May 11, 2018

Announcing the launch of ETH/USD Futures


UK TRADING PLATFORM CRYPTO FACILITIES LAUNCHES ETHEREUM FUTURES ETH futures contract to bring greater efficiency and liquidity to crypto markets

LONDON, 11th May 2018 – Crypto Facilities, a world-leading cryptocurrency trading platform, today announced the launch of futures for Ethereum. The new derivatives contract will start trading at 4pm UK time today.

The first Ethereum futures to be offered by a regulated firm, the products will enable market participants to take a long or short position in the cryptocurrency, allowing them to broaden investment opportunities and manage risks more effectively.

The new contract expands Crypto Facilities’ derivatives offering which currently includes Bitcoin and Ripple futures. Crypto Facilities is a world-leading cryptocurrency trading platform for professionals, offering individuals and institutions regulated, transparent and secure trading 24/7/365. The firm provides CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives exchange, with the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate that powers CME Group’s Bitcoin futures.

Timo Schlaefer, CEO of Crypto Facilities, said: “Ether is the second most liquid cryptocurrency after Bitcoin, trading in the billions of dollars daily, and we are excited to be launching ETH futures. The Ethereum network is the pre-eminent blockchain for smart contracts, and we believe this new trading instrument will attract more investors and bring greater liquidity to the marketplace.”

Toby Allen, Head of Digital Assets at Akuna Capital, said: “Akuna is excited to be a liquidity provider for the Crypto Facilities ETH futures product and is looking forward to seeing this much-needed product fill a gap in the market. The addition of a futures product enables crypto traders to take both long and short positions in ETH and is another giant leap in the development of the crypto asset class.”

Max Boonen, Founder of B2C2, said: “We welcome the launch of Ethereum futures by Crypto Facilities, a natural next step for the digital asset. The continuing evolution and commoditization we’re seeing in Ethereum will further increase liquidity in the marketplace, enabling participants to exchange assets seamlessly and unlock value. We look forward to providing liquidity for this new product.”

About Crypto Facilities
Crypto Facilities is a world-leading cryptocurrency trading platform for professionals, offering individuals and institutions regulated, transparent and secure trading 24/7/365. The firm is also a leading index provider, calculating and administering the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR) and Real Time Index powering the CME Group’s Bitcoin Futures. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in London, Crypto Facilities is authorized and regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority. For more information, please visit

About Akuna Capital
Akuna Capital is a global derivatives trading firm, specializing in market making options and futures across a wide range of asset classes. Akuna is an active participant in the CME and CFE listed Bitcoin futures, as well as operating a flourishing OTC crypto futures and options business.

About B2C2
B2C2 is a leading cryptocurrency market maker. Bridging the gap between traditional financial and cryptocurrency markets, the company is trusted by clients globally for its ability to provide seamless execution in the major cryptocurrencies and fiat currency pairs.

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Crypto Facilities is a group of companies which is in turn a member of the Payward, Inc. group of companies. Payward, Inc. is the owner and operator of the Kraken Exchange, a venue that facilitates the trading of cryptocurrencies.

Crypto Facilities Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 757895) and registered in England with registered number 9172128 and registered office at 6th Floor, One London Wall, London, United Kingdom, EC2Y 5EB.