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Bitfinex Securities Launches as El Salvador’s First Licensed Digital Asset Service Provider

Bitfinex Securities has marked a significant milestone by becoming the first licensed digital asset service provider in El Salvador, aligning with the country’s innovative financial initiatives centered around Bitcoin. The securities token platform is now open to customer applications, with anticipation building for the introduction of numerous tokenized financial asset issuances expected to enter the market in the first half of the year.

Paolo Ardoino, CTO of Bitfinex Securities, expressed enthusiasm for the launch in El Salvador, highlighting the country’s distinctive position as a pioneer in adopting Bitcoin as legal tender and fostering a Bitcoin-centric economy. Ardoino believes this move will not only benefit Bitfinex but also position El Salvador to attract global investment through competitively priced securities offerings.

The optimism at Bitfinex is buoyed by the success of the U.S. spot Bitcoin ETF, and the company anticipates robust demand for similar regulated digital asset investment vehicles. Jesse Knutson, Head of Operations at Bitfinex Securities, pointed to the recent surge in institutional investor interest in Bitcoin-focused financial products as a positive indicator for their venture.

El Salvador has been in the cryptocurrency spotlight since 2021, following its groundbreaking decision to grant Bitcoin legal tender status. The country’s forward-looking approach also includes initiatives like the “Adopting El Salvador Freedom Visa” program, launched in collaboration with stablecoin issuer Tether in December. This program enables investors to apply for the Freedom Visa by investing $1 million in Bitcoin or USDT. El Salvador’s establishment of a digital asset regulatory framework sets the stage for fully operational Bitcoin-based financial markets, solidifying its position as a trailblazer in the digital currency landscape.

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