Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Agrees to Buy Self Custody Firm GK8 From Celsius

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Blockchain analytics firm TRM Labs nets £60m in expanded Series B

Blockchain analytics firm TRM Labs has expanded its Series B funding round with a £60 million injection led by Thoma Bravo. The intelligence company uses blockchain data and advanced analytics to detect and tackle financial crime. The expanded round was led by global private equity firm Thoma Bravo, with Goldman Sachs and previous TRM investors Amex Ventures, Citi Ventures, and PayPal Ventures all participating. TRM’s initial Series B kicked off in December last year, raising £51 million in a round led by Tiger Global. The fresh boost of funding will…

Binance CEO Estimates that the Firm May Spend Over $1B on Deals by the End of 2022

Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of global leading digital-asset platform Binance has announced that the firm may spend more than $1 billion on investment by the end of 2022.  Zhao, also known as ‘CZ’ made this revelation in an interview with Blomberg and claimed that Binance could spend more than $1 billion on investments and asset purchases, despite what appears to be a volatile crypto market.    Recall that Binance has also invested $325 million in 67 additional projects in recent times. Meanwhile, the VC division of Binance has made several…

Coinbase’s plans to purchase firm behind Mercado Bitcoin fall through: Report

Coinbase and Brazilian company 2TM, the parent company of Mercado Bitcoin, have reportedly scrapped talks around the crypto exchange purchasing the firm. According to a Tuesday Bloomberg report, 2TM and Coinbase have ended discussions around the United States-based crypto exchange buying the Brazilian company, which was valued at more than $2 billion. It’s unclear what led to the purchase not going through, as 2TM reportedly declined to comment and a Coinbase spokesperson said it was simply “committed to the Brazilian market.” Coinbase and 2TM scrapped talks over a possible purchase…

Colorful billionaire’s Dubai real estate firm now accepts BTC and ETH

Multi-billion dollar Dubai-based real estate developer DAMAC Properties has started accepting Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) payments for its luxury abodes. DAMAC Properties was founded by colorful billionaire Hussain Sajwani in 2002, and the firm has conducted business throughout the middle east, Canada and the U.K. It also owns high-end fashion and jewelry brands Roberto Cavalli and De-Grisgono. Sajwani is known for extravagant marketing tactics such as giving away free Lamborghinis to property buyers. He also teamed up with Donald Trump in 2013 to launch multiple Trump-branded golf courses in…

US Treasury Dept lists crypto mining firm in latest sanctions against Russia

The United States Treasury Department has added Russia-based crypto mining services provider BitRiver and several subsidiaries as firms facilitating the evasion of sanctions.  In a Wednesday announcement, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, said it was taking action against BitRiver AG as well as 10 of its Russia-based subsidiaries, naming the companies as ‘Specially Designated Nationals’. Firms and individuals listed as such by OFAC have their assets blocked and “U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.” According to the U.S. Treasury, the actions against…