- Bullish pushed back its termination date to go public to December 31
- Investors including Block.one, Peter Thiel and Alan Howard together injected $10 billion in funding the exchange last year
Peter Thiel-backed cryptocurrency exchange Bullish is yet another firm dealing with pressure stemming from the crypto market liquidity drought.
The Gibraltar-registered company has laid off more than 30 employees, The Block reported on Tuesday, citing a source familiar with the matter. It employs more than 395 staff, according to its website, meaning that the layoffs represent a 7% cut to its workforce.
A company spokesperson confirmed the job cuts according to the report, adding that Bullish is still hiring for product, engineering and other strategic roles.
The downturn in cryptocurrency markets has led to a series of firms cutting back on expenses or letting go of employees, including Coinbase, BlockFi, Crypto.com, Vauld, Gemini and Ignite. Some commentators expect market volatility and ensuing financial challenges to continue for the foreseeable future.
“I think there probably is some meaningful pain in the short term,” Noah Hamman, CEO of AdvisorShares, told Blockworks in an interview. “We think it will work itself out, but some companies won’t make it through. But then we feel it’s almost like a refresh… a little bit cleansing,” he added.
Bullish, a unit of blockchain software firm Block.one, has offices in Hong Kong, New York, Washington DC, Virginia, Singapore, Gibraltar and the Cayman Islands.
The exchange, launched in 2021 with $10 billion in funding, originally aimed to serve only institutional investors. But it later expanded services including automated market making, lending and portfolio management to retail users. Among its backers are Peter Thiel’s Thiel Capital and Founders Fund, British hedge fund manager Alan Howard, Galaxy Digital and Japanese investment bank Nomura.
In July last year, Bullish said it planned to go public via a merger with Far Peak Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). That deal hasn’t closed yet, and the termination date was recently extended to December 31, 2022. Bullish said it paid Far Peak an extension fee of $2.5 million and expects the deal to close in the third quarter this year.
If the deal goes through as intended, Bullish will become a publicly-listed company and trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
Bullish didn’t immediately return Blockworks’ request for comment.
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