Cryptocurrency alternate Mercado Bitcoin has raised US$200 million from Japanese enterprise conglomerate Softbank, turning into the primary crypto unicorn in Brazil.
A subsidiary of 2TM Group, Mercado processed cryptocurrencies value as much as US$5 billion within the first 5 months of this 12 months alone, as its prospects’ quantity soared by 700,000 throughout the interval.
The proceeds of the deal, says Mercado, can be used to scale up operations and develop choices by digging deeper into blockchain know-how. It can be planning to rent 200 new workers by the tip of this 12 months.
“The collection B spherical will afford us to proceed investing in our infrastructure, enabling us to scale up and meet the hovering demand for the blockchain-based monetary market,” stated Roberto Dagnoni, Executive Chairman & CEO of 2TM Group.
Partly because of the risky Forex market and the COVID-19 pandemic, Latin American international locations are more and more embracing cryptocurrencies. As a outcome, crypto exchanges are rising in quantity all through the area. El Salvador not too long ago went a step additional, adopting bitcoin as a authorized tender.
Mercado’s guardian firm 2TM Group appears to have higher experience in digital currencies. It was the primary on this planet to tokenize public debt property. Last 12 months, it issued its personal cryptocurrency referred to as Futecoin. Now, the corporate is about to launch Bitrust, the primary digital custodian in Latin America.
“Cryptocurrencies have unbelievable potential in Latin America. We consider profitable in Brazil is vital for 2TM Group,” stated Marcelo Claure, COO of SoftBank Group.