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Bitfinex

Bitfinex

Bitfinex is one of the oldest and one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the industry, with a reputation for providing advanced trading features and high liquidity

Introduction

Bitfinex is one of the oldest and largest cryptocurrency exchanges  in the industry, with a reputation for providing advanced trading features and high liquidity

Company Stats

Foundation date 2012
Headquarter  Hong Kong
CEO Jean-Louis van der Velde
Trading volume  $245 million

Technology

Bitfinex offers a wide range of cryptocurrency trading products and options, including spot trading, margin accounts, derivatives, and paper trading. One of the most notable features of Bitfinex is its low fees. Most trades on the platform cost just 0.20% or less, making it affordable for traders of all experience levels. Additionally, high-volume traders with over $500,000 in monthly activity may qualify for lower fees.

Bitfinex offers support for over 170 cryptocurrencies on its active trading platform, including popular currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Terra, Tether, Solana, Litecoin, and Ripple. Experienced traders will appreciate the platform's advanced features and options. For those who are new to active trading, there is a mobile app available that offers a more simplified trading experience. Bitfinex also offers a free paper trading account that allows users to test their strategies with play money before investing real funds.

Bitfinex's active trading platform includes standard features like advanced charting tools, an order depth chart and order book view, and quick access to buy and sell supported currencies. Additional options and features include automated algorithmic trading, a robust API for developers, historical pricing data through Bitfinex Terminal, margin trading, and derivatives trading.

Bitfinex enforces two-factor authentication, advanced APIs for connecting third-party services, withdrawal protection features, and cold storage of customer assets.  For anti-money laundering and Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements, Bitfinex requires personal contact information and two valid forms of government-issued identification to open and fully verify your account. Users must also share a selfie to confirm their identity matches their ID.

Management Team 

Bitfinex was established in 2012 by Raphael Nicolle and Giancarlo Devasini. Nicolle, one of the co-founders, started his career as an IT technician and later worked as a system administrator at Gutenberg Networks. After gaining knowledge and experience in the Bitcoin ecosystem, he began developing Bitfinex, building upon the Bitcoinica trading platform code.

Devasini, the serving CFO of Bitfinex, has a diverse educational background. He graduated from Milan University as a Doctor of Medicine, but his interest in technology and computer hardware led him to found Point-G Srl and Solo SpA. 

Jean-Louis van der Velde is currently a CEO of Bitfinex. Jean-Louis is a technologist and serial entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in high-tech and finance. He has co-founded multiple IT companies and has occupied senior management positions in private and public corporations.

Investments 

Bitfinex has successfully raised one round of funding through an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on May 13, 2019. The company is currently backed by two investors, namely Arrington XRP Capital and IOSG Ventures, both of whom have provided their support recently.

Bitfinex has made nine investments thus far, with the latest one on Nov 24, 2022, when Onomy Protocol was able to secure $10M in funding. In addition to that, the company has also invested in Netki, a Seed Round investment worth $10M that took place on the same day.

Social Media 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/bitfinex