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Breaking Robinhood to Acquire Global Crypto Exchange Bitstamp in $200 Million Deal

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In Brief

  • Robinhood plans to acquire Bitstamp to expand its global crypto offerings.
  • This strategic move will expand Robinhood's footprint outside the US.
  • The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2025, pending approvals.
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On June 6, Robinhood, a US-based multi-asset trading platform, announced its plan to acquire global crypto exchange Bitstamp.

This acquisition will bring Bitstamp’s vast retail and institutional customer base across the EU, UK, US, and Asia to Robinhood, significantly expanding its global footprint outside the US.

Robinhood to Enhance Crypto Services with Bitstamp Acquisition

Robinhood aims to enhance its crypto services through the acquisition of Bitstamp. Bitstamp brings over 50 active licenses and registrations worldwide to the table. This allows Robinhood to integrate a reputable institutional business into its ecosystem.

Acquiring Bitstamp also means Robinhood will enter the institutional space with ready-made relationships, infrastructure, and products. Bitstamp’s core spot exchange—offering more than 85 tradable assets, staking, and lending services—will bolster Robinhood’s crypto offerings.

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Johann Kerbrat, the General Manager of Robinhood Crypto, expressed that the acquisition of Bitstamp marks a significant advancement in their crypto business expansion efforts. He praised Bitstamp for its enduring global exchange, which has proven resilient through various market cycles.

“By seamlessly coupling customer experience with safety across geographies, the Bitstamp team has established one of the strongest reputations across retail and institutional crypto investors,” Kerbrat said.

From Bitstamp’s perspective, CEO JB Graftieaux discussed the benefits of integrating with Robinhood’s ecosystem. He noted that this integration will improve users’ trading experience.

“As the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange, Bitstamp is known as one of the most trusted and transparent crypto platforms worldwide. Bringing Bitstamp’s platform and expertise into Robinhood’s ecosystem will give users an enhanced trading experience with a continuing commitment to compliance, security, and customer-centricity,” Graftieaux stated.

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Robinhood expects the final deal consideration to be approximately $200 million in cash, subject to customary purchase price adjustments. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the first half of 2025. Barclays Capital Inc. served as the exclusive financial advisor to Robinhood, while Galaxy Digital Partners LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor to Bitstamp.

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Lynn Wang
Lynn Wang is a seasoned journalist at BeInCrypto, covering a wide range of topics, including tokenized real-world assets (RWA), tokenization, artificial intelligence (AI), regulatory enforcement, and investments in the crypto industry. Previously, she led a team of content creators and journalists for BeInCrypto Indonesia, focusing on the adoption of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in the region, as well as regulatory developments. Prior to that, at Value Magazine, she covered...
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