OTC: Own the Coin

OTC: Own the Coin

Over the Counter

BEQUANT's OTC Services
  • 20+ sources of liquidity

  • 50+ coins available

  • FIAT settlements in USD, EUR, GBP, CHF and more to come

  • Diverse banking relationships

  • Availability of OTC DeFi strategies, such as lending and borrowing, in a compliant and secure OTC environment

  • Multiple external custodians to minimize counterparty risk and provide added security to traders

  • Algorithmic execution available to automate trading strategies

  • Post-trade settlements


OTC Insight

Since the collapse of FTX, the OTC crypto trading market has accelerated its development. One major development has been the increased scrutiny of centralized exchanges as the main source of liquidity. This has led to a number of changes, such as increased off-exchange settlement based on uncollateralized or partially collateralised trading limits, introduction of atomic swap settlements (similar to DVP settlements in trade-fi) and growth of custody solutions offering off-exchange settlement for CEXes. 

Another trend that has emerged in the OTC crypto trading market is the growth of decentralized exchanges (DEXs), which allow traders to buy and sell cryptocurrencies without the need for a centralized intermediary. Although DEXes offer more transparency, execution costs and usability remain an issue.

In addition to these trends, the OTC crypto trading market has also seen a growing interest in using algorithmic trading strategies and order types that improve cost efficiency and minimize slippage of trading activities along with TCA (trade cost analysis) tools. These technologies can help traders to better understand market conditions and make more informed trading decisions, which can lead to improved profitability and risk management.


Regulatory Environment

The ISDA (International Swaps and Derivatives Association) is working on developing legal standards to support the crypto derivatives market, with input from various stakeholders. The goal is to align the crypto derivatives market with the existing spot market by creating strong legal foundations. They have established the ISDA Digital Assets Legal Group and have published a paper exploring key issues that need to be addressed in any contractual standards for OTC derivatives, including disruption events, valuation, and documentation. 


They are now looking closely at how these disruption events and other specificities of crypto assets should be addressed in contractual standards and how they should be integrated within the existing ISDA documentation architecture. This work is a priority for ISDA this year, and they will be working on standard terms for products that are already traded in the market today. The goal is to promote greater efficiency, deeper liquidity, and reduced risk in this fast-growing market.


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Contact our sales team today to learn more about our OTC solutions and how they can benefit your trading activities. Our team is ready and waiting to answer any questions you may have and to guide you through the process of getting started with BEQUANT's OTC offering.


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The BEQUANT Team Jan 26, 2023

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