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Grayscale Investments Furthers Commitment to Bitcoin ETF, Hiring Global Head of ETFs


Firm appoints David LaValle, former Chief Executive Officer of Alerian and S-Network Global Indexes.

Grayscale Investments®, the world’s largest digital currency asset manager, today announced the official appointment of David LaValle as Senior Managing Director, Global Head of ETFs, reporting directly to Michael Sonnenshein, CEO of Grayscale.

“Grayscale is 100% committed to converting our investment products, including Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), into ETFs,” said Sonnenshein. “Dave is a pioneering leader in the ETF space with expertise spanning critical components of the ETF ecosystem, including product development, distribution, capital markets, trading and regulation. He will accelerate Grayscale’s ability to realize our commitment to ETFs, and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the Grayscale team, and the digital asset ecosystem, more broadly.”

Grayscale Investments recently formed Grayscale Advisors, LLC®, a registered investment advisor. Grayscale Advisors will serve clients looking to explore or deepen their exposure to digital currencies through Grayscale’s premium offering of differentiated investment funds and services. The new, regulated entity will build upon the firm’s robust product line-up to ensure that investors can deploy capital through a mechanism that is secure, transparent, and familiar.

“There’s been a fundamental shift in investor preferences, directly impacting wealth managers and the asset management industry. I’m delighted by the opportunity to leverage my broad experience to work with Michael and the Grayscale team to advance this digital evolution,” said LaValle. “Grayscale is an unrivaled leader in the digital asset space and I am eager to work with the team to meet investor demand for single asset trusts and diversified funds, while developing  the future of digital currency-based ETFs.” 

Prior to joining Grayscale, David LaValle served as Chief Executive Officer of Alerian and S-Network Global Indexes, a leading independent index provider focused on building innovative, index-based investment strategies. LaValle has more than 20 years of experience in financial services and a diverse background that spans the entire ETF landscape. LaValle also previously served as the US Head of SPDR ETF Capital Markets and as a member of the senior leadership team at State Street Global Advisors. Prior to State Street, LaValle led Nasdaq’s Exchange Traded Product Marketplace where he was responsible for all aspects of strategy and business development for Nasdaq’s ETP listing and trading businesses.

Last year, Grayscale doubled its headcount, and it expects to continue expanding its team this year across all functional areas. New hires across the Grayscale organization reflect both the firm’s commercial success and the need to scale its infrastructure accordingly to meet future business needs. A key focus for Sonnenshein’s leadership continues to be heavily investing in people, alongside technology and the brand. Open positions for Grayscale’s new ETF team can be found here

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