Genesis Executes the First Block Trade of CME’s Newly Launched ETH Options Product with Cumberland DRW
Successful execution affirms Genesis’ support of CME’s latest addition to its suite of crypto derivative products and Genesis’ position as leading provider to institutional clients
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– An affiliate of Genesis, a digital asset industry pioneer and leader in digital currency trading, today announced that it has executed its first ever block trade of CME’s newly listed large ETH options contract with Cumberland DRW, a specialized cryptoasset trading company within DRW and one of the world’s leading liquidity providers in cryptoassets.
This new ETH options product has now been made available by the CME Group for cryptocurrency market participants to trade for the first time. Genesis’ execution of this trade reflects how its world class digital currency trading services continue to be at the forefront of innovative trading strategies, facilitating transactions in the newest derivatives products for its institutional clients.
“Genesis is proud to execute the first block trade in CME’s new ETH options product. ETH’s dominance in the crypto ecosystem and the highly anticipated Ethereum Merge have increased demand across our institutional client base to hedge their risk and manage spot Ether price exposure on a regulated venue,” said Josh Barkhordar, Head of US Sales, Genesis.
“Cumberland is excited to participate alongside Genesis in the execution of the first full-size ETH Option trade on the CME,” said Rob Strebel, Head of Relationship Management for DRW. “Both of our firms have a long legacy in crypto and share a dedication to advancing the overall ecosystem. Today’s first trade is a big step forward in that endeavor, and we anticipate strong demand for this new contract, both from our native and TradFi counterparties, as ETH approaches its transition to POS.”
Genesis is a full-service digital currency trading provider, offering a single point of access for select qualified individuals and global institutional investors. Genesis combines unrivaled operational excellence, a seamless user experience, and best-in-class client service to provide the full suite of services global investors require to manage their digital asset portfolios.
The firm offers sophisticated market participants a fully-integrated platform to trade, borrow, lend, and custody digital assets, creating new opportunities for yield while increasing capital efficiency for counterparties.
Genesis is a wholly owned subsidiary of Digital Currency Group (DCG), one of the largest private investors in blockchain and digital asset companies.