Estonian crypto trading platform Gleec BTC Exchange has announced the acquisition of Blocktane, a Brazilian digital exchange, as it makes strategic plans to deepen its momentum in the Latin American market. According to a press release shared with Coinspeaker, the acquisition of Blocktane by the Gleec BTC Exchange involves the company’s legal entity, brand name and online domains.
The agreement also foresees the maintenance of the management of the commercial platform, but under the leadership of Gleec to give life to the parent company’s ideologies in Brazil and abroad. The Blocktane platform was founded in 2020 as a direct and easy way for users to purchase cryptocurrencies in a regulated manner.
Although the platform has temporarily closed operations, it has grown to become one of the trusted places to trade cryptocurrencies, amassing a good market share that Gleec hopes to take advantage of. In addition to the key aspects of Blocktane’s operations that will now be under Gleec’s control, the new acquisition company will also directly handle the company’s native BKT token, as well as its treasury stock.
“We are pleased to partner with Gleec to bring their tools and products to Blocktane users in Brazil and their first entry into this national market,” said John Willock, former CEO of Blocktane.
Gleec bought Blocktane to keep up with the Brazilian crypto trend
Gleec has a major expansionist drive to enter new jurisdictions with a tendency toward cryptocurrency adoption. The impetus for exchange in Brazil was born out of the country’s latest disposition towards cryptocurrencies, in which lawmakers passed the bill to legalize cryptocurrencies as a means of payment.
The recently passed Bill No. 4,401 came after years of discussion by legislators. In an attempt to deepen the new bill’s influence in transforming the payments landscape in Brazil, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies has established a new oversight body to oversee crypto payments in the country.
With the bills already approved by legislators, only the president’s approval remains and, once attached, the bill will be implemented in six months.
Brazil remains the most famous crypto hotspot in the Latin America region over the past year, and the country has seen impressive growth over the past year. It recorded more users adopting digital currencies, including Bitcoin (BTC) and USDT, among others, as shown by tax returns released by the Federal Revenue Service of Brazil (RFB).
Gleec also dove into El Salvador, the country that was ranked the first in the world to legalize Bitcoin in September 2021. Gleec’s presence in El Salvador is through its local subsidiary, Gleec SV. As it seeks to gain a foothold around the world, Gleec said in a statement that it will reopen the Blocktane platform in the coming weeks.