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#CryptoCorner: Gemini Expands to Australia, Derebit Launching Bulk-Derivatives Trading, South Korean #Blockchain Firm Blocko Raises 9 Billion Won in Series B Round and Swiss Private Bank Sees a Flood of Interest from Blockchain Community

#CryptoCorner:  Gemini Expands to Australia, Derebit Launching Bulk-Derivatives Trading, South Korean #Blockchain Firm Blocko Raises 9 Billion Won in Series B Round and Swiss Private Bank Sees a Flood of Interest from Blockchain Community

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Crypto exchange Gemini is expanding to Australia, according to a blog post by company Co-founder and CEO Tyler Winklevoss. Austrlians can now download the Gemini Mobile App to buy, sell and trade Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and Zcash (ZEC). An excerpt from the blog post reads:

Australia is currently ranked 12th globally for bitcoin trading volume and we are optimistic that Gemini will help encourage broader adoption for crypto in Australia. Today, Gemini is available in a total of 49 U.S. states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

BNN Bloomberg reports that Derebit, a crypto options and futures exchange, has partnered with institutional messaging service Paradigm to launch bulk-derivatives trading. Derebit, which is based in Amsterdam, trades in Bitcoin and Ethereum futures and options. According to the report:

Deribit has set a minimum size for its block trades at 40 Bitcoin and 800 Ether, or approximately $400,000 and $150,000, for options contracts tied to those digital currencies, according to Deribit Chief Executive Officer John Jansen. Ten of the largest crypto trading firms have signed up to the service.

South Korean blockchain firm Blocko has raised 9 billion won in a Series B funding round, according to an announcement today. CoinDesk reports that this recent funding round brings the firm’s total to around $20 million USD. Blocko is working to develop business-focussed blockchain services. The firm told CoinDesk in May that it had introduced a platform called Argo Enterprise aimed at “growing need for data sharing between industries and companies in areas such as identity verification, document management, and the Internet of Things”. In the recent press release Blocko CEO Kim Won-beom said:

“We will transfer existing deployment cases to the Argo Enterprise base and discover new business models to solidify our foundation as a general-purpose platform. I'm preparing.”

Swiss Info reports that Swiss bank Maerki Baumann is embracing blockchain to overcome challenges presented by traditional banking models. Once the Zurich-based private bank made it known that it was interested in crypto, it saw a flood of interest from new clients, according to CEO Stephan Zwahlen.

“We suddenly had 400 people wanting to talk with us. And they were exactly the kind people we had been struggling to access for 10 years with traditional private banking offerings. We found that they were typically between 30 to 40 years old, very well educated and with an entrepreneurial mindset.”

Sam Mowers, Investorideas

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