Crypto is at a crossroads. For nine months, the sector has lurched from one crisis to another. Many have argued that the collapse of FTX should be the last straw. But regulators are engaging more quickly than ever, and traditional finance firms are queueing up to get involved in digital assets. For this Barron’s Live interview, Financial News meets LMAX Group boss David Mercer, to discuss the prospects for crypto at this pivotal point in its evolution. The trading firm launched its institutional crypto offering, LMAX Digital, in 2018. Will the crypto crash prove to be terminal, or do digital assets have a future as part of the broader financial ecosystem?

Alex Daniel
Crypto-Fintech Correspondent, Financial News
Alex Daniel reports on the turbulent world of fintech and crypto for Financial News. He has previously written for London business paper City A.M., commercial real estate magazine Estates Gazette, and The Guardian newspaper.
David Mercer
David Mercer is the Chief Executive Officer of LMAX Group, the leading operator of institutional FX and crypto currency execution venues. Following a successful management buyout, David has built LMAX Group into a key player in both the traditional capital markets and the crypto trading industry. Headquartered in the UK, the Group operates 6 exchanges globally and trades in excess of $25billion a day. In 2021, LMAX Group sold a minority stake to J.C. Flowers & Co.
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