“International Crypto Hotspot”: 21Shares Expands to Middle East ()

Switzerland’s biggest crypto unicorn gives Middle Eastern investors access to the world’s first Bitcoin ETP

Hany Rashwan, CEO and co-founder of 21Shares (©21Shares)

Munich/Dubai, 12 October 2022 – 21Shares AG, the subsidiary of 21.co and Switzerland’s highest-rated crypto-unicorn, is expanding into the Middle East – a key region on fintech’s global roadmap. The listing of 21Shares Bitcoin ETP (Ticker: ABTC) on Nasdaq Dubai introduces the Middle East’s first physically backed Bitcoin ETP. With the addition of Nasdaq Dubai, 21Shares lists over 41 products on 12 exchanges in seven countries.

21Shares wants to support the Middle East’s crypto ambitions

“Expansion into the United Arab Emirates is a significant milestone in our international growth plans. Coming from the Middle East myself, the region is extremely important to me. As a company, we strive to provide secure access to cryptocurrency products to regional investors.” , said Hany Rashwan, CEO and co-founder of 21Shares. “Our partners Nasdaq Dubai and Dubai Financial Market share our vision to provide investors with access to new and exciting asset classes. 21Shares will support the Middle East’s ambitions to become a global crypto hub.”

Today’s news follows the recent appointment of Sherif El-Haddad as head of the Middle East in August this year. Commenting on the IPO, El-Haddad said: “Cryptocurrencies are becoming the asset of the future for investors and asset managers worldwide as global crypto adoption and investment levels continue to rise. The Middle East is a key accelerator of this growth. The United Arab Emirates and the wider Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a market of significant strategic importance to our business and we are excited about the opportunities this market opens up for us.”

The Middle East as a promising crypto center

The Middle East is a crypto hotspot. The 21Shares research team found that no other Arab country traded more cryptocurrencies in 2021 than the United Arab Emirates. In addition, the region has recently emerged as a key region for crypto companies and exchanges such as FTX, Kraken and Blockchain.com, especially after India’s decision to tax cryptocurrency profits at 30 percent. The Middle East’s high level of interest and crypto-friendliness speaks to the region as a prime market for expansion.

In September 2022, 21Shares announced the formation of its parent company 21.co and announced its $25 million funding round. This made the world’s leading crypto ETP provider Switzerland’s biggest crypto unicorn. So far, 21Shares products have been listed in Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria, Sweden and Australia. With the market entry into the Middle East, the company is now taking the next step on its global roadmap.

Around 21.co

21.co is a leading provider of products that provide easy access to the world of crypto. The subsidiary 21Shares is the world’s largest issuer of exchange-traded products (ETPs) based on crypto-assets. The ETPs will be hosted on Onyx, a proprietary technology platform used by both 21Shares and third-party partners to issue and operate cryptocurrency ETPs. Amun, a token provider facilitating access to the DeFi industry, is also part of 21.co. Founded in 2018 by Hany Rashwan and Ophelia Snyder, the company is based in Zug, Switzerland, with offices in Zurich and New York.

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