Your assets, your choices, our technology

Our vision is to be the leading global advocate of freedom by accelerating a transition to a more open and fair world.

Our mission

Inspired by Bitcoin, we're devoted to enabling people to transact and interact freely and effortlessly around the world.

We're devoted to building state-of-the-art technology that enables people to transact and interact freely and effortlessly around the world. The digital asset space is evolving fast. To keep up with such rapid technological innovation requires an equally forward-thinking and agile approach. We provide state-of-the-art digital asset trading services for our users and global liquidity providers.

Born at the dawn of the Bitcoin revolution, everything we do is focused on creating simple, dependable & accessible technology that promotes freedom.

Our focus
To provide the highest standards of security and high throughput in a safe and low latency environment, so that traders can access our highly liquid markets.
Our team is made up of visionary people who combine imagination with practical expertise to craft solutions to the market's toughest challenges. We list around 200 different tokens, 400 different spot trading pairs and over 80 perpetual futures contracts. We regularly review all the tokens listed on the exchange to ensure they meet our standards of governance and liquidity, and we're the preferred trading venue for institutions and professional traders. Over the last decade, we’ve worked relentlessly to educate customers about the benefits and attributes of Bitcoin and the blockchain, while providing a technically superior environment to buy, hold and sell tokens.
Our technology
Our leading-edge solutions and knowledge are the foundation of our success and allow us to further the true principles of Bitcoin: equality, justice and freedom.
In our digital world, we have more tools than ever that enable people to transact and interact freely with each other. Many of the traditional tools of payments and communication route information through centralised servers that store private information and charge high prices to communities that need them most but can’t afford them. We believe Bitcoin provides a technology and a payments solution that’s fast, efficient and private. With no centralised servers or unnecessary intermediaries - and at near zero-cost - it enables financial inclusion and freedom. We are proud to have nurtured and incubated Holepunch, the peer-to peer company, which is pioneering distributed systems.

Bitfinex Freedom Manifesto

We chose El Salvador to launch our manifesto, as it is the world's first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. We invite everyone to read our manifesto, comment on it and support it.
Manifesto Announcement
With the Bitfinex Freedom Manifesto, we make the following three pledges:

We will remain committed to building open, peer-to-peer communication solutions to enable anyone, anywhere to interact and transact securely with freedom online.


We will work relentlessly to support the Lightning Network and similar technologies and contribute to making Bitcoin the most accessible and most efficient transaction solution.


We will support and invest in the Bitcoin community, including developers and white hat hackers, to ensure the strength, resilience and immutability of the Bitcoin network.

We believe Cipher ≠ Crypto.
We believe education is the key to create the momentum for positive societal change.
We believe that the permissionless qualities of Bitcoin are the path of least resistance for mass adoption.
We believe privacy is a fundamental human right that is sacrosanct and that freedom of speech is an essential cornerstone of financial freedom.
We believe cryptography and peer-to-peer networks are the most resilient and battle-hardened technology for increasing freedom worldwide.
We believe that Bitcoin as a peer-to-peer network is the best way to provide global financial inclusion.

Our culture

White hat hackers and technologists contributing to the evolution of Bitcoin and crypto markets.
We know our work can impact millions of people. We are enthusiastic individuals who are highly motivated self-starters and are comfortable with autonomy and lifelong learning. When we are not working we are dreaming about it.
We place our egos aside and thrive within a culture that fosters everyone’s contribution from the birth of a concept to the launch of a product. We have a proven track record of innovation that draws on the expertise of our core engineering and cryptography teams. We have always seen integrity and standing up for what is right, as important qualities, even if it means acting alone.
We remain a small group of technology-focused developers at our core, working together to create high-calibre goods and services that advance freedom everywhere.

Our ecosystem


Our leadership team brings together decades of experience in technology, financial services and compliance.
JL joined Bitfinex as CEO in 2013. A technologist at heart, his focus has been on developing a strict compliance system & collaborating with banking, regulatory & law enforcement to pioneer innovation within the space.
JL van der Velde
JL van der Velde
Chief Executive Officer
Giancarlo is the serving CFO of Bitfinex. Giancarlo has, since 2012, been instrumental in the development of Bitfinex, establishing banking relationships, attracting key personnel & re-domiciling the exchange.
Giancarlo Devasini
Giancarlo Devasini
Chief Financial Officer
Claudia joined Bitfinex in 2015 and now serves as COO, overseeing the implementation of long-term, strategic business goals while ensuring effective procedures are in place. Claudia has deep expertise in blockchain and fintech along with a high-level understanding of research, development, and marketing.
Claudia Lagorio
Claudia Lagorio
Chief Operating Officer
Paolo joined Bitfinex early 2015 and now serves as CTO, developing & managing core parts of the Bitfinex backend. Paolo has been building valuable tools & infrastructure for financial innovation for the past 15 years.
Paolo Ardoino
Paolo Ardoino
Chief Technology Officer
Peter specialises in intelligence-led criminal and terrorist financing investigations, compliance and understanding the link between banking and virtual currency environments.
Peter Warrack
Peter Warrack
Chief Compliance Officer
Stuart is an international cryptocurrency lawyer & accountant acting for leading businesses within this dynamic space. Stu obtained his law degree from University of Toronto in 1996 & spent 8 years at EY prior to joining Bitfinex.
Stuart Hoegner
Stuart Hoegner
General Counsel

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