Coinbase to Sell Stock on Private Market Ahead of IPO: Reports

  • Ahead of its upcoming IPO, Coinbase has said it’s holding a secondary market for private stock on the Nasdaq, according to reports.
  • Current and former employees, among other shareholders, would be able to sell shares.
  • In December, the company filed for an IPO, whose date has yet to be set.

Coinbase will hold a secondary market for its private stock on the Nasdaq, according to reports.

The exchange informed shareholders that they would receive further details about the sale on Monday,  The Block reported today. Secondary markets typically allow employees, former employees and others who hold stock in a private company to sell some portion of their vested shares in advance of a public offering.

Coinbase, the largest crypto exchange in the US, in December filed a registration for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). A date for the offering has yet to be set.

The company has embraced regulation and tried its best to get in the good books of lawmakers: most privacy coins (sometimes associated with crime) are unavailable on the platform and it has a strict Know Your Customer (KYC) policy.

In December 2020, crypto market analysis firm Messari valued the exchange at $28 billion.

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