Chapter cryptocurrency platform Bakkt Kelly Lefler (Kelly Loeffler) has announced that its initiative in the first round of financing raised $182,5 million of 12 business partners of the Boston Consulting Group, CMT Digital, Eagle Seven, Galaxy Digital, Goldfinch Partners, Alan Howard, Horizons Ventures, Intercontinental Exchange, venture capital division at Microsoft, M12, Pantera Capital, a FINTECH division of Naspers PayU and Protocol Ventures.

We are pleased to confirm that we have completed our first round of funding of $182.5 million

— Bakkt (@Bakkt) December 31, 2018

According to Loeffler, the company’s efforts are focused on attracting institutional investors to the market of digital assets, and promote the use of scriptaction merchants and buyers.

At this point in Bakkt pending approval of the application filed with the Commission on trade commodity futures U.S. (CFTC). From the decision of the regulator will depend on the new date of the launch of the first regulated exchange for institutional investors that will provide the opportunity to purchase kryptovaci physical delivery and custodial services. Thus, from 24 January 2019 launch Bakkt postponed indefinitely.

Recall that the company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), operator of the new York stock exchange (NYSE), has twice put off the launch of the platform: it was originally scheduled for mid-December, and in November, ICE announced a new date is 24 January 2019.