$138B investment manager Man Group to launch crypto hedge fund: Report

London-based investment manager Man Group Plc is preparing to launch a cryptocurrency hedge fund, signaling continued investor appetite for digital assets in the wake of FTX’s monumental collapse earlier this month.  Bloomberg reported on Nov. 18 that Man Group is preparing to launch its crypto-focused hedge fund through its computer-led trading unit AHL. Citing private sources, Bloomberg disclosed that the new hedge fund could be ready by the end of the year.  A spokesperson for Man Group declined to comment on the matter when asked by Cointelegraph.   Man Group already…

Polygon founder Sandeep Nailwal launches $50M Web3 fund

Cryptocurrency entrepreneur and Polygon founder Sandeep Nailwal has raised $50 million for a new startup fund dedicated to Web3 companies, underscoring venture capital’s growing interest in the blockchain-powered internet.  Nailwal’s venture firm, Symbolic Capital, is backed by cryptocurrency protocols, exchanges, crypto-focused auditing firms and other venture capital investors, the company disclosed Thursday. Symbolic’s fund has already invested in three blockchain-focused gaming startups: BlinkMoon, Planet Mojo and Community Gaming. The initial funding received by these startups was not disclosed. In perhaps a new take on venture funding, Nailwal said his company…

Korean crypto startup Uprise to compensate investors after disastrous LUNC short trade

South Korean crypto investment company Uprise plans to compensate investors for damages incurred during its futures bet on Luna Classic (LUNC) — a token that was built on the ruins of the failed Terra ecosystem.  Uprise is making arrangements to compensate 40% of the loss incurred by customers tied to its disastrous short bet on the token, according to the Korean newspaper Soul Economic Daily. The short position was placed in May using client funds that were deposited in a $20.3 million (26.7 billion won) discretionary investment vehicle. As reported…

Amid sanctions, Russia weighs crypto for international payments: Report

The Russian Federation is reportedly considering accepting cryptocurrencies for international payments in response to Western sanctions against the country that were prompted by its full-scale invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.  The Moscow-based Interfax news agency and Reuters reported Friday that Ivan Chebeskov, who heads the Financial Policy Division within Russia’s Finance Ministry, is actively considering the possibility of incorporating crypto payments. “The idea of using digital currencies in transactions for international settlements is being actively discussed,” he said. According to local newspaper Vedomosti, the Finance Ministry is considering adding…

FCA-regulated Fasanara Capital raises $350M crypto and fintech VC fund

London-based asset manager Fasanara Capital has launched a $350 million investment fund to back fintech and cryptocurrency startups that can deliver new use cases for the emerging Web3 economy.  The company, which manages $3.5 billion in assets, is targeting early-stage startups in the fintech and crypto spheres, where it plans to establish long-term relationships with project founders and other industry veterans. This includes potentially larger equity commitments than traditional venture capital firm. Founded in 2011, Fasanara Capital is a fintech investment firm increasingly specialized in digital assets and lending technologies.…

Luna Foundation Guard acquires additional 37,863 BTC as part of reserve strategy

Luna Foundation Guard (LFG), a Singapore-based nonprofit tied to the Terra Luna ecosystem, has raised another $1.5 billion to further expand its already hefty Bitcoin (BTC) reserves. The raise allowed LFG to acquire 37,863 BTC via over-the-counter swaps with broker Genesis Trading and an additional purchase from Three Arrows Capital, a leading crypto venture capital firm. The specific breakdown of the deal included a $1 billion over-the-counter swap with Genesis for $1 billion in UST and a $500 million BTC purchase from Three Arrows Capital, the company disclosed Thursday.  LFG…

Polkadot launches cross-chain messaging system to solve blockchain’s bridge problem

Blockchain platform Polkadot has launched a new cross-chain communications protocol, saying it will do away with cumbersome bridging mechanisms that have cost the crypto industry billions in cyber attacks.  The newly launched XCM messaging system is intended to promote Polkadot’s multichain ecosystem, which is being built on the premise of full interoperability. XCM channels are said to be secured at the same level as Polkadot’s central hub, dubbed Relay Chain, and are also available for use by parachains. In other words, XCM will enable communication between parachains themselves as well…

Gaming, crypto fintech and blockchain infrastructure dominate venture capital rounds

Cryptocurrency markets remain caught in a macro-based downtrend, with Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) showing further signs of weakness at the end of April. But, venture capital activity in the crypto and blockchain sectors is the strongest it has ever been, offering further evidence that major investors are looking beyond immediate price action and ignoring divisive bull/bear narratives. The latest edition of VC Roundup highlights the growing excitement surrounding Web3 gaming, decentralized finance (DeFi) and blockchain infrastructure. The first quarter of 2022 was brutal for crypto prices, but venture capital…

Framework Ventures allocates half of $400M fund to Web3 gaming

Crypto-focused venture firm Framework Ventures has raised $400 million in new funding to invest in early-stage companies across the Web3, blockchain gaming and decentralized finance (DeFi) industries.  The completed raise will go towards “FVIII,” an oversubscribed fund worth $400 million, the company announced Tuesday. Approximately $200 million of that total will be allocated to the emerging blockchain gaming industry. The venture firm, which had early exposure to DeFi, now has over $1.4 billion in assets under management. Framework Ventures was an early investor in projects such as Chainlink, Aave and…