Copper, the London-based digital asset infrastructure provider, today announced the appointment of three new senior executives to lead the company’s international expansion. They take up their new roles with immediate effect.
Michelle Lai, Jonathan Tse and Doug Bilyk bring expertise from across the financial services landscape, from institutional asset management, traditional trading and private equity, through to cryptoasset trading and fintech.
They join Copper’s rapidly expanding team, which has more than doubled in size during the COVID-19 pandemic alone. Michelle Lai, taking on the role of a Senior Strategic Advisor for the Asia-Pacific region based in Singapore. She has spent six years working with different fintech companies in Asia and Silicon Valley. At Copper, she will help enable the company to achieve its plans to expand into the East, and bring its suite of products to a wider pool of institutional investors on a global scale. She was previously Head of Business Development at Anchorage, and Chief Strategy Officer at Prenetics, an insurtech company in Hong Kong. Prior to working in financial technology, she spent seven years working in private equity investments and mergers & acquisitions across the Asia Pacific region, overseeing deals for a range of financial institutions.
Jonathan Tse, who will serve as a Head of Trading in Hong Kong, has over nine years of experience in trading and financial markets. Most recently he was the Head of Trading at Coinsuper, a Chinese digital asset trading platform, and prior to that, he was an Equity Derivatives Trader at JP Morgan. Jonathan will enable Copper to optimise its integration with crypto trading platforms in Asia, bolstering its offering for institutional clients across the Asia-Pacific region.
Doug Bilyk will be overseeing Business Development for the United States market, helping Copper to achieve a stronger bridge between its United Kingdom headquarters and US crypto investors. His professional experience in digital assets began in late 2017. With his past trading experience in traditional asset classes, he has focused on Business Development, helping firms build the bridges between digital and traditional finance. He was a successful Portfolio Manager for 16 years specializing in Global Macro markets with a focus on Foreign Exchange, Commodities and U.S./European Index derivatives markets.
Dmitry Tokarev, Chief Executive Officer, Copper Technologies, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Michelle, Jonathan and Doug as the newest members of our rapidly growing team. While many players in traditional finance have struggled through this global pandemic, unable to quickly adjust to the changing landscape, we have retained the agility to continue growing and expanding exponentially.
“Investors from across the world, from crypto funds through to traditional family offices, have seen the potential benefit of crypto in helping them hedge against COVID-19’s economic impact. However, for investors to take advantage of this alternative exposure, they need the assurance that the digital assets they buy are stored securely and can be traded quickly. With our international expansion, Copper can now enable that on a global scale.
“Our new joiners are renowned experts across a wide pool of financial sectors, and I believe that their experience combined with a deep understanding of the crypto space will position Copper to expedite this global expansion. I am excited to see what this momentum will enable our business to achieve in the coming months.”