Cboe Global Markets Reveals Planned Equity Partners for Cboe Digital Business

Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (Cboe: CBOE), a provider of global market infrastructure and tradable products, announced the initial group of firms that intend “to become equity investors in the Cboe Digital business.”

Cboe’s advanced discussions with potential equity partners “involve a broad and diverse range of market participants, including leading retail and institutional intermediaries, liquidity providers and brokers.”

These firms “include B2C2, DRW, GSR, Hidden Road, IMC, Interactive Brokers, Jane Street, Jump Crypto, Optiver, Robinhood, tastytrade and Virtu Financial.” Through their equity ownership, each firm will directly “benefit from the growth of ErisX and Cboe Digital and the close strategic and commercial alignment from day one.”

The soon to be formalized group of equity partners “join a roster of planned commercial partner firms supporting the ErisX business, which is expected to be renamed Cboe Digital, including Fidelity Digital AssetsSM, Galaxy Digital, NYDIG and Webull among others.”

Together, subject to the execution of definitive documents, these firms have “committed to ongoing engagement with the business and building of Cboe Digital markets.”

As part of its operation of ErisX and the Cboe Digital business, Cboe plans “to form a Digital Advisory Committee comprised of a cross-section of equity and commercial partner firms.”

The committee will be “tasked with advising Cboe on the ongoing development of the ErisX spot and derivatives markets, and more broadly, Cboe Digital and the digital asset space.”

Cboe plans “to leverage the engagement and collaboration with these market participants to help accelerate growth of ErisX as a resilient, trusted and transparent digital asset venue.”

Ed Tilly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cboe Global Markets, said:

“ErisX was founded with the mission of bringing transparent, well-regulated markets for digital assets and we are excited to further accelerate on this vision with growing support from our partner firms. Building trusted markets has always been a part of Cboe’s DNA, and we look forward to leveraging the combined expertise of our partner firms to help bring Cboe’s regulatory framework, transparency, infrastructure and data solutions to further grow the digital asset market on a global scale.”

John Palmer, President of ErisX, remarked:

“We are gratified to have the support of such a tremendous group of industry leaders, which we believe is further validation of our vision for the Cboe Digital business. Our partner firms share our deep commitment to bringing Cboe’s trusted, transparent, regulatory-first approach to the digital asset space and we are excited to work together as a collective force to shape and define this asset class now, and for the future, to benefit all market participants.”

On May 2, 2022, Eris Digital Holdings, LLC (ErisX), an operator of a U.S. based digital asset spot market, a regulated futures exchange and a regulated clearinghouse, was “acquired by Cboe.”

ErisX operates “as a subsidiary of Cboe Global Markets and serves as the cornerstone of the new Cboe Digital business.”

As part of Cboe Digital, Cboe is “operating the existing spot, derivative and clearing platforms of ErisX, and has plans to develop and distribute a range of digital asset data products, subject to regulatory approval.”

Using market data based fundamentally on actionable bid and offer prices from the spot crypto market, Cboe Digital plans “to develop a benchmark data stream to help market participants evaluate the appropriateness of crypto execution prices.”

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