The UK-based digital asset investment firm CoinShares obtained the exclusive option to buy certain assets from the alternative asset management firm Valkyrie Investments.
CoinShares has the right to buy Valkyrie Funds, an investment advisory business focusing on crypto exchange-traded funds (ETFs), as well Valkyrie Investments's rights regarding the Valkyrie Bitcoin Fund and unlaunched ETFs, according to a release from CoinShares Group. CoinShares has until March 31, 2024 to buy Valkyrie Funds from Valkyrie Investments.
"The option to acquire Valkyrie is accelerating our expansion into the U.S. market and the deployment of our digital asset management expertise globally," said CoinShares CEO Jean-Marie Mognetti in a statement.
Brand licensing moving forward
Valkyrie Funds submitted an S-1 filing for the Valkyrie Bitcoin Fund, a spot bitcoin ETF, with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 21.
"As part of the acquisition option deal, the two companies have finalized a brand licensing agreement," according to the release. "Throughout the option period, Valkyrie Investments is granted a limited, revocable global license to use the 'CoinShares' name for its S-1 filings with the SEC. Should the SEC approve the Valkyrie Bitcoin Fund, Valkyrie Investments plans to incorporate the CoinShares name, signifying CoinShares' first venture into offering a mainstream crypto passive product in the U.S. market."
Valkyrie Funds already offers a Bitcoin Strategy ETF and a Bitcoin Miners ETF, The Block previously reported.
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