Bitpanda introduced Monday its digital asset investment product is now absolutely built-in with Lydia’s funds app, which is able to allow Lydia clients to spend money on over 170 digital property from cryptocurrencies to commission-free fractional shares, exchange-traded funds (ETF) and treasured metals. Transactions are executed through Bitpanda, the announcement mentioned.
Bitpanda, Austria’s first tech unicorn, has been increasing its presence by means of Europe. In October, the agency partnered with an Italian open-finance platform to let Italian banks and fintechs entry digital asset buying and selling providers. In the identical month, Bitpanda employed former JPMorgan government Joshua Barraclough as the brand new CEO of its superior buying and selling platform to push progress in Europe.
“This collaboration is absolutely aligned with our mission to convey digital property into mainstream adoption and to enhance funding literacy in Europe and past,” Eric Demuth, co-founder and co-CEO of Bitpanda, mentioned in an electronic mail to CoinDesk.
Demuth mentioned the partnership with Lydia reinforces Bitpanda’s ambitions in France, the place it has been registered with the monetary markets authority (AMF) since December 2020.
“France is a key marketplace for Bitpanda and for this reason we’re presently opening up an area workplace in Paris and constructing an area workforce to personal the expansion out there,” Demuth mentioned.
Bitpanda is just not the one crypto agency trying to arrange store in France. In November, main cryptocurrency trade Binance contributed $116 million to a analysis and improvement initiative to assist develop the blockchain and crypto trade in France.
In August, Bitpanda was valued at $4.1 billion following its Series C funding spherical. According to TechCrunch, Lydia raised a complete of $131 million in two funding rounds final 12 months. Founded in 2013, Lydia’s traders embrace enterprise capital agency Accel and Chinese tech large Tencent. Lydia gives quite a lot of providers together with present and shared accounts, categorical loans, immediate financial institution transfers, cellular funds and funding, the announcement mentioned.
“We are the primary on the French market to present such an in depth vary of digital property,” mentioned Cyril Chiche, CEO and co-founder of Lydia, in a press assertion.