JUL 11, 2023
Matrixport Focuses on US Market With New Appointment
Matrixport, the Singapore-based cryptocurrency trading and lending platform, has announced a new appointment to lead its operations in the United States.
US institutional-focused business
That’s according to a recent report published by The Block. Mo Zhou, previously the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Matrixport in the US, will now take charge of the company’s institutional-focused business lines in the country. This move comes as Anthony DeMartino, the former US CEO, steps down from his role and assumes an advisory position within the company.
Anthony DeMartino, a seasoned trading veteran, joined Matrixport approximately a year ago from Coinbase, where he led Coinbase Risk Strategies. Prior to that, he held senior trading positions at prominent financial institutions such as UBS, Barclays, and HSBC, culminating in his role as the Head of LATAM Rates Trading at HSBC.
When DeMartino was hired, Matrixport highlighted its international growth plans in the US, expressing its commitment to expanding its presence despite regulatory challenges faced by crypto businesses in the country.
The recent announcement reaffirms that Matrixport’s plans for growth in the US remain intact. Ross Gan, Head of Public Relations and Brand for Matrixport, stated that Anthony DeMartino has transitioned to an advisory role while Mo Zhou, the newly appointed COO, will oversee the day-to-day operations in the United States.
Prominent Asian crypto business
Mo Zhou brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having worked in derivatives and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for ten years. He is a Harvard-trained lawyer and is well-equipped to lead Matrixport’s institutional-focused business lines in the US.
As one of the larger cryptocurrency businesses in Asia, Matrixport boasts a global workforce of over 290 employees. The company’s impressive figures include more than $700 million in outstanding loans and a monthly trading volume of $5 billion, as stated on its website.
Bullish price prediction
Matrixport has garnered some attention for its Bitcoin price predictions over recent weeks. Last month, the company pointed out that its Bitcoin Greed & Fear Index had surged towards the greedier end of the spectrum. At the time, the Bitcoin price stood at $31,200. The firm predicted a cooling over the shorter term in that price action. At the time of publication, the Bitcoin unit price stands at $30,300, having dipped below the $30,000 mark on a number of occasions.
Last week, Matrixport’s Head of Research and Strategy, Markus Thielen, suggested that Bitcoin is heading towards a unit price of $125,000 by the end of 2024. Thielen maintained that Bitcoin recording a one year high unit price on June 22 signified the end of the bear market, and the start of a bull market. Thielen and Matrixport find themselves in good company as on Monday, international financial services firm Standard Chartered predicted a Bitcoin unit price of $50,000 by year end and a price of $120,000 by the end of 2024.
Matrixport’s appointment of Mo Zhou reflects its ongoing commitment to expanding its operations and solidifying its presence in the United States. With Zhou at the helm of the company’s US business, the company is positioning itself to navigate the evolving cryptocurrency landscape and continue its growth trajectory in this developing market.