US Fintech Ripple Expands Operations into Iceland By Acquiring Crypto Trading Firm Algrim

San Francisco-based Fintech firm Ripple has acquired digital asset trading company Algrim.

The acquisition has helped Ripple add six engineers, according to a September 30 blog post published on the company’s official website.

The new team of engineers is expected to play a key role in developing Ripple’s On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) program.

As noted in the announcement, Iceland will serve as one of Ripple’s engineering hubs. The country joins London as another European base for the American Fintech firm. 

Ripple’s vice president of products Amir Sarhangi stated:

“This team hits the ground running as opposed to building out a team that has to gain this knowledge.”

The company’s SVP of Engineering Christopher Kanaan said:

“With built-in expertise in trading and exchanges, the addition of Algrim’s engineering talent to our team will be instrumental in continuing the momentum we’re already experiencing with On-Demand Liquidity. We’ve been committed to sourcing expert crypto and trading talent in key global markets since day one, and the acquisition of the Algrim engineering team is a successful example of doing just that.”

Algrim has reportedly integrated more than 30 different markets into its crypto asset trading platform in the past two years. The company’s engineers have over 10 years of experience working with various trading technologies, the announcement noted.

Algrim CEO Dadi Armannsson believes that joining Ripple is a natural fit for his company. He remarked:

“Both companies share a vision to enable widespread adoption of digital assets and blockchain technology, which aligns directly with what we’ve been working towards for the past several years.”

Ripple recently acquired digital payments platform Logos Network, through its blockchain accelerator Xpring.  

Earlier this year, Ripple also announced a strategic partnership with MoneyGram.

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