Harbor acquired by BitGo to include securities capability

BitGo, a provider of blockchain financial services, announced today that it is acquiring Harbor, a platform for digital securities, and its broker-dealer and transfer agent subsidiaries. The acquisition extends BitGo’s capabilities to address a wider class of digital assets for institutional investors and provides a foundation for a full-stack digital assets solution.

“Our vision has always been bigger than wallets and custody and acquiring Harbor furthers BitGo’s vision of building a new digital infrastructure for financial services. We believe participants will ultimately need trusted, full-stack solutions for digital currencies and now BitGo is well-positioned to address institutional requirements as the market develops.”
– Mike Belshe, CEO, BitGo

Harbor was formed in 2017 with the goal of becoming the one-stop-shop platform for security token issuers and received investments from leading venture capital firms including Andreessen Horowitz, Craft Ventures, Fifth Wall, Valor Equity Partners, and VY Capital.

“BitGo has been an important partner since Harbor inception. We’ve worked closely together to integrate BitGo Business Wallets and BitGo Custody into Harbor’s services. Harbor provides BitGo with a complementary technology stack for the lifecycle of digital securities, as well as important service capabilities through our digital assets broker-dealer and transfer agent subsidiaries.”
– Josh Stein, CEO, Harbor

BitGo provides institutional clients with security, custody, and liquidity solutions for digital assets. The acquisition of Harbor follows BitGo’s acquisition of Hedge, a leader in the scalable, programmatic deployment of staking infrastructure, which formed the foundation of BitGo Staking.

In November 2019, Harbor became a registered transfer agent with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), becoming the first blockchain company to be both a FINRA-registered broker-dealer and an SEC-registered transfer agent for digital assets.

“BitGo and Harbor have worked together on their shared commitment to build the digital asset infrastructure that traditional institutional investors need. The digital assets market needs trusted solutions and services which makes this acquisition both a perfect fit and a natural next step.”
– Brad Greiwe, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Fifth Wall

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