Bitfinex is a cryptocurrency trade owned and operated via iFinex Inc, registered in the British Virgin Islands. Their clients’ money has been stolen or misplaced in several incidents, and they could not secure normal banking relationships. Research indicates that price manipulation of Bitcoin on Bitfinex accounted for approximately half of the fee growth of Bitcoin in late 2017.
Bitfinex was based in December 2012 as a peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange, supplying digital asset trading services to customers around the world. Bitfinex initially commenced as a P2P margin lending platform for Bitcoin and later introduced help for more cryptocurrencies.
Bitfinex is the biggest Bitcoin exchange by quantity, but no one can’t discover many facts about its CEO, Jean-Louis van der Velde. Just a sparse LinkedIn profile with a blurry photo and an indistinct Bloomberg bio.
In an NYT article about Bitfinex and Tether, Van der Velde was lately quoted, claiming via e-mail that “the company’s financial security has never been stronger.”
But, in the piece by Nathaniel Popper, he was named “Jan Ludovicus van der Velde” instead of “Jean-Louis van der Velde.” Who’s this man? No one knows.