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Hedge fund manager Alan Howard invests in two crypto startups


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Billionaire hedge fund supervisor Alan Howard continues backing the cryptocurrency trade with recent funding in two digital asset startups.

The co-founder of main asset supervisor Brevan Howard led a $25-million extension elevate for London-based crypto providers agency Copper.co. The corporate announced Friday that the brand new funding follows a $50-million Sequence B funding spherical led by firms akin to Daybreak Capital and Goal International.

The extra funding will probably be directed to additional strengthen Copper’s experience in enabling conventional monetary companies to profit from blockchain expertise and cryptocurrencies. The agency careworn that the extra funding exhibits the rising curiosity in crypto from the standard finance sector.

The Copper funding follows one other Howard-backed $12-million fundraise for Asian crypto funding platform Kikitrade announced Thursday. The startup intends to channel the brand new capital to broaden its enterprise and compliance throughout Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

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Howard has beforehand invested in main crypto companies, akin to European digital asset supervisor CoinShares, blockchain and software program growth firm Block.one and institutional crypto buying and selling platform Elwood.

Howard additionally owns a 25% stake with One River Digital Asset Administration, a United States-based hedge fund that bought $600 million value of Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) final 12 months. Earlier this 12 months, Howard led a $25-million funding spherical for Komainu, a digital asset custody providers supplier created by international financial institution Nomura in partnership with crypto pockets agency Ledger and CoinShares.