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Cryptocurrency Exchange Coinbase Picks Direct Listing Over IPO

Jan. 28, 2021, 8:39 PM

Coinbase Global Inc., the biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, is planning to go public through a direct listing, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

The San Francisco-based company previously filed its registration documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, though it hadn’t specified that it would pursue a direct listing instead of a standard initial public offering.

Coinbase will join a handful of mostly consumer-facing technology companies including Spotify Technology SA that have gone public through direct listings. Online video game company Roblox Corp. also has announced that it’s planning a direct listing, after earlier delaying its...

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