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Voyager to Launch Institutional Crypto Brokerage, Names Barber Chief Institutional Officer

Traders Magazine Online News, September 13, 2018

John D'Antona Jr.

There's about to be a new crypto-brokerage in town. And it's designed specifically for theinstitutional trader.

CryptoTrading Technologies is a subsidiary of Voyager Digital Holdings Inc., a new and licensed crypto-asset broker that provides investors with a turnkey solution to trade crypto-assets, today announced that Glenn Barber has joined as Chief Institutional Officer of Voyager Institutional.  Voyager Institutional is a newly formed business line that will focus solely on delivering its best-in-class crypto trading solution to traditional buy-side firms, hedge funds, brokerages and market makers, among other professional investors. In his role, Barber is charged with cultivating relationships, driving broader awareness of the brand, and activating new accounts throughout the institutional community. The institutional rollout is expected to commence late in Q4 2018.

Steve Ehrlich

The timing of Barber’s hiring and the establishment of Voyager Institutional stems in part from the immediate and increasing institutional demand that Voyager has experienced since it announced plans this summer to launch its first offering later this year – a commission-free mobile trading application for retail investors that delivers best execution via smart order routing technology.   

“Expanding our offering and leveraging our infrastructure to include the institutional community was always a part of our long-term strategic roadmap," began Stephen Ehrlich, CEO of Voyager, in an conversation with Traders Magazine. "Based on the sheer number of conversations since we announced our retail offering, it’s clear that there is a void in the marketplace and an immediate desire by institutions to participate in and offer their clients access to this emerging asset class without the significant resources, costs and time that would be required to develop an in-house solution.” Ehrlich noted that institutional investors would be able to connect to the Voyager infrastructure by writing directly to its APIs, thereby enabling them to offer crypto trading to their clients while maintaining their existing user interfaces.      

“Glenn’s capital markets acumen and deep industry relationships are exactly what we need to create optimal solutions for this critical universe of investors," Ehrlich added. "He is an accomplished relationship manager and business-builder who has a proven track record of harnessing technology to improve the client experience and bottom line.”  

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