World’s leading crypto earning and lending platform to use funds to expand its offering and products, connecting traditional capital markets with those of the cryptocurrencies
Celsius Network, the leading global cryptocurrency earning and borrowing platform, announced a US $400 million investment led by WestCap, a growth equity firm, and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a global investment group. The transaction will reflect a valuation of more than US $3 billion for Celsius.
Celsius intends to use the proceeds from this investment to continue expanding its offering and products, as well as building bridges between the traditional finance and cryptocurrencies, with specific emphasis on launching institutional grade products and offerings. Part of the proceeds would also be used to double its team from 486 employees to nearly 1,000 and expand globally through strategic acquisitions in order to continue fueling the exponential growth that it has experienced over the past year.
Celsius recently reported that as of October 8, 2021, total assets crossed the $25 billion threshold – including more than 1 million customers registered with the platform – having paid more than $850 million in interest to users through its Earn product in just over three years.
“We are pleased by the response we received from many leading financial investors during this fundraise. The partnership with WestCap and CDPQ puts Celsius in a position to grow and further its mission to leverage blockchain technology to connect and decentralize the traditional finance,” said Alex Mashinsky, CEO of Celsius Network.
“WestCap and CDPQ believe Celsius is a world-class business in size and scope, and will continue to be the leader at the forefront of the industry in regard to innovation and regulatory acceptance,” said Laurence A. Tosi, Founder and Managing Partner at WestCap. “While the current regulatory attention is new, Alex Mashinsky and Celsius’ ethos has long echoed the sentiment regulators are trying to put forth in terms of consumer protections. Celsius is committed to working constructively with regulators to better understand the dynamic crypto space, protect retail customers from fraud and undue risk, and create general consumer knowledge to allow for thoughtful investment decisions.”
“Blockchain technology has the potential to disrupt several sectors of the traditional economy. As digital assets grow in adoption, we intend to capture the right opportunities, while working with our partners towards a regulated industry,” said Alexandre Synnett, Executive Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer at CDPQ. “Celsius is the world’s leading crypto lender with a strong management team that puts transparency and customer protection at the core of their operations. CDPQ and WestCap are eager to partner with them to share our expertise in the FinTech sector as they continue to expand their services.”
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