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Gemini decides Ireland as crypto base for European activities

Crypto exchange firm, Gemini has chosen Dublin as the location for its European activities, as more cryptocurrency businesses want to expand outside of the US. 

Gemini’s 2014 founders, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, declared on May 25 that Ireland will serve as the company’s European expansion hub.

The twins stated that they picked Ireland due of its strong laws and regulations, wide range of talent, and well-established technological community during a meeting with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland.

A study of Irish citizens conducted in August 2022 revealed that 10% of them owned the digital currency. The amount was lower than the 2021 bull market’s 12% average. Additionally, in January, the head of the Irish central bank demanded a ban on cryptocurrency advertising.

This hasn’t prevented several blockchain technologies and fintech businesses from opening offices there or cryptocurrency exchanges Kraken and Binance.

According to Varadkar, “This is important for Ireland as the current administration emphasises innovation as a means of growth.” According to Cameron Winklevoss, “Ireland is our entry key into the EU.”

“We considered the whole EU as a possible access point, but Ireland stood out for its reliability as a regulator, the CBI, as well as for its skilled workforce and ecosystem in the innovation sector. Therefore, it was a clear perfect choice for us.”

The Central Bank of Ireland granted Gemini a virtual asset service provider licence in July 2022. Gemini already has a Dublin workplace with 12 employees.

After the EU adopted the new Markets in Crypto-Assets laws (MiCA), which was formally authorised on May 16, the company intends to expand its workforce.

After the implementation of the rules and regulations, the twins forecast a significant increase in the cryptocurrency market. As a result of MiCA, Cameron Winklevoss predicted that innovation will experience a Cambrian explosion in Europe.

Gemini has travelled outside of its own country before as well.  In April, the company revealed intentions to create an engineering base in India in order to tap into the country’s growing skilled workforce for technology.

The action is being taken due to growing regulatory pressure in the United States, leading certain analysts to refer this as a “war on crypto.”

Gemini was the target of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation in January for allegedly selling unregistered securities. Regarding the situation in the U.S., Cameron said, “It’s obviously tough, and there’s a lack of continuity.”

Under the name Gemini Trust Company, LLC, the company still has offices in New York.

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