BNP Paribas, Europe's Second-Largest Bank, Acquires Shares in BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF

by BSC News

May 2, 2024


Analysts expect increased institutional investment in Bitcoin ETFs, with over 500 advisors anticipated to disclose their cryptocurrency holdings soon.

BNP Paribas, Europe's second-largest bank, recently acquired shares in BlackRock's iShares Bitcoin Trust ETF (IBIT). 


According to the 13F filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dated May 1, 2024, the bank purchased 1,030 shares of IBIT for $40.47 each, totaling an investment of $41,684.10. This investment is notably modest compared to the bank’s substantial assets under management, which exceed $600 billion.

Strategic Significance of the Investment

Although the amount invested by BNP Paribas in the Bitcoin ETF is relatively small, the move is significant for several reasons. Firstly, it represents one of the initial instances where a major European bank has gained exposure to Bitcoin through an ETF. 


Secondly, the investment acts as a symbolic gesture towards the acceptance of cryptocurrency as a legitimate asset class within the traditional financial sector.


BNP Paribas is not alone in its approach towards cryptocurrency investments. The first quarter of 2024 saw similar movements from notable asset managers, family offices, and banks such as Park Avenue Securities, Inscription Capital, Wedbush Private Capital, and American National Bank.


Additionally, other significant players in the financial industry are making similar investments. For instance, City Holding Co., a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada with $6 billion in AUM, invested in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) in April 2024.

Expectations and Predictions from Analysts

Eric Balchunas, a senior ETF analyst, suggested that over 500 investment advisors might disclose their holdings in cryptocurrency by the upcoming May 15 deadline for 13F filings. This could signal a substantial institutional shift towards Bitcoin ETFs, partially validating the thesis that such products would attract traditional investment firms.


Since their introduction earlier this year, U.S. spot Bitcoin ETFs have seen remarkable success, achieving over $200 billion in cumulative trading volume. 


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