Fortress-Linked Pantera Said to Invest in Top Bitcoin Exchange

March 17 (Bloomberg) -- Pantera Capital Management, the hedge fund that manages money for Fortress Investment Group executives, invested about $10m in Bitstamp months before the startup emerged as the world’s dominant dollar-Bitcoin exchange, according to three people briefed on the deal.

* Infusion late last yr ranks among the largest single

investments in a Bitcoin venture and is part of a broad

Pantera strategy to build a brand in the Bitcoin world, the

people said * London-based Bitstamp’s share of dollar-Bitcoin trades

multiplied from mid-Feb. to as much as 50% after collapse of

Mt. Gox, once the world’s top Bitcoin exchange, according to

data from Coinometrics, a Bitcoin research firm

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