Since launch in May 2018, LMAX Digital has seen strong trading volumes, completing four million trades over the full year. The volatility over the last few days has seen LMAX Digital hit new highs of over $400m in daily volumes, with May set to surpass April (monthly volumes of $2.2 billion) as the best month for the exchange. The crypto exchange, part of the LMAX Exchange Group, is also celebrating its one-year anniversary as the first physical cryptocurrency exchange dedicated exclusively to serving institutional clients.
LMAX Digital, which was created on the back of client demand, currently serves 175 institutional clients around the world. A response which clearly demonstrates desire among institutional market participants for robust, efficient and trusted platforms on which to trade digital currencies.
David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange, said “LMAX Digital was conceived as a way of adding legitimacy to the nascent crypto currency industry and helping establish a more effective market structure for the long term.”
“We have successfully created a unique platform for institutional investors to trade and hold crypto currencies securely, with high quality, deep liquidity from a trusted Exchange operator.”
Key achievements during LMAX Digital’s first year include:
- Fastest growing exchange within the LMAX Exchange Group, breaking even within five months of launch
- Recently granted a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) licence by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, meaning LMAX Digital is authorised to store and transmit value using distributed ledger technology. LMAX Digital is licensed to operate a secondary market and provide custodial services
- Continued investment in best in class technology – LMAX Digital recently reduced execution latency to 180μs from 350μs ensuring clients benefit from the most precise price discovery in the market
- LMAX Digital now offers 12 crypto currency pairs to institutional clients
David Mercer continued: “We believe this is only the start of something much bigger. Exchanges like LMAX Digital are playing a crucial role in bringing the major cryptocurrencies into wider circulation, helping them to become part of mainstream capital markets. Ultimately, whether it’s Bitcoin or a separate digital asset that one day reigns supreme, we believe that blockchain technology will fundamentally revolutionise capital markets particularly in the realm of settlement, payments and reconciliation. Those key back office developments require an efficient digital value transfer, hence the need for a credible crypto currency market.”
Jenna Wright, Head of LMAX Digital, said: “Cryptocurrencies are becoming more and more accepted and LMAX Digital has seen a huge increase in demand for digital currencies from institutional investors. They trust our platform as a safe and credible way to trade this type of currency.”
Only the most liquid and established cryptocurrencies are offered through LMAX Digital: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash. Trading is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and governed by the same rules and principles as LMAX Exchange’s FCA regulated MTF (Multilateral Trading Facility). This ensures the exchange operates with best-of-breed security, compliance, KYC and anti-money laundering policies and procedures, and market participants are treated equally regardless of status, size or activity levels.
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