Crypto Hedge Fund Polychain Says It Won't Proceed With IPO

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  • Sequoia, Andreessen-backed fund held talks with bankers
  • Hedge fund had aimed to raise about C$400 million in sale

Olaf Carlson-Wee, founder and chief executive officer of Polychain Capital.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Polychain Capital, the crypto hedge fund backed by venture firms Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, has decided not to go public in Canada after holdings talks with bankers about an initial public offering.

The company has held discussions with bankers in recent weeks about potentially raising about C$400 million ($325 million) in a share sale and listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange, people familiar with the plans said earlier. Olaf Carlson-Wee, chief executive officer of San Francisco-based Polychain, confirmed the talks Monday but said the firm has since decided not to proceed with a Canadian listing.

Polychain, which invests in blockchain assets, was started in 2016 by Carlson-Wee, the first employee of Bitcoin exchange Coinbase Inc. As of last September, before Bitcoin’s year-end surge, it said it had about $250 million of funds under management.

Hedge funds investing in cryptocurrencies trounced their global peers last year. Nine such funds tracked by Eurekahedge Pte soared 1,167 percent in 2017, compared to the 8 percent returns of hedge funds globally.

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