Crypto prime broker OVEX raises $4 million from Alameda Research

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  • South African crypto prime broker OVEX has raised $4 million from Alameda Research.
  • OVEX is looking to raise a further $14 million in the near future, CEO Jonathan Ovadia told The Block.

South African crypto prime broker OVEX has raised $4 million from Alameda Research in a strategic funding round.

Sharing the news exclusively with The Block on Wednesday, OVEX said it is looking to expand internationally with fresh capital at hand. OVEX has identified five markets for expansion: the U.K., the U.A.E, Canada, Kenya, and Nigeria.

OVEX CEO Jonathan Ovadia told The Block that these markets are "underserved" while still having "significant" cryptocurrency volumes.

Specifically, in Dubai, OVEX is setting up a proprietary trading desk, said Ovadia. "The rest of the markets will likely be operated from inside South Africa," he said.

To that end, OVEX is looking to grow its current team of 15 people to more than 35 by July, said Ovadia. OVEX is specifically looking to add people to its engineering and customer success teams.

Founded in 2017, OVEX primarily serves high-net-worth individuals and institutional clients. It also has some retail-oriented products, such as crypto trading services and interest-bearing crypto accounts.