Crypto markets still have an 'opacity' problem says CoinShares CEO

Episode 75 of Season 4 of The Scoop was recorded remotely with The Block's Frank Chaparro and CoinShares Co-Founder and CEO Jean-Marie Mognetti.

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CoinShares — a London-based crypto firm whose operations include asset management, venture capital, and proprietary trading — had exposure to Terra's "algorithmic" stablecoin UST, the collapse of which resulted in a loss of $21 million for the firm's trading unit of the business.

In this episode of The Scoop, CoinShares CEO Jean-Marie Mognetti provides an inside look at how CoinShares navigated Terra's collapse, and why crypto's "private company environment" leads to marketplace uncertainty.

According to Mognetti, a lack of standardized disclosure requirements for crypto firms makes it difficult to verify balance sheet details.

"The opacity despite all the progress we're doing is quite intense, so you don't have as much information as you want."

While Mognetti points to Voyager Digital as an example of a crypto company that has fully disclosed the state of its book, he acknowledges this is likely due to Voyager's status as a publicly traded company — for private companies, the disclosure requirements aren't nearly as robust and largely vary by jurisdiction.

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This leads to uncertainty, Mognetti argued.

"Even if they tell you they're good, you don't know what they have in the book and against whom they are exposed."

During this episode, Chaparro and Mognetti also discuss:

  • Changes in institutional flow
  • Changes in the crypto lending landscape
  • The equilibrium between trading, compliance, and risk

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About Author

Davis Quinton covers topics ranging from digital assets to financial markets as a Podcast Editorial Fellow at The Block. When the global pandemic disrupted his progression through law school in 2020, Davis discovered the digital asset space for the first time. Davis started at The Block in early 2022 and works closely with leaders across divisions to produce content for The Block’s flagship podcast, The Scoop. He previously held positions at Wells Fargo and Finsbury Glover Hering. He holds a degree in Social Research & Public Policy from New York University in Abu Dhabi.