Institutional crypto exchange Seed CX lands $15 million raise led by Bain

Source: Seed CX

Seed CX, the first licensed cryptocurrency exchange to offer institutional trading and settlement for both spot market and CFTC-regulated derivatives, today announced a $15 million Series B funding round.

The round was led by Bain Capital Ventures, bringing Seed CX’s total funding to date to over $25 million.

Seed CX will use the latest round of financing to expand its physical trading infrastructure, broaden its network of institutional trading groups, and more than double its team to close to 40 people, primarily in operations, market surveillance, and technology.

“The growth of digital assets as an asset class will be based on the adoption of institutional investors and professional traders, who require a trading experience that is on par with that of other instruments, such as equities and commodities,” said Edward Woodford, Seed CX’s co-founder and CEO.

“As a licensed exchange for both spot and derivatives trading, we deliver the operational risk safeguards, strong institutional technology, operational support, and regulatory compliance that institutions demand. What is particularly exciting is that our unique offering brings large institutional traders, who have so far sat on the sidelines, into the crypto space for the first time."

Seed CX provides institutional investors and professional traders with the market structure and technology they need to confidently add cryptocurrencies to their portfolios and investment strategies, in particular:

Trading - Seed CX supports FIX connectivity and multiple trading desks, and offers a diverse crypto and fiat product suite, the ability to integrate with popular institutional order management systems, and easy market monitoring.

Risk Management and Operations - Seed CX protects market participants through an active regime of trade surveillance, segregated trader accounts, audit trails, and circuit breakers, all on a stable, reliable, and secure infrastructure and backed by a dedicated account team.

Settlement and Custody - Seed CX, through its settlement engine, Zero Hash, offers physical settlement for a range of fiat and digital assets, as well as custody through its proprietary Digital Asset Vault.

“Institutions are seeking regulated, secure, and reliable crypto venues with diverse products that allow them to earn strong returns,” said Salil Deshpande, Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures. “Today, trading venues are retail focused, limited to spot trading, often unregulated, and in foreign jurisdictions. The lack of institutional exchanges is the single largest barrier to crypto asset class growth. Seed CX is serving this unmet need of institutions and has assembled an outstanding team of executives to support this vision.”

Seed CX and its subsidiaries hold the following registrations and licenses: Swap Execution Facility (CFTC), Introducing Broker (NFA), Money Services Business (FinCEN), and Money Transmitter (15 states, including Delaware, Illinois, and Connecticut), and it has a pending BitLicense with NYDFS and a pending Broker Dealer registration with FINRA.

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