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.

With their extensive experience, 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 Asia-Pacific region, has spent 6 years working with different fintech companies in Asia and Silicon Valley. She was previously a 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, has over 9 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.

• Doug Bilyk will be overseeing Business Development for US markets. 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 sixteen 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.

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 its global expansion. I am excited to see what this momentum will enable our business to achieve in the coming months.”

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