a16z opening London crypto office citing ‘predictable’ environment

Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) is set to open its first office outside of the United States this year, adding to the backdrop of U.S.-based firms seeking greener pastures outside of the country.

Chris Dixon, a16z’s crypto founder and managing partner, cited a “predictable business environment” as one of the main factors behind its decision to expand. The move comes amid a slew of regulatory actions against crypto firms in the United States in recent months.

Big news to share: @a16z is expanding to the UK

We plan to open our first international office in London later this year, and will host the next Crypto Startup School there in 2024.

Why the UK? https://t.co/PQ7GuNEn77

— cdixon.eth (@cdixon) June 11, 2023

Dixon said the decision was finalized after a “productive dialogue” with the U.K. prime minister in addition to “months of constructive conversations” with HM Treasury, U.K. policymakers, and the Financial Conduct Authority. He added:

“We’re thrilled to open our first international office in a jurisdiction that welcomes blockchain technology and is committed to creating a predictable business environment by pursuing regulations that both embrace web3 and protect consumers.”

However, Dixon said the firm remains “heavily invested” in the U.S., and will continue to work with policymakers and regulators to push for more regulatory clarity for crypto start ups.

Rishi Sunak — the U.K.’s new pro-crypto prime minister — attributed the news of a16z’s expansion to having the “right regulation and guardrails” set in place to “foster innovation” while still protecting consumers.

Sunak said he was “thrilled” with a16z’s decision:

“That’s why I am thrilled world-leading investor, Andreessen Horowitz, has decided to open their first international office in the UK – which is testament to our world-class universities and talent and our strong competitive business environment.”

In addition to the new office, a16z has also announced its plan to launch a new “Crypto Startup School” (CSS) program in London in the spring (March to June) of 2024.

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