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Coinbase, a prominent cryptocurrency exchange (COIN), has unveiled an ambitious strategy for global expansion, with a primary emphasis on obtaining licenses in significant financial hubs characterized by well-defined regulations within the cryptocurrency sector. The European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Singapore, and Australia are the immediate focal points for this expansion effort.

CEO Brian Armstrong said in April that "everything was on the table" for the Nasdaq-listed company, including relocating from its U.S. home due to the lack of regulatory clarity in the country. In August he clarified that leaving the U.S. is "not even in the realm of possibility" for now at least.

In a Wednesday blog post, the company said it is "in the final stages of selecting the location" for its EU hub, saying it wishes to "leverage our being the most trusted brand in the crypto space ahead of the European elections in June 2024."

The exchange is also strategizing to broaden its derivatives portfolio into untapped markets and forge collaborations with banking institutions and payment service providers.