“As we file to convert ETHE to an ETF, the natural next step in the product’s evolution, we recognize this as an important moment to bring Ethereum even further into the U.S. regulatory perimeter,” Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein told Globe Newswire.
The timing of Grayscale’s Form 19b-4 filing is important, coinciding with the launch of Ethereum Futures ETFs from other financial players like Vaneck, Proshares, and Bitwise. While these companies have moved forward with futures-based offerings, Grayscale seeks to create a spot Ethereum ETF, differentiating its approach from competitors.
Grayscale is not only focused on its spot Ethereum ETF but also has plans to convert its Bitcoin Trust into a spot ETF. It is facing legal complications with the SEC over the approval of this conversion, however.
David LaValle, Grayscale’s global head of ETFs, noted that the filing was “another important milestone as Grayscale continues to build its best-in-class ETF team, product suite, and capabilities—serving investors as a globally respected asset manager with unmatched crypto expertise.”
In short, Grayscale’s move to convert its Ethereum Trust into a spot Ethereum ETF comes at a time when the market is seeing a surge in Ethereum Futures ETFs. While other firms are focusing on futures-based products, Grayscale’s pursuit of a physically-backed offering could set it apart.
The company’s ongoing regulatory challenges and planned expansions indicate that Grayscale is working on multiple fronts to solidify its position in the ETF market.