Nasdaq’s cryptocurrency exchange guidelines are continuing to offer technical support for seven cryptocurrency exchanges, paying to use its tech to help them ensure trading activities are kept free from manipulation.
Nasdaq’s team of specialists monitor all exchanges wishing to use the surveillance technology for both technical capability and ethics. To date, seven crypto exchanges have satisfied Nasdaq’s stringent guideless although only the connection with Gemini and SBI Virtual Currency has been made public so far.
Nasdaq’s head of exchange and regulator surveillance team, Tony Sio, explained the company’s thinking on allowing access to tech support: “Historically, we don’t do such a large vetting process for our clients because they are much more well-known… But as we started working with less well-known names, startups, then we realized we needed to do this check process.”
At yesterday’s Nasdaq briefing, the company’s surveillance head broke down the process of vetting crypto exchanges to members of the press, clarifying that not everyone makes the cut. Such is the rigorous nature of their prerequisites, which have separate criteria: a business model, KYC/AML, and exchange governance and controls.
Until recently, Nasdaq’s primary interest in this area has been in blockchain. In September 2015, it joined a USD 30 million investment round in Chain, a blockchain startup that then partnered Nasdaq to launch Linq, a private equity platform. Last week, Nasdaq also hooked up with Symbiont with a USD 20 million investment.
One key factor in allowing access to Nasdaq tech has been the company’s interest in how exchanges use their assets and exactly who is using them, and what they may have been used for in the past, illustrating the high level of ethical standard exchanges must demonstrate before passing muster, gaining access to the technology.
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