain.com, a rival to cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc
Blockchain.com said in March that it was valued at about $14 billion in a funding round. That financing was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners with major participation from Baillie Gifford & Co., Blockchain.com said.
The IPO may not take place until 2023, and the company’s intentions may change, according to the newspaper, which cited people familiar with the situation.
Blockchain.com is one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, with a Series D financing last month valuing the company at $14 billion. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the Series D financing, with Baillie Gifford contributing “significantly.”
A few transactions have lately been completed on the exchange. It bought Altonomy’s over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk and was chosen as the first crypto-related sponsorship by the Dallas Cowboys, a well-known team in the National Football League (NFL).
In collaboration with Altis Partners, Blockchain.com launched an asset management solution geared at institutional and high-net-worth investors earlier this month.
Blockchain.com was founded in 2011 and is run by Chief Executive Officer Peter Smith. It allows customers to acquire and store digital tokens such as Bitcoin.
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