The Winklevoss Twins have announced the launch of their long-awaited Bitcoin exchange, Gemini. Somewhat like itBit, which applied for a banking license rather than wait for the completion of the BitLicense, Gemini Trust Company, LLC is regulated as a fiduciary. This means they can service both individual and institutional clients, among other things.
Meeting the high-water mark of banking compliance is no small task, especially for a startup, but we felt that doing so was crucial — Bitcoin is an island right now, and, if we are going to build a bridge to the financial mainland, then Gemini must look and feel as safe, secure and compliant as any other top tier financial institution in the world.
A “robust anti-money laundering” program within the company is paramount to its retaining its banking license, so users can expect to go through all the usual hoops to verify their identity and trade bitcoins for cash. At the same time, Gemini is exempt from registering with FinCEN since it is a state chartered limited liability trust company.
Some in the industry have begun to buck back against what they consider repressive “know your customer” regulations, but Gemini and others