London Stock Exchange Sets May 28 for Crypto ETN Trading Commencement

London Stock Exchange Sets May 28 for Crypto ETN Trading Commencement

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The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has designated May 28 as the start date for trading in Crypto Exchange-Traded Notes (ETNs). Only professional investors will have authorization to engage in trading activities related to these ETNs. ETN issuers have until April 15 to submit their plans, ensuring eligibility for trading commencement in May.

The LSE decided to commence trading on May 28 after careful consideration. It allows sufficient time for ETN issuers to meet the requirements outlined in the Crypto ETN factsheet. Additionally, it provides issuers planning to admit securities on the launch date ample time to prepare documentation, including the approval of a base prospectus by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), as stated in a market notice released by the LSE on Monday.

One of the requirements specified in the Crypto ETN factsheet is that Crypto ETNs admitted to trading on the LSE are solely appropriate for professional investors and are available under trading segments designated exclusively for “Professional investors only.”

ETNs function as debt securities that track an underlying asset. Consequently, Crypto ETNs will enable investors to trade securities reflecting the performance of crypto assets on the exchange.

While similar-styled Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) launched in the U.S. in January have amassed $54 billion in assets under management, UK investors currently need access to these offerings. Notably, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently stated that it would not impede plans from Recognized Investment Exchanges (RIEs) like the LSE to list crypto ETNs.

To qualify for trading, ETN issuers must meet the deadline of April 15, as outlined in the LSE notice, and gain approval by May 22.

The impending availability of crypto exchange-traded notes has been viewed positively by industry leaders in the UK. Coinbase UK CEO Daniel Seifert and Kraken UK Managing Director Bivu Das expressed optimism about the potential benefits of offering Bitcoin ETFs in the UK, emphasizing the importance of consumer choice.

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