ICE to Acquire Bridge2 Solutions for Bakkt

Bridge2 Solutions will be transferred to the management of the Bakkt trading platform to help them with the app development
06 February 2020   290

The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) holding announced its readiness to redeem Bridge2 Solutions, the developer of loyalty programs for sellers and buyers, to expedite the release of the Bakkt application.

According to ICE, after the transaction, Bridge2 Solutions will be transferred to the management of the Bakkt trading platform, a subsidiary of ICE. To this end, Bakkt will use the funds raised in the B-series financing round.

Bridge2 Solutions collaborates with leading global brands and large financial institutions, developing loyalty programs for their customers, as well as incentive programs for employees. By taking advantage of Bridge2 Solutions' ties with various companies, the Bakkt platform will accelerate the development of its custom application, with which investors can pay for purchases with cryptocurrencies around the world.

As the chairman and CEO of ICE, Jeffrey Sprecher, emphasized that after the launch of the custodial service Bakkt Warehouse and the first regulated options and futures for bitcoin, the release of this application will be a key stage in the further development of the platform.

With the launch of the Bakkt app, we will, for the first time, offer consumers a robust platform to consolidate and use all of their digital assets, from crypto to loyalty points to in game tokens, in one user-friendly wallet. Combining Bridge2 Solutions’ embedded relationships with banks and merchants and their innovative Loyalty Pay solution will enable us to launch new products that further drive loyalty and empower consumers to trade, transfer and spend digital assets in entirely new ways.

 

Mike Blandina

CEO of Bakkt

ICE management did not disclose the terms of the acquisition of Bridge2 Solutions, but clarified that such a transaction would not have a significant impact on ICE’s net profit or ROI.

Binance Singapore Unit to Apply For License

Under the new law, aimed at regulating crypto paymetns and trading, firms must register with the Monetary Authority to receive a license
17 February 2020   286

Binance, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange unit, has applied for a license under the new Payment Services Act, which entered into force on January 28.

We have already applied. We submitted the application pretty fast. Binance’s Singapore entity has been in close touch with the local regulators, and they have always been open-minded.

 

Changpeng Zhao

Founder and CEO, Binance

Under the new law, crypto companies in Singapore must register with the Monetary Authority and receive one of three licenses: an exchange of money, a standard or large payment institution. The measure is aimed at regulating payments and crypto trading using requirements for participants in the traditional finance industry. Zhao did not specify which of the licenses Binance Singapore chose.

Binance has been offering crypto-fiat trading services in Singapore since April 2019 and works with eight coins, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. The trading platform is supported by Vertex Venture Holdings, a venture division of Singapore's Temasek Holdings.