The famous crypto-centric twin brothers are looking at the current environment with an eye to listing the Gemini Trust.
A Matter of Trade-Offs
At the same time, the Winklevosses also announced the launch of a Gemini-branded payment card, called Gemini Credit Card. The card will reportedly return 3% of the purchase in bitcoin.
“Cash is trash,” Tyler Winklevoss told Bloomberg. “So as you spend your cash, you get bitcoin – it’s a pretty good trade-off.”
The twins founded Gemini Trust in 2014 as a crypto exchange and custodian. In 2017, they filed for permission to create an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF).
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) denied the application due to the immaturity of the market. Cameron Winklevoss explained that the brothers are “still committed” to the ETF, however, they gave no further details.
The attempt to establish the first ETF shows that the Winklevosses are prepared to explore options on the edge of regulation. Gemini is nevertheless still focused on remaining compliant. In October, the firm announced that it was integrating tax-calculating capability into its platform.
This emphasis on regulatory compliance helps Gemini in other ways as well. In September, it obtained approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to operate as an Electronic Money Institution (EMI).
Moreover, Gemini was accepted into the FCA’s Fifth Money Laundering Directive (MLD) crypto-asset registration process. As a result, Gemini must comply with all anti-money laundering regulations and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) measures.
Following the approval, Gemini stated that the FCA’s go-ahead “reflects our ethos of working proactively with regulators and asking for permission, rather than forgiveness.”
Try and Try Again
Gemini’s offerings do not always appease regulators, though. In September, the exchange announced support for shielded Zcash withdrawals. Afterward, Europol took aim at Zcash. Like other privacy-enhanced coins, Zcash makes it easier to mask the transfer of ill-gotten gains.
In response to the increased scrutiny, Zcash’s founders donated the project to a non-profit organization called the Bootstrap Project. The move failed to prevent some exchanges, such as Bittrex, from delisting the coin. Gemini, however, continues to list it.
While the future of privacy coins remains in doubt, it seems that the Winklevoss’ latest endeavors are a matter of the public interest – and listing.