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Crypto exchange Gemini has revealed its strategic decision to set sail from the stormy seas of US regulation to the promising shores of Dublin, Ireland, establishing its European base.

The Winklevoss twins, founders of the exchange, view this move as a tactical response to the shifting currents of regulatory oversight and a leveraged opportunity to tap into Ireland’s vast reservoir of tech talent and robust regulatory framework.

Gemini’s choice of Dublin for its European headquarters comes when regulatory pressure is mounting in the US, prompting an exodus of crypto firms seeking shelter in more favorable environments overseas. 

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Source: Leo Varadkar on Twitter

The company’s decision reflects a strategic recognition of Ireland’s strong regulatory system, deep talent pool, and thriving tech sector.

On May 25, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss affirmed their decision to expand their company’s operations throughout Europe from their new Irish base. 

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Source: Cameron Winklevoss on Twitter

While the US grapples with crypto regulation inconsistency and legal tangles – as reflected in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recent allegations against Gemini of unregistered securities sales – Cameron Winklevoss acknowledged the complexities, emphasizing the need for a harmonious balance between innovation and regulation.

A leap of faith or a calculated move?

Despite the Irish Central Bank Chief’s call for a ban on crypto advertising earlier this year and a slight dip in cryptocurrency adoption among Irish adults, Ireland’s appeal as a crypto-friendly nation remains strong. 

Notable crypto players like Binance and Kraken have already laid their foundations in Ireland alongside many fintech startups.

Leo Varadkar remarked on Gemini’s move, indicating the significance of the decision as his government prioritizes innovation as a growth driver. 

Interestingly, Gemini already has a foothold in Dublin, with an office staffed by 12 employees and a virtual asset service provider license under its belt, granted by the Central Bank of Ireland in July 2022.

The bigger picture

In the broader context, Gemini’s expansion is not confined to Europe. In April, the firm announced plans to establish an engineering hub in India, hoping to tap into the burgeoning tech talent pool. 

The recent adoption of the new Markets in Crypto-Assets regulations (MiCA) in the European Union has further paved the way for Gemini to expand its workforce and solidify its European presence.

Cameron Winklevoss anticipates a tremendous boost in the crypto industry following the rollout of MiCA, heralding a “Cambrian explosion of innovation.” This indicates the company’s commitment to diversifying its global presence and harnessing its crucial talent pools.

While Gemini continues to retain its New York offices under the Gemini Trust Company, LLC, establishing its European base in Dublin underlines a strategic approach toward navigating the turbulent regulatory landscape and ensuring resilience in its global operations.

Gemini’s new Irish base embodies its aspiration to continue providing seamless services to its European clientele while deftly maneuvering the global crypto regulatory landscape.

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