Bivu Das joins Kraken as UK Managing Director « Kraken Weblog


We’re happy to announce the appointment of Bivu Das as our new UK Managing Director. Bivu brings practically 20 years of economic enterprise and fintech technique improvement expertise to Kraken. His arrival coincides with the UK making necessary strides to change into a globally recognised crypto hub.

Bivu will oversee our intensive community of regulatory, political and business relationships as we proceed to scale our nationwide footprint. We’re dedicated to the UK market and accelerating crypto adoption amongst shoppers, professional merchants and institutional purchasers.

“Kraken has lengthy advocated for the potential cryptoassets have to remodel how on a regular basis folks work together with monetary providers,” stated Bivu Das. “There are thousands and thousands of individuals within the UK, in addition to globally, which might be underserved by the present monetary system. Kraken’s mission of accelerating crypto adoption, paired with an distinctive product providing, imply we will proceed to exhibit crypto’s disruptive potential. I’m proud to drive our UK operation ahead and in the direction of this subsequent necessary section of Kraken’s journey.”

Previous to Kraken, Bivu co-founded a crypto startup that gives an accessible fee gateway for on-ramping and off-ramping with the digital asset ecosystem. He additionally led efforts by the well-liked neobank, Starling Financial institution, to navigate a hyper-growth stage of its operational improvement. Bivu began his profession in monetary providers and know-how consultancy, working with Massive 4 skilled providers companies and UK conventional banking establishments, similar to  Barclays, KPMG and Deloitte.

Kraken’s UK roots run deep: 

  • Kraken has over 275 workforce members positioned within the UK, together with a considerable UK consumer base. 
  • Kraken holds a number of registrations and authorisations to serve UK purchasers, together with:
    • An FCA registered cryptoasset change supplier and custodian pockets supplier 
    • An FCA authorised funding agency working a crypto derivatives MTF (Crypto Amenities) 
    • An FCA authorised benchmark administrator (CF Benchmarks) 
  • Kraken is a market chief in GBP spot buying and selling, with current estimates indicating that Kraken’s share of GBP buying and selling quantity is round 50%.
  • Kraken is the Official Crypto and Web3 Companion of Williams Racing. By way of this partnership we have now:
    • Hosted a Fan Zone expertise within the coronary heart of London that enabled over 20,000 followers to deepen their reference to the System 1 workforce.
    • Organised a one-of-a-kind competitors for 20 Williams Racing followers to showcase their NFTs on the again of the workforce racecar.  
  • Kraken lately ranked 18th in Newsweek’s Prime 100 UK Most Liked Workplaces listing, which highlights the crypto platform’s distinctive employer model providing.
  • Just lately, Kraken launched its first model advertising marketing campaign within the UK and U.S. Entitled See What Crypto Can Be, the marketing campaign showcases crypto’s potential to remodel lives and revolutionise finance. Between October and December 2023, Kraken will characteristic model promoting throughout well-liked London places and its first-ever video commercial.

Bivu’s appointment coincides with the UK reaching a vital juncture in its ambition to change into a world crypto hub. With the current implementation of a monetary promotions framework for crypto and a broader legislative and regulatory framework properly underway, the UK is now offering the regulatory readability wanted to capitalise on the alternatives of this asset class. Kraken will proceed to help the UK’s regulatory authorities as they develop a aggressive regulatory regime that allows innovation within the sector whereas defending shoppers from hurt.   

“There’s a possibility for companies dedicated to the UK to proceed to interact with regulators because the UK’s framework for cryptoassets takes form,” Das continued. “Higher training and appreciation of the function crypto can play within the monetary system of the long run will probably be crucial for the business to succeed in its mainstream potential.”

Bivu lately joined Kraken’s UK operation and can succeed Blair Halliday, who will probably be departing the enterprise shortly, as Kraken’s UK Managing Director.

Monitoring crypto adoption within the UK: 

  • 78% of UK adults have heard about crypto property, up from 73% in 2020 (in line with FCA analysis). 
  • 91% of UK shoppers that maintain financial savings or investments have heard of cryptocurrencies. 
  • Round 18% of UK residents have expertise investing in cryptocurrencies in line with the FSCS (2023).
  • The UK has the third largest crypto economic system globally when it comes to uncooked nominal quantity, at an estimated worth of $252.1 billion transacted prior to now 12 months.  
  • Evaluation by PwC discovered that blockchain know-how might increase the UK’s GDP by £57 billion by 2030.

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